Go big or go home: Neuqua vs. Carmel


Go big or go home: Neuqua vs. Carmel

Tashara Parker Contributor

Tomorrow is the night that weve all been waiting for. The do or die games of the week.

Take a deep breath: There are only a few more hours until the top teams square off for a chance at the state championship game only a week away from tomorrow.

Perhaps one of the biggest games Saturday night is ten-time state champion Mount Carmel vs. Neuqua Valley.

Two teams familiar with one another from their matchup two years ago when the Caravan knocked the Wildcats out of the playoffs in the second-round with a 21-14 victoryso its safe to say the Wildcats are seeking revenge in Saturday's matchup.

Mount Carmel has definitely taken high school football fans on an incredible ride the last few years. Although, they have ten state championships in school history, the majority of their titles were during the 90sand they havent won a state championship game in the last five seasons.

The Caravan heads to their fourth-straight semifinals in the last six seasons when they battle Neuqua Valley in a Class 8A matchup on the Warriors' turf.

If you have been a part of Mount Carmel football in the last 20 years, you know better than most that they are one of the most storied Catholic League schools around.

They have been under the guidance of head coach Frank Lenti since 1984 and he owns nine of Mount Carmel's 10 state championships.

And as much as the team wants another state title, its rare that any other team in the country has won 10 state championships in less than three decades, so theyre already ahead of the game.

Its easy to say the Caravan are dominant in their sport and its run in the game of football is unmatched throughout the stateso fans can only wonder what will happen tomorrow night as they take the field against unbeaten Neuqua Valley.

One thing for sure is itll be a good game. Both teams have speed and are looking to control the ball at all costs, so itll come down to who makes the least mistakes and puts up a solid defensive effort.

Bears among 50 most valuable sports teams in the world

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Bears among 50 most valuable sports teams in the world

The Chicago Bears haven't enjoyed many wins over the last several years, but that hasn't done anything to hurt the franchise's bottom line.

According to a recent report by Forbes, the Bears rank 17th among the 50 most valuable sports teams in the world for 2018. The franchise is valued at $2.85 billion.

17. Chicago Bears

Value: $2.85 billion

1-year change: 6%

Operating income: $114 million

Owner: McCaskey family

Chicago is seventh among NFL teams in the top-17, with Dallas, New England, New York (Giants), Washingon, San Francisco and Los Angeles (Rams) all having higher valuations.

It's no surprise the Bears are this valuable, even without a winning product. They play in one of the greatest sports cities on the planet. And just imagine what will happen to the club's price tag if Mitch Trubisky and the new-look roster actually start winning games. 

Cubs, Bears, Bulls among the top 25 wealthiest sports teams in the world


Cubs, Bears, Bulls among the top 25 wealthiest sports teams in the world

What Chicago sports team is worth the most money in 2018?

As reported by Kurt Badenhausen in a Forbes article about the 50 richest teams around the globe, the Cubs are the most valuable organization in the Windy City.

Chicago’s North Side baseball team ranks as the 16th wealthiest team in the world, valued at $2.9 billion, an 8 percent increase from 2017. The Cubs are the third-most affluent franchise in Major League Baseball, behind the New York Yankees ($4 billion) and the Los Angeles Dodgers ($3 billion).

This year, the baseball club owned by the Ricketts family surpassed the wealth of the Boston Red Sox ($2.8 billion), who the Cubs were ranked behind last season at $2.68 billion. In the span of a year, the North Siders gained two spots in the top 50 from 18 to 16 on the list.

What could be the reason for this increase?

Could it be that the Cubs are in first place in the NL Central? Or could it be the incredible performances from players like Jon Lester and Javy Baez?

Whatever the reason is for the Cubs’ prosperity, the team is doing something right.

The club also surpassed the Bears on the list this year. In 2017 the Bears (worth $2.7 billion last year) were tied with the Red Sox as the 16th most valuable sports team on Earth. The McCaskey-owned football team has fallen to a tie at 17 with the San Francisco Giants, both valued at $2.85 billion in 2018. The Bears even increased by 6 percent in the last year, making the Cubs’ jump seem greater.

The Bulls, owned by Jerry Reinsdorf, are the last team from Chicago to make the cut. They stand at 23 in the top 50, tied with the Denver Broncos. Both franchises are worth $2.6 billion. Chicago’s NBA team even fell a spot from 2017, but they still increased their value by 4 percent (worth $2.5 billion last year).

The Bears are the seventh richest team in the NFL, while the Bulls are fourth wealthiest in the NBA.