How does that idiom go - Get the monkey off your back.
Well on Saturday, Eastern Illinois football did just that and it had nothing to do with the Curious George character that was at O'Brien Field for the Kid's Day contest.
The Panthers snapped a 10-game losing skid that dated back to last season when the Panthers won the OVC regular-season title but lost the season finale and then lost in the first round of the playoffs.
Most people expected that losing skid to extend to three games when you open up with No. 9 Iowa - team thought to have Rose Bowl expectations when the season started (that may still be within reach after the beat down they put on Michigan State today).
But no one expected an eight game losing streak to go into this year, in fact many people were probably looking at being around 7-2 or 6-3 right now with big games remaining at Tennessee State and Illinois State.
Well the game at LP Field next week will still be big and the Prairie State Rivalry is always big so now the Panthers are looking to end the year on a three game win streak. And that is a very real possibility.
TSU has not won an OVC game yet this season and lost their top running back earlier this season. ISU has had a very up and down season and your not sure exactly which team may show up.
As for EIU, signs of productivity started to show last week in a loss to Murray State in which the Panthers were able to generate some offense and not turn the ball over. Today the offense found a few big plays and then the defense created some key turnovers. Put those two together and it usually spells victory.
In some other EIU news - volleyball had a tough weekend losing at EKU and Morehead State... Swimming lost at UIC today... Men's soccer lost a tough game 3-0 at Evansville and now the Panthers will need to beat Drake next Saturday and need some help to advance to the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.
Congrats to the EIU cross country teams. The EIU women had five All-Conference runners as they posted a second place finish at the OVC meet. The EIU men placed third.
Women's rugby plays its final home match at Noon on Sunday. Weather should be good so if you have time before you go trick-or-treating, then stop by Lakeside Field at Noon.