Recent content by 1970 John

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    Wisconsin 45, Illinois 7 Postgame

    Methodists don't gamble, fortunately. I expected the Illini to cover. That's the Orange Koolaid thinking again.
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    Pregame: Illinois at Wisconsin, Friday, October 23rd, 7:00pm CT, BTN

    What's the significance of the fist? And why is the "I" black instead of school colors?
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    The Kingfisher

    I can imagine my friends from other B1G schools laughing. Oh, the humility. Yeah, even the Big Rodent people. But I’m thinking of one Michigan State fan who will razz me unmercifully. Are you ready for Hawkeye fans to make fun of you? Their hawk is going to eat your little five-ounce bird for...
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    The Kingfisher

    The kingfisher eats little fish. You know, little fish in the big pond. Cream puffs too, probably.
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    The Kingfisher

    Again, we were using Illini in 1872 when the student newspaper, The Student, was replaced by The Illini. We were Illini that early. “Fighting” was added after WWI. The Native American had already been firmly established by then, with a Chief’s head in profile used in stadium fundraising. That...
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    NCAA Tournament Canceled

    This too shall pass? Sure, except that for so many young athletes this is the only time, forever. It had to be done, but that does make it any less crushing.
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    Pregame: Illinois vs Iowa, Sunday, March 8th, 6:00pm CT, BTN

    I’m sorry. It’s difficult when your children betray you.
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    Pregame: Illinois vs Nebraska, Monday, February 24th, 7:00pm CT, BTN

    We held PSU to under 60 at their house. We do the same to Watchamacallit University in the Assembly Hall. What do we score? I think this team is going to roll. We don't get shot clock violations. Our offensive efficiency improves. That said, it's Anything-Can-Happen B1G. Take it from there.
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    Pregame: Illinois vs Nebraska, Monday, February 24th, 7:00pm CT, BTN

    I’ve been cautiously optimistic so far. Now I’m moving into confidently wary.
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    Illinois 62, Penn State 56 POSTGAME

    BTW...our defense held the #9 team in the nation to 56 points. Is that good?
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    Illinois 62, Penn State 56 POSTGAME

    They had curtains blocking the upper deck ends. That said, Penn State is really in the middle of nowhere, a long way from Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Hard to get a big turnout on a weeknight.
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    Illinois 62, Penn State 56 POSTGAME

    Reallllly shut up the crowd.
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    Bill to require Native American approval of mascots

    The name means the Illini Indians. If you ask Jay Rosenstein, he wants any reference to Native Americans /gone/. Period. And this bill would accomplish that. If you think Rosenstein and company will rest until Native Americans are eradicated, you’re naive.