In the 1960s, Northwestern Students Voted to Change the School's Nickname to 'Purple Haze'

November 21, 2013 at 10:31a    by DJ Byrnes    
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Purple Haze

From the author of the Game of Thrones series' blog: 

On other football fronts, however... you know, it's a good thing I don't follow college football.  I just learned today that my alma mater, Northwestern, lost to Nebraska on a Hail Mary in a fashion that would surely have given me a heart attack if I'd been watching.  Ah, Northwestern... I'm a member of the Class of 1970 (BSJ) and the Class of 1971 (MSJ), which means I went to school there in the 60s.  During my tenure, the student body voted overwhelmingly to change the team nickname from the rather cliche "Wildcats" to the much more distinctive "Purple Haze."  Now you see why.  (Alas, the university  ignored the will of the students, in favor of the will of the alumni donors).

Thanks, Stodgy Movers and Shakers at Northwestern; we could have had one of the coolest, distinctive names in all of sports... but instead we're blessed with the five thousandth rendition of "the Wildcats." 

Somebody dropped the ball here.

... Also, as an aside: WHY ARE YOU WRITING BLOG POSTS, OLD MAN? YOU HAVE TWO MORE BOOKS TO FINISH. *shakes fist*


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BucksfanXC's picture

Yeah, amen. How is this research for the fate of Westeros?

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

BuckGnome's picture

BTW, if you've read the ASOIAF series books, last night's South Park was awesome.  Great send up of GRRM in a Game of Thrones inspired episode of the PS4 vs Xbox One new console war.

Earle's picture

Excuse me, while I kiss this guy...

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AndyVance's picture

I suppose this about sums it up...

Hovenaut's picture

That's trippy, man.

"Success - it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

hetuck's picture

He is correct. This happened the same time Stanford changed from Indians to the Cardinal. Happily, NYU remains the Violets. 

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NoVA Buckeye's picture

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

Haybucks's picture

Purple Haze should have took. It would explain why they have been losing some of their games.

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

NW's football helmet logos could've been the purple hypnotizing swirlies on Jimi's glasses. That would've been cool...and likely made opposing teams think they were chickens.

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