Check The Tape – MTSU

It’s interesting to watch a game on tape that I watched from the stands, not the pressbox.  I generally watch games from the pressbox or on TV, so I’m used to then watching tape after viewing from those angles.  Being in the stands and then watching the game again – totally different experience.
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Check The Tape – UNC

First two weeks of Check The Tape: OH GOD THIS IS SO MUCH FUN WE’LL BEAT EVERYONE FOREVER.  This week: not so much. Watching those fourth quarter drives (when our defense was dog tired and UNC was just rolling) was pretty darn painful.  But I soldiered through. Here’s what I saw:
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Check The Tape – WIU

I lost my favorite Illini shirt somewhere out here in North Carolina. I can’t remember being this depressed about losing something. Like, seriously depressed all day. I know I can just buy another one, but still, that was my SHIRT, you know? I lived in that thing. So depressed. Anyway, here’s the WIU CTT. [Read more…]

Check The Tape – Kent State

Year six of Check The Tape! Feels good to be back with the stylus in my hand, trying to pause the tape at just the right moment. I’m not sure if you’re aware of this or not, but checking the tape after a 52-3 win is a tiny bit more enjoyable than checking the tape after beating Texas State by seven. [Read more…]

Check the Tape (Basketball Edition) – Michigan

With 11:23 left in the second half, the Fighting Illini had a 13 point lead over the Michigan Wolverines in Ann Arbor. It was looking like the Illini were going to spoil Jim Harbaugh’s Homecoming to Ann Arbor and leave Crisler Arena 1-0 in the Big Ten. But we know that is not what happened. But what did happen?

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Check The Tape – Penn State

What is wrong with the human mind/body that you can still get nervous when watching a field goal that you already know goes in? How is the brain able to convince itself that it might not happen? I’m watching Reisner line up and my heart is racing watching the tape. The brain is weird. Wait, I know – Illinois football has done this to me. [Read more…]

Check The Tape – Iowa

As painful as any post I’ve written in years. This tape is so hard to watch. 3 point underdogs, at home, first crowd of 50,000+, a team that just lost to a team we beat (giving up 51 points in doing so), and then THAT. [Read more…]

Check The Tape – Minnesota

Look, this might have been Minnesota’s worst game of the year and our best game – this might have been Michigan 2009 – and the rest of the season will be miserable. I get that. Still, I can’t help but walk into work on Monday morning and bask in “I saw you beat #24” from my Mississippi State coworker who is currently celebrating his dream season. Wins are never not fun. [Read more…]

Check The Tape – Wisconsin

Can I just bury this here in the Check The Tape post?  The Gray Ghost uniforms we’ll be wearing against Minnesota in two weeks?  I’m trying so hard to be excited about them.  But I just can’t find it inside.  A direct reference to Red Grange should be something I send to everyone I know.  But this whole “lost 24 of the last 25 Big Ten games” thing is an emotional anchor.  The Purdue loss destroyed so much of my Illini Football soul. [Read more…]

Check The Tape – Purdue

Want to know how I know there’s a just and merciful God? There’s only 49 minutes of tape to check. Since 2012 I’ve used the BTN2Go app to rewatch the games (and make the screencaps), and this tape cuts off at the 49 minute mark. It’s 14-14 and then that’s that. So here’s my weekly Check The (49 Minutes Of Available) Tape: [Read more…]