I wanted to update everyone on the Northwestern University Men’s Basketball and Football teams and their progress so far as of Christmas 2009. Happy Holidays to all!

Thus far I have been very impressed with both team’s play.

The Northwestern Men’s Basketball team is 10-1. The only loss is a home loss to a ranked Butler team. Big Ten play starts against Illinois on December 30th, 2009.

Two good articles to read on the Basketball team are at http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/columns/story?columnist=powers_scott&id=4766881 and http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/columns/story?columnist=katz_andy&id=4766773.

Hopefully this will be the first time the basketball team makes the NCAA march madness tournament as many are predicting at this point.

Andy Katz at ESPN.com writes.

…Northwestern, for the first time ever, will be in the Dance. The Wildcats won’t be on the bubble, either. I predict NU will be in the field by the last week of the regular season.

Moving on to the Northwestern University 2009 Football Team. The Wildcats finished the regular season at 8-4.

The Wildcats will be playing the Auburn University Tigers at the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida, on January 1, 2010 at 10 AM CST and shown nationally on ESPN. I plan to be in attendance at the game and cheering on the wildcats for hopefully their first bowl win.

Northwestern is looking for it’s first bowl win since 1949. Here is a picture of the team celebrating a win at Purdue earlier this season.

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Recently, I had the privilege of attending a Chicago Bulls basketball game at the United Center on December 17, 2009. The Bulls won 98 to 89 versus the New York Knicks. Here are some pictures from the basketball game. The pictures are mostly of pre-game and half-time warmups. One picture gives respect to Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippin.

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I recently purchased several parts on Newegg.com so that I could build my own computer. It is quite a substantial upgrade compared to what I once used as my main desktop. The setup consists of an Asus M4A78T-E motherboard, an AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz processor, 4 GB of DDR3 1600 memory from Corsair, a Samsung 1 TB harddrive, an Antec Three Hundred case, 5 case fans (3 of which have Blue LED lights), a 700 Watt Power Supply, and an Asus Radeon Video card.  I am running Windows Vita 64 bit and plan to upgrade to Windows 7 shortly once it comes out.

However, I did run into a problem with Windows Vista recognizing an old DVD drive I placed in the case.  When trying to install Windows Vista I receieved an error message early on saying a “required cd/dvd drive device driver is missing.” In order to work around the problem, I had to first install Windows XP 64 bit and then install Windows Vista 64 bit on top of the previous Windows XP install. Once Windows Vista was installed the DVD drive was still having problems. Whenever I try to use it by inserting a DVD or CD, it causes the operating system to freeze. Microsoft really needs to sort this problem out since it seems as if many others have similar problems.

All in all I am pleased with the setup and have noticed a large performance increase. I am also using 3 monitors to help increase my productivity.

So I received my season tickets via FedEx for Northwestern University Football for the 2009 season. I am pretty excited about this upcoming football season and college football. The following are the current locations, times, and dates of the Northwestern University 2009 Football Season.  A * means a Big Ten and conference game.

09/05/09 vs. Towson Evanston, Ill. 11:00 a.m. CT
09/12/09 vs. Eastern Michigan Evanston, Ill. 11:00 a.m. CT
09/19/09 at Syracuse Syracuse, N.Y. TBA
09/26/09 vs. Minnesota * Evanston, Ill. TBA
10/03/09 at Purdue * West Lafayette, Ind. 11:00 a.m. CT
10/10/09 vs. Miami (Ohio) Evanston, Ill. 11:00 a.m. CT
10/17/09 at Michigan State * East Lansing, Mich. 11:00 a.m. CT
10/24/09 vs. Indiana — Homecoming * Evanston, Ill. 11:00 a.m. CT
10/31/09 vs. Penn State * Evanston, Ill. 3:30 p.m. CT
11/07/09 at Iowa * Iowa City, Iowa TBA
11/14/09 at Illinois * Champaign, Ill. TBA
11/21/09 vs. Wisconsin * Evanston, Ill. TBA