College Gameday Comes to Purdue

 

The Gameday bus outside of Mackey Arena. I knocked on the door to see if Bob Knight was in there, but nobody answered.

This morning I had one of the best times I have ever had in Mackey Arena, and here wasn’t even a game going on. The College Gameday crew was in town with one notable exception. Bobby Knight was not at the taping. He crowd saved it’s venom for Digger instead. I got there a little late, but I did get to see Digger hitting the big drum. He did do a good job of winning over the crowd. I especially enjoyed watching the taped segment where he tried to find a road to Lafayette. The Paint Crew was great as usual. They really did a great job with their signs and enthusiasm. I had such a great time that I thought I would post a photo gallery when I get back to my laptop. I saw some great signs today including one with a picture I took on it. Continue reading

College Basketball Game of the Week (Gameday Edition)

 

John Hart defending against Michigan State last year

Rece, Hubert, Digger, Bobby, and Jay all will be invading West Lafayette this weekend. This might just be the biggest game as far as atmosphere in this arena in a while. Fans will be up early watching the Gameday taping, and then have nothing else to do until the late tip. I imagine the alcohol will be flowing in that time frame. The crowd should be rocking by the time the game starts. I will be up bright and early making the two hour drive down to West Lafayette to see the taping of the show. I can’t wait to see how the fans treat Digger and Bobby. It is awesome that Mackey will be the focal point of the country this weekend. I have seen the football show in person a few times, but never the basketball version. I am generally excited for tomorrow. I don’t plan on sitting with the main crowd to be on TV. I want to be on the other side so that I can see it all go down. I am sure that I will have a few pictures. If I have time I will try and post them in between the show and the game. I am sure there will be quite a few good signs and sights to warrant a post just for the show.

Speaking of the show I have seen the short teasers for it. Do they have to dwell on Robbie getting injured? It has been months now since the injury. Is the “Worldwide leader” that far behind that this is still the leading news story from the game? How about a battle between teams for position in the Big Ten? How about a guy named E’Twaun Moore? Even more how about the guy that has been carrying them lately, JaJuan Johnson? No matter what I hope that they do at least some research to see that there are more last names rather than Johnson. Just get the names right guys. The other guys who have done games this year have really messed that up. The content of the show tomorrow should be interesting. Continue reading

The Rivalry Game For All the Marbles

A.J. Hawk last season at Lambeau

This Sunday my Packers take on the Bears for the NFC title. This is only the second time that the two teams have met in the postseason which is kind of hard to believe. I guess the teams have rarely been good at the same time. I still think that is the case this season. The Bears have had one of the easiest runs into the playoffs in recent memory. They did win convincingly last week, but it was at the expense of a team who would have been under .500 in any other conference. Continue reading

Penn State Photo Gallery

Here are some of the pictures from last nights game. As I said before I was a little slow getting the camera up so the two handed dunk by Barlow was blurry. I also would have loved to have had one of DJ Byrd flying through the lane on the put back dunk. Even though he missed the shot it was awesome to see. Enough about what I don’t have, here is what I did manage to get.

 

David Jackson getting a shot off in the first half

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Johnson Tames the Lions

 

Johnson battling down low

I might have finally recovered enough from last nights game to write about it. What a finish! I would probably preferred a blowout, but Purdue got the win in the end. During the game I was having flashbacks to last season. Purdue was on a two game losing streak when Ohio State came into town. They had a fourteen point lead against the Buckeyes, and they ended up losing the game. Last night Purdue was on a two game losing streak, and they had a fourteen point lead. As the game got tighter I kept thinking of last years game. The one good thing if there is one about this year’s losing streak is that one of the losses was out of conference. Continue reading

Boilers Win Heavyweight Matchup with Northwestern

I missed most of the first half Sunday of the game at Mackey between Purdue and Northwestern. I got to the game in time to see the last few minutes of the first half. I had been listening to the game on the radio so I felt that I had a fairly good idea of what was going on. What I didn’t gather from the radio though was how physical the game really was. On the broadcaster Jane Schott was having some fun at the expense of center Amy Jaeschke. For a player that plays as physical as she does I guess she was having some trouble with her knee. By the time I got to the game I did not really see any of that. Jaeschke was really playing a rough game under the basket. Continue reading

College Basketball Game of the Week (Week 10 Edition)

Last week I really didn’t do what I wanted to. The weather was so bad Saturday that I did not go to the Notre Dame game. I had trouble seeing just driving slow down my road so I turned around. I did however make it out the next day for the trip that is twice as long to West Lafayette. The roads were a little better, but it was going to take a lot more than that little bit of snow to stop me. I had contemplated making the trip to Madison to watch the lady Boilers, or just a little further to see the men take on Minnesota this week. In the end I just decided to stay home. The way both games turned out I am glad that I did. Continue reading

Ashley Wilson Lost for Season

Ashley Wilson with a basket last Thursday against Michigan

Lately at Purdue when you hear those words you assume that a knee was involved. This time it was grades that took a player off the court. The loss is big for Purdue. After missing the start of the season Ashley has really been playing well lately. Her rebounding and toughness will be hard for the Boilers to replace. This is a tough loss that really should not have happened. Continue reading