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NUSports.com-- Now operated by Learfield Sports and Northwestern Sports Properties, this is the official NU
athletic site, providing info
about all Northwestern teams. Includes press releases,
and up to date team rosters.
Just before the 2009 season, NU brought in former Chicago Tribune
columnist Skip Myslenski, who is the NUSports.com special
contributor for football.
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.
|The Wildcat Way Social Media Network-- NU,
assisted by the NGN, has a one-site clearinghouse for all official
social media activity for Northwestern football. The site
provides links to accounts including:
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 NU football page. 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 October 2018
|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.
|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.
|Section 2: Inactive Fan Sites Sites on the Web, but no longer updated
|Lake The Posts-- Jay
football blog Lake The Posts began in June 2007. This
wide-reaching blog was the main unofficial NU site for seven
years. It featured daily
updates, including a wealth of informed and content-rich commentary and
Philip Rossman-Reich, from the Rise Northwestern blog, joined LTP's writing staff in August 2011.
LTP had a keen eye focused
on Wildcat marketing. A media company CEO, he offered a slew of great suggestions
for improving the athletic department's marketing efforts.
The site ceased daily updates in January 2015 and is kept online as an archive.
|Northwestern Highlights-- Wildcat
fan NUBears (aka NUWildcats) 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. Last updated February 2016.
|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 in 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, had also provided 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.
|247Sports' Purple Wildcats-- A
CBS Sports affiliate network, 247Sports is a site similar to Rivals, with a combination of free and paid premium content.
Emma, after leaving Scout, began the Northwestern section of
247Sports ("Wildcat Digest") in 2014 and covered NU athletics and
recruiting until he left in 2015. Since then, publishing duties have
shifted several times.
In February 2017, 247 purchased the Scout network and absorbed its
sites, including the NU site Purple Wildcats. Purple Wildcats was created by Chris Pool after he left
Rivals. Several people administered the site after Pool left, including
Lamberton, Chris Emma, Nick Medline, and Steven Goldstein, before the
site became a holding shell. The Scout network of sites used to
be part of Fox
Part of Andy Coppens's Talking10 site. The site is a comprehensive fan network covering the Big Ten.
|Inside NU-- The
SB*Nation network's NU section,
with a staff that includes former writers from Sippin' On
Purple and Lake The Posts.
commercial site begun in 2012, Inside NU was created
by Medill students Kevin
Trahan and Chris Johnson. In 2014 it moved to SB*Nation and took over SB*Nation site
Sippin' On Purple.
|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
low mark (as is the Trib itself). Teddy Greenstein used to cover NU;
the Trib now has someone named "Associated Press" providing most of its
|If you think the Trib's coverage of NU is poor, it's better than the Sun-Times, which no longer covers NU sports at all. The Sun-Times now only covers pro sports and high schools, with occasional coverage of some college in Indiana. No link.
Purple's team page from ESPN. Links to ESPN articles about the
'Cats. The network's Big Ten blog, once a great resource, appears to be inactive.
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.
- 247Sports Board-- Message board for Purple Wildcats.
- Purple Wildcats Insider Board-- The 247 premium board.
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 Northwestern 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
|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.
|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 eventually
became part of the Scout network. As of 2015 it had quietly become part
of USA Today. 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.
|CFB Info-- Another nice historical resource online.
|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