Author Archives: Jim Sannes

Strength Through Smiles: Terri Taylor’s Triumph Over Injuries

Halfway through her junior year, Northwestern Wildcats women’s basketball guard Terri Taylor had yet to see her court due to numerous injuries to her feet and ankles. After making her debut last year during Big Ten play, Taylor enters her senior year as a captain of the team looking to break out in Northwestern’s backcourt. WNUR’s Jim Sannes (@JimSannes) has

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The NUmbers Guy: Behind the Broadcast

WNUR’s Jim Sannes (@JimSannes) takes you behind the scenes of WNUR Sports’ broadcast in Lincoln, Neb., this weekend, showing the travel schedule, broadcast set-up, and faces behind the microphones. My legs were numb. My mouth involuntarily hung slightly agape. I just stared at the field in total disbelief. After Nebraska’s game-winning Hail Mary, the next ten minutes were a total

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The NUmbers Guy: The Venric Effect

WNUR’s Jim Sannes (@JimSannes) looks at the injury to Venric Mark and tries to quantify how much the loss has affected the Northwestern Wildcats. Generally, people of authority will tell you not to dabble in hypotheticals and counterfactuals. However, when Northwestern is 0-3 in the Big Ten after a mind-boggling loss to Minnesota, reality blows and needs a solid kick

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The NUmbers Guy: Northwestern’s Shot at Legends Division Lives On

WNUR’s Jim Sannes (@JimSannes) explains how Northwestern can still win the Legends Division and why the fans shouldn’t give up on the team yet. Saturday re-defined the term “struggle-bussing.” Northwestern manufactured the parts, built the bus, drove it and burned it down to the ground in 60 minutes of football. BUT, in the greatest repetitive phrase of Coach Fitz, “Flush

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The NUmbers Guy: Northwestern vs. Ohio State Preview

WNUR’s Jim Sannes (@JimSannes) previews Saturday’s football game between the Northwestern Wildcats and the Ohio State Buckeyes by looking at the numbers that will decide that outcome. How do you prepare for possibly the biggest game for Northwestern football since the 1996 Rose Bowl? I, personally, have been blasting Mo Greene’s “Go U NU” on repeat while praying feverishly to

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The NUmbers Guy: Non-Conference Grades for Northwestern Football

WNUR’s Jim Sannes (@JimSannes) takes a look back on Northwestern football’s non-conference slate of games and grades the team in four separate categories. What was the worst case scenario prior to the 2013 Northwestern football season? An injury in the already thin secondary? Kain Colter or Venric Mark going down? Trevor Siemian cutting his ridiculous head lettuce? Well, all of

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