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Friday, June 20, 2008

Don't put this on the Internet

Yesterday the Illini summer speaking tour landed in Peoria... here's a recap from the PJStar.

Some good stuff there.

  1. Zook wants to play Notre Dame at Soldier Field (probably not gonna happen, but I love the chutzpah.)
  2. Zook on Missouri: ""A year ago, our football team didn't think we could beat them. But now, even though they'll be a top 5 team, we'll step on that field and expect to win."
  3. Evidently Weber has to keep his desk drawers locked because Jerrance "Snacks" Howard likes candy too much.
  4. and of course the quote of the evening from Bruce:
    "The league should be wide open and we can be right in the middle of it. I do know one thing, though. I think Indiana will suck. Don't put that on the Internet."
Wait, what was that last part?

Well, don't blame me, I got the quote off of the internet.

Ok, so... predictably, IU fans have their candy-striped pants all in a wad over this, which isn't necessarily a reaction unique to IU fans, but part of the greater internet trend of looking for something to be offended by and then flying off the handle over it (read any partisan political blog for 30 seconds).

Now, this whole story is awesome on a couple of levels.

  1. As a card carrying Illini fan, I find both the quote, and the downfall of IU basketball that lead to the quote, hilarious.
  2. Some IU fans, the people who embraced Bob Knight as a god, are now ranting about how "classless" Bruce and Illinois fans are... a situation I also find hilarious AND ironic.

All this for a throw-away quote that got a few chuckles from an all-Illini crowd in the heart of Illini basketball country. Was it the brightest thing for Bruce to say? Probably not, but oh well.

Gotta love the summer season, and its only June 20th. At least we aren't spending this year wondering if some snot-nosed 17 year old was going to keep his word or not.

IU fans can rant all they want, but one thing they can't accuse Weber of is not being honest. As an evidently much classier coach once said:
"If rape is inevitable, relax and enjoy it"
At least with all of their recruits on campus they can start having 4 on 4 drills during the summer. They just better hope noboby gets hurt.

Everything is fine, goodnight!

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