Archive for April 2011

Illini LB Nate Bussey Joins Martez Wilson as Saints Draft Picks

It’s four, not three that’s a magic number for the Illini and the New Orleans Saints on this final evening of the NFL Draft. With the 243rd pick on Saturday (11 ahead of the infamous “Mr. Irrelevant” pick) during the third day of the 2011 draft, the Saints took Illinois Linebacker Nate Bussey Yesterday, the... Read more »

Recapping the Entire Chicago Bears 2011 NFL Draft

No team in the league is more loyal to its draft picks than the Chicago Bears. So the former college football players listed below will get every opportunity and more to make their mark on the squad. Last year’s NFL Draft was pretty boring for you- the Chicago Bears fan. No first round pick in... Read more »

Illini See 3 Underclassmen go in NFL Draft's Early Rounds

It took a lot longer than many experts expected, but Illinois’ Martez Wilson is taking his talents south. Not to South Beach, granted, but to one heckuva fun city. Early in the third round the New Orleans Saints drafted Martez Wilson and ended what was becoming something of a precipitous slide for the former Fighting... Read more »
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Joliet names Minor League Team after Local Prison System

I’ve always said that Joliet is the armpit of the state of Illinois. (Like Flint in Michigan, Gary in Indiana, El Paso in Texas). There’s not much going on there, but they do have a thriving prison industry, and now that prison-industrial complex has inspired the nickname for their new Frontier League team. The following... Read more »

2011 NFL Draft 1st Round: Random Reaction

Did everyone on Twitter hate the ESPN sappy, slobbering interviews they did with NFL Draft #1 overall pick Cam Newton? Good, they should. It was a bunch of non-journalistic pablum and fawning. Yet another terrible example of how ESPN is more a marketing company these days than it is a media company. -So after the... Read more »

Wrigley to have $3 Beer Nights; will Inspire more Fans like this (Video)

The unintentional comedy in this vid is off the charts. Who knew Meredith from “The Office” (American version) was real? If you ever needed more material for hating Cubs fans, or if you’re unfamiliar with the widely negative stereotypes against Cub fans, here’s the whole summation of the lowest elements of Cub nation in just... Read more »
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10 Most Irritatingly Over-played Stadium Tunes

There some stadium songs that are just overkill. These are annoying. Then there are certain tunes that make you wish homicide against the music director was legal. What’s even worse is that these “jams” are supposed to make happy and care-free, to get you “into it.” That’s kind of tough to do when what they’re... Read more »

Illini to have Presence in NFL Draft's First Two Rounds

For the fourth year in a row, the first couple rounds of the NFL Draft will feature a couple names from your Illinois Fighting Illini. Tailback Rashard Mendendall went in the first round in ’08, cornerback Vontae Davis was the 25th overall pick in ’09, and last year, wide receiver Arrelious Benn was just a... Read more »

Illini Announce Official Wrigley Day, Basketball Trip to Italy

The University of Illinois I Fund  hosts its annual Illini Day at Wrigley Field on Saturday, May 14, when the Chicago Cubs take on the defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants at 6:10 p.m. Illinois college football coach Ron Zook will throw out the ceremonial first pitch, and Illini college basketball coach Bruce Weber... Read more »
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Vote Now! For Illini Football All-Decade Team

Vote Now! For Illini Football All-Decade Team
Illinois college football fans can help select the 2001-10 Fighting Illini All-Decade team by voting online at FightingIllini.com. Voters can choose up to 32 players from nearly 150 former and current players on the ballot. The ballot was constructed of Illini players who started multiple games during the 10-season period of 2001-10. You might remember... Read more »
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