By Tashara Parker
It almost felt as if you were watching a chess match tonight. Benet Academy took on the Hilltoppers of Joliet Catholic in a fight-to-the-finish showdown.
At the beginning, it seemed as if JCA wasnt missing a beat without star running back Ty Isaac. The Hilltoppers started out on top in the first quarter with a 14-0 lead over the Redwings. Mike Ivlow owned both Joliet touchdowns.
The momentum shifted back-and-forth throughout the entire game.
After twelve minutes into the first half, Benets Jack Euritt puts the Redwings on the scoreboard with a touchdown. Benet ended the first half in the hole, 21-14 behind JCA.
They needed to return during the second half with hopes of turning around a game that would prove that they deserved their first East Suburban Catholic Championship in the schools history.
After a tough first half for both teams, we could only predict that the second half would be just as interesting. Both teams needed to make adjustments, but only one would come out with the win.
The Redwings came back during the second half and dominated a tough Hilltopper defense. And although the Benet offense struggled tonight, the Redwings erased the memory of trailing the Hilltoppers for the entire game.
In the 3rd, Benet tied JCA 21-21 with a 40-yard touchdown pass to Jack Euritt from Jack Beneventi.
JCA only had one good drive in the second half and allowed 17 unanswered Redwing points. Benet closed out the game over the Hilltoppers 31-21.
Benet took home their first ever East Suburban Conference Championship and both teams will advance to the IHSA playoffs next weekend.
Brian Urlacher played his way into the pantheon of Bears linebackers and the Hall of Fame over his 13-year career in Chicago, leaving no question he belongs among the all-time greats.
Where he stacks up with the best of the best in team history is still up for debate.
Hall of Fame writers Dan Pompei and Don Pierson ranked the top 100 players in franchise history for the team’s official site, and Urlacher fell outside of the top 10.
Urlacher came in one spot ahead of fellow legendary linebacker Mike Singletary, but the greats of pre-merger era earned many of the top spots on the list.
Dick Butkus came in second to only Walter Payton, while old school legends Bill George and Bulldog Turner ranked seventh and eighth, respectively.
It’s difficult to compare linebackers that played 50 years apart, especially when stacking them up with players at other positions.
Urlacher is still near the top of the list of the best Bears ever. They just have so many all-time greats, the likes of Dan Hampton, Richard Dent and Jimbo Covert just don’t have a spot in the top 10.
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The Michigan Wolverines are hiring former Fab Five star Juwan Howard as the head coach of their basketball team. Aside from being a part of that prolific college basketball team, Howard is a two-time NBA champion with the LeBron James-led Miami Heat.
And he is a former local basketball hoops star at Chicago Vocational Career Academy, where we was named an All-American in 1991.
But the Fab Five have not been on the best of terms over the years, particularly current ESPN analyst Jalen Rose and Chris Webber. With Howard back in Ann Arbor, all beefs are officially over.
“It squashes any drama or any beef because we’re not going to bring that to Ann Arbor’s campus with Juwan Howard as our head coach," Rose told Mike Greenberg when asked about the beef Thursday morning on ESPN's Get Up. "The one thing that we both know is his success turning around the University of Michigan is first and foremost about him and about the players that he’s going to influence. Then it’s about us being there to support him, not being drama, not being splintered, not giving any indication of dysfunction.
"We’re going to move as a family and we’re going to do what we can to build on what John Beilein has established in Ann Arbor.”
Rose reiterated this point later in the day during a segment with fellow Michigan alum Adam Schefter.
Let's wait and see if Howard brings winning ways to Michigan to make this honeymoon period last, otherwise it could be back to business as usual.
Also, does Chris Webber feel the same way? Has Rose already talked to Webber to clear the air? Or is Rose just saying it's over on his side in the hopes Webber follows suit?
Both Webber and Rose made it clear that Howard was their preferred candidate, so they seem to be on the same page.
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