Good Reads: 1/14/19

They’re back

Just look at all that traffic! Ok, it’s not really that bad by any other city’s standards. But this is Champaign, damn it. I live here for a reason.

The students are back.

Highlights from your new morning commute may include:

A broken down Zip-Car, someone attempting to cross a 4-lane road Frogger-style, someone with headphones in either biking or walking out in front of you at any given time, more bus traffic, and an increased and renewed feeling of adolescent-like wonder at the marvels and opportunities of higher education.

See you in May, sleepy Chambana.

No one really knows what’s going on with Jeff Thomas’ transfer to Illinois (UPDATED)

Last month, the Illinois football team’s hopes and dreams were lifted with the announcement of the transfer of Miami Hurricanes wide receiver Jeff Thomas to Champaign-Urbana and Lovie Smith’s Fighting Illini. A former East St. Louis High School standout, Thomas would make an immediate impact on Illinois’ roster.

That all changed this weekend, however, with rumors circulating that Thomas may stay at Miami to lobby for Ohio State transfer Tate Martell, and is doubting the capacity of Illinois’ quarterback corps. Admittedly they’re not stellar – but with Isaiah Thomas coming in that could very well change (if he can see over the offensive line – he’s 5’11).

The U of I starts classes today (see above), and it will be interesting to see if Thomas is in C-U or not, and furthermore, if he is enrolled or not.

I’ll try to keep up with this as it develops at @217Showers.

Isaac Trotter had some pretty good insight on this morning’s Jeremy Werner Show. The Jeff Thomas talk starts pretty much right away:

UPDATE (4:40 PM): According to The News-Gazette‘s Bob Asmussen, Thomas is, in fact, coming to Champaign-Urbana to enroll at the University of Illinois.

How about that snow?

It’s winter now. We might get more.

Centennial defeats Central 58-54

The Chargers were featured on Sportscenter for Bryson Cowper’s buzzer beater. He also netted 30 points.

Read Colin Likas’ recap for The News-Gazette.

They’ve had it up to here

Rep. Rodney Davis had a vote that didn’t suck

But if I had to guess I’d say it’s politically motivated. Groundbreaking analysis, here.

(Tom Kacich / News-Gazette)

It’s Bruce Rauner’s last day in office

Bye Bruce.

Incoming-Governor JB Pritzker (or Jeebs, as he is more affectionately known) sat down with Illinois Newsroom for a pretty good interview:

Ayo draft talk is growing

I mentioned a mock draft from ESPN last week. Bob Asmussen penned this piece for The News-Gazette over the weekend. It’s included in the Jeremy Werner Show podcast I linked above.