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January 1, 2012

Northwestern Wildcats: There’s always next year

by dan rodriguez

Just back from Houston, where we had the pleasure of hanging out with Northwestern alums and other assorted Wildcat fans at the Meinecke Car Care Bowl game.  The Wildcats did not win the game – though there were a few moments when it looked like we might break that bowl losing streak – but we still came back feeling like winners for our good fortune of being associated with this world-class university.  At the pre-game tailgate, we heard from Northwestern’s distinguished president, Morty Schapiro, who highlighted the academic accomplishments of Northwestern’s student-athletes and reiterated the University’s commitment to academic excellence and value-based citizenship, Athletic Director Jim Phillips, a charismatic and sincere guy, who, despite his obvious nerves about the game, managed to excite the purple-clad crowd, and Tim Lenahan, the uber-successful men’s soccer coach, who could also have a career as an motivational speaker.  Jim told us about Joey V., a Texas A&M offensive lineman, who was killed in a car crash on his way home to Florida for Christmas, and asked the Wildcat fans to remember Joey and his family and to remember what is really important in life.  The Aggies wore helmet stickers in honor and memory of Joey V., and so did the Wildcats.  We lost the game, but we left Houston feeling proud of our association with this great University, and looking forward to joining the Northwestern family.

And another thing we’ll look forward to is getting that bowl game win next year.

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