No Pressure, Mike Thomas

I’ve held off on spilling too many words regarding the pending Illinois coaching vacancy (it seems slightly uncouth to do so before Bruce Weber is actually fired), but it did seem like a good time to remind athletic director Mike Thomas of what could come to pass if the proverbial ball is dropped on this hire:

The Iowa men’s basketball team announced on Monday that Iowa students will receive free admission to the Hawkeyes’ game against No. 16 Wisconsin on Thursday.

Tip-off is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. in Carver-Hawkeye Arena; the game will be carried nationally by ESPN2.

Students can use valid Iowa IDs to pick up their tickets at the IMU Box Office or the Athletics Ticket Office in Carver-Hawkeye. Tickets will also be available at the south entrance of the arena on Thursday. Student season-ticket holders will be reimbursed $5 by the UI Student Government at the game.

Granted, Iowa has been pretty worthless since they fired Dr. Tom (LOL.), but still – giving tickets away to conference home games? Apathy is a program-killer. I’m hoping Thomas saw the early warning signs of it at a not-sold-out United Center (brutal) and a sparsely attended home game against Purdue (protest?). Have to act quickly and boldly at the first sign of apathy. Attack it like it is a pan of lasagna at the Beckman household, Mike.

That said, nothing that brings us this poster can be that bad:



All of it is wonderful, but “One Francis McCaffery Promises to Eat Ed Hightower Whole” is truly amazing.

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