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Happy New Athletic Year, Illini Nation!

A new year is here!

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 13 Purdue at Illinois Photo by Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

It’s the best day of the year!

At least for me it is.

August 22, 2019 is the start of a BRAND NEW calendar year for Illinois Athletics!

This is our New Year! Gather around a TV to watch Ryan Seacrest talk to some celebrities as the clock strikes midnight! We made it! We’re here!

It starts Thursday night when Illinois Soccer hosts Loyola at the soccer field on campus.

It’ll end sometime in the fake month of June 2020 with either baseball in the NCAA Championship or track and field at some national event. That’s a long time from now.

And that’s what makes this so great right now! There’s so much hope! Everyone’s undefeated! Every sport! Right now, no matter what you think, you’re allowed to believe Illinois will win 21 national titles! TWENTY-ONE! Can you believe if Illinois won 21 national titles????

This blog would explode.

But that’s why today is great. We don’t know what will happen. We can be disappointed (63-0), we can cry (upsetting MSU), we can smile (volleyball in the Final Four), we can be shocked (soccer making the Big Ten Tournament), we can recover (wrestling without Isaiah Martinez), we can continue to be the best (men’s golf. wins. again.), and we can continue to grow (women’s golf, women’s tennis, men’s tennis, literally every sport).

I have no idea what will happen this coming year, and if you say you do, you’re an idiot or a psychic or both (probably both).

So let’s enjoy it!

Happy New Year, Illini Nation!