The grades are in and the third edition of DePaul’s sports blogging class is, as Hawk Harrelson would say, ovah. Thanks to the students for their hard work throughout the quarter. I’d also like thank the guest speakers: the Chicago Bulls’ Josh Kahn, The Athletic Chicago’s Jon Greenberg, WGN Radio’s Adam Hoge, ESPN.com’s Nick Friedell, MLB.com’s Scott Merkin, SB Nation’s Matt Brown, Crain’s Chicago Business’ Danny Ecker and ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich.
Here are some highlights from the final project.
- Jim Alexander on how the Clippers could benefit from an Oklahoma State star split, or perhaps build a Super Team this summer.
- Ameya Banks on the players who really matter for the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals (hint: not LBJ), and how much LeBron James’ Finals record matters.
- Nicole Hack on the USWNT-Japan game and podcasting about the U.S.-Colombia matchup in Copa America.
- Juan Pimiento‘s hand’s-on video breakdown of what Manchester United should expect on the field from new manager Jose Mourinho. Also, a good take on ManU’s youth movement with Eric Bailly and others.
- Ben Rains on why Bulls fans shouldn’t let their allegiance blind them from appreciating the Warriors. Also, why Fred Hoiberg deserves longer to prove whether or not he’s the right coach for the Bulls.
- Melanie Schumilas has all the answers on the ATP’s Young Guns in her mailbag and podcast. I’d pay to see her debate Nick Kyrgios on Nick Kyrgios.
- Mariah Woelfel was on the scene at the Sky-Mystics game, profiling Sky super fans and documenting everything off the court at Allstate Arena. Also, a great look at Sky star Elena Delle Donne through social media.