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Memory Lane: When C-U was rockin'


This week: The last time Illinois introduced a new football coach, C-U was definitely a basketball school. So sayeth Sporting News.

Date: July 3, 2005

Headline: We're movin' on up (I think)


In about a month, when the smoke rises from the chimney at The Sporting News, we'll know where Champaign-Urbana stands as a sports city.

A year ago, we were 99th —which, considering there were 368 cities on the list, seemed reasonable. But Kalamazoo was 98th and Toledo was 95th — which, considering it was Kalamazoo and Toledo, seemed like Nancy Cantor was counting the votes.

Fortunately, we did not mope, blame the refs or tell The Sporting News we didn't want to play anymore. We dressed in funny colors, wore headbands to church and climbed statues on campus in the middle of the night.

Surely that will vault us past, say, Laramie, Wyo., when the new rankings come out, although we struggle when it comes to calf roping.

Who knows? The criteria used by the magazine is a bit murky. Rankings are based on a number of hard-to-measure things like sports climate, fan fervor, stadium ambience and, as far as we can tell, length of hot dogs and size of tubas.

What we do know is the cutoff was Thursday. So now's a good time to look in the mirror to see if we've improved.

Good: We treated college basketball like Tom Cruise treated Oprah's couch, jumping up and down the second Wake Forest entered the gym and not stopping until April. Orange was everywhere, from the kindergarten room to the retirement home. Thousands showed up to watch Illinois in action ... at shootarounds the day before NCAA tournament games. Fans without tickets scooped up every available bar stool and — attention, East Lansing — didn't toss them through a window after the second round of drinks. So many of you followed the team during March that Indianapolis, Chicago and St. Louis could have been mistaken for C-U, except there were buildings more than three stories tall. So popular was Bruce Weber's bunch that even Bill Murray and the governor got involved, pretending to be diehard fans. Never mind that they thought Kenny Battle was a fight at that gym on Springfield Avenue.

Bad: Bill Murray and the governor got involved, pretending to be diehard fans.

Good: The fervor hasn't died down. Dee Brown's coming back, Weber is on a recruiting roll and the Big Ten still can be had.

Bad: Until Greg Oden enrolls at Ohio State.

Good: Deron Williams is going to be an NBA star, giving C-U some name recognition at the professional level.

Bad: The season hasn't started. Though we have nearly every major sport covered — from Brian Cardinal (NBA) to Jason Anderson (MLB) to Fred Wakefield (NFL) to Steve Stricker (PGA) to Perdita Felicien (track) to Kendall Gill (boxing) — we're lacking the 'marquee appeal' The Sporting News is seeking. If only Nobel Prizes counted.

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2007-02-26 08:24:04 by BigRye

From 2strokebuzz(dot)com:
CDOT’s Chicago Scooterist Roundtable: May 4
After gathering input from Chicago scooterists last month, the Chicago Department of Transportation and the Chicago Department of Environment are hosting a Chicago Scooterist Roundtable at the Chicago Center for Green Technology (445 North Sacramento Boulevard) on Friday, May 4, 2007 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. Our contact Charles Roesner tells us, “At the session, scooterists will be encouraged to discuss the potential positive impacts of increased use of scooters in Chicago. Scooterists will also have the opportunity to detail the challenges and barriers that they face while riding scooters in Chicago

50cc scooters

2008-05-13 14:12:08 by GenElec

I love my 50cc Kymco scooter for running around town, but it's almost embarrassingly slow to climb even moderate hills here in the flatlands of the Twin Cities. Sacramento is hillier, no? You may want to look at something a little more powerful, 150 to 250cc maybe, though it would probably require a motorcycle endorsement for your drivers' license. Just my opinion -- there are times when I think I should have bought a bigger scooter.

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