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…]

The 90 Illini – 85 to 81

I believe most of the freshmen are due on campus today. Which means we should get a roster update soon. Which means we’ll probably learn of a freshman who didn’t make it past admissions (or a walkon who left the team) very soon. Still, The 90 Illini march along (soon to be reduced to 88 or something). Next up: 85 through 81. [Read more…]

The 90 Illini – 90 to 86

The return. Not only of The 90 Illini, but also my return from my yearly May swoon.  Each year, I take May as a recharge month and write at about a third of my normal pace. Thought I might break the record this year (only 11 posts in May of 2013), but I landed on 13 posts.  Now, it’s June, so it’s time to crank it up. Starting with the 90i. [Read more…]

The 90 Illini – Top Ten

HE’S DONE IT, TESS. That’s how I hear Sean Farnham calling my completion of The 90 Illini, anyway. It was ugly, it was lazy, it was delayed, but somehow, at the end, Indiana forgot to guard me and I sank an uncontested layup. [Read more…]

The 90 Illini – 21 to 11

Here’s the plan for the words on this site the next 36 hours. This morning, numbers 21 through 11 of The 90 Illini (I’m. Gonna. Finish.). Tonight, probably some epic 2,000 word Stream Of Consciousness post regarding our freebie season. Tomorrow morning, The 90 Illini Top Ten. Tomorrow afternoon: Those Were The Days. Tomorrow night? FOOTBALL. [Read more…]

The 90 Illini – 31 to 22

LOL I’m going to finish the series LOL in three burst posts in the next three days LMAO.  No, really, I’m going to try to finish.  I probably don’t even have enough hours in the day to pull it off but here I am with I STARTED THIS SERIES AND I MUST FINISH and that’s all I can say.

LOL. [Read more…]

90i #32: Tyler White

It is now officially comical how far “behind” this “daily” “series” is. But I’ve someone given up on caring (maybe you can tell). In the last two weeks, every single moment of downtime I’ve had, I’ve been writing. My yearly novel (season preview) comes out tomorrow or Wednesday. So the 90i suffered. Yet I carry on, determined to get to #1 by next Friday. [Read more…]

90i #33: Eric Finney

This is one of those I was hoping to cheat on. Occasionally, after Rantoul, I rearrange the top of the list because this guy looked good and that guy didn’t get many reps. But with the battle at Star, I don’t think I learned anything. So this is probably the correct ranking for Finney, but it might be 15 spots too low. [Read more…]

90i #34: Mike Svetina

I just really hate injuries. I hate everything about them. I hate that after a phase where Purdue was ACL-U and then Iowa had the AIRBHG (Angry Iowa Running Back Hating God) and then Maryland lost all four quarterbacks and had to start a linebacker at QB… now it’s our turn to be Injury U. Hate it. [Read more…]

90i #35: Joe Fotu

I wrote more words on IlliniBoard last week than any week in IlliniBoard history… and I’m even further behind on The 90 Illini. I have 18 days to get it all done. Let’s do this. [Read more…]