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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

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

John Groce. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Wisch: Groce Is The Coach Illini Fans Have Been Waiting For

From the looks of things, it appears that Illinois has a truly elite coach in John Groce.

670 The Score–09/13/2013

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

Wisch: Tim Beckman Can Win – With A Great O-Coordinator

If Tim Beckman’s coaching career at Illinois really does go from knocking on death’s door to cracking – or even kicking – it open for his return in 2014, he’ll probably be able to thank heavens for one person.

670 The Score–09/12/2013

Nathan Scheelhaase (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: Can Illini’s Cincinnati Shocker Spark A Big Season?

What a difference a week makes.

670 The Score–09/10/2013

Nathan Scheelhaase. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: Big Ten Needs B1G Games Every Week

I’m getting on board with the idea of the Big Ten spreading out its conference games throughout the entire season.

CBS Chicago–09/07/2013

John Groce. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Wisch: Illini’s Groce Burning Up The Recruiting Trail

They say where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

670 The Score–09/05/2013

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

Wisch: Behold Illinois Football – Where Even Wins Don’t Feel Good

Behold, Illinois football: Where even wins don’t feel like them.

09/03/2013

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

Wisch: What Does Tim Beckman Need To Do To Survive?

Beckman’s debut squad lost all eight Big Ten conference games by an average score of 37-13 and finished the season a sadsack 2-10.

670 The Score–08/30/2013

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

Wisch: 5 Thoughts About The Illini’s Basketball Schedule

Hey, anything to keep my mind off Illinois football, ya know?

670 The Score–08/29/2013

Phil Jackson and Marc Trestman. (Getty Images)

Wisch: Who Is Marc Trestman? I Hope He’s Phil Jackson

We don’t know which teams the Chicago Bears will beat this season, but we do know that throughout it they’ll be running plays to the beat of a different drummer.

670 The Score–08/27/2013

Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Il. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: Champaign The ‘Worst Town’ In The Big Ten? I Say No

I was offended on Thursday.

670 The Score–08/23/2013

Alexei Ramirez and Starlin Castro.  (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Wisch: Cubs & Sox Within Striking Distance Of (Bad) History

As it stands Thursday, the Cubs are now on pace for 93 losses, while the Sox are on pace to drop 96.

CBS Chicago–08/22/2013

Wrigley Field.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: Fenway & Wrigley – A Tale Of Two Renovations

As the Cubs prepare their plans to make over the “Friendly Confines,” the franchise would be wise to follow some of the steps that the Red Sox took to both preserve and transform “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark.”

CBS Chicago–08/21/2013

The lights at Wrigley Field.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Wisch: If Wrigley Survived Lights, I’ll Survive A Jumbotron

25 years ago, people probably were saying the same things about lights too, and that’s worked out OK.

670 The Score–08/08/2013

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

Wisch: Coaching, Not Admission Standards, Is Illini’s Primary Problem

Stanford does it. So does Michigan. Notre Dame, Wisconsin and Vanderbilt do it, too.

670 The Score–08/06/2013

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

Wisch: For Illini Fans, Football Excitement Is In Short Supply

In all honesty, though, it’s just tough to get jazzed about Tim Beckman’s encore when his opening performance hit all the wrong notes during a 2-10 campaign that included nine straight losses to close out the season.

670 The Score–08/02/2013

Robin Ventura. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Wisch: Ventura’s Second Season Is One For The (Bad) History Books

Right now for the Chicago White Sox, the days are darker than the team’s uniforms.

CBS Chicago–08/01/2013

Frank Thomas and Greg Maddux. (Credit: Getty Images)

Wisch: Thomas, Maddux Could Help Heal The Hall in 2014

Former Cubs and White Sox greats Greg Maddux and Frank Thomas are likely to be inducted into the Hall in their first year on the ballot

670 The Score–07/30/2013

Fans cheer during a rally for the Chicago Blackhawks at Grant Park on June 28, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Boston Bruins in 6 games to win the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup for the second time in four seasons. (Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Wisch: Could The Midwest Become ‘Blackhawks Country’?

With two Stanley Cup championships in four years, Chicago has been transformed into a Blackhawks city. But could the Midwest actually be transformed into “Blackhawks Country”?

670 The Score–07/27/2013

Ryan Braun. (Getty Images)

Wisch: Forfeits Could Be The Solution To MLB’s PED Problems

There hasn’t been a forfeit in Major League Baseball since 1995.

670 The Score–07/25/2013

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