Just What I Needed

We all needed that. The Notre Dame game was encouraging, but coming out and dominating Rutgers, winning by 35, is absolutely something every one of us needed. "Uneasy" doesn't begin to describe the fanbase the last three weeks, so complete and total

So, How We Doin'? Rutgers

I'm 53% certain that I've told this story before. But that means there's a 47% chance I haven't told this story before. Worth a shot. When I was a kid, my family would do this thing on birthdays. I believe we called it a "numbered dinner". You would

Rewind - Notre Dame

When this season began, the Illinois offense was primed to be all about the ball screen. With passing wizard Andre Curbelo, roll target supreme Kofi Cockburn, and three point shooters galore, it promised to be nigh on impossible to defend. Curbelo and

Postseason Mailbag I

There were several questions on our Slack which were too long to answer on Slack, so maybe I'll do two quick mailbag posts here. This first one will be two long answers to two football questions and then I'll sneak in a Gustav Mahler question at the

2022 Three-Deep

I should just permanently have the words "as in tradition around here" auto-filled at the top of every article. Because I developed a routine during the 2009 football season and I pretty much stick to it every year. The night before the game is the SOC

Super Seniors

When I opened the back door to let the dog out, I could hear what sounded like a really big jet taking off from Willard. Really loud. So I pulled up my app. Saw which plane was taking off. A 737-400, so that's why it was so loud. Much bigger than

Postscript, Northwestern

In the days leading up to Saturday's game, a story making the rounds in Illini circles was The Athletic's question-and-answer session with a handful of anonymous Illinois high school coaches about recruiting in the state. If you're a subscriber to The

So, How We Doin'? Notre Dame

I don't have an ounce of feel for this team. This might be 2006 and it might be 1999. I seriously have no idea. I want to believe that all of the mess we've seen so far is related to all of the external factors. Kofi's suspension. Belo's concussion.


I teared-up in the second quarter. Right there in the pressbox. I hoped that nobody noticed, and turned towards the wall to wipe the tears away, but yep, totally had tears in my eyes. I will now attempt to tell you why. First off, the music is a big

From The Stands - Northwestern 2021

I'm in the press conference right now trying to publish this from my phone. Haven't done that in a while so this is gonna be one of those "hope this works!" articles. Well, this isn't an "article". It's just some words before I post the audio. I should


I've been racking my brain on how to describe these first 17 days of the Illinois basketball season, and one word finally hit me - weird. When I arrived at the State Farm Center tonight and saw the Illinois injury report (Andre Curbelo - OUT; Trent

SOC - Northwestern 2021

Just wanted to tell a quick basketball story before I get to the final football SOC of the year. Well, two basketball stories. Actually, three. I was at the game tonight. Tyler was too, and he's covering the game for the site, so right now we're

Strength Of Schedule

I've always felt like strength of schedule should be discussed ten times more than it is in college football. OK, "ten more times" is a bit much. I've always felt like strength of schedule should be discussed 2.6 times more than it is. There are only

So, How We Doin'? Texas - Rio Grande Valley

This one is gonna be suuuuper short. It's Thanksgiving evening and I have about 20 minutes here to write about this game against something called Texas Rio Grande Valley. Also, the tryptophan is kicking in and my brain is fuzzy. This one should be an

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