We Be Illin’ – 2010 Game 9 November 1, 2010

I’ve been mostly successful this season at keeping my editorial voice out of the weekly wallpapers. However, this week poses several challenges in the “making fun of the opponent” category: a team with a Native American nickname and a program with no discernible traditions. Combine that with my utter disgust after Saturday’s game and this is what you get. Actually, I had already finalized the concept for this Illinois wallpaper BEFORE the Penn State game and the original title was “They Be Illin'” but now it is me and you, fellow Michigan fan, who are doin’ the illin’. I’ve changed the title to reflect how I feel at this point in the season; I was so disappointed after the loss at Happy Valley that I almost posted a completely blank wallpaper with the vow to continue posting blank wallpapers until the next win but, after three consecutive losses, designing these wallpapers is the one thing that helps me to move on emotionally (like art therapy).

That said, I haven’t completely abandoned hope that this team can meet my original pre-season expectation of 7 wins and I’m firmly in the “let’s wait until the last game is played before we cry for firings and lynchings and the like” camp. Here’s to hoping that by late on Saturday afternoon we will all have moved on from illin’ to celebratin’ 6 wins and bowl eligibility.

I had several versions of this wallpaper bouncing around my head last week: everything from tackle twill letters on a retro track jacket to a blinged-out gold chain with diamond-encrusted letters ala Run DMC. I like where this ended up much better; the hoodie and lettering feel appropriately distressed and it gave me a very natural way to turn the last “I” into an apostrophe.

Michigan Football Schedule Wallpaper 2010 - Illinois


  1. Brother, I feel your pain. Hell, all Michigan fans do. Despite the anguish our entire fanbase is going through, I salute you sir and your ability to create fine works of art here.

    Go Blue. Always.

  • Rob, I really appreciate that you took time to comment. Looking at my site statistics today provides further reinforcement that enthusiasm is waning. I’m sticking this thing out and holding out hope that I’ll get to design a bowl game wallpaper this year.

  • Jeremy,

    Another great wallpaper. I think this really fits most Michigan fan’s mood. Kind of dark and foreboding. And I absolutely LOVE the title. We be definitely Illin’.

  • Thanks Chris. My brain is telling me that we’ll be 5-4 after the Illinois game, but my heart is holding on to the hope that we’ll be celebrating bowl eligibility. If my brain is right next week’s wallpaper may be even more dark and foreboding.

  • Keep these coming. I found this site a few weeks back, and am wondering do you continue this for basketball and/or hockey?

  • Cheer up big brother, 5 wins is great! Mom is proud of you.. awwwww

    Go Green baby!

  • CP, my plan is just for football, but I might decide to do a few special wallpapers for basketball and hockey if there is enough interest.

  • Ray, State is having a nice season. Other than the embarrassing loss to Iowa last week Sparty has looked like a pretty good team.

  • Why is a spartan looking up Michigan art…?

    Awesome art/blog! Keep it classy!

  • Mark, I think that Sparty is just getting his licks in while he can. Seems a little obsessive to me but to each his own. Can’t remember the last time I went searching for a Michigan State blog to post on.

  • Obsessive indeed….

    I added your RSS feed to my google reader.

    Go Blue!

  • Thanks Mark. I’m glad you like the art.

  • “Thanks Chris. My brain is telling me that we’ll be 5-4 after the Illinois game, but my heart is holding on to the hope that we’ll be celebrating bowl eligibility.”

    Celebrate Bowl Eligibility My Friend!!! We May Be Illin’, but it looks like this year We Be Bowln’ too!

  • Chris, Yes! I had emotionally prepared myself for a loss, so I actually enjoyed the game this week.

  • I was at this game and the defenses for both teams were truly Illin’

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