Stayed Up Way Too Late....But It Was Worth It

Big win last night for Illini  basketball last night/early this morning as DJ Richardson drained a 3-pointer from the corner to beat Hawaii in overtime 78-77. 

 Illinois fought uphill all night....getting down by as many as 16 points at one point.  They withstood a last second basket by Hawaii to tie the game and send it in to overtime.  The Illini  fell behind by 5 points again in the extra period...but fought their way through it to get the win.  

A couple of thoughts:

 1) it was great to see this group of Illini experience a thrilling win like that and to overcome a lot of adversity in the process. They had an awful stretch of self-doubt and disappointment in the second half of last year and I am so happy for those young men.

2) Feel badly for my friend and broadcast colleague Jerry Hester who apparently found out minutes before the game last night that his father had passed away unexpectedly on Friday. What a shock that must have been.  My thoughts and prayers are with Jerry during this time.  I dont know what his plans are yet for the rest of the trip. 

3) Felt really weird to be listening to an Illini game after all these years and not doing the game. Due to the football and basketball crossover schedules...and where the basketball game was being played (Honolulu)....there was no way to get back and forth and do both sports on this weekend.  I will be leaving on Sunday morning for Maui. My thanks to Steve Kelly for pinch-hitting for me...and for bringing home an exciting win!

4) Finally.....2:00 am in the morning is really late to be listening to an overtime basketball game.  But I made it!

Talk to you soon!

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tailgreater wrote on November 17, 2012 at 2:11 pm

What a ridiculous comment to write. Brian was the play-by-play announcer for an MLB club. But according to you, he is a terrible speaker?!? Unreal, some people's negativity/depression towards the world is staggering.

MarchingIllini wrote on November 17, 2012 at 4:11 pm

I agree.  I have no idea where some of the people live that comment on here, but my suspicion is that many are from Champaign County.  The amount of negativity that I hear from people around Champaign about the University, the sports teams just amazes me.  Ticket prices are too high, gotta donate too much money to get good seats, parking is too expensive (try parking in the Loop!), the announcers are terrible.  Never anything positive to say.  Of course these are the same people who said that John Groce was a terrible hire.....