Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

'They can't get a mascot'

The "war chant" is gone. Is the "Three In One" halftime music also on the endangered list?

"Leave it alone," Loren Tate says in his weekly podcast, 'Tatelines: Unedited.' "Why split the fandom, why have all this divisiveness over something when you don't have to? It's hard enough to bring fans together as one anyway. This really split them."

Top of the Morning, Sept. 5, 2017

Welcome back ...

... 'Monday Morning Quarterbacks' on WDWS 1400-AM, which returned on Labor Day. Longtime hosts Jim Turpin and Loren Tate answered 16 calls, 24 texts and two emails before running out of time. Listen to the podcast at new-gazette.com.

NOW: Monday Morning QBs

What'd you think of the Ball State game? Still bummed about the war chant decision? Excited to see Kevin Hambly back in Huff Hall?

Loren Tate and Jim Turpin kick off another season of 'Monday Morning Quarterbacks' at 9 a.m. today on WDWS 1400-AM.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 3, 2017

In Year 1 of his goodwill project, Ron Bailey ordered 1,000 roses.

"I was afraid that was way too many, that I'd never be able to give them away," the 62-year-old Blossom Basket Florist owner said. "But at 7 a.m., people were lined up around the block. Every rose was gone in 20 minutes."

Top of the Morning, Sept. 2, 2017

Mike Pearson's popular feature "Illini Legends, Lists & Lore" debuted in these pages on Aug. 18, 1996 (right).

"When I was living in C-U, I clipped 'em every Sunday," said Pearson, the former UI sports information director who now lives in Oxford, Ohio.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 31, 2017

Labor Day weekend typically offers the high school crowd an early break in the new school year.

But the kids at tiny Milford High in Iroquois County don't need one. That's because they haven't even started school yet.

"I haven't discovered a student who is against an extended summer vacation," said Principal STEVE TOTHEROH said.

BTN turns 10

Today, the Big Ten Network celebrates its 10th anniversary. In this week's podcast, 'Tatelines: Unedited,' Dave Revsine tells of the moment when Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany gave the project the green light.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 30, 2017

The many volunteers and supporters involved in the Idea Garden's Accessibility Project will be recognized at Thursday's ribbon-cutting ceremony in Urbana.

As rewarding as that will be, messages like the one delivered by ELLEN CUNNINGTON pack more punch.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 29, 2017

Amazingly, the photo at right took less than 10 minutes Saturday to pull off (click on it to see a slightly larger version).

"They're engineering students," said photographer and commercial drone operator DARRELL HOEMANN. "They take directions."

Top of the Morning, Aug. 27, 2017

Today in Springfield, Tim Newman will be inducted into the Illinois National Guard Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame.

It's a big deal even if the 38-year-old Fisher man is a bit hesitant to beat his chest.

"A pebble in the pond," is how he put it.