Football Bracket - 4 vs. 13

I had a typo in the bracket on Friday and nobody caught it (or else, you know.....). On the list I put all the seasons in the correct order, but on the bracket at the bottom, instead of typing "2019", I typed "2013". The 2013 team, winners of one single

Football Bracket - 5 vs. 12

I really thought I'd catch more heat for seeding the 2007 Rose Bowl team at #5. That's my personal belief - that 2007 would be behind 1983, 1989, 1990, and 2001 - but that team is so revered that I expected some backlash. Didn't really receive any.

Football Bracket - 8 vs. 9

Very interesting matchup here. Interesting bowl games as well. 1982 took on Alabama in Bear Bryant's final game - 2010 took on RGIII the year before he won the Heisman Trophy. Both teams had several players drafted (1982 saw five players drafted including

Football Bracket - 1 vs. 16

I think I'm going to keep these more general than the basketball ones. For the basketball deep dives, I listed the starting lineup. If I did that for football, we'd be here for months. So for these, I think it will mostly be listing the quarterback,

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Selection Friday

I mean, you had to know I couldn't write deep-dive articles about 16 Illini basketball teams without thinking "I should do this for football", right? There's no way I can dig into 1994 basketball without wanting to dig into 1994 football. And since

Illini Championship - 2005 vs. 1989

I swear I didn't plan for this to end on March 26th. The original plan was two posts per day so that the Sweet 16 would end last Thursday, the Elite Eight on Friday and Saturday, the Final Four on Sunday, and this game on Monday. But the recap posts


OK, I got that other post out of the way, so I'm ready to talk about the transfers (I think), but I still don't think I can do it without pausing for long paragraphs about how the season is unlikely and I don't know how scholarships limits will apply

How Do We Discuss Sports?

I started to write a post about Alan Griffin transferring. I got about six paragraphs in and was really struggling to write about it. Mostly because I don't know how to talk about sports when we don't know a return date. As of this moment, we don't

Elite Eight - 1981 vs. 1989

This morning it was Bill Self's first team against Bill Self's last team. Tonight it's the team that launched the Lou Henson decade vs. the team that closed Lou Henson's amazing decade. Eddie Johnson and Derek Harper against Nick Anderson and Kenny

Elite Eight - 2001 vs. 2003

This is the kind of thing I was trying to avoid. "Would Brian Cook be able to guard... Brian Cook?" All of the teams in this bracket were at least two years apart, but it was impossible to avoid matchups like this. Perhaps I should have manipulated the

Elite Eight - 1987 vs. 1984

I'm so incredible. I say I'm going to post "one this morning, one this evening" and here I'm going to post it some time around 11:51 pm. "This evening". Ha. It would be hilarious if I put a six hour restriction on the voting and there were nine votes

Elite Eight - 2005 vs. 2020

Yes, I think we all know where this is headed. So now that the 16 team breakdowns are written, this should go quickly. I'm not going to break down the teams again (I'll link back to those posts), so these posts will simply talk about the matchups. Trent

Illini Bracket - 2 vs. 15

You didn't ask, but I'll tell you anyway: these eight posts have been so mentally draining to write. It's one of the stranger experiences I've had since starting the blog. It's fun - I'm excited to write each one - but it's oddly exhausting.

It was

Illini Bracket - 7 vs. 10

This is the first one (and only one) where I'm going to have to do some deep research. All of these others I look up the roster and the schedule and talk about what I remember - for 1981 I'm going to have to dig a little deeper. I have a few specific

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