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By LDN staff

[DEC. 22, 2003]  At some point you’re going to have to go and play some road games.  Although you’d much prefer a slate that includes 25-30 games, all at home, most conferences and districts aren’t going to feed you something like that.  For the Railers, the CS8 powers that be, sent them packing to Taylorville Friday night. 

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 as well.

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?

I wonder…

Have a great week everybody…and be good for goodness sake!

[LDN staff]


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