One Final Entry...

One Final Entry...

This will be my final blog entry on IlliniHQ. I mentioned last time that I will not be doing a basketball prediction blog this season. I know a number of you were looking forward to that, especially since this team has been one of the bigger surprises in the country so far, but I am getting ready to start two new chapters in my life.

First of all, as of tomorrow I will be a married man! Rachael and I have been together for two and a half years and tomorrow we will be tying the knot. We are both looking forward to this big day, and love each other very much.

The initial plan was to get married in September of 2013, but due to the other big change in our lives we decided to move it up to tomorrow. Rachael was able to land a social work job at the Veterans Administration in Amarillo, TX, so we will be moving down there in early January. This job opportunity was too good to pass up, so it was no-brainer for us to pursue it. .

I have lived in Illinois all my life. I was born in Charleston, and then moved to St. Joseph in the 6th grade and stayed there through high school and part of college. After that I've pretty much apartment hopped all over Champaign, Urbana and Savoy. While I have traveled a bit, I haven't spent much time outside of the Midwest. The move to Texas is a bit scary, but having Rachael by my side will make the transition a bit easier.

I am currently looking for work in the radio field in Amarillo, but as of now don't have anything. I'm hoping to have something lined up before I move down, but if not, I will try to find something else once I get there.

The closest D1 school to us will by Texas Tech in Lubbock. It's about 120 miles south of Amarillo, or a hour and a half drive thanks to the 75 mile per hour speed limits (I drive 80. Now I know what Sammy Hagar was talking about). I expect to see a lot of Red Raider fans, as well as Texas Longhorn fans. Of course the Cowboys are big in that area, and the Houston Texan fans are picking up a big since the team is becoming relevant. Plus, high school football is a completely different animal compared to Illinois. Even though I will be in Big 12 country, one thing won't change. I will always be an Illini fan. I have rooted for Illinois my whole life and that will not change. I will still find ways to follow them, and cheer on the orange and blue til the end of time, regardless of how down some of the programs are.

I once again want to thank you guys for making my time on IlliniHQ enjoyable. When I came up with the idea for the prediction blog, I wasn't really sure what to expect. Needless to say it caught me off guard when predictions started pouring in left and right, and before I knew it, it became a fun project. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. I will miss it.

Hope you all have a wonderful holiday with family and friends and I wish you all the best going into the new year. And of course, GO ILLINI!!!

One final time...


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Bwp 5P wrote on December 06, 2012 at 7:12 am

Best of Luck to both of you in your new life!

tonyjb37 wrote on December 06, 2012 at 8:12 am
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No......Thank You Tom!!!!    And good luck and congratulations on your marriage and the next chapter in your book of life! It has been a real pleasure getting to know you through you blogs. I know that wherever you go and whatever you choose to do, that you will be successful! Illini Nation will miss having you around and with that being said, go get'em Tom Young!!!!!!!  

illiniearl wrote on December 06, 2012 at 8:12 am

Wishing you the best Tom!   I think you will really enjoy Texas.   As an Air Force vet, I lived there for 10 years and it is a different world - and a much better one in nearly all facets of life.   Every thing you have mentioned about it is spot on.   

I have never more enjoyed looking forward to checking out the N-G and IlliniHQ online on a daily basis just to play your predictions contest.    Maybe someone else there on staff can pick it up.

When visiting Lubbock, make sure you visit with Buddy Holly, say "hello" to him for me.

I - N - I  !

aaeismacgychel wrote on December 06, 2012 at 10:12 am

Many congratulations, Tom. It has been an absolute pleasure reading your articles and postings and you will surely be missed. I am sure you will be successful in all your future endeavors (marraige included) and I very much do hope you and your wife enjoy Amarillo and the next stage in life. Best wishes to the both of you and I hope you have a fantastic wedding!

JimOATSfan wrote on December 06, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Hey Tom congrats!  I remember reading UCLA's legendary men's bb coach John (I attended the Red Grange game against Michigan at Memorial Stadium when I was 12-13 years old) Wooden's book and his advice about marriage was to never go to sleep angry at each other. Just agree to disagree on the issue.  Has always helped me....

It seems to me that the little thing called the 'internet' also reaches down to Texas. So while you are looking for another job locally, why can't you continue to blog for HQ?  All you need is remote access into the HQ website and you can be doing a basketball prediction blog this season.  Easy-peasy dude.  That way you can earn some bucks to make the transition easier.

I can't predict worth a darn but obviously other Illini fans would welcome it.

All the best - CHEERS!

Oh yea: check out Stevie Ray Vaughn and Steve Miller, not to mention ZZ Top to get a flavor for the place. Good things happening in Austin TX too (college town).


Mike Goebel wrote on December 06, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Good riddance. You were a terrible picker anyway! Just kidding! Best of luck to you, Tom. Will miss you on HQ and on the softball diamonds, as you know.

orangeandblueblood wrote on December 06, 2012 at 4:12 pm

I would first of all like to wish you and Rachel all the luck in the world.  Secondly, I would like to thank you for your contributions because, like you, I am a native of Illinois, however living in Kansas.  I must say that there was a culture shock when I first arrived.  Turn on the television and all the sports coverage is Big 12.  UGH!!! My thanks to you are driven by the fact that it is through people like yourself and the work that you do, that provide me through the internet all that I need to stay in touch with the only team that I have ever loved. 

JimOATSfan wrote on December 06, 2012 at 6:12 pm

Ditto o&bb and well said ... from Melbourne Australia. Go Illini!

Reillini wrote on December 06, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Congrats Tom, I'm happy for you both. Thanks for doing the prediction game. It was always fun to read everyone's predictions and comments.I appreciate your your radio work also as you went with me to work at 530 AM for a few years also...Best of Luck and As always Go Illini