Northwestern’s season is over. The Wildcats, who had the greatest season in the history of the school, lost a hard fought game to Gonzaga 79-73 in Saturday’s scond round NCAA Tournament matchup in Salt Lake City. It was a very fun ride, for some. The school made the tournament for the first time in 77 years, which is definitely something to be excited about. So good for them; and good for seemingly every journalist in the entire nation who are all alums of the school. However, notwithstanding the magnitude of the accomplishment, it was covered exhaustively, and many became somewhat annoyed hearing about it all of the time.
Even with all of the speculation and coverage surrounding, and leading up to, Northwestern’s tournament invite, it all happened before Michael Wilbon held the T-Shirt, and all the ESPN Northwestern alums took a picture, and before the Wildcats won a great game Thursday against Vanderbilt, and head coach Chris Collins and football coach Pat Fitzgerald danced in the locker room, and Seth Meyers tweeted stuff, and Darren Rovell was happy, and other Northwestern alums were excited, and Julia Louis-Dryfuss was shown cheering on our screens a whole lot of times, and Mike Greenberg gave a speech today, and so on and so forth.
So, given all the hoopla, it’s not a surprise that many were actively rooting against the Wildcats…
If Northwestern wins, they'll be the most hated going into next week, b/c the writers who went there will be insufferable. #marchmadness
— Daniel Dudley (@DDisBORED) March 18, 2017
warning: this northwestern story will stop being cute to you if they win today. cuz your favorite sportswriters will make you hate them.
— El Flaco (@bomani_jones) March 18, 2017
ACTIVELY rooting against Northwestern.
— Clinton Yates (@clintonyates) March 18, 2017
Save us from the Northwestern j-school grads
The other journalists on Twitter
— Joe Giglio (@jwgiglio) March 18, 2017
I don't know that I've ever wanted to see a team get blown out more than I want to see Northwestern get rolled.
— Josh Moon (@Josh_Moon) March 18, 2017
There will be so much joy in my heart when Northwestern finally loses
— Tyler R. Tynes (@TylerRickyTynes) March 18, 2017
The salty, sweet taste of Journo tears when Northwestern loses are going to sustain me for years https://t.co/fR5fhQzrH8
— Greg Talbott (@GregTalbott) March 13, 2017
Today’s loss may have been surprising to a few people who really liked Northwestern in this game. Gonzaga has only lost one game this year, but so what. When the brackets were announced, and then after the Zags struggled in the first half against South Dakota State on Thursday, some people were riding this Northwestern story…
— FOX Sports Radio (@FoxSportsRadio) March 15, 2017
Northwestern will upset Gonzaga.
— Justin Spears (@JustinESports) March 12, 2017
Dunk City over FSU, Vermont to the Sweet 16, Northwestern over Gonzaga … and a title game rematch.
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) March 13, 2017
Lock of the day… Northwestern moneyline +$470
— Stanford Steve (@StanfordSteve82) March 18, 2017
I really think Northwestern is going to win today. In a year with zero compelling stories, why not. #MarchMadness
— Matt Rodewald FOX 10 (@Matt_Fox10) March 18, 2017
I have Northwestern over Gonzaga… didn't have Wisconsin over Nova. Still exciting! #MarchMadness
— Mark the Overseer (@MarkoftheBuzz) March 18, 2017
The excitement probably wore offhen Gonzaga jumped out to a 20 point lead in the first half, leading at least one to lament his choice…
May have gotten a little trigger happy in my bracket picking 8s over 1s… northwestern… oops. 🤷🏼♂️
— Jared Berggren (@jberggren40) March 18, 2017
Northwestern fought hard to close the gap in the second half, but they came up short (with no help from a late controversial no-call in the second half leading to a Chris Collins technical foul). The loss was, unsurprisingly, great news to some…
Me, when I know I don't have to read another "I'm a Northwestern grad and can't tell you how much this team means to me" piece ever again pic.twitter.com/a2FvKuQyOW
— Aaron Torres (@Aaron_Torres) March 18, 2017
Northwestern lost. Good.
— David Dennis Jr. (@DavidDTSS) March 18, 2017
I'm sure the Northwestern media alumni are crying like that kid
— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) March 18, 2017
Goodnight, Northwestern pic.twitter.com/zpMi70UIw3
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) March 18, 2017
But even those who aren’t overjoyed by this aren’t going to feel bad for Northwestern and its alums. They had a really fruitful season. It was a great experience for all associated with the school.
So if you are going to feel bad for anyone, feel bad for this kid…
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 18, 2017
On to the next story.