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It's shiny: Sippin' on Purple isn't the only Northwestern sports outlet talking redesigns, NUSports.com has a new pretty design. Sadly, I can remember the last three iterations. Now we just need to work on getting the Sears Tower to put "NU" up in lights and whatever that other Chicago building is to say "Go Cats" down the side.
Prepare to die: BYCTOM is brilliant as always, this week highlighting a great potential Northwestern strategy to attract fans in the absence of Dr. Jack Kevorkian.
Yay health: Once again, only one name on the injury report: Deonte Gibson. We already knew he'd miss this game and that Ifeadi Odenigbo was taking his place on the depth chart. It appears Neal Deiters is healthy after his concussion, but he didn't crack the two-deep.
WE GET IT, WE'RE NERDS: The Wall Street Journal has uncovered an interesting trend: Northwestern, along with Stanford, Vanderbilt, and Duke, are good academic institutions that have sporting teams! A week after the Prose Bowl, they dub this weekends NU-Vandy and Stanford-Duke matchup's "SAT Saturday". They also have a nice little graphic showing that NU has a more recent conference title than those four losers, but the most expensive tuition - $25 more per year than Duke. And yes, Poynter also ran a story highlighting how the J-School matchup last week was "unexpectedly" exciting.
EAT IT, MINNESOTA AND MICHIGAN STATE: Northwestern has recovered from getting snubbed in the famous Carly Rae Jepsen singalonggate of 2012, when Willie the Wildcat was not asked to perform in a collaborative video to "Call Me Maybe": the women's basketball team recorded a lip-sync along to "Good Time" by Carly Rae and Owl City on their trip to Italy:
The "most uncomfortable" award goes to the people on the plane having no idea what's going on and head coach Joe McKeown. The irony in all this is that despite the lyrics, they are clearly trying very hard to have a good time. That said, it's not the worst episode of the global pandemic that is Youtube lip syncs to Carly Rae Jepsen songs.
Anchor of Gold really gets around: LTP also had Anchor of Gold over to preview NU-Vandy, although that one is the most in-depth one I've read yet.
Tweet of the day: The end zone has stripes. I REPEAT: THE END ZONE HAS STRIPES: