You already know my intro. You could write it yourself if you wanted to. I’m an Illini football fan for the players first. The story, to me, is always the players. Coaches do good things, coaches to bad things, (coaches do dumb things), but I’m all in for the players. So these interviews have one theme: what’s this win like for you? [Read more...]
How Illinois was it to get the ball with 1:25 but have to punt? Extremely Illinois? Pure Illinois extract? That was as Illinois as we could be at that moment. But despite a holding penalty when you’re running clock, despite having to punt and deal with a Hail Mary, and because of four or five lucky bounces, we WON. [Read more...]
I mean, you totally expected David Cobb to have 28 yards on 12 carries at the half, right? And for our defense to have held Minnesota to 86 yards on 31 plays? All of this TOTALLY EXPECTED, right? Of course not, which is what Martin O’Donnell and I discussed at halftime. [Read more...]
Stream Of Consciousness posts this year have a theme: me going around on Friday nights avoiding what I really feel about the game and then writing that. In August, I felt like the team wasn’t mentally read for the first game. Three weeks ago, pretty sure we were losing to hapless Purdue. Tonight, still feel like Minnesota is beatable.
I think this will be my shortest post ever. Every other blogger on the planet puts up 250 word posts, but I’m not happy unless I beat a point to death. So this is me trying to maybe not belabor a point and just let some charts and graphs do the talking. The topic: ALL A FOOTBALL TEAM HAS TO DO IS FORCE TURNOVERS.
Each fired Illini coach had one really good year. Zook 2007. Turner 2001. And Lou Tepper 1994. No, it wasn’t a BCS bowl like the other two, but that 1994 team was a few plays here and there from a possible nine or ten-win season. In the end, it was a seven-win season. Which was almost six. Tell us why, Detlef: [Read more...]
After the bye week, Craig is back with a brand new invention. Something grabbed a hold of him tightly. And I’m pretty sure that it’s our linebackers and safeties and their struggle maintaining gap accountability. Next up – #4 rusher in the nation David Cobb! Who will no doubt flow like a harpoon daily and nightly. [Read more...]
Three years ago today, we were 6-1, bowl-bound, ranked, and I was all panicked about a losing streak. We’ve now won one Big Ten game since (we’ve. won. one. Big. Ten. game. since. October. 2011.), and I thought I’d revisit the NERDstats that predicted our doom. Guess what? They’re not awful. No, really. [Read more...]
I feel like a bye week is a great time to answer some of your questions about this website. People will pull me aside at a tailgate and ask something, or I might get several questions over Twitter and email, so I figured I’d group them here and answer in public for all. Maybe I’ll even get into some of your analytics questions about subscriptions and such. [Read more...]
I hate it when I do this. Caleb Reams committed to Illinois on August 9th – the day I took my son to the PGA Championship before heading up to Rantoul – and despite having an entire week to blog in Rantoul, I completely forgot his LLUOI. That’s unacceptable. If kids are going to pick Illinois, they deserve an LLUOI in the first 48 hours. This is me committing to that. [Read more...]