A Lion Eye


Craig Has The Scout – Ohio State

I find myself looking well past this game. I think Craig is the same way. As he states later in this post (spoiler alert!), for Illinois to win, Ohio State will have to beat themselves. I think that's right on. You think that's right on. 99.4% of Americans think that's right on. Let's get this one over with so we can get the bye week, get Lunt back, and see what we can do in … [Read More...]



Check The Tape – Minnesota

Look, this might have been Minnesota's worst game of the year and our best game - this might have been Michigan 2009 - and the rest of the season will be miserable. … [Read More...]



Hey Jenny Slater. Hey Jenny Slater.

This post will be... uncomfortable for some of you. For others, it will be very "dinosaur discusses social media". Some might applaud. Many will boo. But I think … [Read More...]

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NCAA FOOTBALL: SEP 06 Western Kentucky at Illinois

We Interrupt This CTT

I'll be posting the Check The Tape tomorrow instead of today. Because while reviewing the film, something jumps off the screen. I didn't want it buried in a CTT post, so I figured I'd talk about it today and then finish the CTT tomorrow: the thing jumping … [Read More...]

NCAA FOOTBALL: SEP 06 Western Kentucky at Illinois

Back And Forth – Minnesota

Steve and I agree - emailing back and forth Saturday night and Sunday after a Big Ten win: 83% more enjoyable after a win. It's just like the tailgating lots after the game on Saturday. I walked out of the stadium at 6:15 and there were maybe ten times the … [Read More...]


Luck Be A Lady

I rather enjoy that the Turnover Fairy has become a thing. I see it all over Twitter now. Google Turnover Fairy and you see a bunch of my posts. I didn't even originate the term (I think it was a Big 12 blog, a throwaway line about a fairy coming down and … [Read More...]

NCAA Football: Camp Rantoul Tuesday Practice 3

Postgame Interviews

You already know my intro. You could write it yourself if you wanted to. I'm an Illini football fan for the players first. The story, to me, is always the players. Coaches do good things, coaches to bad things, (coaches do dumb things), but I'm all in for … [Read More...]

Fighting Illini v. Miami-OH

From The Stands – Minnesota

How Illinois was it to get the ball with 1:25 but have to punt? Extremely Illinois? Pure Illinois extract? That was as Illinois as we could be at that moment. But despite a holding penalty when you're running clock, despite having to punt and deal with a Hail … [Read More...]

Fighting Illini v. Miami-OH

Halftime Chat – Minnesota

I mean, you totally expected David Cobb to have 28 yards on 12 carries at the half, right? And for our defense to have held Minnesota to 86 yards on 31 plays? All of this TOTALLY EXPECTED, right? Of course not, which is what Martin O'Donnell and I discussed … [Read More...]


SOC – Minnesota

Stream Of Consciousness posts this year have a theme: me going around on Friday nights avoiding what I really feel about the game and then writing that. In August, I felt like the team wasn't mentally read for the first game. Three weeks ago, pretty sure we … [Read More...]


Turnovers Are Football

I think this will be my shortest post ever. Every other blogger on the planet puts up 250 word posts, but I'm not happy unless I beat a point to death. So this is me trying to maybe not belabor a point and just let some charts and graphs do the talking. The … [Read More...]


Those Were The Days – Minnesota

Each fired Illini coach had one really good year.  Zook 2007. Turner 2001.  And Lou Tepper 1994.  No, it wasn't a BCS bowl like the other two, but that 1994 team was a few plays here and there from a possible nine or ten-win season.  In the end, it was a … [Read More...]


Craig Has The Scout – Minnesota

After the bye week, Craig is back with a brand new invention. Something grabbed a hold of him tightly. And I'm pretty sure that it's our linebackers and safeties and their struggle maintaining gap accountability. Next up - #4 rusher in the nation David Cobb! … [Read More...]

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