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NCAA FOOTBALL: OCT 04 Purdue at Illinois

Back & Forth – Penn State

It's so much more fun to discuss a win.  Or is it?  The LOL Bowl is now a play-in game.  Would I rather have the season over and done with than give Fitzee the chance to crush our dreams?  Yep - you're right.  Even if it would be painful, it's worth it for a chance at a bowl.  Steve and I discuss just that: … [Read More...]


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You forget. You forget the why. You're fully aware of the who and the what, you can schedule the when and the where, but every now and then, you need a game like … [Read More...]



Ball-You-Man – Brown

Trevor's preview of tonight's opponent - the Brown Bears. I'm late for lunch - that's the only intro I've got. … [Read More...]

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Back & Forth – Austin Peay

You know what's fun? Back & forthing with Tyler about back to back 100 point games and back & forthing with Steve about a win over Penn State. I keep checking my phone for new emails. Let's run with basketball tonight and then football tomorrow. Here's my … [Read More...]

Fighting Illini v. Miami-OH

Player Interviews – Penn State

I tried to get to as many seniors as I could. I ended up getting four of them - Alex Hill, Michael Heitz, Davontay Kwaaning, and Reilly O'Toole. And I talked to Darius Mosely as well. And, of course, FEJ! … [Read More...]

Fighting Illini v. Miami-OH

From The Field

When we missed the field goal and needed a three-and-out and a miracle, I headed down to the field. Then I pressed record. Then the assistant AD came up and introduced himself so I thought I couldn't use the recording. Then Reisner hit the field goal and a … [Read More...]


SOC – Penn State

It's always odd to see the permalink name assigned to each post. If I've used a title before, it will automatically add a number. This here is soc-penn-state-5. Which means I've not SOC'd Penn State five times. It actually might be six, since the first … [Read More...]



When Kendrick Nunn tweeted the hashtag #bombsquad back in September (on the day when Jalen Coleman-Lands picked Illinois), I decided that Bombsquad would be a pretty good team nickname next year. Take the shooters on this team and add Jordan + JCL? Bombsquad … [Read More...]

NCAA FOOTBALL: OCT 04 Purdue at Illinois

What You Should Know About These 2014 Seniors

I am an Illini football fan for the players. I want them to win so I can YAY TEAM second; I want them to win for them first. The field celebration after the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl win remains the highlight of my 6 years of blogging. That team, all that … [Read More...]


The Three Step Pull – Part Deux

It feels so good to have captured three of The Seventeen Illini Fans Who Care More About Football Than Basketball to have them write for IlliniBoard. If you read Steve's words on Monday, Craig's words yesterday, and Martin O'Donnell's words that follow this … [Read More...]


Those Were The Days – Penn State

Gonna be a five post day here on the IB. First, Detlef with Those Were The Days, then Martin O'Donnell's latest Three Step Pull, then three posts from me: one about the seniors, one after the Austin Peay game, and finally, around midnight, the SOC. Starting … [Read More...]


Craig Has The Scout – Penn State

The second half of Preview Day, where Trevor previews Austin Peay and Craig previews Penn State. For this one, Craig's a bit surly. Just like Steve was a bit surly in our Back & Forth.  Just like I was surly when I Checked The Tape. Mid-November: The Most … [Read More...]


Ball-You-Man – Austin Peay

It's Preview Day here on the IB.  In this post, Trevor previews Austin Peay for tomorrow.  In that other post over there, Craig previews Penn State for Saturday.  While I take a day off to re-think that whole "football >>>> basketball" thing. … [Read More...]

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