About Zach Gropper

Zach Gropper is a sports broadcasting major at Indiana University in the beautiful town of Bloomington, IN. He is from Flossmoor, IL, a small Chicago suburb.
Zach was was the sports director for WHFH 88.5 FM Flossmoor his junior year of high school and Television Station Manager of Viking Television during his senior year.
He runs a White Sox blog at GrabSomeBench.com and also contributes and reports for AssemblyCall.com. Last summer, Zach interned for ESPN 1000 AM Chicago, working on programming for the Waddle and Silvy Show.
He is currently eager to get out into the professional world of sports media, wherever that may take him.

Fantasy Football 2013: Five bold predictions for the upcoming season

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For some, like myself, draft day 2013 is extremely near. For others, though there’s still two or three weeks until you’re on the clock, it’s never too early to kick off your many hours of laborious strategizing.

Review of New 30 for 30 Doc Survive and Advance

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Hock Films did a phenomenal job. The film is drawing great praise pretty much everywhere you look.

Young Stars Leading the Way for Blackhawks Dominance

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It’s time to give respect to the two young stars that are the driving forces behind this Chicago team – and although they’re both only 24 years of age, they are already in their sixth season as difference makers at the United Center.

Chicago Bulls’ New Scoring Options Are Reasons for Optimism

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If Derrick Rose can return to form, there are actually some reasons to believe that Chicago’s chances are better this year than in years past. It comes down to one type of player that the Bulls suddenly seemed stocked with: scorers.

A Journey Into Fútbol Fandom: Watching My First Match

Liverpool set the tone early against Norwich City, making the game very 'watchable' for a newcomer like myself. Credit: Colin Lane

The best part about acquiring that wealth of knowledge concerning the Reds is without a doubt being able to have it at your disposal while watching a live game.

A Journey Into Fútbol Fandom: Getting to Know Liverpool FC

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As previously laid out, the club I’ve chosen to root for is Liverpool FC … and the past few days have involved a lot of studying up on the historically rich Reds.

Why Chicago Bulls’ Carlos Boozer Is On A Hot Streak

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NBA veteran Carlos Boozer is riding the best hot streak, which is long overdue after largely being a disappointment since his arrival in Chicago.

A Journey into Fútbol Fandom: Not Stepping on Loyals’ Toes

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As Zach Gropper’s initiative to give soccer a fair shake begins, he challenges himself to learn about his favorite team inside and out to avoid being a dreaded bandwagon fan.

A Journey into Fútbol Fandom: Where to Start?

English star David Beckham helped the LA Galaxy capture the MLS Cup this past season, ending his 6-year American career on a high note. (Photo by Regular Daddy via CC BY-SA 3.0).

Zach Gropper thinks it’s time to give soccer a chance, and he invites you to join him on his journey to learn more about the sport.

The 3 Biggest Issues The Slumping Illini Are Fighting

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The Illinois Fighting Illini started 12-0, catapulting themselves into college basketball’s top 10. But the team has dropped four of its last six games. So what exactly is wrong with John Groce’s boys? I’ve narrowed it down to 3 main factors.

Video: A.J. McCarron’s Girlfriend Katherine Webb Makes Musberger, Herbstreit Weak In The Knees

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You’ve probably been reading a lot of tweets and/or statuses about Brent Musberger and Kirk Herbstreit’s comments about Alabama Crimson Tide QB AJ McCarron’s lovely girlfriend. In case you missed it or just want another good laugh (and some eye candy), here’s the video.

Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah Developing Into Top-Notch Big Man

Sure, the Bulls will be looking up at teams in the East upon Rose's arrival, but it's a task they're ready to take on. Credit: AP

Everybody knows the Chicago Bulls have the point guard to build a team around in homegrown superstar and MVP Derrick Rose. However, not many people give them credit for having a top-of-the-line big man, which, they may indeed have currently blossoming in the windy city.

NBA on Christmas Day: TV Schedule and Best Player Matchups

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ABC and ESPN are bringing us a great NBA on Christmas Day slate of action starting at noon and going late into the night.

Who Is The NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year? An Updated Look at RG3, Andrew Luck, and Russell Wilson

Andrew Luck has been instrumental in leading his team to 9 very close wins. Credit: ESPN

Until recently, it’s been one of two guys: RGIII or Andrew Luck. But with Seattle Seahawks’ QB Russell Wilson now joining the discussion, you’ve got to take a very in-depth look into each of their seasons to determine who’s really the most deserving.

NBA Christmas Day Schedule … and NBA Superstars Singing ‘Jingle Bells’

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Before we get to the NBA’s Christmas Day schedule for 2012, a quick little something for anyone who might at all be struggling to get into the Christmas spirit.