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Former Lincoln sports fans say, be proud of Brian

To the editor:

My name is Ron Wilson, formerly of Lincoln, Ill., now living in Painted Post, N.Y., (Corning) where fancy glassware is made. My wife and I just attended the Illini-Penn State basketball game at State College, Pa., on Jan. 25 to see Brian Cook and the Illini play. We have attended each one of his games the last four years when the Illini played out here in the Northeast: three at State College and one in February 2002 at the Meadowlands in New Jersey. I believe one-half of the crowd at the Meadowlands was Orange and Blue.

Now back to Jan. 25. The game reset was just as described by Greg Taylor in his recent column ["Illinois survives trip to Penn State"]. We were about 10 rows up and over about 30 feet from the Illini bench, so you could see the numbers on the shirts without binoculars, and let me tell you that even when Brian was on the bench he wanted back in the game badly. Finally in the second half with about three minutes and 30 seconds to play, Coach put Brian (four fouls) back in. Augustine fouled out, and did it pay off, as Brian hit a shot in the paint and then a soft hook shot, and that was it! When Brian went in the score was 66, and at the next TV timeout, it was 73-54. Final: Illini 75, Penn State 63. (Penn State made a little run at end.)

There were plenty of Orange and Blue at the game but especially two groups that we met and chatted with. One group sitting in front of us drove up from Washington, D.C. (about 3-4 hours). It seems one man was from Peoria and one from Springfield. The gentleman from Springfield knew Eric Robinson, as well as all about Lincoln High basketball. He asked about the Railer post-game presentation. I said it's the same except now the players run through a canvas/plastic-type opening instead of busting through (as in the olden days) a paper Railer -- always had to be replaced. I told him it is the only basketball game I have attended that builds that much hype. Pep band -- none like the Railer pep band. The Illini group from D.C. dressed in orange and blue Illini T-shirts went home happy.

The other group, a family and three small children decked out in orange and blue, we met after the game while waiting for the players. It so happens they were originally from Naperville (Chicago) and were now living in Hershey, Pa. (about 2 hours from Beaver Valley) -- about like from Corning to State College, Pa.


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After 30 minutes or so, an assistant coach for Illinois (Harrington look-alike) went in to tell Brian some fans from Lincoln, Ill., were waiting to see him. Shortly, out came Brian with his Illini "I" jacket on and lumbered up to say hello. But before he got to us, the Hershey, Pa., family asked for a portrait of Brian and their three children. So there is Brian at 6-9 and three children, who were all about 3-feet tall, hanging onto Brian as the picture was snapped. After autographs on hats, shirts, tennis shoes, Brian came over, signed my book and we talked about his hometown, school and his family for four-five minutes, and then a little guy in orange came up and asked him to come meet his family. After a handshake and a hug for my wife, off he went. What a great young man. The town of Lincoln, Lincoln High School and his family can be proud of this young man.

After some autographs from Dee Brown, Luther Head and Deron Williams and a short chat and handshake with coach Self, the team was off to catch a plane back to Illinois, and we headed back to Painted Post, N.Y., by way of the Penn State Creamery for some Paterno Peach ice cream (named after football coach Joe Paterno).

While we do not live in Lincoln, Ill., we do try to get back two to three times a year to visit with relatives, friends and my mother. One of those visits is normally in August for the Logan County Fair (also to watch harness racing), and while on one of those visits a few years ago we became acquainted with LDN at the display booth they had set up in the exhibition buildings. Was it ever hot that year! We picked up some information, and when we returned to Painted Post we got set up on the Internet and plugged into LDN for our news source for Lincoln and Logan County news.

So it has been with great interest that we have been able to keep up with the sports news about all the local teams from Lincoln and Logan County as well as the Redbirds and the Illini. The articles this year by Jeff Mayfield ("Mayfield's Mutterings") and Greg Taylor and the photos by Tom Seggelke and Bob Frank have you sitting right at courtside -- as an example, the recent photos and stories of two former Railers, Cook (Illini) and Alexander (Redbirds), helping in their team victories. ["Illini, Cook overwhelm Ohio State" and "Alexander, Redbird defense shine on Lincoln Day," posted in LDN on Feb. 10] So keep up the good work!

Ronald H. Wilson

Painted Post, N.Y.

E-mail: RAERON@webtv.net

(Posted 2-22-03)

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