Stanford Is The First Upset Victim Of The College Football Season

Stanford University, a Silicon Valley-sponsored industry suckup named after a racist robber baron, just lost to an unranked Northwestern team starting a freshman at QB. The Cardinal generated 240 whole yards of offense, turned the ball over twice (it could have been worse, as Northwestern dropped several easy picks),… »9/05/15 3:48pm9/05/15 3:48pm

What Kain Colter Really Learned At Northwestern

When Kain Colter called for Northwestern football players to unionize in early 2014, he cited his experiences in my class, “Field Studies in the Modern Workplace,” as the turning point in his thinking on the status of NCAA “student-athletes” (or “workers,” depending on one’s interpretation). The idea to establish a… »8/21/15 1:40pm8/21/15 1:40pm

Kain Colter's Union Battle Cost Him More Than He Ever Expected

At 11:30 a.m. Monday morning, lawyers from Northwestern University and the College Athletes Players Association received the call they’d been waiting for since March of last year. The National Labor Relations Board had decided whether or not football players at Northwestern can form a union. It was the news Kain… »8/18/15 3:55pm8/18/15 3:55pm

Northwestern Reaches New Low, Falls Down On Last Play, Loses

We told you earlier that Northwestern and Michigan were playing a hilariously bad contest today. Even with some points, the second half topped the atrocious first. More poor special teams, muffed punts and interceptions weaved throughout the half. Northwestern started one drive off an interception at the Michigan 15,… »11/08/14 6:58pm11/08/14 6:58pm

How Would An NCAA Union Actually Work? A Guide For Perplexed Pundits

The real triumph of the decades-long propaganda war against organized labor isn't best seen in the ever-declining rate of unionization, or ever-increasing income inequality, or even the way the word "union" functionally works as an epithet. It's seen, instead, in the fact that so many otherwise smart, thoughtful… »4/01/14 3:12pm4/01/14 3:12pm

A Three-Man Front Is A Late-Game Defensive Formation For Suckers

The weekend, as I watched the absurd denouement of the Northwestern-Michigan game, something struck me as familiar — beyond the now-routine bumblefuckery that inspires the Wildcats to turn fourth-quarter leads into triple-overtime losses. No, it wasn't simply that Michigan drove in the dregs of game clock to kick the… »11/20/13 8:09pm11/20/13 8:09pm

Northwestern's Very Literal "Wounded Warrior" Unis Have Blood Spatters

Northwestern will be wearing these very special uniforms against Michigan on Nov. 16. Having been beaten down by the ubiquity of one-off unis, it's hard to get upset about the asymmetrical patriotic mishmash. It's even tough to muster up outrage over the fact that just 10 percent of proceeds from jerseys sold will… »11/04/13 1:57pm11/04/13 1:57pm

Northwestern Walk-On Receives Full Scholarship, Hugs From Entire Team

Senior guard James Montgomery has spent two years walking on for Northwestern, getting a grand total of 124 minutes. But new head coach Chris Collins has apparently been so taken with Montgomery's effort in practices, he called a team meeting to announce that Montgomery will be receiving a full scholarship this season. »10/22/13 5:28pm10/22/13 5:28pm

Northwestern Has Fired Bill Carmody After 13 Years Of Decent-By-Northwestern-Standards Basketball

In 13 seasons as the head coach at Northwestern University, an alleged Big Ten basketball program, Bill Carmody’s signature moment might’ve been getting hired in the first place. And that, presumably, is why the school fired him today. Cracker-box facilities, lack of tradition, and academic pressures notwithstanding,… »3/16/13 1:40pm3/16/13 1:40pm

Iowa Basketball Player Throws Shoe, Nearly Decapitates Own Coach

Iowa's offense is dangerous. The Hawkeyes' Aaron White wasn't trying to plunk head coach Fran McCaffery after Northwestern's Alex Marcotullio lost his shoe during the second half yesterday. White was actually trying to get the shoe off the floor as quickly as possible so Iowa could continue to run its offense. The… »1/14/13 10:45am1/14/13 10:45am