Raised in Bourbonnais, educated at the University of Illinois and bred on sports in the Windy City, Dave Wischnowsky is an award-winning Chicago-based journalist. Formerly a Metro reporter and blogger for the Chicago Tribune, Dave now writes the Wisch List, a weekly Chicago-centric syndicated newspaper column, in addition to his work for CBSChicago.com. You can read all of his columns at wischlist.com and follow him on Twitter at @wischlist. Dave and his wife live in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood.
Here are some ideas to fix the bad PR the mascot brought this week.
The Cubs’ new mascot falls short.
Come July, Greg Maddux will enter the Hall of Fame with an Atlanta Braves cap emblazoned on his plaque. And that’s absolutely as it should be.
Buckle up, Illini fans. And, well, Bucky up, too. Because, remember, this isn’t going to be a smooth ride.
The fan bases don’t often agree on much, but let’s hope we can all agree on that.
We’re still a month away from the Big Game, but it’s already a mistake – for more than one reason.
As you prepare to watch today’s game, here are five other things you might not have known about the Rose Bowl and its participants over the years.
Come next week, Greg Maddux will make the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. But he almost certainly won’t make it in the way he should.
A few years ago, when rumors were swirling about Missouri potentially jumping from the Big 12 to Jim Delany’s favorite league, there was one B1G reason why I didn’t want it to happen.
So, Derrick Rose reportedly doesn’t want to go through rebuilding. Well, you know who could help avoid that? Derrick Rose.
With the news on Wednesday that offensive coordinator Bill Cubit will be back with the team next season, Illini fans should be thrilled. That’s a win.
Derrick Rose’s knees are about as stable as your turkey’s. Jay Cutler’s lower extremities aren’t a whole lot sturdier. With one combined Big Ten victory, the Illinois and Northwestern football teams have no leg to stand on this weekend. And both the Cubs and the White Sox?
On the campus of the University of Illinois, the Bielfeldt Athletic Administration Building sits between Florida Avenue and St. Mary’s Road. But when it comes to the Fighting Illini football program, it might as well be stuck between a rock and a hard place.
Alex Rodriguez is insufferable. But when it comes to steroids in baseball, should he also have to suffer alone?
Illinois has a nearly two-decade tradition of retaining coaches at least one season too long.
When it comes to weekends, Illini Nation’s was about on par with Bernie’s.
Why don’t more people talk about what we should do regarding Native American heritage?
Even if the recruiting sky does fall in today, it’s hardly the end of the world for the Illinois program.
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.