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In what has been an up and down roller coaster ride the past 3-4 seasons, as the Northwestern Men’s Basketball team continues to keep my heart rate at an all-time high, the Cats were able to secure a huge early season win Tuesday night. We have come as close as 1 win away in 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 to emerging from the exceptionally small pack and getting our name announced during the Selection Sunday Show – becoming the first program in Northwestern history to make the “Big Dance.” A dream that many Northwestern fans throughout the world continue to hope and pray will happen in 2012-2013!

The Wildcats traveled to Waco, TX Tuesday evening to take on the Baylor Bears and their tremendously athletic team. Coming off of a disappointing loss to the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) this past Saturday, the Cats bounced back fiercely and clawed their way to a HUGE road win early in this 2012-2013 campaign. Only connecting on 2-7 free throws down the stretch kept Baylor in the game but Northwestern was able to make the plays to finish off the Bears – giving Coach Bill Carmody the victory and a much more enjoyable plane trip back to O’Hare in Chicago.

The one downfall for Northwestern throughout the years has been steady play during the course of the season. From start to finish, the Cats need to keep the momentum going from wins such as Baylor and carry that into the game Saturday night against an up-and-coming Butler Bulldog team. The Bears came off of a huge win earlier in the week against the previously #2 ranked team in the country,  Kentucky, but let their guard down against the “Purple” Wildcats! We cannot allow that to happen Saturday.

Drew Crawford, Dave Sobolewski, and Reggie Hearn continue to lead the Cats in all facets of the game. The addition of Jared Swopshire has made the Cats a real contender this year in the Big Ten. Swopshire graduated from the University of Louisville in 2012 but because of injury (missing an entire season) was granted an additional year of eligibility by the NCAA. Luckily for the Wildcat community, he chose Northwestern University as his school of choice to continue his education.

Jared Swopshire

Jared Swopshire

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Let’s make it 8-2 Saturday night. GO CATS!!!

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My favorite and by far the happiest time of the year, are the holidays. For 28 of the past 29 years I have been very fortunate to be able to spend Thanksgiving with my parents and sisters. (yes four of those years were spent in Evanston, as I was not able to leave campus because of basketball practice but we have always made the best of it) Last year I decided for the first time to stick around Fort Lauderdale and not go home…I quickly realized that it just was not the same. So this year I jumped aboard the 737 AirTran flight and headed north for much colder weather.

This five-day jaunt allowed me to spend a lot of time with my parents, sisters, brothers in law, grandparents, aunts, uncle, and cousins. I even had some time from some old high school buddies.

The trip began Wednesday night with a quick visit to the Mexican Restaurant in Paoli. I will never make a trip home without at least visiting this place once. The frozen margaritas are to die for! I spent the rest of the evening helping mom carve the four turkeys she had prepared. It’s hard to believe, but it was nearly all gone by the time I left yesterday morning.

Carving one of four turkeys

Thanksgiving day couldn’t have been any better. We spent the morning fixing last minute dishes and looking for Janine in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Her family helped carry the Pikachu character balloon in the parade, as this is an annual tradition for their family. My entire family then filled our bellies with everything from turkey, mashed potatoes…to broccoli casserole and pumpkin pie. I decided this year to take smaller portions on the first go-round so I would still have room for seconds….it still was tough to go back.

My Meal!

As I’m sure everyone knows, Black Friday came early this year. Certain stores opened their doors a few hours early. Paoli, Indiana does not provide nearly the stores that a major city would, but we made the best of our choices. WAL-MART…here we come!!! We decided to brave the crowds and ventured out to Wal-Mart in Paoli. It was an absolute mad house but I was able to purchase a few dvd’s that I wanted and a 16gb disk for the new Go Pro3 camera I ended up buying later that evening. You can see the craziness in the picture below.

The MADNESS…just for Dvds!

I spent Friday night with some old high school buddies at the French Lick Resort & Casino. I was able to play black jack and roulette for nearly 3 hours and left even. Something that NEVER happens. We ended up at the one and only (literally ONLY) pub in Paoli.

Paoli Pub (the one and only)

Finally rounded out my amazing weekend by helping decorate my grandparents Christmas tree, along with my mom and dad’s tree. This is a tradition we have kept for many years. I could not have asked for a better weekend with family and friends. I am extremely grateful for the people I have in my life right now. From my 84 and 85 year old grandparents to my two-year old nephew…they all mean the world to me!

I am extremely excited to get back to Paoli for Christmas in just over three weeks. Let it snow…let it snow…let it snow!!! 🙂

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As Thanksgiving rapidly approaches, the Northwestern football team will look to finish an incredible year by defeating Illinois in Evanston next weekend. If it were not for 2 extremely close losses (Nebraska and Michigan) and a tough defeat at Penn State, the Wildcats could hypothetically be playing for a spot in the National Championship game. Unfortunately that is not the case but the Cats will be playing for an opportunity to compete in a very high-profile bowl game, possibly the Gator Bowl on New Year’s Day.  If they were to venture to Jacksonville for the Gator Bowl, I can ensure you I will be there supporting and cheering on our Wildcats! Let’s hope they can finish the season strong and end with one of the program’s best records in recent years.

The Northwestern Men’s Basketball team is off to a fast start, 2-0, defeating Texas Southern and Mississippi Valley State. They will look to maintain their undefeated record this week before heading to the South Padre Island Invitational over the holiday weekend. After a couple close calls the prior 2-3 years, the Wildcats will look to do what no other program in the history of Northwestern Basketball has accomplished…finally earn that inaugural birth to the NCAA Basketball Tournament. I am confident that this is the year!

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Kain Colter continues to carry the Wildcats to one of their best seasons in recent years.
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You cannot say enough about Coach Fitzgerald and what he continues to do with the Northwestern Football team.
*photo courtesy of http://www.sippinonpurple.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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