Cubs’ postseason run not all fun and games for South Side bar

Story by Shane Monaghan
Video by Lena Blietz

Before the final Cubs game of the season, McNally’s bartender Amanda Stratton said she was ready for the frenzy surrounding the bar’s controversial signage to be over.

“We had to take the phone off the hook for nearly a week because we were receiving so many calls,” Stratton, a manager at the Morgan Park bar, said Wednesday afternoon before the final game of the National League Championship Series between the Cubs and the New York Mets. “I am ready for it all to go away.”

McNally’s Irish pub drew the ire of many Cubs fans throughout the team’s postseason run for openly displaying anti-Cubs sentiment. Continue reading

Despite security, crimes occur along Chicago Marathon route

By Kayla Daugherty

Security was exceptionally tight along the Chicago Marathon route on Oct. 11 thanks to the combined efforts of the FBI, Illinois State and Chicago Police Department, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Secret Service.

Despite the heightened security, crimes still occurred along the route and in neighboring areas.

There were 24 crimes along the route between midnight Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday, the most common of which was theft from retailers and buildings, followed by battery (mostly domestic battery). There were single incidents of deceptive practice, narcotics, robbery and a liquor law violation. Continue reading

Mark made at Evanston, Michigan State next for Naquan Jones to tackle

By Brooke Rayford

Evanston Township’s senior defensive tackle, Naquan Jones, is looking forward to his 2016-2017 football season. Growing up in a Big-Ten town, Michigan State has always been the school of his dreams.

Jones said being a committed prospect will not keep him from finishing hard his senior season.

“When you’ve committed, you’re held to a higher standard … people know about you, that kind of puts more pressure on you and coaches expect more from you. So I just want to go out there and play as hard as I can, that is what pushes me to play as well as I do,” Jones said.

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The UFC is embracing analytics, but are the fighters?

By Nick Zazulia

HOUSTON – Hop on during any fight and you’ll see live-tracking of strikes, knockdowns, submission attempts and time-in position figures all courtesy of Fight Metric. Log on to a fan forum or reddit’s MMA hub and you’ll find people discussing the statistical edges possessed by their favored fighters. Pop over to Amazon Books and you might purchase Fightnomics: The Hidden Numbers in Mixed Martial Arts and Why There’s No Such Thing as a Fair Fight if you fancy a read.

It looks like MMA has gone the way of MLB, with teams, managers and athletes spending portions of their training camps examining the results of quantitative analyses to maximize their game plan.

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College commitment makes a lane for Evanston seniors to savor final season

By Maddie Lee

Naquan Jones’ mom wouldn’t stand for it anymore. She snatched his phone from his hands. Homework first. Jones could talk to college coaches later.

“I was so attached to it, with coaches calling and messaging [me],” he said. “It took me away from my school work a little bit, and even having a social life.”

The end of the recruitment frenzy allows Jones, a 6-foot-4, 310-pound defensive tackle for Evanston Township High School, and teammate Matt Little, a 6-4, 230-pound quarterback, to approach the rest their senior year like regular high school athletes. They have verbally committed—Jones to Michigan State and Little to Western Michigan—and plan on signing their letters of intent in early February.

Together, Jones (No. 2) and Little (No. 26) made Evanston the only Chicago-area school in Illinois with two top-30 recruits in the senior class, according to 247Sports composite ratings. Separately, when they talk about the current stage in the recruiting process, each mentioned first his relief that the chaos is over.
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Video: Northwestern men’s basketball Big Ten media day

By Benji Cohen

The Northwestern men’s basketball team is entering its third season under coach Chris Collins. Seniors Tre Demps and Alex Olah said this is the most talented they have been a part of at Northwestern. The Wildcats finished 6-12 and tied for 10th in the Big Ten Conference in each of Collins’ first two seasons. The coach and the two seniors talked about their expectations for this season recently at Big Ten Media Day.

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Ticket Prices Plummet Ahead of Game 3 at Wrigley

By Shane Monaghan

Cubs’ fans are not happy their team is down 0-2 to New York. But with ticket prices plummeting, at least they  can find a better seat for Games 3 and 4 at home.

“The Cubs fans that waited did save themselves some serious money,” said Chris Leyden, a content analyst at SeatGeek.

The average price of tickets sold for Game 3 of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field has dropped 19 percent on StubHub and 16 percent on SeatGeek since before the series started Friday, according to representatives at both sites.

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Video: NU women’s basketball team talks about the upcoming season

By Lena Blietz

The Northwestern Women’s Basketball team looks forward to the season after coming off its best season of the decade. With 23 wins last season, the Wildcats made their first NCAA tournament appearance since 1997. In our video, senior Maggie Lyon and junior Nia Coffey discuss their season predictions and give advice as upperclassmen. The team opens with an exhibition game on Nov. 8 against Seton Hill and begins regular play on Nov. 15 against Howard in Evanston.

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Cubs fans behave during Wrigleyville celebration

By Kayla Daugherty and Alex Valentine
Video by Haydee Clotter

In Wrigleyville after a key game, it seemed that there might have been more security personnel than Cubs fans.

Public officials and Wrigley Field event staff coordinated for three weeks to prepare for the crowd that poured out of Wrigley Field last Tuesday when the Chicago Cubs clinched an National League Championship Series berth.

Wrigley Field was packed with 42,411 fans Tuesday night, and several thousand more watched in bars in the surrounding Wrigleyville neighborhood.

Richard Guidice, managing director of operations at Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management, said in an impromptu press conference before the game that authorities were prepared to control a potentially raucous crowd. Continue reading

Reactions mixed on Northwestern’s tribute jerseys

By Jordan Ray

The Northwestern Wildcats football team will take Ryan Field this weekend, sporting a new look meant to honor one of the school’s most successful teams of all time. But reactions are mixed.

Northwestern unveiled the jerseys, which commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 1995 team that won a Big Ten title and played in the Rose Bowl, on Monday at the Under Armour Brand House.

“A great tribute to that team,” said coach Pat Fitzgerald, who played on the 1995 team, “and hopefully we’ll prepare and play with that type of vigor and passion that [they] did.”

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The front of the alternate jerseys Northwestern will wear Saturday against Iowa. (Jordan Ray/Medill)

The Wildcats will officially debut the jerseys this Saturday when they take on the Iowa Hawkeyes in Northwestern’s homecoming game, during which the 1995 team will be recognized.

Despite a 42-31 loss in the Rose Bowl against No. 12 USC, the 1995 Wildcats remain one of Northwestern’s most successful teams ever. They finished 10-2 overall and went undefeated in conference play, securing the school’s sixth Big Ten title.

The black jerseys feature an ‘N-Cat’ logo on each shoulder as well as a collar patch emblazoned with the Rose Bowl logo. The team is expected to pair the jerseys with its usual purple helmets and pants.

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The Rose Bowl collar patch (left) and ‘N-Cat’ shoulder logo (right) that will be featured on Northwestern’s uniforms this Saturday. (Jordan Ray/Medill)

Northwestern professor Linda Roethke, who specializes in costume design, said she likes the look of the front of the jersey and the collar patch, but has concerns about the logos on the shoulders.

“[I’m] not as sure about how the design reads from a distance, the negative space Wildcat,” Roethke said.

On social media, reactions to the jerseys are running the gamut.

Northwestern fan Lauren Hart said she “understands the idea of going back to simplicity,” but feels the jerseys aren’t recognizable enough.

“They look like they could be worn at any other university,” Hart said. “Northwestern’s jerseys are recognizable and unique. This jersey just doesn’t do it for me.”

The Wildcats are no strangers to unique uniform combinations. Since partnering with Under Armour in 2012, Northwestern has rolled out a different look each season.

Below is a timeline of Northwestern’s uniform history since making the switch from Adidas to Under Armour.

On the heels of a 38-0 loss to Michigan, Northwestern may have to play like the 1995 team, not just look like them, if they hope to hand the undefeated Hawkeyes their first loss.

Kickoff for Northwestern-Iowa is at 11 a.m. from Ryan Field.

Photo at top: The back of the alternate jerseys Northwestern will wear Saturday against Iowa. (Jordan Ray/Medill)