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.
The only hope for Illinois to continue progress (or start it) is by firing embattled defensive coordinator Tim Banks and hoping that Thomas can hire a talented assistant to replacement him.
It’s not just a new season for the Fighting Illini basketball team.
The NFL needs to take action by outlawing hazing entirely.
In the name of Lou Brock, the Cubs can’t do that.
Over the years, I’ve found a lot of the things that have happened to Derrick Rose interesting, and I’ve found him to be a fascinating basketball talent. But, with all that said, I’ve never really found the intensely reserved, painfully quiet and humble-to-a-fault Rose to be a particularly intriguing person.
Right now, Illinois football isn’t going anywhere. But in the future? Well, it could be.
It’s that simple. Yet, of course, for the Fighting Illini, it isn’t at all.
Ozzie Guillen would not make a good coach. It’s manager or bust.
It’s a big weekend for second-year head coach John Groce.
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.
here was a time when Wisconsin football was Illinois football.
While reputations can often mislead, I’d argue that numbers don’t.
Cubs fans swallowed a bitter pill that they haven’t coughed up in the decade since.
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.
As for Sammy, the door back to to Wrigley can remain dark. And he can build his own statue somewhere else.
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:
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.
What exactly would you call this season for the University of Illinois basketball team?
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
Dave Wischnowsky offers up his thoughts on the Illini’s recent scheduling moves.