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Bobby Leach "The Rooster"

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Super Bowl weekend is here and while the two teams involved are an interesting match-up, I am just not feeling it this season.

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If you attend either Plainfield South or Plainfield Central High School this fall you will notice a big change at the football field, a new turf field.

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Should high school football be banned from future competition? Believe it or not, that question is among the most popular posed to me when idle chat takes over whatever it is I am doing at the moment.

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While its pretty early in the year to talk baseball, let's face it the cold keeps most of us only dreaming for spring but there was some news coming out of Springfield from the IHSA this week with regards to the Class 3A and 4A state baseball championship venue which at the moment is being held at Silver Cross Field in Joliet.

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Fantasy football has become a sport in and of itself over the past several years with an estimated 56.8 million players in the U.S. and Canada according to Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA) but with recent legal woes, that number could plummet soon in states determined to enforce gambling laws on their books.

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Every year at this time I sit down and try to come up with a personal list of supposed resolutions I need to self impose in order to better my life and typically they usually wear off in a week or two.

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I am hopeful that this message of goodwill reaches everyone celebrating holiday traditions this weekend and enjoying the opportunity to share those holidays with everyone special in your lives. This is the time of year when reflection on the year that was isn't such a bad thing no matter how difficult the road became as we are all still here to celebrate with one another.

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This past week, Major League Baseball announced that it would not reinstate baseball legend Pete Rose who was caught in a gambling scandal in August of 1989 and agreed to a lifetime ban.

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Another football season officially came to a close with the IHSA state championship games taking place over the holiday weekend at Northern Illinois University.

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If you live in the town of New Lenox, you likely have something to feel very thankful of this holiday and should be extremely proud.

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This may be a week early but then again is it ever too early to be thankful? With the holiday week nearly upon us I am quite certain many of our readers are scanning the holiday ads and targeting some of the hottest deals of the season.

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It appears that when push comes to shove, the athletes usually win. That statement was proven true this week when University of Missouri president and the chancellor of the university both offered their resignations amid a controversy over race relations and discriminatory problems that some university students feel have become to great to ignore.

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With the advent of the new college football playoff system, style points seem to be expected if a team is to make it into a top four ranking.

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This is a column I never thought I would have the pleasure of writing and while I am hopeful I will be able to do this again in a couple of weeks with the holy grail in tow, I simply cannot let this opportunity slip past.

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What happens when an official gets it wrong during a game?

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Over the past several weeks I have heard more than one opinion on the drama that continues to surround the Romeoville High School football program and the selection of new head coach Oliver Gibson.

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With fewer than ten games left on the schedule and the Pittsburg Pirates coming to town this weekend the Chicago Cubs are nearly a lock for the post season.

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With Labor Day in the shadows, I personally am looking forward to what I deem as an even bigger holiday, the start of the NFL season which ironically kick off tonight (Thursday) and runs through the Monday Night Football game. Week 1 in the NFL for me is like wrapping 5 annual holidays into one great weekend.

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In 1968, my father was a mere 22 years of age and a pretty successful linebacker on the Northwest Missouri State University football team.

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Welcome to the 2015 fall sports season! Last Friday I spent my evening watching the annual Blue/Orange varsity football scrimmage game at Romeoville High School particularly focusing on the newly named head varsity coach Oliver Gibson.

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Summer break will be a distant memory for students after the coming weekend and with that, so begins the new 2015 fall sport season. Next week we will announce our pre-season area football poll and while there is sure to be a few expected rankings, I can tell you with confidence there will be a few surprises as well.

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With prep and collegiate athletes hitting the practice fields in preparation of the 2015 fall sport season, every athlete is being conditioned for the grind and each will be giving their best in hopes of earning a starting role.

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I was mulling over past glory with a former high school football teammate recently and just like a pair of old fisherman recalling the big one that got away, we spent a good hour over a campfire recalling our best plays and some of our fondest fumbles.

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Steroids are known for their testosterone simulating properties of building muscle mass and enhancing endurance and thus have been notoriously abused to boost stamina and athletic performance since shortly after their conception.

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Last week I was reminded that anything is possible when preparation meets opportunity. The key to taking advantage of an opportunity revolves around the readiness developed when no opportunity seems to be present.

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With a little more than a month away from the start of another fantastic prep football season, the IHSA released an updated version of the top two hundred teams ranked in terms of total wins over the school's history.

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Let the games begin! Celebrating our nation's birthday this weekend with the July 4th holiday falling on a Saturday this calendar year...

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With all the stormy weather we have been enduring over the past couple of months, the first official day of summer didn't help to change that as storms producing damaging winds and confirmed tornadoes kicked off the summer season.

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There is one word that fits the champion Chicago Blackhawks team like a glove but likewise is one that no player wants to identify with or for that matter even be caught uttering...that word would be dynasty.

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The gossip mill was churning late last week that Romeoville head football coach Jeff Kuna had resigned his duties and after making a few calls on Monday I was able to confirm the rumor.

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Standing on the sidelines of an eight year old soccer game in Romeoville this week I was asked by a parent of a player "Did you draw the short straw this week?" referring to my assignment covering a youth soccer game.

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I can remember a time when my kids were younger and entertaining the passing thought of year round school days when the summer vacation started as is the case for most parents now as the school year is officially coming to a close and the kids will be staying home until fall. I know for our family especially my wife, this time of year was always welcomed with a hint of sarcasm and always added some stress to our grocery budget and overall patience as the serenity of a quiet home during the week was about to change.

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It's amazing how fast time flies but after a long and cold winter, a very wet and windy spring, Memorial Day weekend cannot come fast enough.

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With a little more than two weeks left to before graduation ceremonies kick into high gear, I think now would be a good time to tip the old hat I wear to all of those student-athletes who have made our year another fantastic one.

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The NFL Draft has come and gone but there is still a long list of undrafted free agents that are heading to interested teams in an effort to gain a roster spot for the upcoming season.

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The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors met last week to discuss proposed rule changes to football at the prep level in a continued effort to protect players and make the sport as safe as possible.

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One of the more prominent baseball coaches in the Joliet area has reached his 1000th win. Joliet Junior College head baseball coach and athletic director Wayne King reached the milestone after the Wolves handed Milwaukee Area Technical College an 11-3 loss last week.

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We are all on the clock as the NFL Draft is just two weeks away and for the first time in more than a decade will be held right here in Chicago.

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With the youth baseball season right around the corner, I cannot help but be brought back to the breaking story of the off season when the Little League World Series title was stripped from a group of South Chicago kids known as the Jackie Robinson West team in February.

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Concussion awareness has been a hot topic over the last several years and for good reason. According to a recent Boston University study and published in a medical journal, it suggests that a child taking up the sport of football before age 12 is not recommended.

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Typical of an early spring season, weather has wreaked havoc on baseball and softball schedules locally again this year leading me back to the question of why does the season starts so soon?

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Congratulations are in order for the Bolingbrook Raiders boy's varsity basketball team who are making their first ever trip downstate for an appearance in the IHSA Class 4A State Championship Final Four this weekend.

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Isn't it amazing that within a period of a week we go from down winter jackets to pullovers and hoodies? Not that I am complaining understand, that will take place next week when we get our eventual and predictable forecast of yet another cold blast.

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What makes a person great? I suppose the definition of greatness differs as many times as there are those who would offer an opinion but for me personally, I equate greatness with sacrifice. In almost every instance I can recall meeting who I considered to be a great person, the common thread each shared was the sacrifices they were willing to make in order to achieve their goals.

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This is a difficult time of year for many area high school winter athletes as seasons and in some cases careers come to an end usually with a final loss to mull over. While disappointment is natural and likely expected given the finality of it all, I think most will find that no matter how the season ended it was worthwhile.

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Hearing news of Little League International's decision to strip Chicago's Jackie Robinson West team of its national championship after accusations were investigated reportedly finding the team violated regulations by including players who didn't qualify because they lived outside the team's boundaries, frankly runs the gambit of personal reactionary emotions.

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With the spring sport season right around the corner yet winter's grip still firmly in command of outdoor activity, I can't help but hope for an early spring.

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After nearly falling asleep in the first half of Sunday's game between the Patriots and the Seahawks then watching the snow pile up on my driveway even after I shoveled it three times and coming back to the game with my teeth chattering from the cold, the game finally lived up to its billing.

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There is something about the National Football League's big game, which incidentally takes place this Sunday in a climax to the season, that seems to provide a holiday for families that gather around their chosen source of media and glue themselves to the screen for upwards of 6 hours.

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