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Northwestern Football Showed Tremendous Heart and Fight This Season

Northwestern Football Showed Tremendous Heart and Fight This Season
I have more respect and admiration for Northwestern football right now than I have previously had at any point in my life. I think even higher of the NU football program, as they finish the season 5-7, as I did when they were 4-0 and ranked #16 in the nation. Now, I've been very critical of NU this season. I've been extremely harsh on this team. Maybe I've been too critical, or undeservedly critical of Pat Fitzgerald and his Northwestern football program at times, but it's only because I believe they're a very solid program that should be treated with the exact same scrutiny as the Ohio States and Michigans of the world. And that 7 game losing streak was....to quote George Michael in "Careless Whisper," "there's no comfort in the truth, pain is all you'll find." I feel NU should be held to very high standards. And I write this 1,000 word essay just moments after they defeated my beloved Alma Mater, in the Land of Lincoln trophy game, so you know this expression comes from the heart. And to be fair, as harshly critical as I've been of Northwestern football, I've been even harder on my Illini, Illinois football coach Tim Beckman, and especially harsh on Illini Defensive Coordinator Tim Banks. And to show fairness and balance, I've also written a lot of fawning stuff about Northwestern football in 2013. I've written pulchritudinous pieces that purple propagandists (should) passionately promote. And perhaps no media member beat the drum to bring ESPN College Gameday to Evanston as loud as I did. And I challenge you to find anyone who covered the Gameday at Northwestern University experience with as much effort and zeal as I did. One topic I never addressed in 2013, positively or negatively, is the tremendous heart and resilient fight of this team. Now's the time...

Northwestern and Illinois Alums in Sports Media: Ultimate List

Northwestern and Illinois Alums in Sports Media: Ultimate List
No one hates Northwestern. No one possibly could. Well, the main purple flag waver in sports media today also happens to be the most hated man in sports media, but that’s a different issue. You can’t hate the school just because D-Money (CC @TheGoodDrJim) went there. Well, University of Illinois grads do in fact hate Northwestern. You can see it in the way Illini people schadenfreude the train wreck that is the 2013 Northwestern football season. I’ve told my people not to take joy in what’s happened at NU. (The local and national media declaring Northwestern BCS bound and Pat Fitzgerald the next Nick Saban, only to see it come crashing all down into a college football season that will have no bowl appearance). So where does the hate come from? The “Chicago’s Big Ten Team” marketing campaign. All Big Ten alumni bases in Chicago took offense to it, none more so than the University of Illinois. From there, the University of Illinois Alumni Association took a couple shots at Northwestern and then things took off from there! When Tim Beckman took over the Illini program, he put up a big N Cat logo with a line through it in the Illini football meeting room. Then he made his team slogan W.I.N. or W.I.N.T. “Whatever is needed Today.” After Northwestern had “W.I.N. What’s Important Now” for many years. So we have a legitimate rivalry on our hands. And the rivalry game will be played Saturday, in Champaign, 2:30 on Big Ten Network. Northwestern is 3.5 point favorites. It’s the LOL Bowl, the Land of Lincoln trophy or LOL trophy game. And given how both of these teams are playing, the LOL contest will certainly have you ROTFL or LMAO. Here’s my game preview and prediction at this link. But for this post I’ve listed as many Northwestern and Illinois alums in the national and local sports media as I'm aware of...

Northwestern Football Forced Into Rebuilding Mode

Northwestern Football Forced Into Rebuilding Mode
Northwestern football Coach Pat Fitzgerald on this season: “Good riddance.” He said that today following his team’s 30-6 shellacking at the hands of Michigan State, dropping Northwestern football to 4-7 after starting the year 4-0 and ranked #16 in all of college football. There’s still one more week left, at Illinois to take on the Illini in the Land of Lincoln trophy or LOL trophy game. And given how both of these teams are playing, the LOL contest will certainly have you ROTFL or LMAO. The Illini ended their 20 game Big Ten losing streak today at Purdue; which now means the longest current losing streak in Big Ten play belongs to Purdue…and Northwestern.  I don’t know who will be favored in Illini football vs Northwestern football, I just know that tickets are going very slowly for that one. Whether NU finishes 5-7 or 4-8, it doesn’t really matter. The story of the 2013 Northwestern football season has already been written. “Good riddance” might as well be your theme. Because Northwestern is not going to a bowl for the first time since 2007. They will not be bowl eligible for the first time since 2006, Fitz’s first year on the job. The end of the bowl game streak signifies that this losing streak hasn’t just been comprised of season defining losses, but also program defining losses. This week's Chicago Now Northwestern football piece is indeed just as uplifting as last week's piece. And by that I mean it's as uplifting as the plot to Les Miserables...
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Northwestern Wildcats SO CLOSE to ending Nation's Longest Winning Streak

Northwestern Wildcats SO CLOSE to ending Nation's Longest Winning Streak
The Northwestern Wildcats had Ohio State right where they wanted them. NU had the nation’s third-ranked team on the ropes in the 4th quarter up 23-13. The biggest win of the Fitzgerald era was right within their grasp. It was a chance for a program defining win- ending the Buckeyes 17 winning game streak, the longest in the nation. What happened instead was history repeating; as once again OSU had their way with the Northwestern Wildcats, winning 40-30. And once again NU (it's NU not NW) blew a 4th quarter lead versus a name brand Big Ten opponent. Although that final score is rather misleading, as the last touchdown by Ohio State was scored with time expiring. It happened three times to the Northwestern Wildcats in 2012: Nebraska at home, Michigan and Penn State on the road. This time it was Ohio State’s turn. Another marquee league program, another blown opportunity for the Northwestern Wildcats to enrich their football history. They have a recent history of letting these opportunities get away...

Northwestern's Kain Colter: every publicist's dream

Northwestern's Kain Colter: every publicist's dream
Northwestern Quarterback Kain Colter is every school Sports Information Department’s dream. Not only is he a fantastic college football player, but he’s a phenomenal student too. He interned this past summer at Goldman Sachs, and he’s designated Pre-med while majoring in Psychology. Colter is like Johnny Manziel in that he plays the same position and wears the same jersey number. And both are explosive dual threat QBs who can be a nightmare for opposing defensive coordinators. Off the field is a completely different story. While Manziel is brash, flashy, arrogant and polarizing, Kain Colter is humble and universally liked...
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