Everyone could use some cheering up these days. I’ll try to continue to do my very small part, so I’ve bumped up our annual LTP Last Minute Holiday Shopping Guide. Yes, Northwestern hoops is back in action tonight against Texas State in the first game of the Drew Crawford-less season. All the more reason to try and spread some cheer this morning. Let’s get in to it.
The Hurry Up Already Gift $60-$125
The ‘Cats are playing on New Year’s Day in Jacksonville, Florida in the Gator Bowl for cryin’ out loud. If you haven’t purchased your ticket then hurry up and do so. Better yet, give one as a gift as they range in price from $60 to $125. If you can’t make it, donate one in someone’s name as it will go towards selling out our allotment. Of course, if you want to be Santa this season, you can also put together a whole trip, either on your own, or with the help of the Northwestern Alumni Association. Purchase tickets here.
The Of Course LTP Recommends This Present, Present – $100-$265
No spoiler alert here. A single season ticket for 2013 is only $262 for the best available seat at Ryan Field. Think about that for a second as you comparative shop for the electronic game you’re buying or that nice outfit you’re buying for someone. The 9-3 ‘Cats boast an incredible home schedule in 2013 with multiple sellouts certainly to happen, meaning the only way you’ll be able to even go to the big games is by paying triple digits via StubHub, or you can simply buy someone a ticket now. Consider the 2013 home schedule:
Sept. 7 vs. Syracuse
Sept. 14 vs. Western Michigan
Sept. 21 vs. Maine
Oct. 5 vs. Ohio State
Oct. 19 vs. Minnesota
Nov. 16 vs. Michigan
Nov. 23 vs. Michigan State
The ‘Cuse is a 2012 bowl team and our B1G schedule couldn’t get much sexier with both Michigan, Ohio State and seemingly always-down-to-the-wire Michigan State all coming to Ryan Field. All you have to do is call 888-GO-PURPLE (467-8775) and ask for my man Tony Devito and he’ll take care of you. Tickets go on sale January 1, but I’m sure they’ll be happy to reserve them for you. Keep in mind, youth tickets are only $99 for the entire season! ALL THE DETAILS ARE HERE.
The It Looks Even Cooler Up Close Present – $70 range
Game jerseys. You saw them all season long, but now you can buy one and marvel at the intricate detail that Under Armour put in to the Northwestern game jerseys. Players and recruits love them and commentators continue to talk about one of the more distinct looks in all of college football. Oh yeah, and we’re 9-3 in them, so if you’re superstitious, the record is on your side. CLICK HERE to outfit your favorite person in a game jersey this holiday.
Old School – $30-$80
OK, so you can’t exactly get a Lee Gissendanner game jersey, but many of you are like me in that you love retro and nostalgia. Northwestern has come out with an entire line of retro wear, with particularly cool stuff for women. Check out the array of stuff ranging from $30-$80 here.
LTP Book Club $20-$30
These books have nothing to do with Northwestern other than the fact that their authors are Wildcats. First, if you haven’t read Rawhide Down, do yourself a favor and get a copy for yourself. Former Wildcat baseball player, Del Wilber, won a Pulitzer Prize and earned his way on to the New York Times Bestseller list with his incredible minute-by-minute account of the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan. It is truly gripping and a book I consider a must-read. Find out more about it here.
I’m embarassed to say I haven’t read the next selection of the LTP Book Club, but Clifford Garstang, a regular LTP reader, has several books on the market, most recently What The Zhang Boys Know. He does a much better job previewing the DC-based novel about a Shanghai native on a quest to find a new mother for his sons. Read all about it here.
Vintage NU Cards – $20
These are classic. Literally. Asgard Press makes blank cards that feature old NU gameday covers on the cover and I love using them as thank you notes. I have a set of these and am running low (hint, hint), and am hopeful they will continue to add more editions. It’s only $20 and a truly unique gift. Check it out here.
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JORDAN THOMAS POSTSCRIPT
Sunday we posted about 2014 safety commit, Jordan Thomas, a 6-1, 180 pound 3-star recruit from Klein Collins, Texas. Thomas became Northwestern’s first 2014 commit by doing so this past Saturday while he was in Evanston on his unofficial visit. Originally, I posted he had one other offer, from Utah. However, Jason Howell of Rivals.com scored an interview with Thomas about his choices and he said it really was between Northwestern and Stanford, but ultimately the family atmosphere and feel of Northwestern just felt better. Thomas was being courted by Stanford, LSU, Cal, and Oklahoma State in addition to the Utah offer.
Dan Vitale Props
‘Cats freshman SB, Dan Vitale was named to ESPN.com’s first team All Freshmen list two weeks ago. However, he may very well have deserved the ‘Cats most improved award overall as he transformed from a smart blocking back to a legit Dunsmore-like receiving threat as highlighted by his breakout performance at Michigan State. Chicago Sun-Times’ Neil Hayes offers this great piece on Vitale with several quotes from former ‘Cat SB Drake Dunsmore, which is likely the highest praise that Vitale could get.
Tonight at 6pm ct the men’s hoops team returns to the hardwood when they host Texas State. It marks the first game in more than a week thanks to final exams, but more significantly is game one without Drew Crawford. Skip Myslenski offers a perspective on what this means for the ‘Cats and gets some thoughts from Bill Carmody’s perspective.