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 songs...to rock my soul.