My Generation

Sometimes, It's Tough to Be an Illini

Lesson learned: Don't send the cocky email before the buzzer sounds. But still don't call them "The."

In the heat of Saturday's game against Ohio State, I zipped off the following email to my colleague, Tim White, editor of our Ohio Farmer magazine, who once tried to drown me: 

From: Holly Spangler
Sent: Saturday, January 22, 2011
To: [email protected]
Subject: oh yeah

            Now THAT's a game. Take that "the" Ohio State!!

This was, I should note, well into the third quarter. Illinois was on fire, they had number-one-ranked Ohio State down by eight, with 13 minutes left to play. (I refuse to call them The Ohio State.) I returned from the computer to the TV and sure enough, Ohio had taken the lead. They scored 14 straight points. The rest of the game was, as you may well know, pretty much agonizing. Final score: 73- 68, Ohio State.

This morning, Tim issued the following reply:

            From: Tim White 
            Sent: Monday, January 24, 2011  
            To: 'Holly Spangler'
            Subject: RE: oh yeah??

           Do you get this fired up about every loss?

Time for a little repentance. Which really stinks. I replied, "Regretfully, yes. That'll teach me." 

He was reasonably controlled in his response. 

            From: Tim White 
            Sent: Monday, January 24, 2011 12:04 PM
            To: [email protected]
            Subject: RE: oh yeah??

 It was a great game and did look like the Ilini were in control about 3/4 of the way through.

Note also the The is capitalized when referring to The OSU... but not when saying I hope thee learned thine lesson.

Hmmmm….lesson? Well, I have learned not to gloat about my erratic Illini before the buzzer sounds, particularly to my interstate colleagues. But The? In regards to the university two states east? I'm sorry, but I just don't see that happening.

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