Friday, June 27, 2008

Reality Television comes to the land of the Orange and Blue

Illini fans should be glad that the Big Ten Network and Comcast finally came to an agreement so they won't miss what could be some very interesting "reality" TV this fall. The Illini will be the featured team in season two of the BTN's series called "The Journey." The series will give fans an inside look at all the happenings with the Fighting Illini football team.

Coach Zook was a bit hesitant to sign off on the Illini's participation at first (and I don't blame him), but he just couldn't resist the potential recruiting benefits that could come out of theis extra television exposure of his team. Let's hope it was worth the gamble and pays off!

I hope everyone is enjoying the summer weather that has finally arrived. Have a great 4th of July next week!

Go Illini!

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Summer News and Notes

Thank you to both the Big Ten Network and Comcast for coming to an agreement, despite many unanswered questions. I am thankful that I will be able to watch my boys at home. It gets expensive (and sometimes a bit annoying) to be forced to go out to watch a game. I would much rather be able to choose what games I want to go out to watch. Now I can really start getting excited about football season!

But, before we get to football, we get to watch the Olympics. I love the Olympics. Former Illini gymnast and current assistant coach Justin Spring earned a spot on the men's gymnastics team and will be headed to Beijing. And there's added incentive to watch Coach K's basketball team -- Deron Williams is on the Team USA roster.

But it's so easy to get ahead of myself. We are in the heart of baseball season, the Cubs swept the White Sox at Wrigley, and center fielder (and reciever) Kyle Hudson was drafted in the fourth round by the Baltimore Orioles, making him the 4th highest Illini position player to go in the MLB draft. Illini RHP Scott Shaw was also taken in the draft, and made a strong pro debut with 8 strikeouts in 4 innings for a short-season Class-A affiliate of the New York Mets.

Wherever these guys go, a bit of orange and blue goes with them. They represent the Illini nation, and we wish them all the best. Go Illini!

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