The Flyin' Illini

The 30-year reunion for the Flyin' Illini is tomorrow. And I have about 45 minutes here before an appointment. So why not fill those 45 minutes with a rambling post listing all the things I remember from the spring of 1989? I was a sophomore in high

Baseball Week 2 -- Electric Boogaloo

Week 2 - Electric Boogaloo First, my apologies for the title of this blog. With the Flyin' Illini being celebrated this weekend in Champaign, I've gotten very 80s nostalgic. How nostalgic? I got excited when former Illini slugger Bubba Smith turned

Just Keep Fighting

I have no idea how we were in this game. I have no idea how, if we had grabbed that defensive rebound with 27 seconds left, we would have held the ball for the last shot, either to tie or to win (you know it would have been a Trent three). Yet somehow

Slapdash - Spring Sports

I haven't done a Slapdash post in a while. Slapdash just means a haphazard post where I write whatever is on my mind - no outline, no format, no structure. As I say each time, when you don't know what to write about, just start writing. This one will

Fighting Illini Upcoming Schedule

Looks Like University Of Illinois - Josh Plohr

OK so this will be a weird one for me to write. I do not know Josh Plohr, nor do I know his family, but I "know" them. My youngest son went to high school with his older brother. I had lunch at his mom's restaurant last Tuesday. St. Louis is a big city

Back to the Future Part IV (Pitching)

Some might be wondering why I'm so high on this ballclub given the losses sustained in the draft. Simply put: it's the pitching. We've talked about the talented returnees and freshman in the field, but Dan Hartleb's club is particularly rich in both

But If We Win The Next One

How many times have I said that in the last ten years? How many times - in football or basketball - have I said "this is a nice little run we're on, but these are home wins - win that one on the road next week and then we can talk". Well, let's talk

Back & Forth - Resurgence

That title feels like this is a film series. "Did you guys see that Back & Forth - Resurgence comes out this summer? I didn't like the third one because I didn't feel like it held true to the original but I'm hopeful for this since Antoine Fuqua

Back to the Future Part III (Infielders)

I really thought about just leaving these three GIFs here as the infielders edition of our Illini 9 preview. To quote one of my favorite shows, however, that seems like lazy journalism. Plus these young men deserve to be lauded and discussed.


Back to the Future Part II (Outfielders)

Outfielders are a rare breed at the college level. Some recruiters almost consider a true outfielder at the high school or junior college level to be an afterthought. One veteran coach used to tell me he'd recruit six shortstops every year. The best

What It Will (Hopefully) Look Like

I've written this post about football several times. The old "if everything goes to plan, here's what next year will look like, and then here's what the year after that will look like". Perhaps it's time to do that for basketball. Because this whole

Back to the Future

Hey everybody, it's Ben. I'm back for my fourth season writing about Illinois baseball for IlliniBoard.

I'm a history teacher by trade and a sports fan by birth, so one of my favorite past-times is collecting historical sports periodicals. I've got


All basketball games have a pace or flow to them. Fluid and rhythmic at times, grinding and mechanical at others. A game of runs it is often said. But every basketball play also brings with it a unique context. The flow and those runs are made up of a


If someone were to archive every post I've written in the last 10 years, and they were to give each post a tag, the tag with the most posts would probably be "football coaching staff consistency". It's the one thing I've harped on forever. In my view

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