Saturday, June 02, 2007

Judgment Day (Part I)

NU has had all day to wallow in last night's 9-0 loss; let's hope coach Drohan didn't give them the chance to do so. Dwelling on yesterday's awful debacle would be the worst possible thing for the 'Cats to do today. They have a new task at hand--defeat Baylor. The Bears walloped A&M 7-4 this afternoon, and they'll be riding high against Northwestern tonight. If the Wildcats can bounce back this evening, they'll need to defeat Monica Abbott and Tennessee twice tomorrow--a tall task, but one that NU first needs to earn.

Join us for an 8pm first pitch (approximately), with a 15 minute pregame show.

Also, yesterday's phrase that pays was "still no one out!"

Friday, June 01, 2007

Time to Regroup

A 9-0 loss is rare for NU...especially in such a big spot. This could be a really demoralizing loss for the program if the 'Cats aren't careful. Tomorrow night will tell us a lot about this team. 8pm first pitch, 7:45pm pre-game on WNUR.


I hate to use the 'E' word, but that's exactly what this performance has been by the #2 seed in the country. Having an off-night is one thing, but 9-0? Oh my gosh! The top of the 5th inning lasted 32 minutes.


Canney out, Delaney in. 4-0 and counting: Top 5th. Delaney balks, walks in a run...7-0 Washington. Canney back into the game. Still no outs. My goodness, this is tough to watch right now.

Offense Languishing

The 'Cats are not clutch least for now. 5th inning, still 3-0.

Wild Night

3-0 on a Wild pitch. Walk, balk, tag-up, wild pitch. Ugly.

Washington draws first blood

1-0 on a single to right. Those walks are biting Canney in the rear end. Now 2-0 on an RBI ground out.

Squandered Chance

Runners on the corners with 0 outs, and the 'Cats come up empty-handed in the 2nd. Not good...

For a pitching duel...

...both teams have gotten some good hacks in over the first inning or two. This ump is NOT giving the outside corner to either pitcher. We'll see who that hurts more.

8:37 pm first pitch (CST)

NU/Washington coming up...

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Oklahoma City Drama

Hey everyone,

Sorry for the total dearth of posts from the WCWS, but suffice it to say that we were a bit preoccupied. From an NU perspective, the most important thing is that the Wildcats won today, beating Arizona State 2-0 behind an excellent performance from Eileen Canney. Katie Logan and Tammy Williams provided all the offense the 'Cats would need with an RBI double and a solo shot, respectively. Canney was the main story, though, throwing a complete game one-hit shutout. Check out the highlights at! NU moves on to face Washington tomorrow evening at 6pm. The Huskies' pitcher was just as impressive as Canney in her team's win over DePaul earlier in the day, so it should be a dandy tomorrow.

From a personal perspective, the most important news of the today was the arrival of our luggage in Oklahoma City. Without delving into it too much, this trip (until about 2 hours ago) was overshadowed by a series of unfortunate events plaguing the broadcasters of WNUR. They may or may not include:

-Oversleeping (by a certain member of our broadcast KreW who shall remain nameless)...leading to...
-Missing a flight
-A canceled flight
-Losing luggage
-Multiple hours of fruitless phone conversations with American Airlines baggage personnel*
-Frantically buying makeshift equipment at radio shack
-Buying new clothes and toiletries on the airline's dime, mere hours before gametime
-ISDN failure & reprogramming
-Credit card denials at dinner
-Confronting overzealous parking enforcers
-Sustaining multiple gunshot wounds to the torso**

* During one specific conversation with a well-meaning but hopelessly bureaucracy-obsessed employee, I was forced to describe---in excruciating detail--the outside AND contents of our missing luggage. I was constantly asked to list three items in each bag before moving to the next exciting step: "talking about those items." At one point I literally had to spell "s-p-e-r-r-y," to help identify the top-siders sitting inside my personal luggage. At that point I had to excuse myself from the room as to avoid catching the delirious laughter bug that had bitten my two colleagues.

**This actually did not happen, but it would not necessarily have surprised us.

The overwhelming angst caused by these trials and tribulations was significantly mitigated by the Wildcats' win, and was totally relieved when I received confirmation that our "items" had arrived at the baggage claim area in OKC. I arrived at the airport, saw our glorious bags, high-fived the woman behind the counter, collected our bags and reimbursement check (for our lovely new attire), and skipped back to the car. Even the power-hungry man from the parking gestapo couldn't ruin my mood with his over-the-top threats. On the drive back from the airport, "I feel good" by James Brown came on the radio. Kyle and I laughed heartily and sang along.

We are currently sitting at the stadium watching Arizona/Baylor. Most people here are rooting for the Bears, who are big-time underdogs.

Later on, I will enjoy a lovely shower, change into my own clothes, and celebrate NU's victory. It's a sleep-in day tomorrow. And we won't even miss a flight! Thank goodness that the past 24 are exactly that....PAST. Absolutely brutal. But now that we've got our wits about us, GO 'CATS! Enjoy the remaining broadcasts--let's hope there are quite a few.

Yesterday's phrase that pays was: "Let's talk about those items."
Today's is: "It's in my SHOES!"

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

WNUR Sports Sweeps Daily Northwestern

WNUR Sports reclaimed the campus sports media crown on Tuesday, defeating the Daily Northwestern 13-4 in softball. The battle at Long Field was largely decided in the second inning, when the broadcasters broke through to build a 10-1 lead. Team captain/coach/crazyman Aaron Morse went 3 for 4, Frank Bauch added two key triples, and Brendan Flannery tacked on a long homerun. All of the WNUR players contributed both on offense and defense, allowing starting pitcher Guy Benson to cruise to a complete game victory, allowing 3 earned runs. Benson was named the game's MVP.

"It was all about my boys behind me making the plays," Benson said in a display of hilariously false humility. "Although with [fellow senior] Ray Garcia winning the game MVP the last two seasons, I felt a little pressure to perform well today--and I did."

With the win, WNUR bounces back from a disappointing (1-2) performance last season, in which they dropped the final two contests to the print journalists. The sweep of 06-07 is particularly sweet for the WNUR graduating seniors, including Garcia. "Estoy muy contento hoy," el dijo. "No me gusta 'El Daily,' y estoy satisfecho que ganamos en el partido."

Monday, May 28, 2007


We just got back from Philadelphia--exhausted but satisfied. What a night it was for NU lacrosse. Winning three straight titles is quite a feat, and our ladies should be very proud of themselves. Virginia gave them all they could handle, but they soldiered on and won the game.

What chaos on the field after the game! The players just mobbed eachother, jumping up and down, screaming, laughing, and crying. If you didn't know better, you might have assumed this was their first national championship. The NU fans were great, also. About 2,000 of the 6K+ crowd was wearing purple, and they were into it the whole game.

The play of the game (in my opinion) was the huge Lathrop save to keep the score 14-13 NU down the stretch. That turned the momentum around & led to the crucial goal by Dowd.

More to come...