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Final curtain: It’s been a good run

Final curtain: It’s been a good run

By Eli Schuster, Sports editor

March 14, 2019

*Walks to center stage* I am not the smartest person in the room. How could I be? Looking back at the last year of being sports editor at The Daily Illini, I now realize how much I did not know. As I sat down at the helm of a three-table mega-desk in a newly converted basement with dingy tile floor...

UI mascot change far from possible

UI mascot change far from possible

By Eli Schuster, Sports Editor

March 4, 2019

Disclaimer: I am about to utter a word that will make even the weakest Illini fan cringe. Mascot. With all of your might, please refrain from hitting the comment section immediately. To be quite frank, I do not care about your opinion on the matter. Likewise, I’m assuming you do not care about mi...

‘Twas the start of championship weekend

‘Twas the start of championship weekend

By Eli Schuster, Sports Editor

December 13, 2018

‘Twas the Final Four day, when all through Illinois Not a sports fan was talking, not even a college boy; The steel beams were hung by the new football facility with care In hopes more recruits would soon be there; Lovie was kicking it back in his chair, Reliving a two-year extension some called ...

Point guard play is hallmark of Illini basketball

Point guard play is hallmark of Illini basketball

By Brian Binz, Staff Writer

December 13, 2018

For a long time, Illinois basketball was defined by greatness. It consistently competed in the Big Ten and made the postseason, putting together a team that threatened for a deep run. Recently, the program has run into something of a dry spell, and what a let down it’s been. For the first time in school history...

College basketball has recent swing of bad beats

College basketball has recent swing of bad beats

November 29, 2018

Sunday’s contest on the hardwood between Mississippi Valley State and Illinois was hardly competitive, but it did feature a significant event in its waning moments. Leading up to it, the Illini were in control. The team began to pull away with seven minutes left in the first half and did not look ...

Big Ten teams as NFL QB’s

Big Ten teams as NFL QB’s

By Eli Schuster, Sports Editor

August 27, 2018

Soon enough, our noses will be tickled with the sweet smell of pigskin in the morning. Saturdays and Sundays will be loaded with greasy snacks, minimal movement and plenty of mixed emotions. With all of this at the center of my mind, I decided to write a column full of wild accusations to connect bot...

The importance of storytelling: Sports coverage goes beyond field

By Eli Schuster, Sports Editor

April 30, 2018

“What makes sports so great?” *raises hand* Well, I’m glad you asked. I’ll stand by Grantland Rice’s old saying: “It’s not whether you win or lose; it’s how you play the game.” For me, that phrase goes a long way. It most certainly isn’t about winning or losing, but often the person playin...

I want a walk-up song

By Eli Schuster, Sports Editor

April 23, 2018

I want it now! Pardon my channeling of my inner Veruca Salt, but baseball season has got me feeling some kind of way. It’s always fun to be sitting in the bleachers and hear the same 20 seconds of a song you vaguely know when a baseball player takes the plate. I have always been fascinated with the wal...

Illini losing culture: an epidemic of white noise

By Eli Schuster, Sports editor

April 12, 2018

The temperature reads 35 degrees as the blades on my desk fan whip around. I can’t sleep without a white noise. On cold nights, I’ll wear a sweatshirt. I don’t mean to get too personal. My night-time routine probably isn't very fascinating to you,  but that's probably for the best. I need the wh...

Recruits show tides are changing for Illini athletics

By Eli Schuster, Sports editor

April 5, 2018

Isn’t it ironic? Bizarrely enough, I can’t help but think of the 1996 smash hit from Alanis Morissette that utters that question when thinking about my current situation as sports editor. I know you might be thinking this accusation is a stretch, or I’m just using this example for comedic eff...

I would like to thank the academy

I would like to thank the academy

By Eli Schuster, Sports Editor

March 29, 2018

*tap* *tap* Is this thing on? Hello, my name is Elias Schuster, and I am extremely excited to be accepting this position on behalf of the Academy, otherwise known as The Daily Illini Editor-in-Chief Abby Paeth, who gave me this award. Now bear with me through an acceptance speech. Having the chance to tak...

Illini men’s basketball year in review

Illini men’s basketball year in review

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist

March 5, 2018

As the wise men of the Grateful Dead once said, “What a long, strange trip it’s been.” This Illini men’s basketball season was one of many highs and lows ranging from initial tournament hopes, a fifth straight Braggin’ Rights win, heartbreaking losses and many more big moments. But, it en...

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