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  1. Bye Bye Loren Tate

    I love Karen too. She's smart, funny in a snarky way, and knows her Illini lore. How's that for a fantasy, Rob?
  2. Geoff Alexander

    I have a dream that we will one day live in a nation where assistants to head basketball coaches will not be judged by the ff's and the gg's in their name, but by their ability to do the job.
  3. Mazatlan, Mexico

    Nope - new iPhone. Hadn't changed settings yet. Sorry about that. No one could confuse me for Spark. Yes, he's smarter, but I'm funny. So Vette, algorithm says YOU!
  4. Mazatlan, Mexico

    I just returned from an extended stay in Mexico City and Cuernavaca. Mexico City was safe and cosmopolitan. (Surprisingly a huge Hasidic Jewish population - who knew?) and extremely cosmopolitan if you knew where to go. Most white collar Mexicans (and there are millions) speak at least three languages, educate their children in French schools or the like and leave for PV, Mazatlan or similar towns on the weekend. I learned the country runs like this: Family - Business - Church -then Government. In that order. The Mexican government is basically in charge of the poor (and there are tens of millions) and the cartels (or vice versa). Business is done through families and connections, education is paramount and there is very little chance of movement among social class. Money is not flaunted at all - you are asking for trouble if you do, gorgeous homes are behind dilapidated walls and character matters. My advice is make sure you are hooked up properly before you go. Ask someone you trust for a referral for help in your home - you will need a driver, cook and housekeeper. They are inexpensive as everything is fairly cheap, but you won't be able to get your groceries, pharmacy, cook, etc without help. There is a method to the madness and no Gringo will be able to go it alone without a trusted advisor to guide you. The people are incredibly honest, kind and generous if you stay out of stupid situations and respect their method/way of life. If you are going as a contractor/architect/builder/techie or teacher you will quickly learn there is a system in place, just follow it and you will be fine. Just make sure whoever is hiring you connects you early on and you will sail through. Oh, and say yes to any invitation to a family gathering. You won't regret it and won't go home until the sun rises (with a driver of course) Family is EVERYTHING to Mexicans. If you have children - take them and find a private school - you will meet all sorts of people from around the world. I was inside several schools for work and was amazed by the quality of the schools and families. Btw - is the Hooper based on being from Hoopsten? Curious if that's how you know Thad.
  5. Mazatlan, Mexico

    I just returned from an extended stay in Mexico City and Cuernavaca. Mexico City was safe and cosmopolitan. (Surprisingly a huge Hasidic Jewish population - who knew?) and extremely cosmopolitan if you knew where to go. Most white collar Mexicans (and there are millions) speak at least three languages, educate their children in French schools or the like and leave for PV, Mazatlan or similar towns on the weekend. I learned the country runs like this: Family - Business - Church -then Government. In that order. The Mexican government is basically in charge of the poor (and there are tens of millions) and the cartels (or vice versa). Business is done through families and connections, education is paramount and there is very little chance of movement among social class. Money is not flaunted at all - you are asking for trouble if you do, gorgeous homes are behind dilapidated walls and character matters. My advice is make sure you are hooked up properly before you go. Ask someone you trust for a referral for help in your home - you will need a driver, cook and housekeeper. They are inexpensive as everything is fairly cheap, but you won't be able to get your groceries, pharmacy, cook, etc without help. There is a method to the madness and no Gringo will be able to go it alone without a trusted advisor to guide you. The people are incredibly honest, kind and generous if you stay out of stupid situations and respect their method/way of life. If you are going as a contractor/architect/builder/techie or teacher you will quickly learn there is a system in place, just follow it and you will be fine. Just make sure whoever is hiring you connects you early on and you will sail through. Oh, and say yes to any invitation to a family gathering. You won't regret it and won't go home until the sun rises (with a driver of course) Family is EVERYTHING to Mexicans. If you have children - take them and find a private school - you will meet all sorts of people from around the world. I was inside several schools for work and was amazed by the quality of the schools and families. Btw - is the Hooper based on being from Hoopsten? Curious if that's how you know Thad.
  6. NCAA Rules on Louisville Escorts

    Amen oui!
  7. NCAA Rules on Louisville Escorts

    I'm confused... Did the NCAA say Louisville players can't be escorted to the Jews for Jesus meetings or are ushers no longer allowed in the Mosque?
  8. WTF is Wrong With Trump Today?

    but I hope the different sides continue to talk to each other. What a thought.
  9. Illini Inn

    Never stepped foot in the place. It was sort of understood it's where guys went to hang out with their buds. Women weren't excluded, just not particularly welcome.
  10. What are you drinking?

  11. No Henson in 1st Illini HOFame Class?

    Lol! Late night. At least I didn't write Austin Pee!
  12. No Henson in 1st Illini HOFame Class?

    This has got to be the most laughable comment you have ever made here and that is saying a lot. Don't know what "chicks" you are referring to, but SA's went through a pretty rigerous vetting process. Multiple Professor references, high GPA, knowledge of the sports programs and University were just some of the requirements. Of course looks mattered, that's a fact of life, but it certainly wasn't the main focus. And trust me, there were plenty of impressive guys with bright futures all over campus, that the last thing any female needed was to "latch" a recruit to secure a future. If you were smart enough to get into UofI, let alone graduate, you certainly had a bright enough future on your own merits. You weren't looking to rely on some 18 year old HS kid to put you on easy street. Give me a break. The irony of your entire accusation is Lou Henson had way too much class to use female SA's as enticements for his recruits. If your theory was correct, he would be a sleaze ball in the Calipari catagory and that was simply not the case. Most of the time it was the male SA's who got the recruit assignments. You need help sir.
  13. No Henson in 1st Illini HOFame Class?

    Ok, I'm putting it out there...rip me apart as you wish but... I agree Lou is a class act. I agree he was the face of Illinois basketball for two decades, but there is also some revisionist history going on here. I remember as a kid staying at the Ramada Inn down from AH. Often recruiting sessions were held there as it was one of the nicer hotels in CU at the time. Tony Yates would be regaling recruits with stories and anecdotes holding the players and parents captive. Henson would enter the room and literally no one would even acknowledge him. Same later on when Collins essentially took over recruiting duties. My father was a fairly big donor who had decent access to various activities We would laugh at how little respect was shown for the guy as a HC. As a person, different story. In college I was a Crush member and student ambassador. Some games I was responsible for hosting recruits and player family members. I vividly recall time outs where Lou would advise "more rebounding and the need to MAKE shots" during some very crucial timeouts. The players were dumbfounded at his lack of gameplay strategy. I do not remember the success of plays after TO's at the level some of you do. Sure there were some special situations that occurred, but often real students of the game would comment on how ineffective he could be during clutch times. I do agree that his players were mentally tough and always prepared for the game. (Well, not Austen Peay.) Just not as big a fan of his coaching strategies as some of you. But I especially take issue in how some overlook the contributions of Yates and Collins. Without them, the program isn't near as successful. Especially with Chicago recruiting. Lou was a decent coach. He was just not the Hall of Famer that others believe. He was frequently out coached and it showed. At times glaringly. I know Bobby Knight still thinks Henson was a cheater, but I never did get the full story on that. No love lost between them for sure. Ok, bring on the hate - I know it's coming.
  14. I just bought a ticket to Kansas St at Texas

    This thread is all kinds of awesome. Jeff - please don't change.
  15. A theory about what's wrong with Illini basketball

    Don't know a lot of men who can/want to lift their teenage daughters. His girls are both old enough to drive. Sadly, he's not even 50 yet. Back troubles at his age can be debilitating, as Coach K has experienced.
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