To sum up the day before the big game for Northwestern, I'd have to say certain elements have fired this team up.
For starters, they found magazines in each of their rooms with Southlake Carroll QB Riley Dodge on the cover.
Then they read the USA Today article about the game that pointed out the economic differences between the two schools.
As you can read in my article for tomorrow, NW players are fired up and ready to prove they are better than the image that has been portrayed of them. As Marcus Forston said, it has only added fuel to the fire.
After breakfast, the team visited the JFK 6th floor museum in Dallas. The kids appeared really enthralled with the exhibits that included a tour of the book depository from where Lee Harvey Oswald fired the shots. Several players were asking questions to the tour guides and were genuinely interested in learning more about JFK and the historical account of his assassination.
Following the tour, they visited Texas Stadium and the Cotton Bowl, before leaving to Ford Stadium for their walk-through.
Since the team did not practice Thursday, the walk-through went on for nearly two hours as the Bulls worked mainly on special teams. Kicker Robert Demps worked on field goals, while Aldarius Johnson consistently boomed punts of over 40 yards.
NW players stayed loose, cracking jokes with each other. But they also seemed to have a focused intensity that I don't think I even saw last year in the state title game.
The team is scheduled to go to a movie as a team, but I heard they were trying to figure out a way of attending a local football game to stay in the football frame of mind right up until kickoff.
They want this bad, especially in light of certain agitants that they have taken as a slap in the face. We'll see how they focus their aggression tonight.