"The Bears are who we THOUGHT they were. And we let ‘em off the hook!" - Dennis Green

Twitter: @jackzinsky

Hometown: Tinley Park, IL

Favorite Sports Media Journalist: David Haugh

Favorite Athlete: Yoan Moncada

Favorite Team: Chicago White Sox

If you could cover any sporting event in the world, what would it be: The Final Four

Best tradition at your college:After every Notre Dame game, win or lose, the players, students, and alumni lock arms and sing the Alma Mater.

The restaurant you most frequent in your college town: McAlister's

Best class you’ve ever taken: Astronomy

The Rise and (Epic) Fall of the Fighting Illini

For a Power Five school, Illinois, especially in football and basketball, has taken a huge step down in the past decade or so. Growing up an Illini fan, it’s been tough to watch. I have fuzzy memories of the 2004-05 basketball season, which included this comeback against Arizona in the Final Four, led by dynamic […]

The Subtle Excellence of Brandon Wimbush

In a resurgent season for the Fighting Irish, most of the talk has been centered around new defensive coordinator Mike Elko and the remarkable turnaround of a group that was trampled far too often last season. Of course, Heisman candidate Josh Adams has received his fair share of the limelight as well. The most overlooked […]

The 2013 Iron Bowl Revisited

As a Notre Dame fan and student, I have no idea why I’m writing about college football when I need to push it out of my mind and deny that this season ever happened. I must say, though, the 2013 Iron Bowl is the greatest college football game I’ve ever witnessed live, and in honor […]

Crying Kid Doomed Michigan: An Analysis

Here’s a hard-hitting story for conference championship weekend. I’ve done some digging to explain Michigan’s 8-4 season in which they went out with a whimper. What could be the cause? Could it be the quarterback play? Could it be the overrated whiny coach? Could it even be the fact that they were never that great […]

ACC Check-In #1: Virginia Keeps Rolling

Welcome to the first weekly edition of the ACC Check-In. I’ll be doing updates for these last few weeks of the season and into March Madness. Essentially, I’m going to group the teams into categories: winners, losers, and constants. I’ll try to be as accurate as possible with this, but it’s a weekly update so […]

ACC Check-In #2: Notre Dame Bounces Back

A busy week in the ACC had Virginia take its first conference loss, Duke continue to fall (a little), and Syracuse and Notre Dame keep their seasons alive. Winners Virginia Tech A huge week for the Hokies began with a home win over NC State, and ended with their enormous, season-altering win on the road […]

ACC Check-In #3: Duke Makes A Statement

As the postseason approaches rapidly, each conference game becomes more important. Duke came back strong after a down week, while Clemson’s seeding potential took a hit. Winners NC State The Wolfpack picked up a huge road win on Wednesday against Syracuse, solidifying their tournament case and keeping them away from the bubble (for now). A […]

ACC Check-In #4: Virginia Clinches

Winners Miami This was the biggest week for Miami all season. They stumbled through a 3 game losing streak and had to win each of this week’s games. They did (barely) win both, and they reached the magical 20-win mark. No longer a bubble team, Miami presents an intriguing case for even a 6 seed […]

ACC Check-In #5: Tournament Preview

I know by this time this is published there will be a few games already complete, but I want to discuss the tournament a little bit anyway and give a rundown of my hypothetical predictions. Games completed as of this writing: Boston College 87-77 Georgia Tech Notre Dame 67-64 Pittsburgh Boston College advances to play […]

ACC Check-In #6: Sad Notre Dame Fan Rant

A few things to discuss before I get into the meat of the my predictions for the first weekend of the tournament. Everything about Sunday sucked, except the return of Sunday (and now collarless) Tiger. The new selection show was terrible, Notre Dame got snubbed, and Ernie Johnson, arguably the most likable man in basketball […]