Happy New Year from Beemsville!
We are completely focused on the Rose Bowl here at our temporary tropical HQ. The sports bars have been scouted, the pregame reading digested, the kids’ Illini clothes laid out. We’ve just watched the Marching Illini on parade in Pasadena and sung the fight song. Now it’s only six hours until kickoff. We will head to the beach to relax one last time before the cold front rolls in and it’s game time.
The pundits have been saying the Illini don’t have a chance. Vegas has set their line to suit. The media have dissected the game from every angle and noted the hows, whys, and whatfors. But one thing people outside the Midwest keep forgetting is that our Illini are a good team with good players. And they play these games for a reason.
As Dick Butkus said in practice a few days ago, let’s just get out there and hit ’em.