Crying Northwestern Fan Was Son Of Wildcats AD Jim Phillips


Every year, March Madness provides some epic crowd shots. Often times, fans become internet sensations because of their raw, emotional reactions, and that was once again the case on Saturday thanks to one Northwestern basketball fan.

CBS cameras showed a young Wildcats fan often throughout the game because, well, he was incredibly invested in the action.

That led to some tears being shed when Northwestern was hit with some bad calls and when the team ultimately fell to No. 1 seed Gonzaga, 79-73.

Just look at the little guy really caring about everything on the court:

You can’t teach that type of passion.

But it turns out that you can inherit it, because the young fan is reportedly the son of Northwestern Athletic Director Jim Phillips.

It all makes sense now.

And while it may take some time for the little guy to get over the loss, he should be happy that he was able to do something no other Northwestern fan has been able to do until now: watch their beloved Wildcats in the Big Dance.

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Josh studied journalism at Seton Hill University. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Campus Sports. Josh is currently a member of the FWAA and USBWA. His work has been featured on Sports Illustrated,,, and many others.
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