Back And Forth – Youngstown State

There’s going to be a somewhat regular post rotation this fall.  Monday nights will be We Love No Other, Tuesday Check The Tape, Wednesday afternoon is the changeover to the next game with Craig Has The Scout, things like that. Monday morning each week will be this: college football author Steve Donohue and I breaking down the game in a back-and-forth email exchange. [Read more...]

Cri De Coeur

There’s no way to verify this, but I might be the only blogger who listens to classical music in the pressbox. Total real media move. It ruins blogger cred to say things like “Mahler’s 9th has a certain cri de coeur that I find lacking in his 4th Symphony”. (It totally does.) Right now, I need this music in my ears like John Groce needs Jalen Brunson. [Read more...]

Postgame Player Interviews – Youngstown State

My favorite part of these interviews?  Simon Cvijanovic is not happy.  The entire interview he’s agitated – at himself, at the team’s performance, at the running game issues.  That’s what you want from your senior leaders.  Especially after a game like today.  The other part to note: Joe Fotu talking about seeing the punter starting to kick and making an effort to shove his guy towards the punter’s foot. [Read more...]

From The Stands – Youngstown State

What do they call it when the cops are called to go check on someone who isn’t responding to knocks at the door? Welfare check? I appreciate the welfare checks today. Texts and tweets of “you’re OK, right?” Yes, I’m OK. OK in the sense that I nearly fell apart in the pressbox in a sweaty meltdown mess, but yes, OK. [Read more...]

Chatting With MO’D At Halftime

I’m sweating. I’m staring down a very, very dark place. I’ve put approximately 300 hours into this team in the last nine months, and suddenly, with a 7-6 halftime lead over an FCS team, it’s all teetering on the edge. The long, dark, Missouri 2009 tunnel is dead ahead and I’m praying we flip onto different tracks in the second half.

But never fear. Martin O’Donnell and I figured everything out at halftime. What the lines need to do, what we need to see from Lunt, everything. He figured it out. I just sat here sweating.

Stream Of Consciousness – Youngstown State

It’s back. We made it. Student-athletes have returned, so I can stop paying attention to professionals. No longer do I have to act like I care about baseball. College football and basketball recruiting, then college basketball and football recruiting, then a tournament run, then spring football. I’m so glad these next eight months are here. [Read more...]

Those Were The Days – Youngstown State

Before Robert wrote words on IlliniBoard, Detlef wrote words on IlliniBoard.  I joined with Brumby in 2013; Detlef aligned with Brumby in maybe 2002 (go Antoineo Harris).  So before there was a Stream Of Consciousness or a Check The Tape, there was a Those Were The Days.  Last year’s series recalled bad memories – this year, all good.  Take it away, D. [Read more...]

Craig Has The Scout – Youngstown State

It’s hard to describe how excited I am about this: I’ve convinced Craig to join me in writing for the site. We discussed it in Rantoul and I asked him what would be his dream thing to write about. His response: breaking down what the opponents do. So each week for the next 12 weeks, Craig has the scout. [Read more...]

Everything I Know

So I kind of wrote a book. OK, it’s not a book, but it’s, like, A BOOK.  I wrote down every single thing I know about the 2014 Illini football team.  Emptied my brain.  Kept writing and writing until the needle was well past “E”.  It’s a lot. If this was a paperback book, it would be around 100 pages.  And now I’m going to sell it for $5. [Read more...]

Post-Rantoul Three-Deep

This one was pretty easy.  As far as competitions for starting spots go, there’s really only three open competitions right now: quarterback, of course (for a competition there wasn’t much competing), right tackle (Pat Flavin or Christian DiLauro), and Leo (DeJazz Woods or Dawuane Smoot).  The rest of the starters seem to be set in stone. [Read more...]