For the Fighting Illini, it started on Friday, when we learned one key recruit who had previously committed to Coach John Groce’s team changed his mind and decided to go with his hometown school. It continued in Chicago later that day, where a future NBA player and prodigious talent (and potential program changing guy) decided to pad the numbers at Kansas when many (including us) thought he was an Illini lean. Bill Self and Jerrance Howard haunt us again. The less said about that the better. As usual, Robert at A Lion Eye/Illiniboard summed it up best.
Saturday, our first and only family outing to a football game at Memorial Stadium, and the Buckeyes were in town. Why would we choose that game as our family outing? Simple, really – extended family from Columbus were in town as well as my sister up from Texas. The final score of that game 60-35 Ohio State. And the game was on ESPN, which means they talked about our conference losing streak about 62 more times.
Sunday we learned the Illini hoops game against Bradley was not on TV. It was on the Big Ten Network’s Digital-only internet feed (a pay service). Why was this game not on local TV? People care about watching two downstate schools play? When the Big Ten Network went live, they assured us these types of things would no longer happen – games would be broadcast on their overflow channels. Why, Mike Thomas? And we see another game in December has likewise been relegated to the internet. Not cool. To make matters worse, driving back from St. Louis during the first half, and I couldn’t find the game on AM radio after losing the St. Louis station. What? No Illini hoops on local radio between Greenville and Divernon on I55? When did this happen.
Silver linings, though. Turns out, the Taylorville/Pana FM station was carrying the game once I checked. Still pretty mad about the TV situation. Continue reading