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NUSports.com-- Operated by CBS Sports, this is the official NU
athletic site, providing info
about all Northwestern teams. Includes press releases,
and up to date team rosters.
Just prior to the 2009 season, NU brought in former Chicago Tribune
columnist Skip Myslenski, who is now the NUSports.com special
NUSports.com contains the official on-line store,
which is operated
by Let's Tailgate. Let's
Tailgate, the finest NU merchandise retailers, have a store on Central
Street, just west of Ryan Field.
Recently, the athletic department began posting to its own Twitter account. Coach Fitzgerald also maintains a page on Twitter.
|NU Football Social Media Network-- NU,
assisted by the NGN, now has a one-site clearinghouse for all official
social media activity for Northwestern football. The site
provides links to Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and other accounts.
Web site, a portal to just about everything on campus and to the alumni
University Archives (located in the Deering Library) has a Web exhibit
devoted to NU football history, containing pages for each era of
In addition to its digital exhibit, the Archives has also posted a series of film clips of NU football, and is continuing to expand the list of restored and digitized game films.
Also be sure to check out the archived site NU keeps from its Sesquicentennial. This site
was devoted to the year-long celebration of NU's 150th anniversary in
historical information about sports, academics, and campus life.
The site is still up, but is now strictly an archival site
Sound Experiment and the only place to hear reggae, industrial, and
Nemoy singing Beatles tunes, all in one evening. Here is their
page, which is updated often and very well done. WNUR-FM
the Wildcats, as does WGN;
however, only WGN carries the games live on the Web.
In Spring 2005 WNUR's Howard Tilman posted
to WNUR's web site his discussion about HailToPurple.com, the first
edition of his series, "So You're a
Fan Sites (and Blogs)
Like Hail To Purple, these are pages
run by individuals,
non-commercial and independent.
1: Actively Updated Fan Sites Pages active as of December 2011.
Lake The Posts-- NU
football blog Lake The Posts began in late June 2007. The blog
updates, including a wealth of informed and content-rich commentary and
LTP covers all things related to NU athletics, with a keen eye focused
on Wildcat marketing. He has offered a slew of great suggestions
for improving the athletic department's marketing efforts.
Of particular note is LTP's fantastic feature, "the Purple Mafia," in
which the host interviews some of NU's most illustrious alumni.
Philip Rossman-Reich, from the Rise Northwestern blog, joined LTP's writing staff in August 2011.
|Inside Northwestern-- A
new fan site that appeared in June 2012, Inside NU was created by Kevin
Trahan and Chris Johnson, current Medill students. "The only
independent NU site that will also bring readers coverage from the
press box," Inside Northwestern is partnering with Scout's
PurpleWildcats.com to provide recruiting news and features.
|Northwestern Highlights-- Wildcat
fan NUBears (aka NUWildcats) has made a cottage industry of creating
outstanding YouTube clips from Northwestern football games, both recent
and historical (see the YouTube link at the top of this page).
Here is his personal site, begun November 2008, which archives all his
efforts. NUBears also maintains a Twitter account.
|Bring Your Champions, They're Our Meat--
for a shock to the system? Then take a look at the wittiest,
strangest, and most inexplicable NU fan site of all time. A blog
that began in November 2008, BYCTOM features sports commentary that
focuses on NU football... sort of. I fear that the creator of
BYCTOM might give up and stop updating (the updates are, shall we say, sporadic).
Two words of advice to this person: DON'T STOP. Do whatever it
takes to go on. Quit your job. Release the hostages.
Make an unholy pact with the darker forces of your psyche-- whatever it takes.
|NEW: West Lot Pirates-- "Give
no quarter-- especially the fourth." Semi-pro tailgating group
the West Lot Pirates set up this podcast-laden masterwork in December 2010
to help you follow NU football and the Pirates' exploits as they
continue to show no mercy to Ryan Field's western waste.
|Black and Purple-- Created
in February 2008 by a Northwestern alumnus, Black and Purple is a
Weblog devoted to opinion about NU sports, with a focus so far on
football and basketball. B&P is a fan of NU and
Indiana. Iowa? --Not so much...
|Welsh-Ryan Ramblings-- This
blog has been posting since November 2008, but until recently it was
devoted to NU basketball. However, in fall 2009 it has widened
its commentary to include the Wildcat football team, so it now fits
into this group.
|Northwestern All The Time-- A
fan site by Stephen Mattes, first posted during the summer of
2012. N.A.T.T. includes football and basketball commentary, as
well as Stephen's picks for each game during the season.
|Section 2: Inactive Fan Sites Sites on the Web, but no longer updated..
|Expect Victory Right-- Started
August 2010, Expect Victory Right cleverly combines the two
catchphrases "Expect Victory" and "Victory Right" for its title.
Detailed pre and post-game commentary. Last updated in 2011.
|Bleed Wildcat Purple-- A
Northwestern football fan blog that began September 2010. Bleed
Wildcat Purple is a student-run site, last updated December 2010.
|Spread Far the Fame-- A
blog which began posting in September 2009, SFTF featured commentary on
NU athletics and Wildcat football in particular. In June 2010
Spread Far the Fame shed its independent status and became part of the
Chicago Now site network, representing NU athletics among Chicago Now's
roster of sports fan blogs. It was last updated May 2012.
|Section 3: The Dearly Departed NU football fan sites that are
no longer on the Web.
for a list of defunct fan sites.
Unofficial Northwestern Sites
Pages either affiliated
with an Internet network or run as commercial sites
Rivals' WildcatReport.com-- This is Northwestern's site
within the Rivals / Yahoo
network. The current Rivals site is administered by Lou
Vaccher, who provides original and in-depth coverage of games,
recruiting and more. Larry Watts, who used to write for the Evanston Review, now provides exclusive material for Rivals.
The site was started by Chris Pool back on the old
RivalNet network toward the end of 1996. Roy Lamberton later ran
the site (and called it Purple Reign) starting in the fall of 2000. In
November 2002 Roy took Purple Reign to Scout, joining Chris Pool (who had already migrated to Scout).
|Scout's PurpleWildcats.com-- This
is Scout.com's Northwestern site, affiliated
with Fox Sports.
The site is currently published by Chris Emma. Emma provides a mix of
free and premium content, including weekly news wrapups, team updates, and
detailed recruiting information.
The Scout site was created by Chris Pool after he left Rivals.
|Sippin' On Purple-- Begun
in June 2009 as a student-run blog called "The Purple Drank," Rodger
Sherman's wonderful blog Sippin' On Purple is now part of the SB*Nation
blog network, which is part of CBS Sports. Check out SOP's Coach
Fitz Intensity Meter.
of the SPORTSMIXED.com network of sites, a commercial set of sports
blogs that began in 2008. NORTHWESTERNMIX.COM is run by a
NUMBAlum who provides original content, as well as syndicated content
and news and blog links.
|North by Northwestern-- Hard to peg: NbN is not an official NU publication, nor is it part of a
larger Internet network. It is a completely independent online
student publication for the NU community, begun in 2006. Features
thorough coverage of NU sports.
|Chicago Tribune-- The
NU by the Chicago media waxes and wanes. Right now it is at a
high mark in the Trib, and is mainly provided by Teddy Greenstein.
|Chicago Sun-Times-- Another
paper that goes through cycles of good and bad coverage of the
'Cats. Along with the Trib, the Sun-Times is currently providing
solid reporting of NU. Tina Akouris is providing most of the NU
coverage for the Sun-Times.
Purple's team page from ESPN. Links to ESPN articles about the
small page devoted to Northwestern. Includes sports.
Easy! To! Read! NU! Page!
Wildcats Attack: Highlights Here. A meld of several groups,
including Fox, CollegeFootballNews.com, the Sporting News and The
Tiffany Network's team page for NU.
NU page, with a few basic stats and stories.
YouTube NU Football Index
Want to post your
Wildcat football rants? Want to lurk and see what others
are writing about NU? Here are all of the NU football message
- Rivals Wildcat Football Free Board-- The main Rivals NU board.
The former "Purple Reign," it is now moderated by LouV and the Rivals staff.
- Rivals Wildcat Football Premium Board-- A premium, fee-based message board returned to Wildcat Report in 2007, as a place for Rivals subscribers to discuss
recruiting scoops and other topics.
Reign Premium Discussion Board-- The Scout.com premium board.
Fee based and no longer in use.
Reign "Ryan Field"-- The Scout.com open NU football board. Free.
- CBS Northwestern Board--
This is an inactive message board with a very curious history. It
was at one time the
official NU site's board, and it used to be linked directly to
NUSports.com (though it was unused even then). It is now a
generic board within CBS's network.
- Big Ten Fever--
A new message board, replacing the now-defunct Big Ten Talk (itself
something of an offshoot of the old Big Ten official message
boards). There are forum pages for each Big Ten school, including
- The Wildside-- A message board that began in 2004 and was revamped in 2006, it is linked to the folks at WNUR.
Sport List Archive-- This
page is a partial archive of the "NWU Sports List," run by Mike
Nolan. Members subscribe
Not a conventional message board, but a list of e-mailed posts.
existing message board (started circa 1994). Viewing the archive
used to be open to all, but changed in 2004 to an entirely
A page of links, devoted to Wildcat game clips currently housed on YouTube
Sites of Interest to NU Fans
|GameDay Evanston-- Rivals.com
poster AstroCat designed this site as a resource for visiting fans
traveling to Evanston to watch a Northwestern game. GameDay
Evanston provides information about area parking, restaurants, and
Big Ten Conference-- The
official site: news releases and a resource for stats.
Now run, like NU's site, by CSTV (what isn't run by CSTV now?). Unfortunately,
the conference decided in October 2000 that their long-running message
boards (a notorious wild west show of juvenile flaming) were a little
salty to be officially sanctioned, and the Webmaster shut them down.
|Big Ten - Online-- A nice survey of each Big Ten school's online info and resources.
The NCAA's official site. Of particular note is the site's records page,
which gives links to on-line and free copies of the most recent NCAA
football record books, in Adobe format. A must for football
history and stats buffs.
The NCAA's official site specifically for football. Feature
articles, photos, and a little history and stats.
one time this site was at least loosely affiliated with the NCAA.
It had a sizable database of college football info, including a section
future schedules for each team. Now almost all of its content is
subscriber access only.
|NU Alumni Football Cards-- Interesting gallery of antique football cards featuring NU alumni during their pro careers.
What used to be an independent and fun college football site has become
a mere cog in the FoxSports machine. Still very interesting
analysis and commentary.
James Howell's College Football Power Ratings. A creative rating system that James Howell has applied to just
about every team in college history. Extensive site
schedules, scores, results from the Ice Age.
Football Data Warehouse-- The
name says it all. NU's page within the warehouse includes
poll rankings, championships, season records, and more.
|Pro Football Reference-- Lists all NU football players who have played in the NFL, with key stats.
The Helmet Project is one graphic artist's attempt to recreate
every football helmet ever worn by an organized team. The Big Ten
has a page, and NU's section includes illustrations of some of the
helmets since 1960.
Sue Miller-- Valerie is a Northwestern alumna and an outstanding singer.
her Website, as well as her first two CD offerings, available on her