Purdue v. Toledo in Pictures

Maybe the outcome of the game is the reason I was a little slow in posting my ten pictures from the Toledo game. Here they are though for better or worse. I have a series of the Marve injury, but I decided to leave it off of here because it is just too depressing.Here is the Purdue drum at halftime in the end zone. At this point in the game it was the first time anyone from Purdue had been in the end zone. Continue reading

The Rockets Red Glare

Yesterday I was witness to one of the worst defeats I have ever seen the Boilers take. They have been beaten by worse teams and by bigger scores when I was in attendance. What made this one so hard to take though was the fact that they were clearly dominated by a much lesser team. A Toledo team that had no offense or defense to speak of coming into the game took it to the Boilers from the start. The picture above pretty much sums up the day for the Boilers. In the first quarter Robert Marve was sacked by a Toledo defenseman who hit him so hard that he once again tore his ACL. It appears that he will now be lost for the season. Add that to the #2 quarterback Caleb Ter Bush already lost for the season after being declared academically ineligible it will be a hard road ahead for the Boilers. Continue reading

Game Preview: Toledo at Purdue

Saturday the Toledo Rockets come to Ross-Ade Stadium to take on the Purdue Boilermakers. This is the second straight week that the Boilers will face an opponent from the MAC. After Saturday they get a week off so I have to find somewhere else to watch a game to start October. It is the first time in years that the Boilers have had a bye week during the season. It would be great to enter that bye week 3-1 before the start of Big Ten play. That would leave them just three wins shy of a bowl berth. I love going to warm places in the winter so hopefully the Boilers can get somewhere warm around the holidays. They fell one game short last season of a bowl, and two non-conference losses would have helped out big time. The Boilers must take care of business Saturday to keep their vacation plans on track. Continue reading

Purdue – Ball State Picture Gallery

I have some decent pictures from the past week that didn’t make it into yesterdays recap that I thought I would just post them today. Here are eleven that I thought I were pretty cool.

Above is one of the great things about college football. The band really adds to the gameday experience, and one of the great parts about gameday at Purdue is watching the drum majors take the field. Here drum major Aurie Swartz gets the day kicked off.

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Who Needs a Running Back?

Purdue 24 – Ball State 13

Yesterday the Boilers started the game with about half a running back. Ralph Bolden and Keith Carlos are out for most of the season. Al-Terek McBurse was ruled out of the game with a turf toe injury. Our favorite Dan Dierking was a game time decision because of bruised ribs. What that left was a few receivers who had to carry the load out of the backfield. This comes the week after All Big Ten receiver Keith Smith was lost for the year with a knee injury. Depth is definitely a concern right now for the Purdue skill players. True freshman O.J. Ross and sophomore Antavian Edision took the majority of snaps at running back. Ross who is shown above was the guy I thought would be an impact player with Keith Smith being out. He caught a 36 yard swing pass early in the game to give Purdue the early lead. Both players added some speed to the Purdue backfield. They seemed to be able to easily get the corner. Of course the defense knew that the inside run was probably not a possibility with these little guys in the backfield. To make matters worse quarterback Robert Marve was injured on a fourth and two play that added a little drama to the day. From what has come out so far Marve called the play on his own. He sat out much of the second half with a heavy ice wrap on his knee. Continue reading

Game Preview: Purdue v. Ball State

Well I really don’t know what to expect from the Boilers this week. Their defense seems to have some holes in it, and the offense has not really clicked just yet. Purdue should roll over a Ball State team like this one. I think the game will turn out much like last week’s. Danny Hope could have focused his players this week so that they are not embarrassed by the other team scoring first. I still don’t know how Western Illinois had the lead on the Boilers. This is the first of two straight games Purdue plays against MAC teams. When October rolls around we should have a pretty good idea of what the rest of the season will hold for the Boilers. Continue reading

Dierking Carries the Boilers to the Win

Things have been crazy since the weekend so I have not gotten around to posting the game recap from the Boilers win over the Western Illinois Leathernecks this past weekend. Another reason I probably have not written about the game yet is the fact that the Boilers only beat their 1AA opponent by ten. This does not bode well for the rest of the season.The highlight of the day had to be the performance of Dan Dierking. He ran for 102 yards and 2 touchdowns on the day. It was fun to see him finally getting some yardage. Of course he was also on special teams. He took his place on the kickoff team after one of his scores, and of course he made the tackle. I still think that the Dierking for Heisman shirts should be made. Continue reading

csd Flashback: The Game is Not Important

Nine years ago today the country was changed forever. I still remember exactly where I was when I found out that the towers had been hit. I literally could not move from in front of my television for the rest of the day. You spend the day hoping for the best, and feel for everyone involved when you find out the worst. In one day we suffered terribly, but we also found out that we have a lot of heroes living among us. Some of those heroes rushed into the towers when they knew they might not get back out. They also overtook the terrorists on a plane to save another possible tragedy. Other heroes  wento overseas to fight a war that we could not win. We learned that day that the real heroes are the everyday people that step up when the situation calls for it. Ten years ago we had a 9/11 every year. Ever since 9/11/2001 we will only really have one. The rest of them will always be days to remember that one. Continue reading

Game Preview: Purdue v. Western Illinois

Well this week’s preview might be a little short. Purdue is playing a 1AA school, and should roll them. If they don’t I imagine I will have a long game wrap with a few choice words. I expect to see a whole lot of Dan Dierking and Al Terek McBurse tomorrow on the field. With an advantage on the line, and a coach who wants to run the ball more tomorrow is the perfect day to run. McBurse is having a little trouble coming back from his knee injury, and the confidence he could gain tomorrow is well worth the risk. Western Illinois is nicknamed the Leathernecks, but I think the name is the only thing tough about them. Continue reading

Everybody Loves a Good Sale

Yesterday I was lucky enough to be in Detroit to see the White Sox beat the Tigers in ten innings. It was an up and down game that ended on an up luckily. Chris Sale pitched the last 2 2/3 innings to get his first ever career win. I was happy for the young man. After meeting him in Indy when the Charlotte Knights were in town I really started to like Chris. He was very down to earth for a man who suddenly had everything going his way. It was great to be at his first win. Omar Vizquel also reached a career milestone Monday. He set the record for most games played by a foreign born player. He passed Rafael Palmerio to place his name in the record books. I only mention this because Chris Sale was born four days before Omar played his first Major League game. I just thought that was a cool fact. Continue reading