Tag Archives: Football

The Reason I Wanted to Punch a Northwestern Student in the Face

Of course, it had to do with a slight against Northwestern athletics. I restrained myself, and decided later to take the passive aggressive approach, relating the story in a student publication. At least I have a byline there.

I wrote about the incident in my latest rant against apathy for NUIntel.


If you feel I’m being too harsh on the NU student body, leave a comment here or below the rant on NUIntel’s site.


Should NU Pres. Morty Schapiro be the Athletic Director instead?


Probably not, but that’s only because Jim Phillips is going to take NU athletics to new heights. Morty, however,  isn’t far off the pace in terms of sports enthusiasm and knowledge.

Read this Q&A conducted by Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune with NU’s top dog about his new love for Northwestern athletics.

There had been grumblings about Morty being a big sports fan. My boy EZ claimed that Morty was a diehard Mets fan, which can only mean that he is a glutton for punishment. But if he can stick with the Mets, he must be a sports nut.

Which it appears he is. The way he rattled off games, players and coaches was beyond impressive for a man who normally deals in the anti-sports world of academia.

I saw Morty on the sidelines after the game at Purdue. The fact that he rode the team bus to and from makes him that much cooler. And hearing that he was giving the refs a hard time about the spot of a punt is music to my ears. I hate refs, too.

But my favorite line is the last one in the interview. While talking about NU’s failure in reaching the NCAA tournament in basketball, Morty rattled off the 4 other teams joining Northwestern in that group. Teddy Greenstein, who wrote the article, asked Schapiro if he knew the list “in the vein of getting it down to four.”

Morty’s response:  “Exactly. And I’m not talking about St. Francis of Brooklyn.”


Read and Respond: The Michael Vick Saga

Last week I solicited comments from you about the Michael Vick signing.

I picked out some of the best and responded to them on my latest SportsFanLive column.

You can read that here.

Seeking Your Thoughts on Michael Vick


It seems like everyone has an opinion on the Philadelphia Eagles signing Michael Vick. The news has transcended the sports world and is making its way around dinner tables, subway trains and places of business, even among those who wouldn’t have been able to pick Vick out of a lineup before the dogfighting scandal broke.

I have my own opinion on the matter, but before I divulge, I want to hear from the loyal Between the Headset readers. What are your thoughts on the Eagles signing Vick, both from a P.R. standpoint and a football standpoint?

Should every team have passed on Vick, or are teams going to regret leaving him alone?

Leave a comment below, and I will respond to the best ones with my own thoughts.