When we were the sports editor at the Daily Illini, Illinois head coach Lou Henson and his wife Mary invited us into their home, and we drank hot tea and ate chocolate on their porch while we discussed Jerry Hester, Kiwane Garris and next year's team. We are realizing today that we were sports editor of the Daily Illini in 1953, and after edit board meetings, we'd head down to the pond to go fishin' with Opie and the gang, or maybe take in a movie for a quarter.
Because now sports reporters at college newspapers take drunk athlete photos and post them to their blogs.
The scene: The DI Sports Bar Crawl is underway at Joe's Brewery and things are just starting to get exciting on the poles. Then, a phone call was received from a friend of a friend of DI on-air reporter, Jon Stiffler in fact, who said Jake Peavy, Roy Oswalt and Brad Penny — three of the National League's most dominant pitchers (Peavy, my favorite player/hero being the 2007 NL Cy Young winner) — were at KAM's fraternizing with the UI student body.
We don't see anything wrong with this, of course — Peavy and company don't look particularly drunk (though they can find the ladies!), and it's mostly a breathless Holy Crap Look Who's At Kam's! — but it does seem to make some sort of shift, somehow, we're not sure how.
Oh, and we love the first sentence of the piece: "The DI Sports Bar Crawl is underway at Joe's Brewery and things are just starting to get exciting on the poles." Christ. College. Nothing like it.
I Met Jake Peavy At Kam's [Daily Illini Blogs]