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Northwestern sports has been on a roll lately. The women's lacrosse team has won six of the past seven NCAA championships. The football team won its first Big Ten visit to Nebraska and will be appearing in a bowl for a school-record fourth consecutive season. And alum Luke Donald finished the 2011 season as the PGA's top money winner and the No. 1-ranked golfer in the world.

The Wildcats also boast some star cachet in the family cheering section. The fall issue of the Northwestern alumni magazine notes that eight of the school's current athletes have fathers or grandfathers who made their mark in sports:

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Hunter Bates: Junior, football. The safety is the son of Bill Bates, a former special teams star who won three Super Bowl titles during a 15-year career with the Dallas Cowboys.

Drew Crawford: Junior, basketball. The 6-5 forward is the son of 26-year NBA referee Danny Crawford (pictured below).

Dannielle Diamant: Junior, women's basketball. The 6-5 center is the granddaughter of Jerry "Tark The Shark" Tarkanian (pictured above), the famed UNLV coach who led the Runnin' Rebels to the national championship in 1990.

Drake Dunsmore: Senior, football. The superback, who set a Northwestern record with four touchdown catches in a win Oct. 29 at Indiana, is the son of Pat Dunsmore, who played tight end for the Chicago Bears.

Tre Demps: Freshman, men's basketball. His father is Dell Demps, who played three years in the NBA and is currently the general manager of the New Orleans Hornets.

Luke Farrell: Junior, baseball. The flamethrower's father, John Farrell, pitched for eight MLB seasons and is now the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays.

Jagger Martinez: Freshman, men's soccer. The midfielder is the son of Dave Martinez, a 16-year MLB veteran who is the bench coach for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Georgia Waddle: Freshman, women's soccer. The midfielder is the daughter of Tom Waddle, the former Bears receiver and current ESPN Radio personality. Her grandfather is Gino Cappelletti, the former receiver and kicker for the Patriots who is now one of the team's longtime radio broadcasters.

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Who's your daddy's team? Well, chances are that it's your team too.

NPR cites a study that shows fathers have the biggest influence on how we choose our favorite teams. According to the research, 38.7 percent of males and 31.3 percent of females say their rooting interest were shaped by dads.

Mom? Not so much as just 4.3 percent of males and 2.7 percent of females sided with her.

The distant runner-up is a male's brother with 10.7 percent of the vote. The rest is spread among various relatives and friends.

Here is a Red Sox fan dad taking a hard line against the Yankees with his son:

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One couple in Minnesota with split NFL allegiances -- Mom for the Packers, Dad for the Vikings -- is taking a novel approach with its 9-month-old son. Rather than having one parent impose its sporting will, they opted to let the public decide.

But with kids being kids, some are going to back a different team just to stick it to their old man. Remember this exchange from the "The Sopranos"?

Bobby Jr.: "I'm going to Eric's to watch the Chargers."
Bobby Bacala: "What channel is that on?"
Bobby Jr.: "Some people aren't too cheap to buy the satellite package."
Bobby Bacala: "Sit down. This is Giants house."
Bobby Jr.: "I hate the *&%$# Giants!"

Then again "The Sopranos" were hardly role models when it came to functional families.

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Homer and Bryce Drew. Press and Pete Maravich. Al and Allie McGuire.

Some of college basketball's most memorable moments over time have come thanks to the pairing of father-son coach-player duos on the hardwood. As another season tips off, we take a look at the father-son duos gunning for a date with March Madness.

Ray McCallum and Ray McCallum, Jr., Detroit

Ray Sr., is no stranger to the head coaching ranks, having previously led Houston and Ball State. When the 43rd-ranked player in the Class of 2010 committed to his program, it was a steal, and it didn't hurt that it was Ray Jr. His contribution? Leading the team in points (13.5) and assists (4.9).

Jim and Tyler Les, UC Davis

Normally it's father that recruits son to a program, but Jim Les was the head coach at Bradley when his son Tyler committed to the UC Davis Aggies. A few months later, the Davis head coaching job opened up, and Jim was reunited with Tyler. This will be their first season together. Jim led Bradley to the Sweet Sixteen in 2006, and now will chase a tournament berth with Tyler pitching in.

Ernie and Trey Zeigler, Central Michigan

Ernie Zeigler has fought for years as Chippewas head coach to earn a winning record after leaving his assistant post at UCLA in 2006. His odds went up when son Trey decided to join ranks, spurning offers from the likes of UCLA, Michigan and Michigan State. And Trey provided instant impact, averaging 16.3 points per game as a freshman last year. The duo is still chasing that winning record, though.

Greg and Doug McDermott, Creighton

When Greg left Iowa State to coach at Creighton, Doug de-committed from Northern Iowa to join him. All Doug has done in the meantime is become the team's best player, averaging 14.9 points last season while also becoming the first freshman in nearly 60 years to earn a first-team All-Missouri Valley Conference nod. Their first season together went pretty well, as the Blue Jays marched to a 23-16 record, losing 71-69 the championship game of the College Basketball Invitational against Oregon.

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Louis and Chauncey Orr, Bowling Green

Louis was an All-American at Syracuse and notched eight years in the NBA, but may have received his greatest reward when Chauncey made his college decision. Chauncey was a first team all-state perimeter player at Bowling Green High School, averaging 20.6 points per game and 6.9 rebounds. This will be the duo's first season together in the college ranks.

Dave and Jordan Boots,
South Dakota

Dave has been leading South Dakota for 24 seasons, and has racked up nearly 600 wins. The Coyotes are used to seeing him on the sidelines, so it's no surprise that it's become a family affair with son Jordan on the floor. The junior appeared in all 33 of the team's games in 2010-11, and has worked largely as a sixth man in each of the last two seasons. He was an obvious recruit, averaging 26 points a game as a high school senior, and earning second team all-state honors.

Jim and Billy Molinari, Western Illinois

Jim Molinari has been heading up hoops programs for 30 years, and has been at Western Illinois since 2008, reaching 250 career wins in the process during the 2010 season. Billy Molinari joined dad during the 2009-10 season, following a prep career that saw him become the all-time leading scorer in Peoria Christian High School history with 1,601 points and earn first team all-state honors as a senior. Billy was sidelined with a redshirt year in 2009-10, and then suffered a season-ending foot injury at the start of last season. That makes the 2011-12 season all the more exciting for the Molinaris.

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