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Tweeting Northwestern Wildcats’ Games 101

There’s a Method to the Tweets

I tweet the Northwestern University Wildcats’ football games. This started at the 1 January 2010 Outback Bowl against Auburn. I’ve continued doing it since a few people have emailed me to thank me for the tweets - Twitter is the only way some people can get the game.

Hey - if I can reach even a single NU fan, I’m happy to do it.

There is a method to the tweets. I suggest that anyone who tweets football games uses it.

Tracking the action:
When the Wildcats have the ball, I start the tweet with #Northwestern.
When the other side has the ball, I start the tweet with the name of the opponent: #Opponent. I end the tweet with Go #Northwestern.
This should allow you to do a search on #Northwestern and get the game stream.

Making sense of the action:
Generally I don’t have time to tweet each down, especially when NU runs the no-huddle. So I generally tweet from 1st down to 1st down. It will typically look like this when NU has the ball:
#Northwestern 1st&10...pass, 2nd&3...run, 3rd&1...pass, 1st down.
When the other side has the ball, it will look like the following:
#Opponent 1st&10...run, 2nd&9...incomplete, 3rd&9...pass, 4th&3, punt coming… Go #Northwestern!
Kickoffs will look something like this:
#Northwestern kickoff to #Opponent, ball returned to #Opponent 15.
#Opponent kickoff to #Northwestern, ball retuned to #Opponent 40.
Scoring will look like the following:
If Northwestern scores, it looks like the following:
#Northwestern 1&10...pass, 1st&Goal...run, 2nd&Goal...pass...TOUCHDOWN!!!!PAT COMING...IT’S GOOD…!! #Northwestern 35 - #Opponent 7.
If Opponent scores, it looks like the following:
#Opponent 3rd&Goal...run touchdown...PAT coming...it’s not good #Northwestern 35 - #Opponent 13.
And similarly for field goals.
Things like interceptions and fumbles are handled like the following:
#Opponent 1st&10...run, 2nd&9...pass INTERCEPTION!!! returned to Opponent 21! #Northwestern ball, 1st&10. #GoCats!
Of course, if the Opponent gets a Wildcat turnover, you can forget about the caps lock.

Other Things About the Game:
I do throw in occasional comments about things like the referees, weather, crowd, etc. At the end of the quarter I give a recap of the score. During halftime I give a recap of the Wildcat highlights (The Good) and lowlights (The Bad).

And at the end of the game I give a recap of things plus my ending Blood Pressure (which tends to be high, especially after a #CardiacCats game.)

More later...

Go ‘Cats!

BJ Mitchell (Former NUMB Spirit Leader)
NUMBSpiritLeader [at] gmail.com
twitter: #nuspiritleader.

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