Illinois lost to the best team in the country today, 4-0. Illinois did not win the NCAA Championship, but getting to the final probably tasted pretty sweet to these Illini.
They were left for dead after Ohio State pummeled them in the regular season. But they got up, dusted themselves off, reached the Big Ten final (where they once again lost to Ohio State) and then scrapped their way to the NCAA finals.
Georgia's team reminds me of the 2003 Illinois squad that swept every team and individual title that year. Illinois hung with them for much of the day, despite the score. Great work guys.
We woke up this morning to a foul smell in the condo. We thought it was from the rough in of the broken toilet that we have removed. But no, it's the forest fires in south Georgia and north Florida. The entire city's covered by a nice shroud of smoke right now. Everything has taken an ochre tint. Atlanta's covered by smoke.
Congratulations to the Fighting Illini men's tennis team, who are headed to the NCAA Finals for the first time since 2003, when Illinois capped off a dream season. Back then, Craig Tiley guided the Illini to an undefeated season in dual-match play, the team National Indoor Championship, the team NCAA Championship and NCAA Championships in both doubles and singles.
Brad Dancer's 2007 Illini are not as heralded as the 2003 team, but are a scrappy bunch. They've beaten No. 2 Ohio State (who had won four straight matches between the two teams) and No. 3 Baylor in the past two matches. Illinois will face the winner of the UGA/UVA tilt. UGA will be tough to beat on their home court, but nobody gave the Illini much of a chance against Ohio State or Baylor, either.