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We need to learn to live without sports

We need to learn to live without sports
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...

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

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

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.
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...

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...

Player notes and grades: Braggin’ Rights 2019

Player notes and grades: Braggin' Rights 2019
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....

An open letter to Illini football seniors

An open letter to Illini football seniors
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...

Don’t count Illinois football out of a bowl game

Don't count Illinois football out of a bowl game
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...

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.
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...

Why we love Illinois

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

Illini must become cohesive unit to succeed

Illini must become cohesive unit to succeed
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...

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

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

Defensive failures continue to plague Illini entering week six

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

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