We’ve got some news and notes to kick off Good Friday, but first, it’s time for some spring cleaning. Our fearless golf legend, Luke Donald, had a rough first day at the Masters yesterday, but, man, it was almost tragic. By now you likely know the Wildcat alum shot a 75 which has him in 64th place despite being the world’s top-ranked golfer. However, you might not know, that thanks to a smudged fax (btw, who the hell still even uses fax machines?), he came close to being disqualified. It turns out his “5” on the par 3 fourth hole (a three putt) was misread by an official and erroneously entered in to the scoring system as a “3”. As you can read here in an ESPN.com article, the matter thankfully got resolved and Luke has a chance to begin a comeback today.
Mark it down. Tell your friends. Then be ready to convert them to season ticket holders. The Northwestern Spring Game (all caps as this is an event, folks) is Saturday April 14 (kickoff is at noon). The lots open at 8am for tailgating and there is a full line-up of events including a football clinic, a “halftime” speech by Fitz and a postgame “Cooldown with the ‘Cats”. It also marks the deadline for season ticket renewals. I’m looking at next week as a great way to launch us down the path of getting to 200 NEW season ticket holders as part of our LTP Pack Ryan Field Purple Challenge. We’re currently at a paltry “9”. This is a great way to get new season ticket holders by sampling the product, getting to meet the players and the familial atmosphere of the Spring Game (don’t forget to mention the kickass home schedule that includes Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Vanderbilt, BC and Indiana). Again, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org when you convert someone in to NEW season tickets and we’ll give you a shout out here.
Here is the official info from NU on next Saturday’s event:
Saturday, April 14th
Ryan Field – Evanston
Kickoff at Noon
Gates open at 10:30 a.m.
Bring the Family and Enjoy:
– On-Field Player Autographs and Photos –
Season Ticket Renewal Deadline
Fans, the deadline for renewing your 2012 season tickets is SATURDAY, APRIL 14th. You can renew your tickets either online by clicking the link below or by stopping by the ticket sales tent inside Ryan Field at the exhibition. Account Executives will be on hand to answer any questions.
EXISTING SEASON TICKET HOLDERS
INTERESTED IN BECOMING A
SEASON TICKET HOLDER?
2012 Spring Exhibition Timeline
8 a.m. – Tailgating Lots Open – Start the festivities off right by bringing your friends and family out for some long-awaited tailgating in the east and west lots. Passes are not required, and parking is free and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
10:30 a.m. – Ryan Field Gates Open – Find your seat for the Spring Exhibition or check out the view from your 2012 season ticket location! Also be sure to explore all the entertainment on site and take advantage of the chance to win great Northwestern prizes.
10:30 a.m. – Youth Football Clinic presented by Meijer – Before the exhibition, Northwestern Football will be conducting a football skills clinic for youth in the eighth grade and under on the outdoor turf practice field, just north of Ryan Field. Registration is required. Click Here for full details.
Noon – Wildcat Football Spring Exhibition – This is your first chance to see the 2012 Wildcats in action. While at the stadium, fans will have the opportunity to check out the view from various seat locations. Account Executives will be on hand to discuss seat availability. Fans will even have the opportunity to hear from Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald at halftime.
Postgame – Cool Down with the `Cats – Approximately 15 minutes after the exhibition, fans will be invited onto the field to cool down with the `Cats, take pictures and get autographs from the team.
The ‘Cats were in full pads yesterday with a slew of recruit in the house. According to PurpleWildcats.com’s Chris Emma and Wildcatreport.com’s Rodger Sherman, the defense has been really impressive so far with multiple young guys jumping off the page for their athleticism. Obviously, this is always a double-edged sword as it implicates the offense, in some ways. However, Emma has really been impressed by one of the few veterans, LB Roderick Goodlow. Deonte Gibson continues to get love for always being in the backfield. Both have been impressed by DB Jimmy Hall whose vicious hit on Kyle Prater last week still has the media buzzing. Zack Oliver continues to raise eyebrows at the QB spot along with Trevor Siemien. It’s pretty clear we’ll be platooning a two QB set this fall.
Big Ten Stuff
If you want to be the smartest guy in the room then be sure to check out the just-released Big Ten 2012 prospectus which you can link to here. Thanks to the B1G’s Scott Chipman and staff, it has schedules, rosters, stats and overview prospectus capsules for all 12 B1G teams. Also, mark your calendars for Big Ten media day and the annual luncheon (which is a blast) which will be July 26 and July 27 2012.