Shots From the Shoe – Illinois

Written November 4th, 2012 by WVaBuckeye

Huge and wonderful American Flag

No company with me on the drive up and the chance to think long and hard about just how much I despise the Illini brought back some bad memories. Mostly it’s just the fans and some past players but specifically it was the happenings after they upset us in 2007.

We were the #1 team in the country and were rolling through the season when Juice came to town and wrecked the season. At the end of that game after having a day to forget on offense, the Illini went to the center of the field and danced on the Block O. A fight ensued and it made a bad night worse.

Saturday, all I could think about was beating them to a pulp and washing that nasty taste out of our mouths and moving on in convincing fashion. I got there early enough to swing by and say hello to all of the wonderful people that work the DRIVEN tent at every home game and head back to the stadium to assume my post.

The day was also going to be boring because neither Gary or his brother in law Rob would be there to joke around with and enjoy the sights. As I walked into the stadium I got to see the huge American Flag that they were going to use during the Star Spangled Banner. An amazing flag, you can see it takes up quite a bit of the field!
The Buckeyes struggled through the first quarter just as we all have become accustomed to. I am of the belief now that it is simply that this team doesn’t mind giving it’s prey what amounts to a five second head start. We are starting to see that there may not be a better one-two punch in the B1G than Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde and they are the top of the list┬ánationally.

Prior to halftime, I had been joking around with tBBC creator about how warm he was in the press box and he joked back that I forgot to mention the free McFlurry’s he gets as well. I waited until the right opportunity to butt in on one of his other conversations and said “I guess this means you won’t bring me a free McFlurry?” LOL

As i was immersed into something interesting on my phone I saw out of the corner of my eye that someone had approached me and was waiting for me to look up. As I did look up I saw this . . .

Thank you for the McFlurry Jeff!!!

Thank you to Jeff for giving me my best laugh of the day. It also made me realize that I should be very careful of the way I challenge him as well!

The free McFlurry was the second best part of the day as the Buckeyes rolled over the Illini, and for all intents and purposes, Coach Meyer was sending his good friend a message when he sent Kenny G in to run the O. They are going to score with their back -ups in and ‘it’s nothing personal Coach Beckman’.

I have to take my hat off to Coach Beckman, he handled the press conference pretty well. He was comlimentary to the Buckeyes and how special Braxton Miller is. He also went a long way in convincing his fans he is the right man for the job because he knows what the future holds for his team. If he can get through the season and survive, he will build a nice program over in Champaign.

The Buckeyes won by 30 yesterday and did a lot of good things to help me forget about 2007. Here’s to a week off and then off to Madison to kick some more Badger tail! Go Bucks!


  1. CoquiNo Gravatar
    November 5th, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Just as an FYI, Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde are the best one-two punch in the country statistically….so you can remove the “may” part in your post.


    WVaBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    November 5th, 2012 at 10:59 am

    done and thank you for the heads up!!


    MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    November 5th, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    I know they’re close… but don’t the tandem from Nevada have better numbers?


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