NU Extends WGN Partnership, Plus News, Notes and Narcissism
We’ll kick things off this week with a few tidbits to tide you over for some longer form fun that is on deck for the week. With the men’s basketball team sucking in to that vaccuum of irrelevancy once again, we’ll do our best to crank up the football goodies to help us all get through what looks to be a long, long, painful winter.
‘Cats Ink Extension With WGN As Radio Partner
Yesterday, WGN interim GM, Jeff Hill, was honored with the mayoral handshake by Jim Phillips and received a NU hoops game jersey for a photo op at halfcourt to memorialize the fact WGN and Northwestern have agreed to extend the radio powerhouse’s exclusive radio flagship partnership for NU Athletics through the 2015-16 season. You wonder if Hill was thinking “why did we include hoops in this deal?” Yesterday was THAT bad. A listless effort by Northwestern with a 60% visiting Iowa crowd drowning out the apathetic purple faithful and just a smattering of students in the mostly empty “student” section. It’s good news for football as the 50,000 watt station can be heard in 38 states and the constant promotion on-air is a good fit for NU as well as being home to the “voice of the Wildcats”, Dave Eanet. Here’s to hoping, they can find a way to figure out how to overtake Cubs September conflicts, as those baseball games are highly irrelevant and ‘Cats fans are set scrambling each week to find Dave & Ted’s excellent adventure. You can read more about the deal here.
WildcatReport.com: Kyle Queiro Moving To CB
I was happy to see last night’s headline post from Louie Vaccher of WildcatReport.com. Kyle Queiro, a highly-touted safety from Bergen Catholic (NJ), was told recently by his recruiter, Bob Heffner, that he will be playing cornerback for Northwestern. This is great news as far as I’m concerned, as the ‘Cats have some depth at the safety slot, but as we all know, the CB spot is an area of, uhhh, lack of depth. Queiro brings unusual size for an NU corner, as he’s 6-3, 190 pounds.
WildcatReport.com also noted several 2013 commits were in Evanston this weekend, ironically taking their “official” visits, which is a misnomer in some ways, since they’ve already pledged their future to Fitz. The list included the guy I’m most intrigued by, RB/S Godwin Igwebuike, OL Brad North, LB Brett Walsh, ATH Keith Watkins and Kyle Queiro, who also toted along his younger brother, a LB target for NU, Cameron Queiro, who was on an unofficial visit. Kyle is working the recruiting of his little brother pretty hard, it seems. The pair were hosted by fellow Bergen Catholic alum, Cameron Dickerson.
We’ve got some fun football fodder to tie us over this week. We’ll be posting about the NU alltime timeline and debating which dates (ex. 1/2/95) should be in which order, we’ll break down the McCall and Hankwitz eras to date (statistically at least) and we’ve got a great Purple Mafia Profile with Miami Marlins play-by-play man, Glenn Geffner. We’ll also be breaking down the 2013 football schedule as well as a potential PMP with former ‘Cat and current NGN president Adam Paoli, plus a bunch more. Should be a fun week.
LTP N Flag Project
I’m beyond backed-up with great photos that you’ve submitted, so please know I’m on the case. Today, we post Rene Jovel’s photo from a recent trip to El Salvador. Take a peak:
The Narcissism Part
I can’t let yesterday’s embarassing 70-50 loss go without mentioning a few things. First, the lack of buzz in the building was beyond description. It was as flat as the ‘Cats play. I’m so sick and tired of going to home games and getting drowned out by opposing fans, yet I’m at the point where I can’t blame fans for not wanting to subject themselves to this misery any more. Watching NU do the three man weave with ZERO eye on trying to penetrate and attack the basket was bad enough. Watching the defense get perplexed on switches and completely lose sight of the ball when they were defending away from the ball was JV level bad. Conventional wisdom among ‘Cats fans has been that the administration will give Carmody one more year based on the fact 2/5 of the starting lineup is out for the year and there are allegedly two instant impact players joining the ranks next season. A couple more efforts like that and I sure wouldn’t bet on it.
Candidly, the reason it hasn’t happenned sooner is that fans don’t step up and have their voices heard. Can you imagine this happening at other B1G schools? Fans would be blowing up the phone lines and emails of administrators to really let them know what they thought. In Evanston, it is voting by abstention. As Notre Dame found out until this year, the only thing worse than being bad is being irrelevant and after a couple of years of competing and knowing we had a chance to win games, we’re back to the point as fans as hoping we don’t get blown out. With each passing year that Fitz wins, the stark contrast between the programs continues to widen. I also must point out Teddy Greenstein’s article recapping last night’s debacle. Teddy has as close relationship with both Jim Phillips and president Morty Schapiro and this line in particular jumped out to me:
It should be said that although Northwestern is playing without the suspended JerShon Cobb and injured Drew Crawford, there’s no guarantee that Carmody will be return for a 14th season. University higher-ups do not simply view this as a take-our-lumps development season. -Teddy Greenstein, Chicago Tribune, January 13, 2013
We shall see how things shake out in January, but the unfortunate circumstances that have led to Cobb and Crawford sidelined for the year, don’t excuse lack of fundamentals, underwhelming senior leadership and a coach who looks, at times, as if he is going to simply walk over to Phillips and hand in his clipboard.