I'm Moving To Champaign

23 years, 1 month, and 13 days. That's how long I was at my former job. I say "former" because Friday was my last day. Why my last day? Because my wife and I are leaving St. Louis and moving to Champaign. This post might be a little long. Honestly,

A Play In Four Acts

It's kind of crazy how emotionless this game was for me. One, Ayo is out, and Rutgers is undefeated at home, so I had already counted this one as a loss. Two, it's Rutgers, and I feel no "rivalry" whatsoever. I don't clench my fists when I see their

Looks Like University Of Illinois - Taz Nicholson

I feel a rant coming on. I usually do this when I have to catch up on an LLUOI post. I'm thinking about the recruit, but I'm also thinking about some recruiting thing. Today's rant: small recruiting classes and their ranking. Or perhaps I should say

Happy Opening Day!

Spent the last 2 hours looking for a Happy Opening Day card for my wife. All I saw was pink hearts and some little dude with an arrow. Evidently there's some fake-holiday today for archery. Back to the real task at hand -- Fighting Illini baseball. If

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Baseball in a Blizzard

As I write this, it's snowing outside. Not just snowing, it's coming down hard. And the sky was just some weird pink tint. This may be the end times. But you know what they say, if there's snow on the ground, it must be baseball season. _checks notes

Sports Are Cruel

I'm just sitting here sick to my stomach. Not because of the last-second loss, but because of Ayo Dosunmu's injury. The only information I have right now is people tweeting me that the replay looked "really, really bad" and that his knee bent in an

Vacation Thoughts

I think a lot on vacation. My wife starts a new job this week, so we figured we'd sneak in a quick trip to a beach before she has to build up vacation days. Our choice: Puerto Rico. Never been. Will go back. 4.5 Tom Cruises. Really, really great trip


The stage was set for a special night. #20 Illinois vs # 9 Maryland for sole possession of first place in the Big Ten. The first game between two ranked teams in Champaign since 2013. The Orange Krush started lining up early in the afternoon. Campustown

Airplane Slapdash

I could get so much writing done if I was on an airplane all the time. Maybe it's the fact that there's nothing else to do besides sit in this seat and stare ahead, but I feel like I can write 2,000 words an hour when I'm on an airplane. This won't be


With 5:28 remaining in the second half this afternoon I knew that regardless of the outcome of the game I was going to write about toughness. I had just watched 6' 2" Andres Feliz wrestle an offensive rebound away from a pair of Iowa giants - the 6'

Still Free

A quick update on the site. Tyler is traveling to Iowa City to cover the game today, so he'll get a post up tonight, but that gives me enough time to squeeze in an update on why all articles on the site are still free. You might not even realize they're

Game, Da'Monte

I'm guilty of it. You're probably guilty of it. A basketball player's worth is found in how he plays on the offensive end. Bad offense? "Coach, get him out of there." Da'Monte Williams has heard about 500 coach-get-him-out-of-theres this season, and

Silver Platter

"Robert, we're ranked #19 with a home game tomorrow and then three top-20 matchups after that and you're writing about FOOTBALL?" Hi, have we met? I'm beyond excited to get to Champaign for the game tomorrow... and also thinking about the 2020 football

What Now?

A week ago I sat here and wrote how I was torn. We saw the Miami and Missouri games. We saw the struggle at home with Northwestern. A correction was likely with all these road games coming up. But then again, what if we're good?

Well, turns out we're

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