Basketball and tennis reigned supreme in this year's edition of Rick Horrow's Power 100 rankings. And Chicago athletes made a healthy appearance, too.
Horrow, CEO of Horrow Sports Ventures, calculates his power rankings based on on-field contributions (50 percent) and off-field social media presence (50 percent).
Once again Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James led the way. He was followed by the biggest riser on the charts, reigning MVP and NBA champion Steph Curry. Fellow former MVP Kevin Durant came in at No. 5, while other NBA stars James Harden (10), DeMarcus Cousins (13), Anthony Davis (15) and Russell Westbrook (21) also made their way into the top 25.
The second sport most well represented was tennis, where Novak Djokovic (No. 3) and Serana Williams (No. 4) rounded out the top five. Andy Murray (16), Roger Federer (18), Maria Sharapova (19) and Radael Nadal (20) also made the cut.
Patrick Kane was the highest Chicago athlete on the list, coming in at No. 6. He was followed by Pau Gasol (46), Jimmy Butler (48), Hector Rondon (66), David Robertson (86).
Check out the rest of the Power 100, as well as the specifications for the rankings, right here.
NBC Sports Chicago’s Ryan McGuffey and Paul Aspan are joined by VSIN’s Sam Panayotovich from Las Vegas and Joe Ostrowski from 670 the Score. Sam joins the guys to discuss the Bears and Giants opening line as Chase Daniel gets set to make his second straight start for the Bears (1:30) . How did Daniel’s Thanksgiving performance impact how the oddsmakers set the line in the Giants tilt . Plus Sam sets mock lines on Bears possible Wild Card opponents at Soldier Field as Chicago gets closer to wrapping up the NFC North (6:00).
Joe joins the guys to discuss the potential trap the Bears face when playing the Giants with next week’s showdown against the Rams in the rear view mirror (14:00). Joe plays ‘Fraud or For Real’ with Paul and Ryan with AFC teams (24:00) and the guys go around the horn for their weekly ‘6 Pack’ of this week’s picks (27:00).
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Ryan McGuffey, Paul Aspan and Joe Ostrowski from 670 The Score break down the red hot Bears and where they fit among the NFL’s elite.
Off of the Rams and Chiefs memorable Monday night matchup (2:02) could that instant classic start a trend of high scoring O/U totals? Also amongst the topics, (5:00) the Bears are good, but it’s clear from both a football and gambling perspective, that they’re not elite like the Rams and Chiefs…yet. As for the Thanksgiving slate, (9:05) the Bears are 4-point favorites against Detroit, but how does Mitch Trubisky’s status impact how you bet on Thanksgiving Day? And, (10:43) if Trubisky were to miss the Thanksgiving game, the Las Vegas books projected line would move 5-6 points in favor of the Lions. (13:05)
They’ll discuss what it means that the Bears are a ‘public’ team… and how to bet the Bears in the weeks ahead? And finally…(18:45) Pick time!! The panel makes their Thanksgiving selections…why the total might be the best play in Detroit on Thursday.
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