From the Upper Deck


Sundays from 6 to 8PM

A weekly roundup of all sports hosted by Sam Fretto, Sam Corbett, and members of the WONC Sports Department, From the Upper Deck focuses on North Central College athletics, as well as Chicagoland teams and national news. Fantasy sports match-ups, minor league baseball coverage, and random trivia break up the in-depth analysis on the official home for Cardinal Athletics. Check out WONC Sports on Twitter!

About the Hosts

Sam Fretto

Sam has been around sports for much of his life. He originally started playing baseball at 5 years old and stopped in high school. Although Sam doesn’t play anymore, he still has a passion for baseball, football, and basketball. He fills his passion broadcasting NCC Sports.

Despite living in NYC for nearly 8 years, he’s a diehard Chicago sports fan. He’s been a White Sox, Bears, and Bulls fan since birth.

Sam Corbett

Sam has been playing baseball since he was 2 years old. Other sports came and went, but he ended up saying goodbye to all of them except for baseball to broadcast his high school football team. He’s known for a long time that sports broadcasting is his dream job, and he’s not aiming to be the next Vin Scully or Joe Buck. He wants to be the first Sam Corbett.

Sam is currently a pitcher for the NCC baseball team. Despite being raised on the north side, he proudly roots for the St. Louis Cardinals. And possibly an even bigger sin, he’s a New England Patriots fan.

The Cardinal Podcast

Fretto's Failures


Bears Mock Draft 1.0

by Andy Jachim Following a hectic week of free agency and trades across the NFL, it’s time to settle in and fully prepare for the draft. This full-steam-ahead mentality excites every single fanbase. Regardless of the current situation their franchise might be in, it’s hard not to get excited about ...


Chicago Red Stars: What to Know Before the Season Starts

by Hayden Krzyzanowski A team that doesn’t get the recognition it deserves, The Chicago Red Stars, have restructured their entire front office which has led to major changes on the field. This renaissance of the Red Stars has been a wonderful thing to see in Bridgeview. A slow close to ...


A Season of Change for Cardinal Baseball

by Sam Corbett   Back on May 12th, Jack Oberli swung right over the top of a fastball from Illinois Wesleyan’s Luke Costello. In an instant, North Central was eliminated from the conference tournament, ending their season. A 7-5 loss to the Titans was the program’s second loss of the ...

Bruner's Beat

Bruner’s Beat: Joel Embiid and the NBA’s 65-Game Rule

by Evan Bruner   Reigning MVP Joel Embiid finds himself in a precarious position. He’s averaging 35.3 points and 11.3 rebounds per game. In a career that has been filled with incredible performances and top-to-bottom seasons, this campaign is perhaps his best work of all. Yet, Embiid is now a long ...

Bruner's Beat

Bruner’s Beat: Patrick Mahomes vs. Josh Allen Isn’t A Rivalry…Yet

by Evan Bruner   As the Kansas City Chiefs dispatched the Buffalo Bills 27-24 in the Divisional Round, the scene looked all too familiar. Patrick Mahomes and Kansas City walked out of the stadium smiling and celebrating while the Bills players were quiet, even shocked, entering the locker room.  The latest ...

Bruner's Beat

Bruner’s Beat: The Chicago Bears’ Justin Fields Situation

The Chicago Bears once again find themselves facing a franchise-altering decision. For the second straight season, the team holds the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. Last year, the team opted to trade back from the position to acquire additional assets, including wide receiver D.J. Moore and the eventual top ...

Morgan Piontek

Guenther Steiner Out at Haas F1

The Formula One offseason never ceases to bring its surprises. From new team names to the yearly silly season, fans are staying entertained even while cars aren’t out on track. In the latest breaking news of 2024, the Haas F1 team principal, Guenther Steiner, has been let go effective immediately. ...

Bruner's Beat

Bruner’s Beat: Adam Silver and the NBA’s Inaugural In-season Tournament

by Evan Bruner There may not be a more thankless profession than commissioner of a professional sports league. Between fans, players, and owners, it’s impossible to please everyone. As a result, commissioners are almost treated as politicians, posited as the culprit of every problem, the punchline of every joke.  No ...

Bruner's Beat

Bruner’s Beat: Does Firing Frank Reich Fix the Panthers?

by Evan Bruner   The short-lived Frank Reich era In Carolina came to an end last Monday following a disastrous 1-10 start. For Panthers fans, these 11 games have felt like an eternity, but in reality, it’s the earliest head coach firing in nearly 50 years. For reference, Urban Meyer got ...

Andy Jachim

What the Taylor Hall and Corey Perry Absences Mean for the Hawks

by Andy Jachim The Hawks’ recent struggles (with the exception of a super exciting OT win against the Leafs last Friday) have come with some sour news from a pair of veterans in the forward group. Taylor Hall is expected to undergo surgery on his right ACL and will miss ...

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