|The University of Northwestern has a proud academic tradition
which extends back over 100 years. The athletic traditions at the University are
not quite as strong, although Northwestern is one of the founding members of the
Big Ten Conference. It is the only private university in the conference.
Despite a history of futility on the football field, recent
years have witnessed a limited renaissance in the team's fortunes, including
trips to bolls and appearances in end of season polls. Nevertheless, the
Wildcats' most famous distinctions are related more to the team's misadventures;
Northwestern currently holds the Division I-A record for consecutive losses with
34 between 1979 and 1982. The Wildcats were also on the losing end of the
greatest comeback in Division I-A history when, in a 2006 game against Michigan
State, the Spartans overcame a 38-3 third quarter deficit to win 41-38.
Nevertheless, Northwestern does enjoy a few rivalries which
are not entirely lopsided. One in particular is the school's in-state and in
conference rivalry with Illinois. The series currently stands at 52-44-5 in
favor of the Illini. The winner of the contest is awarded the Sweet Sioux
The women's lacrosse team, on the other hand, is a national
force. Along with Maryland, the Wildcats are the only university to win three
national titles in lacrosse in a row.
The design of the Northwestern Wildcats Fleece: Squares
consists of the University's wildcat logos over a purple and black squared
The Northwestern Wildcats Fleece: Squares is not suitable for
children's sleepwear. All patterns have been licensed by Northwestern University
and are for individual consumption only. Any other use of the Northwestern
Wildcats Fleece: Squares is prohibited and illegal.