Vote for ESPN College Gameday To Come To Evanston!

ESPN has turned over a coveted College Gameday experience to the masses. That’s right, we as NU fans have a chance to vote our way to hosting Chris, Herbie, Lee and Desmond to Evanston. Obviously, so does every other team, which means we’ll have to be pretty crafty in order to beat the masses that fill the Big House and The Shoe. But hey, you’ve got a voice. Let’s get it together folks. Gameday has been to two ‘Cats home games – 1995 vs Iowa and 2010 vs Illinois at Wrigley. There are a couple ways to vote.


Northwestern Football Luncheon – Today at 11:30 am ct!

This is an event I’d love to attend, but simply can’t make it. However, I’m counting on several of you to offer highlights from today’s Northwestern Football Luncheon at 11:30 am at the Union Club in Chicago, featuring Pat Fitzgerald, Dan Persa and Jeremy Ebert (hosted by Dave Eanet) as they discuss the NFL Draft among many other things.

First, let’s get the info to you so you can plan your lunch accordingly if you’re in the downtown Chicago area.:

Northwestern Football Lunch Event Details

Monday, April 23rd – 11:30 a.m.

Union League Club (Business Attire Required)

65 W. Jackson Boulevard – Chicago

Reservations: $44/person

(includes lunch and raffle ticket for great prizes!)

For more information email
or call 847-491-3694.

I’ve been asking and no one has quite yet answered how a first team All Big Ten QB like Dan Persa doesn’t even get an NFL combine invite. Perhaps some of you can educate me on that after the lunch. Of the 2012 NU draft prospects which include Jeremy Ebert, Drake Dunsmore, Al Netter, Jordan Mabin, Brian Peters and Dan Persa, it appears that both Dunsmore and Ebert have the best chance to get drafted while the others will assume the usual role of many of the ‘Cats in the NFL and have to make their way via the undrafted free agent route. We’ll have much more on the NU/NFL Draft factor in the coming days.

Tennis Love

Congrats to the Northwestern Women’s Tennis team for capturing the regular season Big Ten title by blanking Indiana 7-0 this weekend. The ‘Cats  have now won 12 B1G titles in Claire Pollard’s 14 seasons in Evanston. Tennis gets overshadowed by lacrosse in many ways, but this program has been one of the many non-revenue sports that is a consistent anchor of success for NU Athletics. Learn more about it here.

Jake Herbert – Olympic Wrestler!

Former superstar NU wrestler Jake Herbert has qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games by staging a Cardiac ‘Cat comeback and winning back to back matches after dropping the first. Congratulations to Jake!

Teddy Scoop

Teddy Greenstein made a lot of NU hoops fans happy on Saturday night when he tweeted ” It will become officially official Tuesday: Alex Olah will sign with #Northwestern at his HS. #bouttime“. Phew. Olah, a 6-11 big man with quite a bit of hype, chose NU over the likes of Marquette, BC, Illinois and others and will figure to play instantly as he’s drawn pretty high praise in recruiting circles and fills the much needed void of a true center which the ‘Cats have lacked for much of the Bill Carmody era. We’ll keep you posted on this one as soon as it is official official.

Cajun Bates

Randy Bates is at it again. The ‘Cats LB coach is trying to net his fourth Louisiana native in five classes, this time with Monroe (La.) Ouachita Parish athlete Taijuan Thomas, according to Louie Vaccher of Thomas is a 5-8, 160 pound speed demon who is currently a RB, but would be an “athlete” at NU and potentially play one of several potential spots. Thomas has offers from Stanford, Houston and now NU.

Where In the World Is Brittany Peterson?

If Matt Lauer can rip off Carmen Sandiego then so can we. Our NUMB Alum extraordinaire, Brittany Peterson is currently traversing the globe and wouldn’t you know it she is keeping the LTP “N” Flag Project alive and well. For those of you new to the party, fans take photos of the Wildcat “N” flag from their backyard to Bangladesh. Tim integrates it all on a Google map for us to view and we store them on the LTP navigation bar titled “N Flag Project” (see nav bar above). For the next couple of weeks, we’re going to add some fun to stir some purple pride AND also remind you to send your photos to us at

Today’s clue. Brittany’s location is a pretty easy mark if you’re knowledgeable on your bridges. The bridge features towers that are 86 feet tall and service 4 million vehicles per year. The location of the bridge is the same name as a town in the eastern part of the US that is home to a business that may very well hold the distinction of the most purple mafia media members (that part is an educated guess). Name the location and the bridge.

Where is Brittany P. today?

LTP Pack Ryan Field Purple Ticket Challenge

So we are stuck at 23 NEW season tickets today. Our quest as the LTP community is to get 200 NEW season ticket holders to do our part towards making Ryan Field packed with 47,130 mostly purple every week this season. Help us convert new friends to the season ticket holder list and send me an email of how you did it and we’ll share your story. Simply email me at .