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Flashback Friday: The 2003 Chicago Cubs

Flashback Friday: The 2003 Chicago Cubs

No two words ignite a Cubs fan’s emotions more than Steve Bartman (except for maybe Billy Goat). In 2003, the poor man pictured above became infamous in baseball lore for interfering with a foul ball that would eventually lead to the Cubs’ playoff demise. He instantly became the most hated man in Chicago, albeit unjustly so....
Tim Beckman Fired As Illini Football Coach

Tim Beckman Fired As Illini Football Coach

Tim Beckman was fired Friday as the University of Illinois football coach. Though the timing of the move, just a week before the Illini’s first game, is unfortunate, it’s far from a surprise as Beckman was the subject of an external review that focused on allegations that Beckman had a role in pressuring injured players to...
UPC 2015 March Madness Pool: Final Standings

UPC 2015 March Madness Pool: Final Standings

Led by freshman guards Tyus Jones and Grayson Allen, the Duke Blue Devils defeated Wisconsin on Monday night to win the NCAA men’s basketball championship. After an exciting tournament, the team at UPC is proud to announce the winners of our 2015 March Madness Pool. After placing second last year, IAmTheBoswell won this year’s pool outright. He got three of...
OVO x Mitchell & Ness x Toronto Raptors Spring/Summer 2015

OVO x Mitchell & Ness x Toronto Raptors Spring/Summer 2015

Although we’re in the midst of March Madness, Drake reminds us that the NBA has some fire of its own to provide us. This weekend, we were treated to a brand new collection from Drake’s October’s Very Own in partnership with the popular sports clothing company, Mitchell & Ness and the NBA’s Toronto Raptors. The collection is stocked...
UPC Presents: 2015 March Madness Pool

UPC Presents: 2015 March Madness Pool

Yessir, it’s that time of the year again! Mid-March is upon us, and that means one thing: the NCAA tournament is back. Even though our beloved Fighting Illini didn’t make the 68-team field, there are still plenty of reasons to tune in. Reason number one being that the team here at UPC will be running...
Russell Westbrook Scores 41 Points, Wins All-Star MVP (Video)

Russell Westbrook Scores 41 Points, Wins All-Star MVP (Video)

Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder went off for 41 points to earn MVP honors in last night’s NBA All-Star Game in New York City. Westbrook led the Western Conference to a 163-158 victory thanks to an array of three-pointers and explosive dunks. Peep Russ’ highlights above, and be sure to keep an eye on OKC...
Illini Football Signing Day Recap

Illini Football Signing Day Recap

Illinois head coach Tim Beckman strung together an impressive recruiting class during National Signing Day on Wednesday. Headlined by four-star running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn, along with tailback Dre Brown and offensive lineman Gabe Megginson, the 25-player class is ranked 35th in the country. Make sure to support the 2015 Fighting Illini while they’re slingin’ passes and unleashing runs on their quest...
Nike Basketball Launches The LeBron 12

Nike Basketball Launches The LeBron 12

Yesterday in Portland, Oregon, Nike launched the twelfth installment in LeBron James‘ signature line of basketball shoes. King James was in the building as Nike unveiled the LeBron 12, which features the latest in modern sneaker technology. Most notably, there are five hexagonally shaped Nike Air Zoom Bags on the sneaker’s sole; this feature is intended to enhance...
adidas "The Dream: All Or Nothing" (Video)

adidas “The Dream: All Or Nothing” (Video)

With the World Cup a little more than two weeks away, adidas has released a new commercial for its “The Dream: All Or Nothing” campaign. Along with the advertisement, we get to hear a brand new track from none other than adidas’ own Kanye West. The track’s working title is “God Level,” and it seems like the perfect fit,...
Toronto Is Out of Control (In a Good Way)

Toronto Is Out of Control (In a Good Way)

The Toronto Raptors are the only NBA team not located in the US, and for that reason, T. Dot has always felt like somewhat of an underdog. The Raps felt especially disrespected heading into this year’s NBA playoffs, as there is speculation that the Brooklyn Nets tanked — they lost their final two games of the regular season...
Illinois Athletics Unveils New Nike Uniforms

Illinois Athletics Unveils New Nike Uniforms

Illinois Athletics has partnered up with Nike for a revamped brand identity, which includes new uniforms for each of U of I’s varsity sports teams. While the official unveiling ceremony took place on Wednesday evening at the Krannert Center, photos of the fresh gear surfaced online on Tuesday night. The new look features sleek, lightweight material,...
UPC 2014 March Madness Pool: Final Standings

UPC 2014 March Madness Pool: Final Standings

Led by point guard Shabazz Napier, seventh-seeded Connecticut defeated eighth-seeded Kentucky on Monday night to win the NCAA men’s basketball championship. After an exciting tournament, the team at UPC is proud to announce the winners of our 2014 March Madness Pool. Taking home the grand prize of a pair of Danny Brown tickets will be UIUC sophomore...