Garfien: Irish return home to heroes welcome


Garfien: Irish return home to heroes welcome

In the wee hours of Sunday morning, at a quiet airport outside of campus, the football team that has made the loudest noise in college football arrived back home.At 5:41 a.m. ET, 4:41 in Chicago, Notre Dame was back in South Bend after proving that this, in fact, might be their time. Its 22-13 victory over archrival Southern Cal clinched a spot in the BCS Championship. If any doubters still remain about the 12-0 Irish, they are like the darkness in this early November morning. Notre Dame has refused to acknowledge or even recognize the cynics and non-believers since it began the season unranked.But who could have believed this?With most of the town fast asleep--or still up celebrating the monumental victory--a police escort drove the team buses through South Bend. There was the occasional honk, but for the most part South Bends version of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, U2 and Bruce Springsteen combined rode through town completely unnoticed.That was until they arrived on campus at the Guglielmino Athletics Complex, where roughly 75 rabid Notre Dame fans braved the frigid cold to welcome their heroes back to town.Ive been a Notre Dame fan all my life, said Ed Wogoman, decked out in a Notre Dame winter coat and hat. Ive been waiting for them to get back to this point for a long time.Bridget Mooney didnt have to wait long. Shes a freshman. Talk about the luck of the Irish.My brother is very jealous. Hes from the class of 2010, said a smiling Mooney.But she stayed up all night to greet the players who made this inconceivable dream become a reality.The first guy I saw was Manti Teo walking up, the leader of our team, Mooney said. The best moment ever.Dave and Amy Sayers, a married couple who usher at home games, drove an hour from Sturgis, Michigan to be there for this special occasion.
They were still very much soaking in the victory.They were great tonight, said Dave.Actually, the game was last night.Well, we havent gone to bed yet, so its still tonight for us.Up next for the Irish is the BCS Championship on Jan. 7 in Miami against an opponent to be determined. In the meantime, a lone digit stands illuminated above Grace Hall on the campus of Notre Dame.It states quite simply: No. 1.

Former Bulls guard opens up about having depression


Former Bulls guard opens up about having depression

During his NBA career, he was known as having a joking, outgoing, clown-type of personality. Now, former NBA point guard Nate Robinson opened up about having depression.

Robinson, an 11-year NBA veteran, told Bleacher Report that he began going to therapy sessions in the 2012-13 season when he played for the Bulls.

He said he would struggle with having an angel and a demon inside of him.

"The NBA gave me my depression," Robinson told Bleacher Report. "I've never been a depressed person in my life."

"The hardest thing in my whole life, of my 34 years in existence on earth, was dealing with 11 years in the NBA of trying to be somebody that [NBA coaches] want me to be," Robinson said.

When Robinson was with the Bulls, he said he would sit in front of the plane so he wouldn’t be tempted to crack jokes. His one year with the Bulls ended up being one of the top seasons statistically in his career. He averaged just over 13 points and four assists per game. He played in all 82 games (starting 23) on a team that finished 45-37 with a berth in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

He thought his behavior was always looked down upon, and Robinson thought he was being punished for his actions.

“It’s like Spider-Man, that Venom. I never wanted that Venom outfit to just consume me,” he says. “I wanted to be Spider-Man. I wanted to be positive. I never wanted that dark side to come out because I know what that dark side could do.” 

This might come as a surprise for NBA fans, knowing how energetic Robinson was on the court, no matter what team he was a part of.

Even though Robinson is just 5-foot-9, he brought a spark of energy when he came into the game.

He hasn’t played in the NBA since the 2015-16 season with the Pelicans and spent last year with the Delaware 87ers in the G League.

Robinson is known for his participation in the NBA Slam Dunk competition. He won three contests, going back-to-back in 2009 and 2010.

One highlight was Robinson jumping over Dwight Howard in 2009, which ultimately gave Robinson his third title. Another highlight is welcoming former 1986 Slam Dunk Champion Spud Webb on the floor in 2006 and jumping over him.

Robinson is still vying for a comeback to the NBA.

Bulls Talk Podcast: 2018 NBA Draft primer (and some Kawhi talk)


Bulls Talk Podcast: 2018 NBA Draft primer (and some Kawhi talk)

On this edition of the Bulls Talk Podcast, Mark Strotman and Scott Phillips get you set for the 2018 NBA Draft. They put together their own mock draft, analyzing each of the first seven picks, analyze a handful of options the Bulls should look at at No. 22, and answer questions from Twitter. They also discuss the Kawhi Leonard trade rumors and whether the Bulls could put together a package that would entice San Antonio.