Sunday, March 13, 2005

A Moment of Silence

For all of you that follow the Illini or read Chief's earlier posts, you know the difficult time Coach Weber and his family are going through. Illinois beat Minnesota today and play Wisconsin tomorrow for the Big Ten Tournament Championship. However, the passing of Coach Weber's mom reminds us that no matter how much we enjoy college basketball or love our Illini, it is important to remember that in the end, it is just a game. Wins and losses that seem so important during the year pale in significance to the importance of family.

Bruce Weber didn't have to be on the sideline today. His team, Illini fans, and everyone else would have understood if he had chosen not to coach in today's game. He chose to be there because he believed that is what his mother would have wanted. It was the same choice his brother made last night while coaching his high school team in the playoffs.

Before today's game, the crowd was asked to observe a moment of silence in honor and remembrance of the Weber's mom. Today was not an easy day for the Weber family. Tomorrow will not be any easier. Only time will ease some of the pain they feel right now. Because of that, when you read this column, we hope you will take a moment to remember the Weber family and keep them in your thoughts and prayers over the next few days and the week ahead.

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