We actually got enough questions over the past few days to (at least temporarily) shift back into once weekly #AskTCR mailbag sessions! Neato! Not a promise things will remain this way throughout the summer, but man, the World Cup has been a boon to us questionwise.
Also, go donate to team two in Lift for Life. Thanks to the lovely Ms. Lisa Pierce and her insanely generous donation, we are now destroying the other teams. Let's not only win, but let's see if we can crush that $1,500 goal.
There are two ways to ask The Champaign Room your questions. You can tweet them at us on Twitter using the hashtag #AskTCR -- it just makes it easier to keep track -- or you can email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you've got a personal question and you're worried about your privacy, just tell us. We'll change your name to Tom Crean when we publish it on the site. And remember, you can ask us ANYTHING. It doesn't have to be about Illinois or even sports.
I could try, but that would make me a liar. I really, really wanted Edwards to come to Illinois and become a truly dominant tight end. But much like with C.J. Fiedorowicz, it wasn't meant to be and the four-star chose another Big Ten school. Will we be okay? Yeah. Would it have been nice to have him anyways? Definitely.
Side note: the Champaign Room would like to take this time to congratulate Don, who just got married. Don, the wife looked lovely and we wish you all the happiness in the world going forward. Now make some football players for the hometown and the alma mater.
If Nate Silver is to be believe (and the man is basically a math wizard), the USMNT has a 76% chance of advancing to the knockouts. Which is pretty good news. We've got the goal differential in our favor against Ghana and hilariously so against Portugal. As long as ze Germans don't blow us out of the water, we'll be playing at least one more match.
I do not envy you, paycheck man. I will be watching from my recliner and then spend halftime grilling for whatever friends come watch the game with me. It shall be a whizbang time for sure.
But you? You must work. The boring answer would be to say "watch it at your desk, you goof". But you don't come here for the boring answer. So here is what you must do. You have to give yourself laxatives with breakfast on Thursday. I know. It's not going to be pleasant. Hopefully they kick in just before the kickoff. You then have an excuse to spend the rest of the day in the bathroom, watching the match on your phone or tablet device. Just stay hydrated.
A three-parter from Shane-
What other sport, that is not mainstream in the US, if given the sort of coverage/attention soccer gets from the World Cup would catch on here and why?
If you're LeBron would you even consider going back to Cleveland after the way you were treated? I can't come up with a reason why this is even being discussed (even with the potential draft pick and what the team consists of now).
If your Suarez' teammate, club or country, at what point do you completely stop trying with him and just accept him as a huge douche bag who is pretty good at soccer? There is no way he is a decent person in real life.
1. The only one that would even stand a real chance is rugby. The only other non-mainstream sport that really gets played all over the world is cricket and I just can't see that getting enough people interested. But rugby? It's like 80-minutes of a final kickoff in a football game to a team down a point with 2 seconds left on the clock. I played it and still don't entirely know what I was doing other than running like hell. It's fast, it's violent, and it's entertaining.
2. I'd probably consider it because it's home. He's made amazing money and he's won multiple rings. His legacy is secure no matter what. If he managed to return to Cleveland and give that city its first championship in forever though? They'd build him a dozen statues. They'd tear down the Flats and the Moses Cleveland statues and replace them with Lebron statues. It would be an amazing story.
3. If they haven't hit that point yet, I don't know that they ever will. Suarez is a racist piece of shit who doesn't understand a lesson most of us learn as children: you don't fucking bite people. Your mouth is full of disgusting things like Pasteurella multocida, capable of causing nasty infections and abscesses anywhere your teeth penetrate. Throw in that it's assault and hey, there's a whole bunch of things awful about it. He's been given so much leeway until now because he is insanely talented at an incredibly difficult sport. I don't think he's going to get that leeway anymore. I've been teammates with some shitty people, but he'd easily take the cake. (Ed-Silich: He'd probably eat the cake too.)
I like this question so much that I plan on turning it into its own article either tomorrow or Friday. I want to give it the room it deserves.
What a twist! He would look pretty damn good in orange though.
If you're buying, I'm flying. I'll see you in our suite.
An email from Scott-
Cristiano Ronaldo is currently one of the world's most talented players and obviously is extremely skilled. Also, by all reports he's playing at less than 100% health-wise.With that said, true or false: he plays like a lazy, selfish ass who seems like a terrible teammate.
He's a lazy, no-good bum!
If John Groce had been the head coach instead of Weber in 2005, the Illini are the champs! True or false? #AskTCR— Jared Pate (@powermonster1) June 24, 2014
I think he still would have needed more time apprenticing under Thad Matta. If we had Groce back then, maybe he winds up the same as Weber and we start to hate him before things fully come together. I don't like living in that hypothetical world one bit, my friend. Not one bit.