David Von Ebers | This Week in Blackness | #TWIBnation
  • Tillman
    What an NFL Hero Looks Like

    One of the saddest images to emerge in a NFL season that so far has been filled with horrible images was that of Charles Tillman, sitting on the sidelines of last night’s Bears-49ers game in newly minted Levi’s Stadium, tears streaming down his face. Tillman had just reinjured his right triceps, the same muscle he…

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  • Big Ben
    What About Ben?

    I didn’t watch the Steelers-Ravens game on Thursday Night Football, and it’s not because I’m already overdosing on the NFL … although, with the obscene proliferation of televised games this year, that’s not altogether out of the question. No, I just couldn’t bring myself to watch a game that could fairly be called the Super…

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  • Von Ebers
    I Hate You, Rick Neuheisel

    The year was 1983. I had graduated from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign the previous spring, and I still had my gaudy orange key ring that boldly if hilariously proclaimed: “The ’80s Belong To The Illini.” And, in fact, between the as-yet-unsanctioned football and basketball programs run by Mike White and Lou Henson, respectively,…

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    Death and Coincidences

    January 20, 1993, was a memorable day. It was the day of Bill Clinton’s first inauguration, and he was the first Democrat to win the presidency since Jimmy Carter’s ill-fated, single post-Watergate term in office. My parents, FDR-style Democrats who survived the Great Depression and fought World War II, had begun to think they wouldn’t…

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  • A0 Ebers 2
    The Curious Case of the Poor, Beleaguered Former Secretary of State

    Condoleezza Rice, who served as Pres. George W. Bush’s National Security Advisor and Secretary of State, recently turned down an invitation to deliver the commencement address at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, to the dismay of many would-be First Amendment scholars and free-speech purists. Her reason? The wide-spread student protests that greeted the…

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  • Dear White Sox Fans …

    Thank you for reminding us, again, that you’re fans of the South Siders. Although, it was kind of a giveaway, what with the matching jacket and cap. Not to mention the faded “2005 World Series Champions” bumper sticker on your pickup truck. And the Sox flag you fly off your front porch year-round, rain, snow,…

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  • A0 Ebers
    UPDATE: Northwestern Football Players Allowed to Unionize

    On Tuesday, I wrote about the efforts of Northwestern University football players, led by their former quarterback, Kain Colter, to win the right to unionize under the auspices of the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA). Now, I’m not saying that piece had any influence on the National Labor Relations Board, but let’s just say it…

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  • A0 Ebers
    UPDATE: Northwestern Football Players Allowed to Unionize

    On Tuesday, I wrote about the efforts of Northwestern University football players, led by their former quarterback, Kain Colter, to win the right to unionize under the auspices of the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA). Now, I’m not saying that piece had any influence on the National Labor Relations Board, but let’s just say it…

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  • A0 Ebers
    Northwestern Football: Look for the Union Label

    Damn you, Kain Colter. As a die-hard fan of the University of Illinois, it’s my sworn duty to hate our in-state rival, Northwestern. And most of the time, I do. But you, sir, have caused me to set that rivalry on the back burner while I ponder this: In January, the Chicago Tribune reported that…

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  • A0 Ebers
    Northwestern Football: Look for the Union Label

    Damn you, Kain Colter. As a die-hard fan of the University of Illinois, it’s my sworn duty to hate our in-state rival, Northwestern. And most of the time, I do. But you, sir, have caused me to set that rivalry on the back burner while I ponder this: In January, the Chicago Tribune reported that…

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