NBC Sports Chicago's 100 Days to Kickoff

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NBC Sports Chicago's 100 Days to Kickoff

NBCSportsChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

In case you missed any of our previews, here is our rundown:

100. De La Salle

99. Crystal Lake South

98. Eisenhower

97. Back of the Yards

96. Jacobs

95. Waubonsie Valley

94. Kaneland

93. West Aurora

92. St. Edward

91. Joliet Catholic

90. Warren

89. St. Charles East

88. Antioch

87. Hoffman Estates

86. Reavis

85. Rolling Meadows

84. Leo

83. Fremd

82. Ridgewood

81. Bishop McNamara

80. Fenwick

79. Crete-Monee

78. St. Patrick

77. Kankakee

76. Lakes

75. Carmel

74. Chicago Hope Academy

73. Joliet Central

72. Coal City

71. Raby

70. Morris

69. Lincoln-Way West

68. Oswego East

67. Hillcrest

66. Rich Central

65. Elmwood Park

64. T.F. South

63. Shepard

62. Lincoln Park

61. Maine West

Tiger Woods breaks down the Michael Jordan - LeBron James debate

Tiger Woods breaks down the Michael Jordan - LeBron James debate

In NBA circles on social media, television or where ever, there is seemingly  a daily discusson about who is the true GOAT in basketball, Michael Jordan or LeBron James. You can't turn on ESPN or Fox Sports 1 without being inundated with segments of pundits and talking heads breaking down what LeBron did last night that inches him closer to GOAT status.

And if anyone knows a thing or two about being compared to an all-time great, it's Tiger Woods. Throughout his entire career, the storyline has been his pursuit of Jack Nicklaus' record 18 major championships. Woods career took a steep decline and he has been stuck at 14 for a decade and doesn't look like a threat to break the record, but he knows about comparisons with all-time greats from personal experience.

When asked about the MJ vs. LeBron debate during the pre-tournament press conference Tuesday at the 2018 Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Woods toed the line between without picking sides.

“They’re both great in different ways," Woods said, via Golfweek. "If you look at MJ, he was a prolific scorer and played defense like no other, was always first-team all defense. LeBron is different. He’s like a hybrid of MJ and Magic (Johnson), which is so different. He’s bringing up the ball a lot. MJ never really did that. I mean, he had Pip as a point forward a lot of times, and you would think that was kind of LeBron-ish, but they’re very different in how they help both teams.”

He went on to establish what greatness is and how LeBron James is great.

"First of all, I think that being great is doing something that no one can do but also what separates those people," Woods said. "The ones you mentioned like LeBron or what I'm think of with MJ or [Wayne] Gretzky, is just the duration. To be able to do it not just for one year, not just for one game, not just for a little spell, they're able to do it for a number of years and accumulate highlights we will always look at and they're peppered in our memories...  

"What LeBron has done for 15 seasons now, it’s just remarkable. Cause it’s that type of longevity, and to be able to be up for that long a period of time, and to be able to adjust as well. Because we all know as we age we’re not going to be as athletic as we used to be, and so you have to do it different ways. And to be fluid and to adjust, and still be that talented and that good? Hats off to LeBron, and to all the people I just named."

Woods is talking more about LeBron because he is currently playing at an unfathomable elite level in the NBA Playoffs, his focus shouldn't be misconstrued as him picking LeBron over Jordan. It stands to reason Woods could identify with LeBron more than Jordan as the newcomer chasing the records and legend of a prior great in the sport.

But like Woods is short of Nicklaus' major championships record, James still is trying to catch Jordan's six rings.

Roquan Smith has car broken into; items stolen include Bears iPad, Georgia national championship jersey and helmet


Roquan Smith has car broken into; items stolen include Bears iPad, Georgia national championship jersey and helmet

Roquan Smith has his 2018 BMW X5 broken into over the weekend in Georgia, and among the items stolen from his car were an iPad belonging to the Bears, jerseys from the Rose Bowl and National Championship, and his regular-season Georgia helmet.

Smith, who the Bears selected No. 8 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft, told Athens-Clarke County police he believed the items were stolen between Friday evening and Saturday morning. Smith's car was parked outside The Mark Athens apartment complex just off the University of Georgia campus.

The department's public information officer told Chicago Tribune reporter Phil Thompson that there were no signs of forced entry and that there are no suspects.

In addition to the jerseys, helmet and iPad, two watches, shoes, headphones and a Bluetooth speaker were also taken from the car.

Obviously the watches, shoes and speaker can be replaced but the sentimental value of the jerseys and helmet that Smith wore during an incredible final season with the Bulldogs can not be.