Illini Plagued by Slow Start (Again) in Loss: Illinois 67 – Penn State 71

I've kind of put off writing this postgame report because each road game sees the Illini making the same errors. We're writing about slow starts, terrible defense, and stagnant offense ad naseam. That's Latin for, "makes you want to puke." Actually, it's Latin for "to the point of nausea," but close enough. So grab your … Continue reading Illini Plagued by Slow Start (Again) in Loss: Illinois 67 – Penn State 71

Hating on the Hawkeyes: Jimmy Collins, Bruce Pearl, and the 1989 Chevy Blazer

Well, it's that time of year again. The Hawkeyes are coming to town and all longtime Illini fans must explain to the newbies why we take special pleasure in beating Iowa on the court and in any administrative misfortune that befalls their basketball program. Can you believe it's been nearly 28 years since Bruce Pearl, … Continue reading Hating on the Hawkeyes: Jimmy Collins, Bruce Pearl, and the 1989 Chevy Blazer

What’s in a Motto? Illinois 57 – Michigan 66

See Mo Wagner (#13)'s face in this photo? That's my face watching the Illini play on the road. What happened to "Toughness and Togetherness"? I'm not a big fan of yearly team mottos. I think they're a little corny, especially when they're so intentionally alliterative and then become acronyms (T-n-T) that are then suggestive of … Continue reading What’s in a Motto? Illinois 57 – Michigan 66

The Chicago Cubs Go to the White House: Sports and the Roots of Community

I'm only just now watching the televised part of the Cubs' recent visit to the White House. I remarked on this before, but it is especially significant that the Cubs were hosted by our nation's first African-American president – and first president from Illinois since a tall, lanky, downstater named Abraham Lincoln – on the … Continue reading The Chicago Cubs Go to the White House: Sports and the Roots of Community