The Northwestern Athletic Department has gone all in on a Game of Thrones theme as author George R. R. Martin is scheduled to make an appearance at Ryan Field when the Wildcats take on Penn State at 11 a.m. Saturday. Martin, a 1970 graduate, will receive the Medill Hall of Achievement alumni award Wednesday.
The Northwestern marching band will be performing songs from HBO's hit series Game of Thrones, which was adapted from Martin's novels. The student section will also be receiving t-shirts with this logo on the back:
Here is a picture of the shirts, courtesy of Wildside:
On social media, Northwestern has gone all in on the Game of Thrones theme, calling itself "Westeros's* Big Ten Team."
*Westeros is a continent in Game of Thrones's fictional world.
Others on social media have been calling for more dragon-themed changes. The Wildcats have worn eight different jerseys in eight different games, so a fire-breathing update could be in store. Inside NU contributor Nate Williams suggested that the dragon theme should be applied to the Wildcats' entrance:
Soooo now that this NUFB weekend is all Game of thrones theme, will I finally get my fire breathing wildcat head entrance thingy???— Nate W. (@BigEasyCat44) November 3, 2015
Let's hope so, Nate. Let us hope.