Champaign The ‘Worst Town’ In The Big Ten? I Say No

Champaign-NightFriday’s column from CBS Chicago

(CBS) I was offended on Thursday.

Pat Forde labeled Illinois as “the worst” in the Big Ten.

Now, the Yahoo! Sports college football expert wasn’t talking about Illinois’ college football team (that I wouldn’t argue about). Nor was he talking about the university itself (that I would).

Rather, Forde was referring to the city where my alma mater resides, calling Champaign the “Worst Town” in the conference as part of his “Big Ten at a glance” previewing the upcoming season.

Unlike his other league ratings – such as “Best Defensive Player” Ryan Shazier of Ohio State, about whom Forde wrote “Weakside linebacker into everything offense tried to do last year – 115 total tackles, 17 for loss, five sacks, 11 passes broken up, one interception, three fumbles forced.” – he offered no explanation for his tabbing Champaign as the pits.

All Forde offered up was a pretty photo of Memorial Stadium with fans striping the stadium in orange and blue – remarkably, the stands were full (without Photoshop!) – along with the four ugly words: “Worst town: Champaign, Ill.”

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