Boilers Win Heavyweight Matchup with Northwestern

I missed most of the first half Sunday of the game at Mackey between Purdue and Northwestern. I got to the game in time to see the last few minutes of the first half. I had been listening to the game on the radio so I felt that I had a fairly good idea of what was going on. What I didn’t gather from the radio though was how physical the game really was. On the broadcaster Jane Schott was having some fun at the expense of center Amy Jaeschke. For a player that plays as physical as she does I guess she was having some trouble with her knee. By the time I got to the game I did not really see any of that. Jaeschke was really playing a rough game under the basket. Continue reading

Purdue vs. Northwestern Photo Gallery

Here are the pictures from yesterdays game. As I was going through them I realized that most of them involved JaJuan Johnson or E’Twuan Moore. That is not usually the case, but when the two combined to score 50 points on the day that would be the case. They were just too big a presence on the court not to get in a few shots.

Yes Paint Crew I have heard, and I like the signs

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Smooge Drops the Ball on Northwestern

Smooge driving in the second half against Northwestern

After watching way too many ads for the new Tron movie I thought that the title for this post was going to be Twaun: Legacy. Somewhere around Monon on the way home I thought that a New Year’s reference would sound better. This title fits exactly what E’Twaun Moore did today. He came out on fire to give Purdue an early lead, then just kept scoring. He finished the day with 31 points which tied his career high. He also pulled down seven boards, had three assists, a block, and two steals. That great day helped carry the Boilers to the 82-69 win. Continue reading

Leaders and Legends

Since shortly after Nebraska joined the Big Ten we knew that there would be two divisions. We also knew what teams were in each division. One thing that we didn’t know though was the name of each division. Today the names were announced at a press conference held at noon. Since I was snowed in with the authorities writing tickets for being on the road I had nothing better to do than to watch the press conference and then post about it. The announcement did not seem to go over too well through the few people I saw comment about it via the social networks. I think that over time people will get used to some of these ideas. After the Wrigley debacle though they had to be nervous about how the public would take this decision. No new rule changes were announced during the half hour show. So far all games next season will feature teams switching sids at the quarters and playing both ways. Continue reading

Northwestern vs. Illinois Photo Gallery

Here are the pictures that I took during the game Saturday in Wrigley Field. Of course most of the action was going away from me, but what can you do?

Northwestern kicker Stefan Demos starts the game off

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Wrigleyville Classic a One Sided Affair

My view of the game once darkness set in

The title has a couple meanings. Of course the first being the fact that the teams only ran offense in one direction. That was kind of different to get used to. The second is also apparent if you look at the final score. Northwestern was really hurting on offense without Dan Persa. I had a blast in Wrigleyville today, and I will try to hit on some of my experiences in this post. No post will ever convey the excitement that was in the air all day. I don’t think they will ever have another football game at Wrigley after the end zone debacle, but if they do count me in. Continue reading

csd Flashback: 9/2/1995 Northwestern @ Notre Dame

Northwestern 17 – Notre Dame 15

My father used to get one set of free tickets every year to a game at Notre Dame Stadium. Usually they were the off game that nobody wanted to attend. In 1995 that game was against the Northwestern Wildcats. The game was supposed to be a route by the Irish to start off the season. What we saw instead was a little history. Continue reading

Game Notes: Northwestern vs. Illinois (Wrigley Field)

The normal red marquee will be purple this Saturday

The people have spoken and I will be going to Wrigley Field this Saturday to see football played at the historic grounds. Here is how the vote went down:

  1. Northwestern vs. Illinois (Wrigley) 50%
  2. Purdue @ Michigan State 39%
  3. Grand Valley State vs. Colorado Mines 7%
  4. Ball State vs. Northern Illinois 4%

I think that some felt pity on me, and did not want to see yet another road trip to a Purdue game only to see them get throttled. Early in the season this was the trip I was going to make as I have not seen a football game in East Lansing yet. As the injuries piled up though I decided now may not be the time. Instead I will head to Wrigley Field to see what I think is one of the most unique football games this season. Normally this is where I would make a joke about college football being played at a Minor League stadium, but I am above that this week. Football is not new to Wrigley field. The Bears played over 365 regular season games in the friendly confines. Until 2003 Wrigley had hosted more professional football games than any other stadium. The last time football was played in Wrigley was in 1970 though. You have to go way back to 1938 to find the last college football game played in Wrigley. That game featured Depaul up against St. Louis. Of course neither of those two schools even has a football program now.  Continue reading

Have A Day Kid!

Last night I went to the U.S. Steel Yard to see the Northwestern baseball game against the Valpo Crusaders. My main goal was to see one of the Valpo players, but when Arby Fields stepped up to the plate I thought that I might see something good. Arby is a running back for the Northwestern football team. He is a switch hitting center fielder that looked good last night. The player who stole the show though was sophomore Paul Snieder. He had a quiet game until the sixth inning. He came up with the bases loaded and hit a shot to left field. His slam provided all the cushion that the Wildcats would need. That sixth inning for the ‘Cats saw them score eight runs on only four hits. Two walks, a hit by pitch, and three errors all led to the Crusaders doom. That sixth inning took a 7-2 Valpo lead and turned it into a 10-7 advantage for the Wildcats. Snieder was not finished on the night though. After a rough start to the eighth inning he was brought in to pitch from first base. He came in with two men on base and no outs. He then proceeded to strike out two men while shutting down the rally. He struck out two more in the ninth to record his tenth save of the season. He is pictured throwing some of his heat in the above picture. In a game played in a pro venue he showed that he has the skills that it takes to go pro. I will have a little more on one of the Valpo players in the next couple of days. He has a great story to tell.