In a game according to sources at the scene that was marred by
turnovers, the Railers closed out the Tornados 61-58 and that could
be an investment that pays dividends later in the season. Lincoln
(5-3, 2-1) punished Taylorville (6-3, 1-2) and built up a big lead,
but typical of warrior coach J.R. Dugan, his guys came roaring back
and got within two before the Railers put it away.
You probably have to follow high school basketball quite closely to
realize just how wonderful Lincoln’s record is right now. Do you
realize how young this ball club is? I doubt quite seriously that
any CS8 team in the league has played as many young players as
Lincoln has up to this point in the season. And when you can mix-in
some youngsters with your experienced veterans you can accomplish a
lot more than most people thought before this campaign began.
The Railers won’t play again until they meet Rock Island at 4:30
December 26th at The Classic in Bloomington.
Nice going guys…Merry Christmas, Railers!
The Lady Railers(5-6, 3-2) lost a tough ball game versus
Chatham-Glenwood 41-50 as they were without two starters. Lincoln
finds themselves on the positive side of the ledger in league play
and won’t play again until the St. Louis holiday shoot-out. As this
team gets healthier and their conditioning comes around, I think you
can expect some very exciting things.
Good Luck, Lady Railers in St. Louis and Happy Holidays!
Mt. Pulaski continues to stay red hot on a monster roll.
In fact, Coach Jim Jumper will join Greg and I tonight at 6pm on
channel 5 on FANdamonium-the Holiday edition! Greg and I will also
preview the Illinois-Missouri game, talk about another(?) Bears win
and bemoan the fact that the Cardinals are just going to mail-in the
next two years waiting for a new stadium!
Both LCC teams finished the first semester on a sour note as they
both succumbed to Grace in Grand Rapids, MI. The Angels fell 79-90
in overtime and fell to 5-9 on the season.
The Preachers (8-6, 2-2) were beaten 118-95 but do get a rematch on
Jan. 31 in the Laughlin Center. Both squads get a long holiday break
as they won’t return to action until after the first of the year.
I believe that both Lincoln College squads are off for the holidays
The ISU Redbirds won a thriller and lost a heartbreaker this week.
They won an exciting overtime contest against a very good Western
Kentucky team, but then lost to Northern Iowa by three on Saturday
in their first Missouri Valley league tilt. Next up for the mighty
Birds is a road game at SIU.
If you’re an NFL fan or better yet a Bears’ fan, could you please
call us and explain what in the heck is going on? A team that was
left for dead is now one game a way from finishing the season at
.500. Not the greatest record of all-time to be sure, but a
landslide better than most pundits felt it would ever be. Paul “Mr.
Clutch” Edinger fired-in a game winner from 45 yards out with 5
seconds left to play at the Bears won again, this time beating the
Washington Redskins, 27-24.
The Rams coasted in their 27-10 win over the amazingly improved
Cincinnati Bengals. The Rams should enjoy home field advantage
especially when you consider that they’ve won a franchise-best 14
straight games in the Dome!
And, can anyone tell me how the Colts can come out and look as flat
as they did in their 17-31 loss to the Denver Broncos? I’m not going
to pick Indy far in the play-offs until they start proving that they
can win big games…that was hard to watch…I’m glad I fell asleep…
The Big Game looms on the horizon. And if the heavily lauded and
heavily favored Missouri Tigers ever had a vision of beating the
Illinois Fighting Illini they might want to try to get that done
this year. Everything seems to be swinging in their favor for their
best chance to upend the Illini in some time. However, many of us
felt exactly like that last year. I have never been prouder of the
Illini than I was a year ago. The first two trips down the court,
Brian Cook, Dee Brown and Deron Williams stuck their respective
defenders with some nice legal forearm shivers and refused to
relinguish their spots on the floor.
I nudged Greg Taylor on press row and told him that the Illini had
already decided that they would not lose this game. And people
scoffed that Cook was soft…those critics obviously never saw Cook
play in a “Braggin’ Rights” game! Illinois played smash-mouth hoops
with Mizzou and they didn’t know what had hit them. I’m hoping for
another game just like that one.
I wonder if Bill Self is getting raked over the coals this morning
the way that Bruce Weber did after the Providence game?
I wonder if Brian Cook will get Karl Malone’s minutes now that the
future Hall of Famer has hurt his knee?
I wonder how Cardinals’ management sleeps at night knowing the
ticket prices that they charge and then doing little in the
off-season to improve the ball club?
I wonder if there is a Santa Claus?
Have a great week everybody…and be good for goodness sake!