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Old Nov 25, 2012, 11:55 AM   #1
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If this was just a bad football program like Indiana or New Mexico, it would almost be easier to stomach.
But just this new century we’ve gone BCS -> 2-30 -> BCS -> 3-9 -> back-to-back bowls -> 14 game B1G losing streak. Who does that?
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We just had our third train derailment in the last 15 years, the cars are scattered everywhere, and our old athletic director would still insist that the tracks are fine. It will be years before the new AD can fix the tracks and find a manageable schedule for this train.

But now the new conductor he hired doesn’t appear to have a clue.

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Old Nov 25, 2012, 12:18 PM   #2
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You've seen the circles of parity for other conferences. Here's how the B1G does it. (via r/cfb) http://pic.twitter.com/970jLGGb



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Old Nov 25, 2012, 12:22 PM   #3
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Old Nov 25, 2012, 12:47 PM   #4
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I laughed. Because it's so true. Now I'm gonna hear Nelson Muntz in my head every time I see Beckman.

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Old Nov 25, 2012, 12:54 PM   #5
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"But now the new conductor he hired doesn’t appear to have a clue."

Ouch. Sounds like barcalounger and his side-kicks need to have a good old fashion beat down on ALionEye.
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Old Nov 25, 2012, 01:13 PM   #6
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"Our Big Ten losing streak has reached 14 games, and with the Big Ten schedule opening with Nebraska, Wisconsin, Michigan State, and Penn State next year, it will reach 18 before we even blink."

Very true.

For those of you that keep your season tickets next year (or even go to a game) - You are the consummate Illini fan and should be congratulated.
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Old Nov 25, 2012, 01:22 PM   #7
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it is more difficult being an Illini football fan than it is being a Cub fan
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Old Nov 25, 2012, 01:25 PM   #8
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I spent the day in Champaign watching good football. Saw Lequon Treadwell play. He won't get on this train either...............
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Old Nov 25, 2012, 08:20 PM   #9
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It's really strange when laid out like this. We wreck the train, then build it again, then wreck it again ... rinse and repeat. It begs the question of which you'd rather have every 10 year period: 2-3 BCS-level seasons then obscurity the other years, or 7-8 solid bowl seasons with records of 7-5 and 8-4? For me I think I know the answer to this: give me the old reliable beaten up diesel train that performs well year after year.

I'm also thinking of a relationship analogy that could apply as well, but I think I'd better not go there.
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 01:07 PM   #10
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Sure, Illinois got pummeled by Northwestern to end the season winless in the Big Ten. But the rules screwed the Illini in coach Tim Beckman's first season, and if we'd made only one change, the season would have been far, far different. Under my "first team to score in the game wins" rule, Illinois is 5-3 in the conference and probably Rose Bowl bound!

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Old Nov 27, 2012, 07:08 AM   #11
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It's really strange when laid out like this. We wreck the train, then build it again, then wreck it again ... rinse and repeat. It begs the question of which you'd rather have every 10 year period: 2-3 BCS-level seasons then obscurity the other years, or 7-8 solid bowl seasons with records of 7-5 and 8-4? For me I think I know the answer to this: give me the old reliable beaten up diesel train that performs well year after year.

I'm also thinking of a relationship analogy that could apply as well, but I think I'd better not go there.
Super model every once in awhile vs the status quo? Maybe the big BCS season ain't so bad.
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