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Author: Tab Bamford

Tab Bamford is the owner of a Blackhawks blog,, serves as a columnist and Chicago correspondent for, and is a featured sports blogger for

He has been credentialed to cover NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB and PGA events, including the 2002 NFL Draft, 2010 Stanley Cup Finals and 2010 BMW Championship, and his work has been featured on, and Also, Tab is the author of “100 Things Blackhawks Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die” with a forward from Jeremy Roenick (Triumph Books, 2011).

Tab has attended NHL, MLB, NBA, and NFL playoff games in Chicago, as well as the NCAA tournament, the Rose Bowl, and the 2009 NHL Winter Classic at Wrigley Field. He has also road tripped to see the Cubs, White Sox, Bears and Blackhawks in eight different states, and attended the 2011 NHL Awards in Las Vegas. He is the father of Matthew and Bobby and husband of Kristin who was a Clarendon Hills Little League All Star, played football, swam and ran track at Hinsdale Central High School and played football at Taylor University (Upland, IN). He is a collector of elite sports memorabilia and a cigar connoisseur.

Under Armour All America baseball tournament

On Saturday, August 15, the best young baseball players in the country will be at Wrigley Field to show off their incredible skills. 

The 8th annual Under Armour® All-America Baseball Game, powered by Baseball Factory, will showcase 40 of the nation's elite high school baseball players in a game that will be televised nationally.

NFL Draft Set to Rock Chicago

Thursday, April 30, 2015 12:00 AM by Tab Bamford

2015 NFL Draft

Today, the 2015 NFL Draft kicks off a weekend of incredible football fantasy all over Chicago.

The celebrated annual selection of the best and brightest college stars will begin with the first round at 7 p.m. CT tonight. The second and third rounds will begin at 6 p.m. CT tomorrow, May 1, and the final four rounds will commence at 11 a.m. CT on Saturday, May 2. 

Chicago Loses an Icon: RIP 'Mr. Cub' Ernie Banks

Monday, January 26, 2015 12:00 AM by Tab Bamford

Ernie Banks dine like a local

On Jan. 23, Chicago lost one of its finest.

Ernie Banks passed away late on a Friday night, with news breaking around 9 p.m. local. The news exploded on social media and overwhelmed the sports conversation on a night that saw the NHL host their annual All-Star Game fantasy draft and an NBA player - Klay Thompson - break a league scoring record.

That's because people respected Mr. Cub.

On Monday, the birthday of the United States Marine Corps, a special press conference took place at the Union League Club in the heart of downtown Chicago.

The Bunker, a program built by veteran entrepreneurs for veteran entrepreneurs, announced a national expansion plan. What makes this move striking is that The Bunker cut the ribbons to officially open their doors at 1871 in Chicago on Nov. 1 - just 10 calendar days ago.

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