Lincoln's Railers went on the road
and promptly won two in fine fashion. First they discarded
Springfield, which is a team that has been through a coaching
change, an appeal and who knows what all else. Butů ANY road win is
a good win, and the Railers are happy to capture another one. Then
Lincoln rode into Chatham to play the host school in their
tournament. They knew they would see a better defensive effort from
the Titans this time and they were not disappointed. Even though
Glenwood kept coming at them all night, Lincoln was victorious
again. If my stats are correct, that should make Lincoln 15-3 and
Again if stats and other info are
correct, I have the Lady Railers preparing to go up against
Jacksonville. Currently the Lady Railers are sporting a 10-7 and 5-2
The Lincoln College Lynx are having
a great season -- witness their incredible 14-3 mark. However, they
hit a bump in the road with a tough loss to Vincennes Monday 68-72.
LCC's Angels continue their mad dash
back to .500 as Katie Giesler led LCC to a 79-59 win over St. Louis
Pharmacy by recording a double-double. Giesler scored 29 points,
hauled down 22 rebounds and blocked six shots (I don't think I had
those kinds of totals for my career). The win brought the Angels to
7-8 on the year.
LCC's Preachers took a step up to
the big time by going on the road to Lewis University. They came up
a little short, falling 80-52, in a season with arguably the
toughest and most challenging schedule they have ever attempted.
No report on the LC Lady Lynx.
The Rams and Colts died with an
awful sound this weekend in the playoffs. The Rams got run over by
Michael Vick and the Atlanta Falcons, who will now try their luck
"outdoors" in Philly. The Colts, on the other hand, dealt their fans
a debilitating blow by not even scoring a touchdown in a meltdown at
New England. The Patriots will now invade Pittsburg for a game that
promises to be a dandy. The winners of those two games will advance
to the Super Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla.
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My personal thanks to the Fighting
Illini because, as they continue to win, I can continue to sport my
new No. 1 wardrobe!
The Illini's Luther Head was named
the Big Ten co-Player of the Week along with Wisconsin's Mike
Illinois does in fact remain No. 1
for a seventh straight week!
In light of the personal attacks
that Northwestern students waged on Illini players and managers this
past Saturday, I thought I would reflect on that just a bit. Fans do
pay a lot to attend games, and a certain amount of cheering and
support of your home squad is indeed expected and probably mandated.
However, when the lampooning gets personal and becomes an attack of
the player's family, heritage or physical characteristics, that is
simply crossing the line. Fans were verbally assaulting an Illini
manager, and that is never acceptable. I hope we have seen the last
of that kind of behavior.
I hope that as fans of Lincoln High
School, the area colleges and even our junior highs that none of
"us" EVER stoop so low. If we do, I hope someone with integrity and
character will usher us to the side and set us straight.
I am proud that the Illini players
did not stoop lower by retaliating but simply let their games do
Not trying to preach -- just trying
to use a teachable moment to raise our level of spectatorhood!
With a holiday in tow, my son and I
headed for the slopes -- well, not really the slopes but the hills
of the Lincoln area, the Elks and Forrest Hills. My son called them
"awesome," though he is not currently a member of either the U.S.
ski team or the U.S. luge team, so I'm not sure he is qualified to
determine whether they are in fact "awesome"! I don't think he
cares! Anyway, get your kids or grandkids out there and enjoy the
That's it for me. Have a great week,