Will Gordon feel the Krush?

  • 02/07/2008 8:00 am in

krush.jpgWhen Eric Gordon and the Hoosiers invade Assembly Hall tonight in Champaign-Urbana, the Orange Krush will be eagerly anticipating their arrival.

In what has become a dismal season for the 10-13 Illini, tonight’s game marks a “new beginning” of sorts and a chance to take out pent up frustration on Gordon and Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson. The Krush have declared Gordon public enemy No. 1 and they are hell bent on becoming a major distraction during the game.

“People are looking forward to not only cheering the Illini on to victory but also giving Gordon and Kelvin Sampson a piece of their mind,” Orange Krush president Eric Benz said. Benz declined to elaborate on any specific plans, but added the Krush has “a few tricks up their sleeve.”

Unless one of the tricks is Deron Williams coming back for one game, I’m not too concerned.

A couple of quick observations on the Krush:

— Once upon a time, Indiana fans felt the Krush’s pain. Remember Sean May. He was supposed to be a Hoosier. A Bloomington kid and a son of one of Indiana’s all-time greats. It didn’t end up that way. IU students booed. However, that doesn’t make the continued fascination with IDKWTI any less annoying.

— A lot must go into running a student section that wears orange shirts (take notes those of you clamoring for an organized student section at Assembly Hall). Because I’m pretty sure the roster for the “Illini Pride Executive Board” is bigger than most small businesses. Among the most essential positions: President, Vice President Sports, Vice President Finance, Vice President Orange Krush, Senior Advisor, Orange Krush Chair, Public Relations, Event Coordinator and Event Manager. The only thing missing is a treasurer and a janitor. I think I’m out of breath.

Now that I’ve said my piece on the Krush, it’s time that you say yours. What effect will they have on the game? If they get inside Gordon’s head and take him out of the game, it might be another long night for us folks watching the game. Let’s face it: We don’t want another repeat of the Wisconsin debacle from last week.

Thoughts on the Krush, the game and anything else on your mind in the comments.

Note: I expected a packed house tonight for the game thread.

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  • Bill

    Yeah, I suppose that's why his '09 and '10 recruiting classes are monsters. As I said, enjoy this season; you won't see the likes of it again for a long time.

  • Bill

    Yeah, I suppose that's why his '09 and '10 recruiting classes are monsters. As I said, enjoy this season; you won't see the likes of it again for a long time.

  • Bill

    ….and Illinois won NCs in football in the '20s. Which is about as relevant.

    oh, BTW… speaking of football, how did recruiting go for you this year? Can't wait to see you in a bowl in, say, late December. You might even get to go south of the Mason-Dixon line. Ambitious, I know, but still…

    The high point of your program during the past 45 years is the longstanding resident court jester at ESPN.

    lol.

  • Bill

    ….and Illinois won NCs in football in the '20s. Which is about as relevant.

    oh, BTW… speaking of football, how did recruiting go for you this year? Can't wait to see you in a bowl in, say, late December. You might even get to go south of the Mason-Dixon line. Ambitious, I know, but still…

    The high point of your program during the past 45 years is the longstanding resident court jester at ESPN.

    lol.

  • Bill

    Right on, Quincy. You're a realist. Win by less than 15 tonight and it's an embarrassment.

  • Bill

    Right on, Quincy. You're a realist. Win by less than 15 tonight and it's an embarrassment.

  • Timmy

    We need to get our wins now against Illinois because the word on the street is they will be legit ncaa championship contenders in 2012. Also, I wonder what clevel nickname they'll give Richmond when we commits to Tracey Webster & UK.

  • Timmy

    We need to get our wins now against Illinois because the word on the street is they will be legit ncaa championship contenders in 2012. Also, I wonder what clevel nickname they'll give Richmond when we commits to Tracey Webster & UK.

  • Bill

    You lead the all-time series 81-78. And that's a source of chest-puffing pride for you? Pathetic.

  • Bill

    You lead the all-time series 81-78. And that's a source of chest-puffing pride for you? Pathetic.

  • ALH_00

    One commit for '08…the talent is really flowing in!

  • ALH_00

    One commit for '08…the talent is really flowing in!

  • Willis

    Bill is probably the guy in the first row that wears the Orange Top Gun outfit. Tell me Bill, why does Weber constantly look like he is holding in the biggest dump of his life? I hope you enjoy heckling Gordon tonight because it will be the highlight of your season.

  • Willis

    Bill is probably the guy in the first row that wears the Orange Top Gun outfit. Tell me Bill, why does Weber constantly look like he is holding in the biggest dump of his life? I hope you enjoy heckling Gordon tonight because it will be the highlight of your season.

  • steve

    As an Illinois fan you should be ticked at your players for not playing as hard against everyone else as they do against IU. If they did they would have a much better record.

  • steve

    As an Illinois fan you should be ticked at your players for not playing as hard against everyone else as they do against IU. If they did they would have a much better record.

  • xxZPxx

    Bill-
    I can remind you of the zero national championships your school has. Or I could bring up games in which we crushed you like you previously brought up. (my favorites are the two games in '02 where we hit a combined 37 3's against you.) I can even bring up how you choked with your best team ever in '05. But I wont. You'll probably respond with “oh that was all in the past, what counts is this year.” Well funny you mention it because the present IS all that matters and currently your team is 10-13 overall, 2-8 in the big ten. HAHAHA I seriously cant remember the last time the hoosiers had that kind of a record. Keep the comments coming though, we think its hilarious.

  • xxZPxx

    Bill-
    I can remind you of the zero national championships your school has. Or I could bring up games in which we crushed you like you previously brought up. (my favorites are the two games in '02 where we hit a combined 37 3's against you.) I can even bring up how you choked with your best team ever in '05. But I wont. You'll probably respond with “oh that was all in the past, what counts is this year.” Well funny you mention it because the present IS all that matters and currently your team is 10-13 overall, 2-8 in the big ten. HAHAHA I seriously cant remember the last time the hoosiers had that kind of a record. Keep the comments coming though, we think its hilarious.

  • Jerry

    The key tonight will be if our offense can develop another 2 efficient scorers other than EJ /DJ. This is also the key to our season. Crawford, Bassett, McGee give us the best chance to do that.

    UI showed last time that they can make things difficult for our offense if its defined by 2 players. We need to play 4 scorers most of the time. Plus they have scored >70pts in B-10 play only 1 fewer time than IU. We can and will outscore them however .

    IU – 72
    UI – 66

  • Jerry

    The key tonight will be if our offense can develop another 2 efficient scorers other than EJ /DJ. This is also the key to our season. Crawford, Bassett, McGee give us the best chance to do that.

    UI showed last time that they can make things difficult for our offense if its defined by 2 players. We need to play 4 scorers most of the time. Plus they have scored >70pts in B-10 play only 1 fewer time than IU. We can and will outscore them however .

    IU – 72
    UI – 66

  • MLOVE

    You think joey shaw is bitting his lip for transferign yet, considering he probably would be earning significant minutes on this yrs team…

  • MLOVE

    You think joey shaw is bitting his lip for transferign yet, considering he probably would be earning significant minutes on this yrs team…

  • Kreigh_Smiths_Short_Shorts

    Seriously, Bill, you used “lol”? Are you a 14 year old girl?

    Look, regardless of margin of victory at IU earlier this year, they beat Illinois and will do so again tonight. I give you some respect for acknowledging how much you suck this year, but you're kind of a dick in how you present your arguments. And frankly, wrong. IU and UI are pretty much even over history. Weber is a good coach, maybe even better than Sampson at Xs and Os, but he's a whiny bitch and is going to struggle to attract strong players to UI. The losing is going to become more frequent and Illini fans will be crying along with him.

  • Kreigh_Smiths_Short_Shorts

    Seriously, Bill, you used “lol”? Are you a 14 year old girl?

    Look, regardless of margin of victory at IU earlier this year, they beat Illinois and will do so again tonight. I give you some respect for acknowledging how much you suck this year, but you're kind of a dick in how you present your arguments. And frankly, wrong. IU and UI are pretty much even over history. Weber is a good coach, maybe even better than Sampson at Xs and Os, but he's a whiny bitch and is going to struggle to attract strong players to UI. The losing is going to become more frequent and Illini fans will be crying along with him.

  • anon

    your team lost to tennessee state.
    your team is 10-13.
    your team is 2-8 in the big ten this season.
    your team has never won a national title.

    your shit-talking privleges have officially been revoked.

  • anon

    your team lost to tennessee state.
    your team is 10-13.
    your team is 2-8 in the big ten this season.
    your team has never won a national title.

    your shit-talking privleges have officially been revoked.

  • hopefully Gordon can do as well against you on your home floor as Jamelle Cornley (18 pts) did for Penn State.
    or Michael Bramos of Miami of Ohio (19 pts).
    or Bruce Price of Tennessee State (17 pts).

  • hopefully Gordon can do as well against you on your home floor as Jamelle Cornley (18 pts) did for Penn State.
    or Michael Bramos of Miami of Ohio (19 pts).
    or Bruce Price of Tennessee State (17 pts).