Monday Musings

It’s the end of the school year zone when we slog through a series of news-less weeks, pining for perhaps another recruiting tidbit or even some hoops news. In the meantime, we’re starting to compile some very relevant content ranging from our ongoing First Look 2013 series to some Purple Mafia Profiles and, a new post out this week B1G Doings, a whip around B1G country to capture what our competition is up to these days.

Today, we’re ripping off a a mish-mosh of musings, some of which actually include Northwestern Wildcats info.

  • The lack of officially naming Brian James as the Northwestern assistant men’s basketball coach is going to go down as the most mysterious assistant coaching hire in my time covering NU.  Doug Collins’ assistant in Philadelphia was reported by dozens of outlets – in April – to be a Wildcat assistant. Yet, here we are in June, Tavaras Hardy has surprised many by bolting for Georgetown, and we still have no word on Chris Collins’ former high school coach officially becoming his running mate.


  • I’m just now getting to the final season of Friday Night Lights (on NetFlix).  Hands down, it is the best example of authentic character development over a five season show that I’ve seen.
  • Indiana is off to baseball’s College World Series, the first time since 1984 a B1G team has done so (Michigan).
  • I never thought I’d see the day when the Chicago Blackhawks took over the #2 spot in the Chicago sports landscape (with the Bears holding #1), but it has happened. I went to see Sting at Ravinia Saturday night and the amount of folks wearing Hawks gear was out of control and each goal by the Hawks created a ripple of cheering throughout the venue.
  • Remember when Fitz singing the 7th inning stretch at Wrigley Field was a big deal? He had the mic again this past Saturday and I didn’t even know about it. Then again, any Cubs home game these days really isn’t worth knowing about anyway.
  • Nick Medline of  reported that 3-star OLB, Noah Furbush (Kenton, Ohio), was on campus yesterday and is very high on the ‘Cats recruiting board. Furbush has NU among a slew of B1G schools in the mix, but Medline reports he’s a ways off from committing.
  • If you don’t live in the Chicago area, consider yourself lucky this June. Worst weather in June in Wildcat country than I can remember. Having to have a warm jacket on hand, not cool.
  • Jamie Lovegrove, a writer for, had a neat post on PK Jeff Budzien.  The most compelling part of his feature, however, may have been the impact a great kicker can have on playcalling and also the flip side. Lovegrove recalled Penn State kicker Sam Ficken, who entered the NU game at just 2-for-8 on the season and how it dominated the Penn State offensive gameplan. The Nittany Lions just turned every series in to a go-for-it-on-4th mentality and went 5-for-6 on the day.
  • If you’re interested in sponsoring a hole for $500 at the Randy Walker Open Celebrity Golf Outing on July 29 (Chicago Highlands Golf Club) contact Susie Berg at .  Michael Wilbon is one of many names that will be appearing that day.
  •’s Michigan site, TheWolverine, recently reported that Jacques Patrick, one of the top ten RBs in the 2015 recruiting class is visiting Northwestern today. Patrick, a 6-2, 200 pound stud from Orlando (Timber Creek), Florida, has more than 30 offers in hand from the likes of Alabama, Michigan, Ohio State, USC and others.  Just one more sign that NU has elevated its game that it is now becoming more common for four-star talent to include the ‘Cats with the traditional powers.
  • I can’t remember the last time I actually watched a non-live sporting event live on television.
  • Comment fodder. I’m working on a couple of idea fragment posts. One is the three plays from 2012 we’ll remember 10 years from now – good or bad. I’m thinking the Michigan Hail Mary is a lock and Budzien’s near make vs Nebraska are in.  A slew of candidates for the third and would love to hear your thoughts.

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  • TENman

    Plays to remember:
    VMs punt return against Penn State
    Quentin Williams Gator Bowl Interception Return

  • Chaddogg

    Mark’s punt return vs. Cuse
    Ariguzo’s “fumble” recovery TD vs. Cuse
    Quentin Williams’ INT TD return in the Gator Bowl
    Mark’s completely untouched TD run against Minnesota
    Colter’s game-clinching TD run against Vandy in the rain.

  • David

    All of the plays mentioned are in the mix. Three other plays that have a similar theme are representative of the season….they feature Mark streaking for 70+ yards.
    -Mark catching the swing pass against Vandy and going 81 yards to the house…called back due to his foot touching the white.
    -Mark gashing UNL for 80.
    -Mark coming out of the endzone against Io_a for 72. This play was memorable because he was caught…when we all thought he was going 99.
    Still…the individual plays ay fade, but we will recall the huge Mark runs.

  • Peter Skills

    Suggestions for the third play (with some stretching it to a series of plays):
    – Mark’s PR TD @ Syracuse
    – KC’s TD run at the end against Vanderbilt
    – Force fumble on opening KO followed by Mark’s TD run @ Minnesota
    – Mark’s long TD run vs. Nebraska
    – Vitale’s series of catches @ Michigan State
    – The safety to get to 50 points vs. Illinois
    – Interception return for TD in Gator Bowl

  • Alum Dad

    This is a random comment, but has anyone seen the annual Northwestern calendars from Asgard Press? They have been making them since 2008. They include detachable, oversized, NU vintage program covers that are suitable for framing. I just got the 2013 issue from Amazon. These are really nice and I can’t imagine they wouldn’t be of interest to numerous people on here that love NU football. If I knew how to post a link I would. I have no affiliation to this product. I just think it is really nice.

  • wildcatalumn01

    Gotta be Quentin William’s INT return for TD in Gator Bowl. Began loosening the monkey off our back

  • Buckyor

    We’ll for.some of.that rain. The long range forecast down here in the Burque for the next 30 days calls for 25 days of sunshine, and all above 91 degrees. Parts of the state have gone from extreme drought to exceptional drought.

    Makes great pool weather, but not really good for the ecology of the region.