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Feb 15, 2023

There's no article here. Just a quick note why there's not an article here. Because of a personal thing, I just don't have it in me to write anything about the game tonight. That doesn't have anything to do with the result, I just don't have the ability to put words together.

Being vague about things like this always leads to speculation and questions, so I'll just share a few details. We found out that one of my wife's friends passed away suddenly. I'd prefer that there not be "sorry for your loss, Robert" responses because that's not this situation. This is the situation where someone young dies suddenly and the world no longer makes sense.

And when the world seems that unfair, losing a basketball game because someone scored 41 points seems completely fair. That's a completely acceptable outcome in the world. A woman in her 30's dying suddenly is not at all acceptable.

I had this whole thing planned for this trip - a friend and I paid for courtside seats and I wanted to write about watching a game from down there - but you'll have to wait for that article. There's just no way I can write it tonight. Or maybe even tomorrow? I don't know. All I know is that I can't stop thinking about her husband. It's all so terribly unfair.

So check back tomorrow I guess. I have a 9.5 hour drive ahead of me, but maybe after processing all of this on the highway I'll find a way to write about everything. Or maybe I won't. I just know I can't tonight.

Thanks for understanding.

Comments on February 15, 2023 @ 08:30 AM

We need to start talking to one another freely about what is causing these sudden deaths. I think we are witnessing a mass slow genocide by injection / inoculation. Contemplating that possibility ia not something that one desires to entertain or think about, eapecially if you are one that has received an injection. It is tragic. I have empathy for all that have taken the injection and for those that have lost friends and family potentially from the injection. Please do not respond with vitriol. We should be able to talk about things openly and freely. There are potentially things that can be done to detox from the injection. This is obviously just my opinion, but it is an opinion formed through substantial independent research…medical journal articles…NIH and National Library of Medicine etc.

Robert on February 15, 2023 @ 11:01 AM

She died while giving birth. Use her lifeless body as a pole for your I Figured Something Out Online campaign tent if you must, but please know that it is irreparably disgusting.

Efremwinters84 on February 16, 2023 @ 06:06 AM

Why don't you just leave..... on February 15, 2023 @ 11:38 AM

There is no need to lash out at me. That is not helpful. I genuinely think that what I stated is true. If it is true that these vaccines have detrimental effects, that means that I have a moral duty to let people know regardless of what response I may receive. You can call me names, and I will not take much offense. Adhominum attacks though are not helpful. There is something going on, and to not see it is to remain willfully ignorant. If there are any reading this that are concerned about their health, there are potentially things that can be done to help you.

What do I have to gain from posting this opinion? I know what awaits me...a response such as yours which serves to block discussion of a legitimate concern. You seek to shame me. If what I state is true, then action should be taken. Responses such as yours, which is a response that is programmed, is one that I have seen conveyed in many mainstream media articles. A coworker of mine's lifelong friend just passed away at the age of 54 of blood clot to his heart. One of the many acknowledged adverse events associated with the injections is blood clots. We have a nurse in the family who is a hematologist. She has maintained for over a year and a half that she and the doctor with whom she works have seen a drastic increase in blood clotting. In their clinic / practice, they have officially in some cases attributed the clotting to vaccination. She and the doctor with whom she works are very alarmed.

Lastly, I have met you Robert and admire your work and can sense that you are a very good person. Thank you for what you do. What you call disgusting I consider a duty and will continue to alert people to what I see as a danger to all of humanity. Love you man...and I mean that. Even though I do not know you, I love you as you are my fellow man. Take care and you have my sincere empathy. This is the last I will post about the subject as this is your site, and I can see that this kind of comment is unwelcome.

williamfleitch on February 15, 2023 @ 08:38 PM

Sometimes it is OK not to talk.

Robert on February 16, 2023 @ 08:35 AM

Rafe, I need you to fully understand why "this kind of comment is unwelcome".

If I had said my wife's friend died in a car accident, and you responded by saying she must have had Acme brakes on her car because you've seen the studies and you know that Acme cut corners during testing and anyone allowing Acme to be put on their car is basically asking for death, it's just as classless. Especially when the accident had nothing to do with brakes.

I know the details as to what happened, it has nothing to do with what you're suggesting, and your efforts to shoe-horn SOMEONE'S DEATH into your pet topic because of its insatiable "this just further confirms my thoughts - I must keep going" appetite are, in a word, disgusting.

And your canned, pre-written "sure, attack me and not the topic" response makes it even worse. You've shown no humanity here. And it doesn't seem to bother you. on February 16, 2023 @ 11:27 AM

Canned and pre-written, you are presuming things that you cannot possibly know. I am a regular guy who does not post anywhere about this stuff. I shared my thoughts out of genuine concern as I do think that an act of genocide has been conducted. I am not disgusting, and my actions are not disgusting. Robert, you stated that she had died suddenly and that a woman dying in her 30s is not at all acceptable which led me to think you may have been eluding to the many cases of people dying suddenly that are littered daily in the news. I wasn't responding solely because of what happened to her as I know of people who have died and who have been injured by the vax. My stepbrother suddenly became anemic after being injected as did my neighbor. My sister-in-law treats people every day that developed blood clot disorders because of the vax. When you said "died" suddenly, I of course thought of all the young people athletes and non athletes that you can read about everyday that have died on the field, at home, at work, at school etc. Based upon how you have responded, you must not see those reports as they are not on your news feed. Well, I am aware and thought that instead of staying silent like I mostly have that I would try to alert those that may not be aware of the death and ruin of life that the jab has caused. If what I say is true, think about all of the Illinois athletes that have been forced to take the shot to participate in a sport to which they have dedicated their lives. Perhaps that is a story or "topic" that should be written. Perhaps someone should have defended them? Perhaps you should have made forced vaccination and diminution of bodily integrity a pet topic. Staying silent is how we lose everything: freedom of all sorts...speech, movement, privacy etc. So, I chose to use my voice and now know where you stand, and in relation to this topic will now remain silent on your site. What is disgusting to me is the degrading nature of your response. You are attacking my character and assuming you know my heart. You stated, "You've shown no humanity here." I spoke up knowing that there could be backlash but chose to speak anyhow as the cost of not speaking up is greater than me being shunned, degraded etc. That is showing my humanity, compassion, and empathy as I do not want to see anyone getting hurt. How many more people will be harmed by these jabs? BTW, the jabs cause harm and death in many ways. Imagine someone having a heart attack or stroke while driving. Will the cause of the death be attributed with the car accident or the heart attack which may have been caused by the jab. To conclude, I still admire you and your work Robert and wish nothing but the best for you, your family, and friends. You attacked my character and assume to know my heart and therefore my intent.

McGuive on February 16, 2023 @ 11:50 AM

I am baffled by the fact that you are blind to how inappropriate your messages have been in this context. Please just take it elsewhere, if you must. There is no reason to continue to spiral.

DQ4515 on February 16, 2023 @ 11:59 AM

Now, you have tripled-down. Take your "duty" elsewhere.

andy on February 17, 2023 @ 10:22 AM

Not only is this inappropriate in this forum, it’s factually wrong. I’ve written and deleted versions of this response 3 times this week because fighting with trolls online is hopeless, but here we are. The “evidence” you cite is at best circumstantial. In fact, it’s the same level of seriousness that has led various conservative politicians to embarrassingly claim that there are litter boxes in school bathrooms for students who supposedly identify as “furries”. The fact that you call the vaccination “the Jab” tells me exactly where you’re getting your information. I work in public health/infectious disease and there is absolutely no scientific evidence supporting your claims. Your fake deep concern masks the damage you are doing to public health. If you actually care, just stop. on February 22, 2023 @ 11:21 AM

Andy, As I recall, around the summer of 2021, the mainstream media was referring to the "vaccine" as the "Jab". See the linked title of "The Economist" article. "Who Should Get the Jab". If you care about humanity, you need to stop advocating for people to be jabbed. If you want to know precisely the name I would use to describe the vaccine, it is not a vaccine, I would call it a bioweapon.

DQ4515 on February 16, 2023 @ 08:38 AM

You have double-downed on inappropriate expression of your “duty.”

IlliniJoe81 on February 15, 2023 @ 12:28 PM

"Losing a basketball game because someone scored 41 points."

That's really all that needs to be said.

I'd envisioned you doing a deep dive into best Big Ten single game performances and best performances against Illinois over the last ~20 years. I think the conclusion would have been that Pickett had the single best offensive performance of the season and quite possibly in recent memory.

The dude hardly even got fouled. Most of the shots were guarded to some degree. Brandon Paul against Ohio State in 2012 is the only comp that comes to mind.

Even the TJD performance against us earlier in the season doesn't measure up.

Sometimes terrible things happen, but it sucks that it happened to someone you care about. The beauty of people like you, Robert, is that you also find the magic in the positive side of things that gives us the sanity we need to weather the storm. I hope you find a ray of hope somewhere in a very tough day.

Efremwinters84 on February 16, 2023 @ 06:19 AM

I have to admit that I got disgusted in the 2nd half and fast-forwarded through parts of the game on my delayed broadcast.

Did BU ever get creative and try zone, box-and-1 or a full court/half court press?

I do tend to get frustrated with the approach we tend to take in games like (a) the Pinkett game, (b) the Jackson-Davis game, and (c) the Loyola Chicago game.

Sometimes you need to try drastic "in-game" corrections. It seems to me we aren't really strong at thinking on our feet. It's absurd to keep doing the same thing over and over, while just hoping for a different outcome.

IlliniJoe81 on February 16, 2023 @ 11:15 AM

I totally get where you are coming from.

However, there are plenty of games this year where we surged ahead in the second half without dramatic changes to the gameplan. We had the 19-0 run against Rutgers, for example.

I did see Underwood putting different guys on Pickett. I think Mayer eventually slowed him down some. Problem is that once you are down 13 at half even if you make adjustments and improve to just playing even with the opponent in the 2nd half you will still lose by 13.

drewpershing on February 20, 2023 @ 12:41 PM

I too was reminded of Brandon Paul on February 16, 2023 @ 11:42 AM

Here is an example. Go ahead and belittle me with "doubling down on expression of your duty:

Giovantischixstripz on February 16, 2023 @ 01:32 PM

Athletes have died on the field throughout history. Your article means less than nothing when it comes to your thesis statement, and more importantly, is disgustingly out of line addressing a personal issue you have no information about. Be a man of your word and remain silent on the topic, instead of posting this irrelevant story as "evidence" 15 minutes later.

thethrash on February 17, 2023 @ 04:28 PM

1,741 athlete cardiac events since the COVID injections were rolled out in December 2020 (70 cardiac events in athletes per month. 1,228 of them resulted in death (47 athlete deaths per month from Dec 2020 - February 2023). Compare that to the following from the linked (and sourced) article: “ The International Olympic Committee in Lausanne, Switzerland, studied documents from international data banks from 1966 to 2004. Those documents indicate 1,101 sudden deaths in athletes under 35 years of age, an average of 29 athletes per year, the sports with the highest incidence being soccer and basketball. (NIH Document)

A study by Maron on sudden death in US athletes, from 1980 to 2006 in thirty-eight sports identified 1,866 deaths of athletes with cardiac disease, with a prevalence of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.”

Conclusion: Since the COVID vaccines were rolled out there has been an average of 47 athlete deaths PER MONTH due to cardiac events. According to the two studies cited in the article I’ve linked, the athlete death rate PER YEAR was 29-69. Quick math: Athlete death rate from cardiac events increased from 29-69 per year to 564 per year (47 deaths per month x 12 months)!

Giovantischixstripz on February 17, 2023 @ 04:55 PM

A look through 5 random links of the 1741 "cardiac arrests" linked, shows the truly unscientific nature of the site. Many of those events,

A. Aren't even cardiac events

B. Included a VASTLY wider scope than the IOC report, including cases of non-athletes, the majority being over 40 years old (the IOC numbers are expressly under 35)

C. Are sourced from sites like

thethrash on February 17, 2023 @ 05:06 PM

Any source I give you I’m sure you’ll dismiss. Have a goodnight.

Giovantischixstripz on February 17, 2023 @ 06:11 PM

I didn't just dismiss it, I spent actual time looking into it and found legitimate faults in the research. Your problem isn't that these "scientific" investigations are being censored, its that when your "sources" are put under the microscope, they don't hold up.

thethrash on February 17, 2023 @ 07:43 PM

I’m sure you would have trusted the AMA on their stance on cigarettes throughought most of the 20th century:

or the FDA’s endorsement of DDT for treatment of various diseases:

DDT was synthesized by Austrian chemist Othmar Zeidler in 1874; its insecticidal effects were discovered in 1939 by Swiss chemist Paul Hermann Müller. During World War II it was used to fight typhus and malaria, and in 1945 the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved it for public insecticide use. By the end of the same year, American chemical companies were producing an estimated two million pounds of DDT a month. As a result of a vast surplus, negligent regulation, and antiquated scientific tools that inaccurately concluded that DDT had no effect on mammals, DDT found its way into vast amounts of products. However, in 1972 the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned DDT after conclusive evidence exhibited that it threatened the maturation of birds and caused nervous disorders and cancer in exposed human populaces.

Blind trust in authorities can be a dangerous proposition.

Giovantischixstripz on February 17, 2023 @ 09:49 PM

It isn't blind trust in authorities, it is an investigated, personally analyzed distrust in the sources you have included, with valid reasons listed why I should have that distrust.

But you aren't acknowledging anything I am saying and are just spouting talking points, so we are done here.

thethrash on February 17, 2023 @ 10:35 PM

thethrash on February 16, 2023 @ 04:24 PM

My brother’s heart is in the right place. He was trying to convey information that has been censored by the MSM, and social media platforms at the behest of the government. This is now common knowledge thanks to the reporting of Matt Taibi and other renowned journalists that Elon Musi gave access to TWITTER’s e-mail communications with government agencies, politicians and internal. The fact that discussion on the negative effects of the COVID vaccines, contrary to the “official” narrative, can’t even occur without a guttural emotion-filled response, tells me the extent to which those that got the vaccines are indoctrinated to believe what they’ve been told by “official”sources. There is tons of information out there (studies in medical journals and testimonies from doctors that have been censored and smeared) that show that the vaccines not only aren’t effective, but are also harmful. I can understand why those that got the vaccine/boosters have a cognitive dissonance to information that suggests they may have made a horrible decision, but I think it is self destructive not to consider the opinions of dissonant doctors (and studies they site), and is disturbing to openly attack someone with a differing view. We should be able to argue respectfully on the merits of the facts, or just cordially say you are not interested in engaging in the discussion.

Having said that, unlike my brother, I don’t think I’d choose to try to initiate this discussion on Illiniboard. However, I understand why he chose to do so - he’s calling out evil as he sees it (in fact as 50% or more of the country sees it - but their views are censored).

McGuive on February 16, 2023 @ 04:43 PM

"We should be able to argue respectfully on the merits of the facts, or just cordially say you are not interested in engaging in the discussion."

Again, this isn't the point. There is no need for a cordial expression of disinterest, when it is abundantly clear, based on the context alone, that this was an entirely unwelcome discussion even before your brother pressed send on his very first comment. You're more than welcome to engage in this debate elsewhere, but here and now is not the place or time for it. With all due respect, this should have been a very elementary exercise of reading the room from the beginning. I loathe that I'm even engaging in this by responding, but the lack of respect and human decency is mind-blowing.

on July 3, 2023 @ 03:59 PM


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