Reap The Fruit

There are about four posts I've wanted to write today. This is the fifth one. The best one. I need to describe my afternoon and evening if I'm going to explain why I bailed on the first four posts. Just like last night's post, this might take a while

SOC - Michigan

I've started this post three times now. Get several lines in, hate it, delete all, start over. When I do that, I'm generally avoiding talking about what I should be talking about. Here's what I should be talking about: my crutch. Please try to stay

Those Were The Days - Michigan

I don't have much to say in this intro here other than to say that I am at my saddest point in 11 years of blogging about Illinois football and tonight's Stream Of Consciousness will nearly unreadable in it's woe-is-me-ness. So Happy Friday everyone!

Craig Has The Scout - Michigan 2019

**Coming Up** **Who: Michigan Wolverines** **When: 11:00 am - October 12th, 2019 ** **Where: Home Sweet Home** **How: ABC** **Opponent Primer:** **Head Coach: Jim Harbaugh. **If his name was not Jim Harbaugh, I wonder how his tenure in Ann

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Pitching Pyrotechnics

_Editor's note: Admit it - you're tired of reading about football, right? I'm tired of thinking about football, I'll tell you that. So maybe now is the perfect time for Ben to write about baseball. The Illini named a new pitching coach on Tuesday,

October 12, 2019

I was a guest on an Iowa podcast in 2016 and the hosts asked me about the future of the Illini program under Lovie. I told them, of course, that October 12, 2019 would be the moment. One of the hosts said "calling your shot, huh?". About that shot...

Do Not Disturb

I watched the fourth quarter on my phone. I was headed to a cookout/bonfire this evening, so my wife drove and I watched the rest of the game (for some reason). The app wasn't working at first, and my team was losing, and I still wanted to watch, and

SOC - Minnesota

I'm just going to be honest. I'm still broken. It's been nearly three weeks since the Eastern Michigan game, and I'm still destroyed. I missed the Nebraska game, had an entire bye week to recover, and not only am I not better, I'm a little worse. The

Those Were The Days - Minnesota

84% of the time when I read through one of Detlef's TWTD posts prior to publishing it: "it feels like this game was just yesterday, but George W. Bush was the President while this game was going on. Has it really been that long since we had anything

Craig Has The Scout - Minnesota 2019

Coming Up

Who: Minnesota Golden Gophers

*When: 2:30 pm - October 5th, 2019 *

Where: TCF Bank Stadium

How: BTN

Opponent Primer:

*Head Coach: PJ Fleck. *This could be a big year for PJ Fleck. For all the rah-rah stuff

Coming Off A Bye

Quick quiz. How many times in the last 10 years have you, the Illini football fan, said "we had two weeks to prepare and THIS is how we look?" in the first quarter of the first game after the bye? If you said "10 out of 10 times", I hear you, it feels


The Italian word for basketball is "pallacanestro". This is weird to me. I don't know why, but I guess I assumed the Italian word for basketball would just be "basketball" - but pronounced with a cool Italian accent. Admittedly, though, "pallacanestro"

2020 Three-Deep

It's a bye week tradition around here: a look at next year's depth chart. This year we have two bye weeks (people forget that), so I thought about waiting until mid-November to put this post out there. But tradition is tradition: the Big Ten always

Looks Like University Of Illinois - Coleman Hawkins

If you think that the name Coleman Hawkins sounds like a 1940's jazz musician, you're correct, because Coleman Hawkins was a 1940's jazz musician. It makes things very difficult when searching for Coleman Hawkins info online. I went looking for some

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