You should probably feel less depressed about Ohio State if you feel depressed about Ohio State.
You should probably feel less anxiety about Iowa if you feel anxiety about Iowa.
This Illini team has demonstrated, throughout this season, that you can’t predict what this Illini team will do this season. Your source of anxiety shall henceforth parrot the reality of March: This team can lose to anybody.
Luckily, your glass is half full: This team can beat anybody, and has already proven its propensity to win seven-in-a-row.
Ayo mentioned winning seven-in-a-row just the other day, but he was talking about a state title, not a national title.
Ayo is voracious about titles. The chip on his shoulder is practically visible. His deference toward teammates & oft-stated respect for opponents belies a singular, individual drive to prove to you and your mom and everyone else that he, Ayo IS YOUR DADDY.
Ayo’s love of competition is infectious, and he’s contaminated an entire team and fanbase.
There have been two hints in recent Ayo Availabilities which should, at the very least, drive conspiracy theories about Ayo returning for a third year.
The most obvious was when he said he was contemplating Journalism as a major.
The other came after that, and I can’t remember which pregame availability it was, but you should probably just click on all the IlliniReport videos anyway.
But the good news about Ayo is that he wants to be The Guy who returned Illinois to jersey-popping status. If His Team doesn’t win three-in-a-row next weekend, or six-in-a-row after that; you can imagine him making another Consequential Decision in your favor.
The alternative is that you celebrate a championship.