Bouncing Back: Adam Adelstein beat a scary head injury to return to baseball

On June 28 of last year, Adam Adelstein was sprawled on the pitcher’s mound at Barrington High School after taking a line drive to the right side of his head. He suffered a fractured skull, a torn artery and internal bleeding on his brain. Following emergency brain surgery the night of his injury, Adelstein couldn’t walk for 4 days and required constant assistance for weeks. But after recovering and rehabbing for months, he finally returned to full strength and played outfield for the HPHS baseball team this season.

I chronicled Adelstein’s incredible recovery story in this 3,000-word feature for the Pioneer Press, coupled with a video about his love of playing piano. You can view the story by clicking here.

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HP Sports Brief: The final episode

In September 2012, I walked into the HPHS media center with an idea to anchor a sports show that would simply update the school on the latest sports scores. 3 years later, after running over 80 episodes, spending countless long nights with a camera in the cold, staying after school for hours editing and conducting hundreds of interviews, the HP Sports Brief has turned into so much more. And now on our final day of high school, I present you with my last-ever show. Huge thank you to everyone who has made this a ride to remember for me and a career I want to have for years to come.

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HP Sports Brief: In spite of early setbacks, baseball team routs rival Deerfield

Despite starting with a 5-19 record after facing a daunting non conference schedule, the Highland Park baseball team came out firing and crushed archrival Deerfield, 9-2, on Wednesday afternoon at Wolters field. Sam Brief reports from Highland Park in this HP Sports Brief.

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7 really dumb things Skip Bayless has said and the stats to prove him wrong

ESPN First Take personality Skip Bayless is known to be factually incorrect a surprisingly large percentage of the time. So I decided to find some of the most ridiculous statements he’s made over the years and prove him totally wrong. Enjoy.————————————————————————————————————
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“I’ll say it AGAIN. Give me RG3 over Luck – any day, any night, and year, any career.”

RG3 career stats: 37 games, 14-21 record, 8,097 Yds, 40 TD, 23 INT

 Luck career stats: 48 games, 33-15 record, 12,957 Yds, 86 TD, 43 INT

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“One day Robert Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 6.39.43 PMGriffin III will be a better QB than Aaron Rodgers.”

RG3 since statement: 22 games, 5-15 record, 4,897 Yds, 20 TD, 18 INT

Rodgers since statement: 25 games, 18-7 record, 6,917 Yds, 55 TD, 11 INT

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“I would take Brandon Weeden in the top 10 before I would take Ryan Tannehill.”

Weeden career stScreen Shot 2015-09-04 at 6.38.51 PMats: 28 games, 5-16 record, 5,419 Yds, 26 TD, 28 INT

Tannehill career stats: 48 games, 23-25 record, 11,252 Yds, 63 TD, 42 INT

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“The drafting of Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden will change the race in the division in the next few years.”

 AFC NORTH STANDINGS BY YEAR

2011 (before Ricardson, Weeden are drafted) 2012 (Richardson and Weeden’s rookie seasons) 2013 (Richardson traded in September) 2014 (Weeden released in March)
Ravens Ravens Bengals Steelers
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Browns Browns Browns Browns

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Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 6.39.34 PM“Wow, sensational move by Indy trading for Trent Richardson. Browns pretty much give up on this season, wait to use multiple picks in draft.”

Richardson since trade: 316 carries, 977 yards, 3.1 yards per carry, 6 TD, 5 fumbles

-Waived by Colts in March 2015, released by Raiders in August 2015

-3.33 career yards per carry is second-worst in NFL history

-The below pictures exist:

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Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 6.38.42 PM“Notre Dame 24, Bama 23. Manti plays with a Heisman-sized chip on shoulder pads, Golson makes one more play than A.J.” 

Final score: Alabama 42, Notre Dame 14

-Manti Te’o: 3 solo tackles, 0 tackles for loss, 0 sacks, 0 INT, 0 forced fumbles

-Everett Golson: 21/36, 270 Yds, 1 TD, 1 INT, 5 carries, -7 Yds

-A.J. McCarron: 20/28, 264 Yds, 4 TD, 0 INT, 1 carry, 9 Yds

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Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 6.41.58 PM“Tim Tebow is the next Brett Favre!” 

That’s just not smart.

HP Sports Brief Special: Girls soccer team assists in HPHS family’s struggle with breast cancer

The HPHS girls soccer team took on archrival Deerfield on Thursday night in a pivotal CSL North matchup. But the real story from that night was how the team rallied together to raise $574 in support of assistant coach Alex Conejo and his wife’s battle with breast cancer. She has been in remission since January 2014, and Conejo was honored to see such an effort be made on behalf of his family and his wife’s struggle. Sam Brief reports from Wolters Field in this HP Sports Brief special.

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HP Sports Brief special: Discussing the changing landscape of sports media with Chicago’s finest

In this HP Sports Brief special, I had the opportunity of speaking with some of Chicago’s premier sports writers, broadcasters and agents about how social media has changed the way their jobs function and the way sports fans consume media. Mark Giangreco, Brad Biggs, Ryan Baker, Mark Bartelstein, Kevin Fishbain, Peter Rudman and Ed Sherman all shared their views with me. Feel free to send any feedback using the “Contact Me” page on the lefthand column. You can also find me on Twitter and on Facebook. Also, be sure to check out my YouTube channel.

SportVU analytics taking hold in college hoops

This summer while at Northwestern’s Medill Cherubs program, I worked for weeks on what was our main assignment—to write a story on any trend that was happening anywhere in the world.

For my story, I chose to write about SportVU, a system of cameras in the rafters of every NBA arena and 3 college ones (Duke, Marquette, Louisville) that tracks player movement to spit out crazy advanced performance data. For the story, I made more phone calls than I thought would be humanly possible, once even making 41 calls in an hour. In the end, I interviewed people like J.A. Adande, Mike Trudell, Kirk Goldsberry and officials with NBA and NCAA teams.

Today, my nearly 2,000-word story was published on SB Nation’s Bucky’s 5th Quarter site. Check it out by clicking here.

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What sportsmanship means to us: Highland Park High School

Here’s a video I produced for a Central Suburban League contest on what sportsmanship and school spirit mean to Highland Park High School. Feel free to send any feedback using the “Contact Me” page on the lefthand column. You can also find me on Twitter and on Facebook. Also, be sure to check out my YouTube channel.

HP Sports Brief: Boys basketball team’s season concludes with regional final loss to Lake Forest

In their second straight regional championship game against No. 4 Lake Forest, the Highland Park (IL) boys basketball’s team ended with a 53-32 loss to the Scouts thanks to Lake Forests 23-2 run in the second and third quarters. The defeated ended the second straight 20-win season for the Giants and ended the careers of their 7 seniors, some of whom reflected on their time with the program. Sam Brief reports for HPTV in this HP Sports Brief.

Also, here is my game coverage for the Pioneer Press as well as a season recap on Highland Park.

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HP Sports Brief: Boys basketball advances to regional title game with thrilling win over New Trier

The Highland Park (IL) boys basketball team eked out a 44-41 win over New Trier on Wednesday night after David Hammes’ three-point attempt rimmed out at the buzzer for New Trier. With the victory, the team clinched its second back-to-back 20-win seasons in school history and advanced to the regional final against Lake Forest, who they beat in the same game last year and have played twice already this season.

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