Illini Wonk
Tuesday, January 18, 2005
  Please: No more "Head" jokes
Along with being named co-Big Ten player of the week, Senior Illinois guard Luther Head has a last name that newspaper headline writers can't resist. Maybe it's because Illini Wonk reads more Illinois basketball news than your average web surfer, but ENOUGH PLAYING WITH HEAD IN THE HEADLINES!

Here are just some of the recent examples. The Daily Herald has the Head of the Class. From the Chicago Sun-Times: Illini's hot Head not making waves. The Decatur Herald-Review had Head lights out. Not to be left out, the Pantagraph slapped Head-y stuff across their sports page. 18-Oh! Illini head home with school record made the Chicago Sun-Times. Luther headlines blowout of Penn State was in the State Journal-Register.

As the most consistent offender, the Peoria Journal-Star has had both Heading up the Illinois MVP race and Heady Illini handle smack attack at NU. Earlier in the year, they had Luther's consistent play turns heads of pro scouts.

But, if a prize was handed out to the most egregious use of Head in a headline, it would go to the Daily Northwestern for No. 1 Illini be-Head Cats. It must be in journalism school where these writers learn the tricks of the trade.

So, as you can clearly see, a clever play on the name Head has been played out. In order to help the underpayed, overworked headline writers, allow Illini Wonk to suggest a new headline for the next game:

Dee-lightful Illini pierce Hawkeyes

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