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“I dreamed of playing in the Final Four when I was a little boy. Growing up, I watched every Final Four, from the age of 6 to 18. To almost recall all of them – at least something about them – and to be able to play in it with the special team that we had, that Final Four run was definitely one that was burned into my memory. I can recite it all in a moment’s notice, if anyone’s ever interested.

I’ve been on teams in the NBA, I’ve been overseas, and I’ve been on other Illinois teams – this team was more competitive than any team that I’ve ever been on. The practices that season were better than some of the games that we played. Some of the best plays and some of the most intense competition, no one saw it but the coaching staff. It was just an incredible competitive environment.”
- Stephen Bardo


It’s a rare opportunity… a first-hand, front row, inside account of arguably the best University of Illinois basketball team of all time.

Let the record stand: no other Illinois basketball team, or college or professional team for that matter, had 13,000 plus fans waiting for them at home when they returned. From a loss.

This was more than Champaign or Illinois’ team. This was America’s team. And Stephen Bardo was one of them.

Stephen Bardo – your author and escort – started all four years at point guard and helped the Fighting Illini reach the NCAA tournament each season.

Experience the tale of how the Fighting Illini became the Flyin’ Illini in Bardo’s book, The Flyin’ Illini. It is the Best of The Best … as told by one of the few who know best.

$21.95 + shipping and handling

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