Ever wonder what it's like to be a fish staring out at the great unknown?
If you take out the cartoon versions of what people think fish are thinking like Finding Nemo or the Little Mermaid - the next closest item in real life to feeling like a fish in the bowl are athletes and coaches.
Think about it. Every play scrutinized. Every successful venture applauded (like a treat for your pet). Every disappointment played out in full view of the public. You have to give credit to those athletes and coaches for bouncing back and heading into their jobs each and every day. -- Granted it's much easier to do when you making a $1 million a game like some pro athletes.
Any way the Panthers basketball teams will have a chance to once again jump into the fish bowl on Wednesday and Saturday this week. The EIU men are at home in Lantz Arena both days on Wednesday against Ball State and Saturday vs. Western Illinois. The women's team is at Indiana State on Wednesday and home hosting Illinois-Chicago on Saturday.
So without further ado we take a quick look at some Know Your Opponent Facts on each of these schools:
1.) The school name Ball State is derived for the Ball Brother's Glass Company which was located in the area in the early 1900's.
2.) The University's entrepreneurship program has been rated in the top five in the nation each of the last three years.
3.) Famous alumni include TV personality David Letterman, NBA player Bonzi Wells and Three's Company actress Joyce DeWitt.
1.) The list of famous alumni has to start with NBA Legend Larry Bird, former Major League baseball player Tommy John and Volkswagen of America COO Mark Barnes
2.) The campus sets aside a day each fall to work on campus projects called Donaghy Day
3.) The Indiana State Tricycle Derby was started on campus in 1963
1.) The school originally opened as Chicago Circle based on its close proximity to the downtown Chicago Circle (Loop) it was located next to.
2.) One out of every ten Chicago residents with a college degree has one from UIC
3.) The campus has been used for many movie and TV sets including the UIC Police Department as the early setting for Hill Street Blues
1.) Western Illinois was founded in 1899 as the Normal School to accommodate teaching needs in the western part of the state near what would later become known as the Quad Cities.
2.) Famous alumni include actor Michael Boatman and NFL players Bryan Cox and Rodney Harrison.
3.) The mascot Leathernecks is named after former athletic director and US Marine Rocky Hanson.