I thought last year's back-to-back-to-back play-by-play days in Madison Square Garden (Illini basketball vs Texas/Maryland and at Wrigley Field (Northwestern vs Illinois football) was a pretty busy time for your local Illini radio broadcaster.
But that busy stretch will likely be topped by the next 10 days ahead...based on the following schedule..
First....Wisconsin-Illinois football at 11 am Saturday Nov 19th....Ron Zook's team will be trying to pull off a huge upset against a team that is two plays away from contending for the BCS National Championship. It will be Senior Day for Illinois...but Wisconsin has rolled up nearly 5,000 yards of offense this season. The amazing thing is that the rushing yardage and passing yardage totals for the Badgers are only (12) yards apart.
Sunday morning..Nov 20th.......Leave for Cancun, Mexico for Cancun Challenge
8:30 pm....Tuesday night...Nov 22nd.....Illini basketball vs Richmond. Bruce Weber is going for career coaching win #300....but this will not be easy against a Richmond program that made a deep run in the NCAA Tournament last spring.
8:30 pm....Wednesday night....Nov 23rd.... Hopefully the Illini are playing at 8:30 pm in the title game of this event.....and not in the 3rd place game earlier in the evening. The Illini will face the winner of Illinois State-Rutgers in the championship game.....again....if they win on Tuesday night.
Thanksgiving Night...... Nov 24th.......Fly back from Cancun to Chicago...then to Champaign
Friday afternoon..Nov 25th........Leave Champaign for Minneapolis for Illini football game vs Minnesota
2:30 pm... Saturday afternoon ....Nov 26th....Illini at Minnesota football matchup.....Hopefully the Illini will be trying to win their second straight game...and not trying to snap a 5-game losing streak.
Saturday evening....Fly back to Champaign from Minneapolis
12:00 noon Sunday....Nov 27th....Illini basketball vs Chicago State
Monday afternoon....Nov 28th........Leave Champaign for Maryland as part of Big Ten-ACC Challenge
6:30 pm....Tuesday night Nov 29th....Illini-Maryland Basketball....These teams played each other in the Terapins new building just a few years ago.....and played each other almost a decade ago as well at the old historic Cole Fieldhouse.
Tuesday night....fly back to Champaign from Maryland.
All in all....a pretty full 10 days.
I have my passport and am ready to go and begin this 10 day journey. ...We will have all of the action live on the Illini Sports Network.
Talk to you soon...and Happy Thanksgiving!