When I moved to Illinois in the fall 2001, the Illini, led by QB Kurt Kittner (who evidently retired from football after winning the World Bowl MVP and is doing real estate and color commentary for Illini radio), when 10-1 before losing to LSU in a BCS bowl.
Then, Leigh Ann moved to Champaign.
June 2002, while a great month for me, was a dark day for Illini football. After Leigh Ann came, the Illini went 13-45 over the next 5 years and were only remotely in the running for a bowl game once (2002). Their average record during Leigh Ann’s stint there was 2.6 wins and 9 losses.
Of course, this past winter we moved away in what proved to be a joyous occasion for Illini football fans. With their 27-20 win over #21 Penn State today, they are now 4-1 and most likely going to enter the Top 25 this week! Now, if they can only beat Michigan (their one regular season loss in the 2001 season).
And interesting side note is that the Triangle teams down here in North Carolina (UNC, NC State, and Duke) are a cumulative 3-11 this year. Not that any of them were BCS teams last year, but I think it’s worth hypothesizing that the Leigh Ann curse may now be in effect here.
In other news, the bar for “Ugliest Uniform” has just dropped a couple of notches last weekend with the Philly Eagles’ throwback uniforms. They look like a Tar Heel jersey mated with the Tour de France leader jersey.
One more rant, what’s up with the stores like Lowe’s that make you tell them the last 4 digits on your credit card after you swipe it? As far as I can tell, the only purpose in this is to (1) make me dig back in my wallet after I just put it away and (2) let everyone standing in line hear the 4 digits of your credit card. I don’t see how this gives you any extra security and is rather annoying.