Wednesday, May 30, 2007

A Mixed Bag

Highlights: The NBA Western Conference playoffs. As I've said, I'm not an NBA fan, but I do enjoy having these games on in the background just to listen to talking heads rave about Deron Williams and make Illini references. Even though they won't play in the championship game, Deron has made a name for himself (and I've even caught myself cheering for Carlos Boozer). Plus, the tennis team played better than expected despite their championship loss, and the incoming volleyball class is ranked sixth in the nation.

Lowlights: Jamar, this isn't exactly publicity we get excited about. And I've been following the Cubs to entertain myself until college football starts. Talk about depressing...


Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Bruce Weber has a colonoscopy

Mark Tupper has all the latest here on Ron Zook and Bruce Weber's whistlestop tour after they stopped in Decatur. Looks like Zook is hitting the recruiting trail hard while Weber enjoyed a colonoscopy that he said was "a pain in the butt." At least he didn't pull a Katie Couric and do it live on WCIA.

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Monday, May 21, 2007

Go Illini!

The men's tennis team has had another outstanding year, as Tupper notes. They play for the NCAA team championship tomorrow afternoon against Georgia.

Illini Jake Toohey was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week with a win and a save over the weekend, which helpled get the team into the field for the Big Ten Tournament, which starts later this week.

Good luck to both teams!

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Keeping an Eye On "Our Boys"

I am not an NBA fan. But Salt Lake City, one of my favorite vacation destinations, is my team of choice. I half-watched most of the final game in their series with Golden State, and cheered as they move on to the Western Conference Final. Deron struggled with fouls and his shots, but had some very pretty assists. And, Dee provided some quality minutes to help out, complete with a burst of speed to break up a sure score.

The announcers mentioned their Illini connection several times -- great publicity for Bruce & Co. And it's still fun to cheer for our boys, even if they are way out west. Now, if we could just convince the Jazz to go orange...

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Monday, May 14, 2007

"Deron Williams is amazing." --Carlos Boozer

Click here and scroll down to see the rest of the praise D-Will garners.

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Saturday, May 12, 2007

New Head Coach of Illini Women's Basketball

Illinois has a new head basketball coach for the Illini women's program. Keeping the Rutgers connection going (Coach Grentz came from there to Illinois), Jolette Law has been named head coach for the Illini after having served as Associate Head Coach for the Scarlet Knights. At her press conference yesterday, she declared that the Illini will win a national championship. That is a bold statement but I like the enthusiasm and passion. We wish her good luck in her new position!

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Friday, May 11, 2007

Awesome story

This story in today's NY Times about Derek Fisher's daughter is in the must-read category this morning. It's also the reason that, while some were skeptical and thought we were overreacting, my wife and I got our daughter's eyes checked when she was 10 months old.



Thursday, May 10, 2007

Dee Brown ok

I don't know about you but the Utah Jazz are turning into my NBA team (for as much as I can get excited about pro basketball).

Deron Williams is really making a name for himself and Dee Brown is seeing some minutes off the bench. However, last night he was hurt. Thankfully he seems to be ok.

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Thursday, May 03, 2007

Fleeting Thought

Last weekend was the NFL draft, which did little to gain my interest. (No, I'm not a Brady Quinn fan, but can't you come up with a better story than how far he fell in the first round? Spare me...)

However, the thought did cross my mind that with the talent Zook is bringing in, perhaps in a few years we can cheer for draft-worthy Illini. This year only cornerback Alan Ball was taken -- by Dallas in the draft's final round. Pierre Thomas signed as a free agent with New Orleans, putting him behind Reggie Bush and other strong running backs.

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