Chiefs home season ends, Illini’ football begins

I doubt that this is much of an omen. But on Friday night, I celebrated the end of the Peoria Chiefs season with…well, a loss. The Chiefs have been playing better the last week or two of the season..and in fact, they won at Cedar Rapids today.

But Friday was a 9-2 loss. It was an old story; pitching struggles.

(last photo: via the Peoria Chiefs)

Vickie and Harry were there…I was to see Harry the next day though he was at the baseball game.

Illinois Football
Let me be blunt: Illinois is NOT a strong team, far from it. And the Illini faced a horrible Akron team with a new coach and new players. But instead of the squeaker wins they had against Ball State in 2017 and Kent State in 2018, they dominated the way a Big Ten team should. It was 28-3 at the half, 42-3 at the end of 3, and the reserves took it over in the 4’th. The defense set up 3 touchdowns by getting 2 turn overs (interception and a fumble) and set up a short field by keeping Akron bottled up inside its 5 and ..after the punt and return, the offense had it inside the 30 to start.

The offense was crisp. Defense: did ok, though…to be fair, Akron did have some open receivers and hurt themselves with dropped passes. But the Illini hitting may have gotten their receivers to “hear footsteps.”

Total years: 401 for the Illini, 192 for Akron..even that was deceptive (the game was more one sided than that) as the Illini had 3 aforementioned “short field” drives, and the yard were mostly in the first 3 quarters.

Again, I am NOT scouting out Big Ten championship tickets yet. But this team looks, at first glance, to be better than the previous 3 teams that Lovie Smith had. They might win 3-4 of their 9 conference games…MIGHT.
Remember: getting to “average” is a big step up for this program.

Storm clouds: pass coverage. A Big Ten caliber team with a passing attack would have moved the ball against this defense.

Chiefs win; Bears and Colts clash in preseason

Ok, this is very belated. On Thursday evening, the Chiefs clinched a 3 game series with a 2-1 win vs. a good Bandits team. I got there late (3’rd) and sat with Vickie and Harry.

Very good pitching; QC tied it but the Chiefs got a run in the bottom of the 8’th and held on.

Then Saturday: Bears and Colts.

Oh..the Bears won 27-17 on the strength of a strip/fumble return and a sack fumble return; they also had a 58 yard field goal and controlled the action in the second half. The first half, aside from the strip fumble return off of a completed pass, belonged to the Colts. Kelly and Cain looked sharp in the first half; Bray looked good in the second for the Bears.

But really, the game was secondary to the news that went around on social media that Luck had decided to retire.

That lead to a rather unfortunate situation where he got booed as he left the field (in street clothes)

Oh my…I understand being upset..but come on..stay classy Colts fans.