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NMU football gameday guide: Where does Old Style Lager come from?

September 6, 2012 - Matt Wellens

MARQUETTE — The Northern Michigan University football team plays its home opener tonight against the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Kick off is set for 7 p.m. inside the Superior Dome.

Here’s everything you need to know about tonight’s game, and more, like the history of Old Style Lager.

— The Wildcats are coming off a Week 1 loss on the road, 45-10, to Findlay. NMU trailed 17-7 at halftime before giving up three third quarter touchdowns to the Oilers.

— The three third quarter Findlay touchdowns were the result of three big plays of over 40 yards. It’s a loss that has left a sour taste in the mouth of defensive coordinator Brian Newberry going into tonight’s game.

— NMU redshirt freshman quarterback Ryan Morley will be making his second collegiate start and first at the Superior Dome tonight. Though Morley didn’t throw a touchdown pass at Findlay, head coach Chris Ostrowsky called the loss at Findlay a solid first game for the young QB.

The official NMU game notes for tonight’s contest can be found here. The NMU depth chart can be found on Page 7. The only difference from last week is freshman Jordan Strope has been replaced by sophomore Charlie Hess at backup left tackle behind senior Jace Daniels. Senior defensive end James Brito-White, who left last week’s game with an injury, is in the lineup. Ostrowsky declared him healthy and ready to play on Monday.

— The NMU Football Parents Association is dedicating its new tailgating tent at 5 p.m. today before the game. NMU has tailgating policies. Did you know that?. Tailgating begins three hours before the game and runs one hour after. Booze is limited to parking lots 55 and 58 behind the Superior Dome.

Wikipedia does a nice job breaking down the differences between lacrosse, LaCrosse and La Crosse. I’ve seen about every version here in the U.P. over the past few months. I figured we’d get that out of the way first before diving into the Eagles. To sum it up, lacrosse is the sport, LaCrosse is the name of a Buick sedan and La Crosse is the city in Wisconsin where the UW-La Crosse Eagles reside in.

— Now that we know how to spell Northern’s opponent this week, here’s what Wikipedia has to say about the NCAA Division III conference it plays in.

— The WIAC is home to the three-time defending Div. III National Champion UW-Whitewater Warhawks. UW-La Crosse has three football national titles in its entire history with one coming in the NAIA..

Here’s the La Crosse Tribune’s take on tonight’s game, highlighting senior punter Christian Hallingstad. According to the story, the Eagles left at 7 a.m. CDT this morning and will depart Marquette immeadiately after the game, returning home by 3 a.m.

The Eagles opened their season with an upset of then No. 6 North Central. UWL is currently unranked in Div. III.

The Eagles official game notes can be found here.

Here is where La Crosse, Wis. is on a map. It sits on the Mississippi River, southeast of Winona, Minn.

La Crosse, Wis. is the birthplace of Old Style Lager. Chicago Cubs fans love Old Style, though the Old Style they drink today is not actually Old Style. For the Original Old Style, drink La Crosse Lager by City Brewing Company.



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La Crosse, Wis. is the birthplace of Old Style Lager.