Yes, it’s supposed to sound like “Illini”.
OK, a little about this site. I started ALionEye.com in February 2009 – I simply took a breakdown of our signing class that I had posted on an Illini message board, reformatted it, and posted it on the domain name I had purchased. And ALE was born.
The site is published by Robert. Yep, just Robert. I’d love to add my last name, but honestly, I don’t want to be Google-able just yet. I still have a real job and a real boss and real clients, and at this point, I’m not interested in mixing my real career with my fake career. So anonymity it is.
But I will tell you a little bit about myself. I graduated from Illinois in 1996 with a degree nowhere close to writing or journalism. My last two years in Champaign, I worked part time at the News Gazette, and I caught the sportswriting bug. For 12 years I honed that craft on message boards and in emails to friends, complaining about Ron Turner or praising Lon Kruger. In late 2008, I decided to purchase a domain name and start this blog.
What else… I live in the St. Louis area. I married a woman with three boys in 2005 and became an insta-dad. I aim 30 degrees to the left when I golf to play my slice. I once won a t-shirt for winning a sandwich eating contest. I have a beard.
And I live for Illini football and basketball. If I’m ever lucky enough to do this full time (now my dream), you would likely receive 3,000 words per day on the Illini. I don’t think I’d ever stop writing. Until then, nearly every night, when my wife and kids go to sleep, I head to my office and sit at the computer and solve the Illini issues of the day.
I truly believe that the University of Illinois will reach two goals in my lifetime: a consistent, winning football program, and a basketball national championship. And I’ll be writing about both until they happen. And after.