Sunday, January 15, 2006

Illini Guy

NYT article today about "The Illini Guy," an Edwardsville, IL Illini fanatic.

"During the game, the Illini Guy refused to answer phone calls. Someone tried the doorbell, which plays the Illinois fight song, but the Illini Guy stuck with his Saturday game plan: watching Illinois basketball.

The next day, the Illini Guy felt well enough to talk about the loss, which dropped his team's record to 15-1. He even managed to do a bit of laundry. "One load of blue clothes, one load of orange clothes," he said.

And then the Illini Guy, a graduate of Illinois, class of 1977, went into a personal spin cycle. "After a 2-9 football season, this basketball team is helping to heal a lot of wounds," the Illini Guy said.


He told family members that if they die during the Illinois football and basketball seasons, it should not be on a Wednesday or a Thursday.

"That would mean the wake would likely fall on a Saturday, and I'm not missing my games," he said. "My father complied - he died in May."

In May, of course, the basketball season is over. Which raised the question: What is the Illini Guy's life like between the Illinois basketball and football seasons?

"During that time, there is really no meaning to my life," he said.

Seems pretty normal.

My favorite aspect of the story? Has to be the blue Ritz crackers covered in orange squeeze cheese in the picture.



At 12:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dave, I think those are the blue and orange deviled eggs mentioned in the article.

At 6:03 AM, Blogger dgags said...

Hmmm. The blue parts seem a little flat for eggs, but I guess having to first dye the whites blue, and then dye the yolks orange is even more difficult. I mean, at least the cheese is already orange.


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