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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

Derrick Rose and LeBron James. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Wisch: If Rose Doesn’t Want To Rebuild, He Needs To Recruit

So, Derrick Rose reportedly doesn’t want to go through rebuilding. Well, you know who could help avoid that? Derrick Rose.

670 The Score–12/20/2013

Tim Beckman.  (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: By Retaining Coordinators, Illini Football Wins And Loses

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.

670 The Score–12/19/2013

Derrick Rose. (Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)

Wisch: 5 Things For Local Sports Fans To Be Thankful For

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?

670 The Score–11/28/2013

Tim Beckman. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Wisch: Expect Beckman Back, But Don’t Expect Greatness

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.

670 The Score–11/26/2013

Alex Rodriguez. (Credit: Getty Images).

Wisch: MLB Should Punish Teams And Teammates Of PED Users

Alex Rodriguez is insufferable. But when it comes to steroids in baseball, should he also have to suffer alone?

670 The Score–11/22/2013

Tim Beckman.  (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: Can Illini Afford To Stick With Beckman Too Long?

Illinois has a nearly two-decade tradition of retaining coaches at least one season too long.

670 The Score–11/21/2013

Illinois coach John Groce. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: Illini Basketball Bouncing Back From Bad Weekend

When it comes to weekends, Illini Nation’s was about on par with Bernie’s.

670 The Score–11/19/2013

Chief Illiniwek. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: My Plea For U. of I. To Embrace Its Native American Heritage

Why don’t more people talk about what we should do regarding Native American heritage?

670 The Score–11/16/2013

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

Wisch: Illini Nation On Edge As Recruiting Rumors Swirl

Even if the recruiting sky does fall in today, it’s hardly the end of the world for the Illinois program.

670 The Score–11/15/2013

Tim Beckman.  (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: Beckman’s Job Status Putting Illinois Back In A Bind

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.

670 The Score–11/12/2013

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

Wisch: Illini Hoops Season Set To Begin, So Breathe Easy

It’s not just a new season for the Fighting Illini basketball team.

CBS Chicago–11/08/2013

Richie Incognito. (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Wisch: It’s Time For The NFL To Ban Hazing

The NFL needs to take action by outlawing hazing entirely.

670 The Score–11/07/2013

Starlin Castro. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Wisch: The Cubs Can Trade Castro – But Not To The Cardinals

In the name of Lou Brock, the Cubs can’t do that.

670 The Score–11/05/2013

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

Wisch: Rose Getting Better, But He’s Already More Interesting

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.

670 The Score–11/01/2013

(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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

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