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We need to learn to live without sports

We need to learn to live without sports

By Brendyn Jones, Assistant On-Air Editor

April 10, 2020

On Tuesday, ESPN reported that the MLB was looking into a plan that would allow them to start play as early as the beginning of May. This plan has the support of high-ranking medical officials who think the MLB would be able to do this safely.  The plan would require every MLB game to be played in P...

A ‘no’ we need to listen to: Sports suspended for season

A 'no' we need to listen to: Sports suspended for season

By Meghan Rest, Senior Writer

March 24, 2020

Most humans have one thing in common: we hate being told “no.” Granted, this isn’t the human race’s only uniting factor, but it certainly plays a role in how we solve problems, especially in times of crisis. For humans who happen to enjoy sports, this concept should seem pretty commonplace. Com...

This reminds me of “The Year Without a Santa Claus”

Mike Lemcke, from Richmond, Va., sits in an empty Greensboro Coliseum after the NCAA college basketball games were cancelled at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Thursday, March 12, 2020.

By Meghan Rest, Senior Staff Writer

March 17, 2020

For readers who don’t celebrate Christmas and/or have no idea what I’m referring to, “The Year Without a Santa Claus” is a story about what happens to the world when Santa takes a sick day. The animated made-for-TV movie ends with Santa’s predictable but valiant return, saving children all...

Tati’s Take: California-Illinois could be a match made in heaven

Senior Reggie Corbin completes a drill during Illinois' practice at Laney College in Oakland, Calif. on Dec. 28. Photo courtesy of Illinois Athletics.

December 29, 2019

At the start of the 2019 season, California and Illinois had vastly different outlooks. The Bears were looking for post season redemption after losing to Texas Christian University at the Cheez-It Bowl in 2018. But the Illini were looking to make it to the postseason. California started its season 4-0 with w...

Player notes and grades: Braggin’ Rights 2019

Player notes and grades: Braggin' Rights 2019

By Alec Busse, Contributing Writer

December 22, 2019

Illinois didn't look like a team that had recently upset a top-5 program during Saturday's annual Braggin' Rights game against Mizzou. The Illini fell to the Tigers 63-56 and split the series for the decade. Illinois has experienced a litter of ups and downs since Braggin' Rights conception in 1980,...

An open letter to Illini football seniors

An open letter to Illini football seniors

By Tatiania Perry, Staff Writer

December 2, 2019

Dear Illinois football seniors, It’s time to say goodbye to Zuppke Field and move onto whatever lies beyond. Almost four years ago, Illinois hired head coach Lovie Smith, although most of you were recruited by the Bill Cubit-Tim Beckman team. You took a chance on this guy because, well, he’s forme...

Don’t count Illinois football out of a bowl game

Don't count Illinois football out of a bowl game

By Tatiania Perry, Staff Writer

November 4, 2019

In the last few weeks, I’ve received feedback on some of my columns about the state of Illinois football over the past few years. Some will say this is the worst half-century of Illini football they’ve seen, but it looks like things are coming around. Others will say no matter what Illinois does n...

Illinois basketball has room for improvement ahead of Tuesday’s regular-season opener

Giorgi Bezhanishvili (15) celebrates after the Illini score at State Farm Center on Friday. Despite a slow start against Lewis in Friday’s exhibition, Illinois pulled through with 83-50 win.

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

November 4, 2019

After a slow start to last Friday’s exhibition game against Lewis, Illinois showed flashes of how the rest of the season could look in a 33-point blowout win. The Illini officially begin their season on Tuesday when they host the Nicholls State Colonels. A member of the Southland Conference, Nichol...

Why we love Illinois

The Illini Football team gather together after their victory over Wisconsin on Saturday. The Illini won 24-23.

By Tatiania Perry, Staff Writer

October 21, 2019

We don’t care that Illinois isn’t doing well right now. We say we don't care, but if we actually didn't, we would stop watching the games. We care about the amazing place that is Illinois, and we care about the family that comes with being an Illini fan. We didn’t go to the homecoming game wi...

Illini must become cohesive unit to succeed

Illini must become cohesive unit to succeed

By Tatiania Perry, Staff Writer

October 14, 2019

I am not going to say this was unexpected; we knew the outcome of this game before it even started. Everyone predicted it; Michigan is a good team. Brandon Peters was our best bet against a team like Michigan, and he was out for the game on concussion protocol. Matt Robinson and Isaiah Williams...

Illinois continues to preach greatness, still isn’t doing enough

Illinois continues to preach greatness, still isn’t doing enough

By Tatiania Perry, Staff Writer

October 7, 2019

Each week it’s the same old story: Illinois starts off the game strong, something spectacular happens, then they eventually start to choke, and in the end, they lose. I am sick and tired of watching it happen, and I am sure everyone is sick and tired of reading the same thing. The only thing that ever c...

Defensive failures continue to plague Illini entering week six

Ricky Smalling runs with the football at Memorial Stadium vs Nebraska on Sep 21.

By Jared Farmer, Staff Writer

September 30, 2019

“Defense wins championships” is how the old saying goes. But when the defense comes up short, there often is a need for revision. Illinois Football head coach Lovie Smith said since the end of training camp, improving the defense was a top priority. “A lot of us, including me, need to do a better job,” Smi...

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