Is this football or what?
Sounds like a piece off the Nature Channel.
But no…it’s the first two opponents the U of I football team faces this season. As a matter of fact they faced those Redwolves (never heard of such a beast for real) from Arkansas State, bit them hard, and sent them howling out of town.
And next week it is the Jackrabbits easing into town from South Dakota State to meet our boys…who have sand of course. They will roll- or hop – in from Brookings and there is good news: they can scream “gojacks!” all they want, but this team should be cake.
More good news.
There are plenty of tickets for this match…surprise! As a matter of fact the low (45,154) attendance at last weeks wolf deal was of real concern to our new athletic director, Mike Thomas. This morning’s News Gazette featured this issue and explained that Thomas would be knocking on a few doors (actually getting his coaches to do that), digging up some old tricks he used at Cincinnati, and looking at the “philosophy of scheduling”. Hey Mike- I’m not sure it is really a philosophy. This is football- smashmouth football and this is just called plain ole “scheduling teams you can cremate” so that when the Big 10 season comes. you have at least four wins…five if you can knock off Northwestern again this year.
Even more good news.
The next two games on the Illinois football schedule are very winnable and actually the whole season looks about as favorable to the Illini as it could be. And Thomas says winning is one of those things that is most important for bringing the faithful into the old house that Red built. Actually we all know that alcohol sales would do it a lot quicker- but that’s not going to happen.
Thomas knows what he is talking about I think. He packed out Nippert Stadium (great name!) by encouraging coaches to get out into the community and of course by showing Gilligan’s Island reruns on the jumbotron during time outs.
Did I miss something?
I was just poking around on this football schedule site and I saw this info on Illinois:
|Schedule:||2011 Football Schedule|
Two things- I had no idea that that place held over 62,000 fans- Thomas has his work cut out for him.
Also we have “none” for a mascot? I know the Chief is gone- sort of – but did we not replace that racist image? We can think of something…anything- even a Jackrabbit – would be better than NONE! Can you imagine the dance they have at halftime up there in South Dakota?
Here is how to get tickets.
I used to just call Mad Max back in the 80s to get good tickets…or go around the corner on Ells to his house …or catch him along Kirby before the game. Max was a Champaign legend.
Prices are $50 for these first five winnable games and $65 for the last three loosable ones. Hmm…not sure I get the logic of the pricing structure. I guess we pay a bit more for the pleasure of seeing our boys in orange just maybe knock off Ohio State or Michigan or Wisconsin….maybe.
I will tell you something my friend: I saw those Wisconsin guys play on TV last week and to be sure, they play like Badgers- not Jackrabbits!