When you don’t know what to write about, just start writing. [Read more…]

What’s Next?

So after a year of absolute turmoil – three football coaches, 15-win basketball team, more torn ACL’s than a fat man at yoga camp – things have seemingly settled a little bit. A Super Bowl head coach and a five-star big man will do wonders for stability. So now that we have a little momentum, what’s next? [Read more…]

Sweet Tea

I’ve been in the mountains all week. Haven’t really caught my breath in a week, both literally and figuratively. You know how my perfect day – like, absolute perfect day – is a fall Saturday in Champaign? My wife’s perfect day was pretty much every day this week. This was her sweet tea. [Read more…]

The 90 Illini – 65 to 61

For a brief few moments, this intro just said “intro”. I use this template to type out all of the 90i posts and I forgot to fill in this part. You know, I probably should have left it. More interesting than what I’m typing right now. [Read more…]

The 90 Illini – 70 to 66

My wife is out of town on a girls weekend and I just binge watched 10 consecutive episodes of Better Call Saul. So the next time I say something like “sorry I don’t have that post up life has been busy”, don’t believe me. I’m probably just addicted to the “watch next episode” button. Anyway, 70 to 66. [Read more…]

Lift For Life 2016

Late June means two things every year.  Freshman Jersey Number Day (coming in two installments this weekend), and Lift For Life, the Acoustic Neuroma fundraiser put on by the football team each year.  Freshman Jersey Number Day? That’s silliness. Acoustic Neuroma? An important cause taken up by our team. Let’s help them out.  [Read more…]

The 90 Illini – 80 to 76

The 90 Illini continues with the same theme: true freshmen who will redshirt. There’s always that freshman who surprises and enters the rotation his very first game, but I haven’t found him yet. I’ll keep looking. [Read more…]

Looks Like University Of Illinois – Vederian Lowe

I always Jerk Store the good jokes.  24 hours after Vederian Lowe picks Illinois, “Lowe’s – let’s build something together” finally comes across my brain. That would have been so perfect on Sunday.  Like, tweet the photo of Lovie and the Lowe family with the caption “Lovie to the Lowe’s: let’s build something together.”

Yeah, you’re right. Would have fallen flat. [Read more…]

8 Wins Or Sweet 16?

I somewhat invented this statistic.  Two years ago, after five years blogging about mediocre teams, I looked up the recent Big Ten history and saw that every team had at least one 8-win football season or Sweet 16 basketball season since 2009… except Illinois. A Twitter follower looked it up this year and saw that 62 of 65 P5 teams had accomplished this. When will we? [Read more…]

Looks Like University Of Illinois – Cameron Thomas

We recruit to the Petrino multiple offense for a few years and then Beckman arrives and installs a fly-sweep spread. We recruit Aaron Bailey for that… and then switch to the Cubit offense after one year.  We recruit four quarterbacks for the Cubit offense… and now switch back to McGee’s Petrino multiple offense.  The first QB recruit for the McGee offense? Cameron Thomas. [Read more…]