After seven and a half years, LTP is coming to an end. Our final post will be TOMORROW January 15 and we’ve been spending our final week going in to memory mode and the big picture on all things Northwestern Athletics. If you’d like to read the post announcing why I felt it was time to close you can read Closing Time part one here and part two of “Closing Time” here. Please note, we’ll be leaving the site up so you can access the archives and all of the content that started in June of 2007.
It is long overdue to throw out a laundry list of heartfelt thank yous to so many people. If this was an awards show, I’d be getting the orchestra to play loudly as I went on and on and quite candidly I wouldn’t care. It takes a village and LTP was no exception. Let’s get on with the show…but, first:
LTP Bowl Mania Winner:
“Fire McCall” won the 2014 LTP ESPN Bowl Mania challenge with an impressive 539 total points. McAdams Family took home second with 510 and Purple Haze squeaked out the bronze with a 509 point mark. Thank you to every one who participated. The final top ten list is below.
Roll The Credits….
Thanks to so many of you for everything you did to make this happen. I’d like to start out with my wife Tanya and my family – Eva, Janel and Nora. The countless nights and weekends you sacrificed for me to go all-in on a passionate hobby…thank you. Several of you asked to see a photo of the girls and here they are, my pride and joy:
Yes, I have countless photos of them in NU gear at games, but with the fire hose of this final week, I was unable to get them organized in time.
To the writers…
An incredible shout out to Philip Rossman-Reich, aka “Rise NU” for co-piloting the last several years. You’ve been a life saver and produced consistently stellar work. Thank you. For all the contributors over the years – Jeffrey Eisenband, Kevin Vedder, Jeff Schell, Macray Poidomani, Ben Goren, Megan O’Brien – you’ll never know how much I appreciated the effort.
To the man behind the curtain…
Brian DeConinck, the site webmaster – thank you. Multiple site redesigns, customized solutions like the LTP Ticket Exchange to help make the community better and the hundreds and hundreds of hours helping to make this site run – thanks a ton! To Tim from WindyCitysites.com thank you for manning the LTP Flag Project integration.
To the media brethren….
Guys like Teddy Greenstein, Adam Rittenberg, Dave Revsine, Dave Eanet, Chris Emma, Louie Vaccher, Kevin Trahan and many more – thank you.
Thank you Morty and Jim. Thanks to the hard working staff – Mike Polisky, Paul Kennedy, Scott Hammer, Nick Brilowski – thanks for always taking care of our requests professionally and in a very timely manner. Kevin Leonard, Northwestern University Archivist – thank you for what you do and your dedication and support throughout the years.Mike Wolf, even though you’ve long departed, you were there for me in the beginning. Thank you!
To the fans…
Whether it is free copy editing services from you Willie Weinbaum or providing me a place to bounce ideas to so many of you – thanks. The daily links from you “in case you missed this” all became very much part of the community approach to creating daily content. I’ve read every single email you’ve sent me over the years
To the former players…
From Dan Persa to Zak Kustok to Steve Schnur to CJ Bacher – the list goes on and on. Thank you for always being so approachable and willing to help whenever I asked. I don’t think I ever heard the word “no” from any of you. Guys like you are what make rooting for Northwestern so easy to do.
To the parents of players…
Thanks for the support and trust.
To the fellow bloggers….
Yes, that even includes you BHGP – thanks for the camaraderie over the years and always being willing to help one another out whether it was an interview, some background context or just plain trash talking.
Tonight will be the final live game coverage for LTP and I intentionally wanted to include the game against Illinois as the last one. Ben Goren, who recently announced on Twitter that he’ll be moving over to InsideNU.com, will be manning LTP for live in-game coverage. The first big memory I have relating to NU hoops involved Cedric Neloms hitting a half-court buzzer beater in 1992 to upset the Illini. Despite the fact I’ll be going to games for years to come, in my mind there was some symmetry in closing with an Illini game. NU has won five of the last eight against Illinois and I just have a great feeling about tonight.
We’ll be back in a bit.