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PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 5:43 pm 
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If UIUC was even remotely popular up here, you would see local athletes going there. For students, it is a settle school. It was exactly as Tom Cruise said in Risky Business. Very few have it as their first choice.

You rarely see people walking around in Illini gear.

I can't prove any of this. Simply my observations from living here my entire life and going there.

I know a lot of Chicago area people that love the Illini. You just hate the school.

Chicago has a lot of Big Ten alumni so it's not as in your face though like it is when you go to Iowa and everyone there has an Iowa hat.

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I'm sure we've been over this a thousand times on this board but I would say anything south of Ottawa or Kankakee can reasonably called downstate -- "central Illinois" is just another part of downstate. Rockford and other places that aren't Chicago are just northern Illinois. Galena is more accurately in the Driftless Area but it's not not northern Illinois.

I think a lot of people here were really into Illini hoops the year they were undefeated late into the season and almost won a national championship but who wouldn't be? Obviously the state's flagship university has a good number of fans in the state's major population center, but it doesn't compare with other states for various cultural/geographic/demographic reasons. But back to the topic at hand, which is Chicago media coverage of these little college-sports fiefdoms, I feel like we're at a place with college sports fandom that people who crave that sort of coverage are getting it somewhere online, whether it's SBNation blogs or podcasts or anything where you're among friends in a way that you wouldn't be with the Score as currently constituted.

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I'm sure we've been over this a thousand times on this board but I would say anything south of Ottawa or Kankakee can reasonably called downstate -- "central Illinois" is just another part of downstate. Rockford and other places that aren't Chicago are just northern Illinois. Galena is more accurately in the Driftless Area but it's not not northern Illinois.

I think a lot of people here were really into Illini hoops the year they were undefeated late into the season and almost won a national championship but who wouldn't be? Obviously the state's flagship university has a good number of fans in the state's major population center, but it doesn't compare with other states for various cultural/geographic/demographic reasons. But back to the topic at hand, which is Chicago media coverage of these little college-sports fiefdoms, I feel like we're at a place with college sports fandom that people who crave that sort of coverage are getting it somewhere online, whether it's SBNation blogs or podcasts or anything where you're among friends in a way that you wouldn't be with the Score as currently constituted.

I love college sports but anything more than a weekly guest like Gerry Dinardo is too much. Just like national NBA, leave it to the guys who know it.

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Yeah, I think you're right. Anything more than a weekly around-the-Big-Ten segment is going to turn people off. If they think the local team that won three championships this decade will chase listeners away, I can't imagine what routine deep dives on Michigan State's offense would do.

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denisdman wrote:
You rarely see people walking around in Illini gear.


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denisdman wrote:
You rarely see people walking around in Illini gear.


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I don't know what I like better: that JORR took and posted this photo in real time or that he has a trove of selfies flipping people off for any occasion.

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Joe Orr Road Rod wrote:
denisdman wrote:
You rarely see people walking around in Illini gear.


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Looks like JORR still has some of his ex-wive's art available if anyone is interested.


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Curious Hair wrote:
I'm sure we've been over this a thousand times on this board but I would say anything south of Ottawa or Kankakee can reasonably called downstate -- "central Illinois" is just another part of downstate. Rockford and other places that aren't Chicago are just northern Illinois. Galena is more accurately in the Driftless Area but it's not not northern Illinois.

I think a lot of people here were really into Illini hoops the year they were undefeated late into the season and almost won a national championship but who wouldn't be? Obviously the state's flagship university has a good number of fans in the state's major population center, but it doesn't compare with other states for various cultural/geographic/demographic reasons. But back to the topic at hand, which is Chicago media coverage of these little college-sports fiefdoms, I feel like we're at a place with college sports fandom that people who crave that sort of coverage are getting it somewhere online, whether it's SBNation blogs or podcasts or anything where you're among friends in a way that you wouldn't be with the Score as currently constituted.

Anything south of Joliet is basically Alabama.

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wdelaney72 wrote:
Joe Orr Road Rod wrote:
denisdman wrote:
You rarely see people walking around in Illini gear.


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Looks like JORR still has some of his ex-wive's art available if anyone is interested.


The art on display costs about $250K

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