Category: Illinois

Game 208: #19 Washington @ Illinois

Daaaaaaaaaaa Illini. That sure doesn’t have the same ring to it, but with tonight’s game taking place at Soldier Field – it’s quite fitting. Add Ditka administering the pregame coin toss, and it’s practically a scene on SNL. This game really wasn’t supposed to be a threat for the incoming Huskies. But, a surprising 2-0 […]

Saturday September 14th, 2013 in Big Ten, Illinois, Pac Twelve, Washington | No Comments »

ILLINOIS – MEMORIAL STADIUM

Somewhere between a cornfield and nowhere lies Champaign, Illinois. It’s a great college town with mounds of enthusiasm and passion for their team. On gameday, tailgating takes place in open fields where music blasts, games are played, and footballs are tossed. Cornhole is a popular game here as it is at most sporting events now. […]

Saturday November 19th, 2011 in ALL VISITED STADIUMS, Big Ten, Big Ten, Illinois | No Comments »

Game #191: #17 Wisconsin @ Illinois

Another typical Illinois football afternoon was shaping up in Champaign. The tailgating didnt miss a beat despite frigid temperatures. It’s never too cold for Big Ten football. The Illinois band boomed Oskee Wow Wow and fans appeared geared for a big game. A casual observer might not be able to detect that Illinois is battling […]

Saturday November 19th, 2011 in Big Ten, Illinois, Wisconsin | No Comments »

Game 188: #16 Illinois @ Indiana

“Hoosier Football” are two words that go together about as well as “Lite Syrup” or “Economic Stability.” Combine one bowl in 17 years and six different head coaches in the same time span. Add to it a 45 year Big Ten title drought and you have the Indiana football program. Memorial Stadium in Bloomington has […]

Saturday October 8th, 2011 in Big Ten, Illinois, Indiana | No Comments »

Game 177 – Illinois vs. Northwestern (Wrigley Field)

As soon as the announcement was made that College Gameday would be live from Wrigley Field, my mind began to create signs for this historic matchup. The best I could come up with was “Go ‘Cats!” with the “C” being the Cubs logo. The magnitude of my sign’s creativity decreased once gameday arrived. We hopped […]

Saturday November 20th, 2010 in Big Ten, Illinois, Northwestern | No Comments »

Game 156: Illinois @ Northwestern

On this late November day, the curtains closed on a very historic college football trophy. Northwestern and Illinois have played for the Sweet Sioux Tomahawk trophy for over six decades. However, the Illini had recently been stripped of their mascot due to its perceived disrespectful nature to the surrounding tribal nations. Anything bearing any reference […]

Saturday November 22nd, 2008 in Big Ten, Illinois, Northwestern | No Comments »

Game 152: Illinois @ Wisconsin

With the big presidential election coming up, so many vital questions are nagging the nation: Will America have its first African-American president in Barack Obama? Is Sarah Palin enough to lift John McCain’s numbers in the polls? Will the Wisconsin Badgers end their four game losing skid on homecoming to Illinois? I’m happy to say […]

Saturday October 25th, 2008 in Big Ten, Illinois, Wisconsin | No Comments »

Game 136: #5 Wisconsin @ Illinois

  October is not supposed to be this hot in the Midwest. The Illini aren’t really supposed to be that hot either, but with head coach Ron Zook at the controls, no 90 degree weather is going to keep their goals out of reach. Fifth ranked Wisconsin came in as an underdog to the unranked […]

Saturday October 6th, 2007 in Big Ten, Illinois, Wisconsin | No Comments »

Game 118: #16 Iowa @ Illinois

Electricity bills will be lower in Iowa this weekend seeing that the entire state population including the band made their way to Champaign. Illini fans seemed to be in attendance merely as a diversion until basketball season. That truth became evident when four former Illini basketball stars were honored during the first half at Memorial […]

Saturday September 23rd, 2006 in Big Ten, Illinois, Iowa | No Comments »

Game 114: Northwestern @ Illinois

The University of Illinois probably could have lured more fans to a grass picking festival than the last Illini football game of the season. The scene at Memorial Stadium in Champaign had completely changed from my last visit in 2003 when over 70,000 fans crammed into the bleachers. Now, a flood of orange had been […]

Saturday November 19th, 2005 in Big Ten, Illinois, Northwestern | No Comments »