Frequently Asked Questions

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’m Finally Getting Around To The) Looks Like University Of Illinois – Caleb Reams

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...]

Back And Forth – Wisconsin

In a podcast back in February, Steve and I talked about the upcoming Minnesota game as the pivot point. We were pretty sure we’d lose all of our road games and win all of our home games up until this point, so Minnesota would be when we learn some answers. And then we lost to Purdue and got our answers. Which makes the rest of this season harder to dissect. [Read more...]

SOC – Wisconsin

Full disclosure: when looking at the first four games of the Big Ten season, I saw two things – I thought we we’re going to lose to Purdue, and I thought we had a chance to beat Wisconsin. No, really, 10 days ago, that’s where I was. I thought we’d lose to Purdue because we’re bad; I thought we could maybe surprise Wisconsin because they’re bad. [Read more...]

By Chance

This is one of those times where I stare at a blank computer screen, waiting for a spark. I’m Thomas Jefferson, staring at his pen until “when in the course of human events” hits his brain and he has his opener. I don’t even have an opener. And I just compared myself to Thomas Jefferson. I just want to tell the story of Gary and his son. And I want to do it justice.

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“I’m not sick, but I’m not well.”

That’s been my standard response the last few weeks. The football team has me losing my hair in chunks. A single troll who has announced his intentions to destroy this website. Basketball recruiting and the feeling of helplessness when you want something so bad. And then I received a package in the mail. [Read more...]

We Love No Other 2.3 – The Braintrust

Calling all members of The Seventeen. If you’ve never listened to a podcast before, listen to this one. Why? Because I rounded up three of The 17 Illini Fans Who Care More About Football Than Basketball to discuss the season so far: Steve (Back-and-Forth), Craig (Craig Has The Scout), and Martin (O’Donnell, the only First Team All American on the panel). [Read more...]

Thunderstorm Rant

Weather delay. Pretty sure we’re losing, but I’m barely paying attention. I’m obsessed – OBSESSED – with wind right now. It’s all I’ve been tweeting about. All I care about. I just can’t even right now. So while the game is delayed, I shall rant. [Read more...]

SOC – Texas State

I need a blowout. My Mississippi State coworker asked me who we play this week today, and my response was “Texas State – I need to see a blowout”. His team is headed to play LSU in Baton Rouge; my team has a little bit easier road to victory. Texas State at home, and I need to see a blowout. I mean I really, really need it. [Read more...]

Those Were The Days – Texas State

You know what’s a good thing? Having non-conference opponents we’ve never played before. I mean, Detlef could take you back to a Southern Mississippi game from years past, but aren’t you glad we’re playing Texas State instead of Southern Miss? Anyway, here’s Detlef with another TWTD: [Read more...]