Friday, June 30, 2006

Sudden Death, No Overtime

How terribly ironic, the once-proud leader of the Cardiac Cats has passed away from a heart attack at the age of 52.

And we former Wildcats here at Slack LaLane would like to extend our heart-felt condolences to the family of now-former Northwestern University head football coach Randy Walker.

So to the man that stepped into Gary Barnett's mess and delivered us a Big Ten title in 2000, the man that created an innovative and high-scoring offensive juggernaut that rocked the conference for a year or two, the man that provided us with more than a handful of unbelievable college experiences and memories, I bid thee farewell.

He didn't quite bring us a ton of sustained success, but for all he gave us in 2000 -- one of the most overachieving seasons we could ever imagine -- he deserves to be honored here today. Walker engineered big-time comeback wins over Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan, he brought us to a big bowl game against perennial powerhouse Nebraska and he made us believe in the team again after Barnett fled to a school with a bad female kicker. He really made us believe.

I can just picture that notorious Wildcat-hater Jay Mariotti sitting down at his Steven J. Cannell typewriter and smugly writing an obituary that starts "Somewhere Rashidi Wheeler is smiling..."

Randy, you the man, and thanks for beating Michigan.

Slack Videos of the Day: From the beautiful world of sport, check out this awesome managerial tirade that's been all over the place lately (is that team really the Asheville Tourists?) and this incredible cheap shot from a high school basketball game.

Slack Song of the Day: In honor of Mr. Walker's passing, here's a sweet Brokedown Palace from 7/16/90. Listen to the river sing sweet rock my soul.


At 11:56 AM, Blogger Boski93 said...

Jay Marrioti is a fucking douchey ass bag. And if he does write that article, then I will hope and pray that A.J., Ozzie and the rest of the Sox go all Thunder Dome on him.

Sadly I did not go to a college that had football and even though I grew up a UCLA fan I have always rooted for Northwestern. Yes, even before the Rose Bowl year.

Over the past 5 seasons you could not find a team that was more entertaining than the Cats. They lost some games they shouldn't (Penn State '05) have but they won some they had no business winning(Minnestoa '00) . They were college football version of the old Denver Nuggets, except Randy did not sport the cool Doug Moe fashions.

Seeing teams like Northwestern win and be competitive has made watching college football fun again for me.

Can NU Football ever catch a break? Just when it seemed that they might put together another bowl worthy season (even with breaking in a new QB) this happens. Becasue now who coaches them this season. Since the spread Walker was running at NU did not go unnoticed by the rest of college football. NU lost their O-Line coach. So it might be a long season this year.

So Randy, I am going to pour out a 40 for you.

At 1:01 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Well said, Boski...seriously well said.

That Minnesota game was fucking wild, as were the Wisconsin and Michigan games. Every time I look back at my college experience, that football season is among the very first things I think about. And I think we owe that all to Randy Walker. And Barry Gardner and Zak Kustok and Damien Andersen. Victory Right, what up.

At 1:59 PM, Blogger Don Fiedler said...

RIP Randy.

At 2:28 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

ChipotleBob sent this out to a bunch of NU alumni, but since he doesn't remember his username and password, I'll post it for y'all:

"So, I'm officially naming this period the Curse of the
Dyches. Here is what's happened since NU renamed Dyche
Stadium in the Fall of '97:

- Point shaving scandal comes out
- Ricky Byrdsong killed by white supremacists
- Gay sex wrestling video
- Todd's car breaking down on the way to Iowa game, inevitably leading to us losing a missing out on the Rose Bowl
- Nebraska running the half-back option pass when they were up by 50 points
- Wheeler's death at an illegal practice, followed by NU doctors having a bonfire at the Rock to destroy all records
- Soccer hazing scandal that didn't result in any nude pictures
- Walker's death, leaving us with a coaching staff of Steve Schnurr and I agree with Marvin.

Feel free to add to the list. I'm starting a campaign to change the name back to Dyche stadium...any takers?"

Well done. Ryan Field sucks!

At 2:45 PM, Blogger Joey said...

From a Michigan Man, let me just say that I share the feelings of loss. This was a really sad happening. I always admired Walker.

At 3:26 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Good spot, Joey. If Lloyd Carr had half of Walker's ingenuity you'd have four National titles right now!

At 3:52 PM, Blogger hoobs said...

The first quote on the story about Walker's death is one from the 8-toed NU "kicker" Joel Howells. I mean, come on...

At 4:19 PM, Blogger Don Fiedler said...

Dyche curse:

Don't forget the women's lacrosse "flip flops at the White House" fiasco.

At 4:50 PM, Blogger hoobs said...

Also part of the curse: T.J. Parker leaving NU early to pursue an NBA career. Did that actually happen?

Also, Evan Eschmeyer not being allowed to play basketball for a 12th consecultive year at Welsh-Ryan Arena.


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