We Love No Other 6.6 - Illini Basketball 2008~2012
Three acts remain. We're into the 2010's now, which means we've gotten to almost everyone's "and that's when I became an Illini fan" moment. If we refer to that moment as Boy Meets Girl, then there are three acts left:
Boy Loses Girl
Boy Still Can't Find Girl
Boy Gets Girl Back
This is Boy Loses Girl. 2008 through 2012. We were tumbling at the end of the last episode, from the national title game in 2005 to a 4-seed and a second-round loss in 2006 to a 12-seed and a first-round loss in 2007. It's about to bottom out in 2008, then fake rally in 2009 and 2011, and then give up a 27-0 run to end the game in 2012.
My guest for this episode, @BobZuppke, was an undergrad through these years (just like my guests for most of these episodes), so he watched the Boy lose the Girl up close and in person. And I started the blog during this period, so I followed along very closely as well. It, uh... it was hard to watch.
Let's just get to it. If you want to listen on Apple Podcasts do that here, if you want to listen on Spotify you can do so here, and if you listen to podcasts on Stitcher or CastBox (or something else) just search for "We Love No Other."
Or, if you're a masochist and you just want to get right to the pain of 2008 through 2012, you can start listening right now: