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Dave Wischnowsky

If nothing else, Dave Wischnowsky is an Illinois boy. Raised in Bourbonnais, educated at the University of Illinois and bred on sports in the Land of Lincoln, he now resides on Chicago’s North Side, just blocks from Wrigley Field. Formerly a reporter and blogger for the Chicago Tribune, Dave currently writes a syndicated column, The Wisch List, which you can check out via his blog at wischlist.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wischlist.

Dave Wischnowsky

Dave Wischnowsky

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Wisch: Illini Sorry On The Field, But Smart With Scheduling

Right now, Illinois football isn’t going anywhere. But in the future? Well, it could be.

670 The Score–10/31/2013

Tim Beckman.  (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: Illini’s Beckman Needs A Win To Create Any Believers

It’s that simple. Yet, of course, for the Fighting Illini, it isn’t at all.

670 The Score–10/29/2013

Ozzie Guillen. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Wisch: For Ozzie Guillen, It’s Manager Or Bust

Ozzie Guillen would not make a good coach. It’s manager or bust.

CBS Chicago–10/26/2013

John Groce. (credit: Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Wisch: Groce Can Make Big Splash With Curie’s Alexander

It’s a big weekend for second-year head coach John Groce.

670 The Score–10/25/2013

Derrick Rose . (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

Wisch: Chicago Sports Got You Down? Here Are Some Pick-Me-Ups

Yes, right now, it’s a pretty rough time to be a sports fan in the Land of Lincoln. But all is not lost. In fact, even as the temperature in Chicago starts to bottom out, there are some pick-me-ups on the local sports scene that are still warming my heart this week.

670 The Score–10/22/2013

Barry Alvarez.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Wisch: Alvarez’s Wisconsin Remains Blueprint For Illini

here was a time when Wisconsin football was Illinois football.

670 The Score–10/19/2013

Pat Fitzgerald

Wisch: Against Winning Teams, Fitzgerald’s Record Takes A Big Hit

While reputations can often mislead, I’d argue that numbers don’t.

670 The Score–10/18/2013

Steve Bartman interferes with Moises Alou. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Wisch: 2003 NLCS Didn’t Change Cubs, It Changed Cubs Fans

Cubs fans swallowed a bitter pill that they haven’t coughed up in the decade since.

670 The Score–10/15/2013

Theo Epstein. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Wisch: The Cubs’ Managerial Mess Is Their Own Creation

With Girardi’s unsurprising snub in mind, my concern is that by firing Dale Sveum a year before his contract ended, Theo Epstein & Co. have really stepped in it.

10/12/2013

Sammy Sosa. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Wisch: Cubs Could Use More Stars, But Sosa Can Stay Home

As for Sammy, the door back to to Wrigley can remain dark. And he can build his own statue somewhere else.

670 The Score–10/10/2013

Tim Beckman. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Wisch: Picking ‘Naming Rights’ For Big Ten Coaches

To show I’m not just blowing smoke, here are some other suggested sponsors for a few of the Big Ten basketball and football coaches:

670 The Score–10/08/2013

Nathan Scheelhaase (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: Seeing Red In Illini’s First Big Ten Trip To Nebraska

The Illini don’t have a Red Grange this season, but with Bill Cubit’s offense they may have more than a Galloping Ghost of a chance vs. the Huskers.

670 The Score–10/04/2013

John Groce. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Wisch: Illini Short On Expectations, Long On Experience

What exactly would you call this season for the University of Illinois basketball team?

CBS Chicago–10/03/2013

Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro.  (Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Wisch: Stability – Not Sveum – Is Cubs’ Biggest Problem

I’d argue that the bigger problem with the Cubs – and the regressions of the 23-year-old Castro and 24-year-old Rizzo, as well as the 27-year-old Darwin Barney – was the lack of any consistent veteran on-field leadership or reliable stability with the Cubs big league roster

CBS Chicago–10/01/2013

(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: Illini Football Steps Up Schedule, Steps Away From Chicago

Dave Wischnowsky offers up his thoughts on the Illini’s recent scheduling moves.

670 The Score–09/27/2013

Welington Castillo over slides the bag and is tagged out by third baseman Conor Gillaspie. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Wisch: Cubs, White Sox Just Two Losses Away From History

In some cities, they talk about magic numbers this time of the year. But in Chicago, circa 2013, the only ones we know are tragic ones.

CBS Chicago–09/26/2013

Derrick Rose. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: Have You Forgiven Derrick Rose?

If you haven’t yet forgiven Derrick Rose, get ready.

670 The Score–09/24/2013

Tim Beckman.  (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: Illini Football Has Chicago Options For 2015

I’ve compiled a list of nonconference opponents that also have an open date on Sept. 5, 2015.

670 The Score–09/20/2013

Dale Sveum. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

Wisch: Fire Sveum? Only If Cubs Fire Up Roster

Until a true winning mentality emerges in the front office at Clark & Addison, changing managers on the field doesn’t much matter.

CBS Chicago–09/19/2013

Nathan Scheelhaase (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: Calling For An Illini Football Encore In Chicago

If Illinois wants more fans to end up making the 140-mile trip down to Champaign, they likely have to bring the product up to them first.

670 The Score–09/17/2013

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