A Sick Feeling

JaJuan Johnson leaves the court for the last time as a Boilermaker

As I was sitting stunned in my seat at the United Center tonight I was thinking about how things had come full circle. This season ended for me exactly how it started. I remember sitting in Ross-Ade Stadium when a friend sent me a text about Robbie Hummel tearing his ACL again. Once I confirmed it wasn’t a sick joke I had a feeling in my stomach like I had been punched in the gut. Late in this game I had the same feeling once you knew it was over. They showed Rob on the jumbotron crying, and I had that same sick feeling in my gut. Combine this with the terrible way the seniors went out in football, and things get even worse. We have seen some of the best to come through Purdue this past fall with Kerrigan, and now with JJ and Smooge. None of them went out the way they would have liked. Continue reading

Solid Play Beats Trash Talk

JJ wondering which move of his moves to use

I have had a couple great moments in the United Center. One of them is any time you hear the National Anthem during a Blackhawks game. Hearing it during a crazy standing room only crowd before a Red Wings game is awesome. Another great moment was watching Jordan drop 55 on the Bullets in 1997. It was game two of the playoffs, and the Bulls were not playing well. Michael just put them on his back to lead them to the victory. That was my first Bulls game so I picked a great one to attend. The best moment in the Madhouse though was watching the Sox clinch the World Series on the jumbotron. I wanted to experience the game as though I was there, and the party that ensued was great. Today was just another addition to that set of memories. Continue reading

Purdue Boilermakers NCAA Practice Gallery

I was lucky enough to be at the United Center today for the Boilers practice. Last year I saw them play three games in two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, but different things prevented me from seeing them practice. Since they were so close this time I thought that I would see what it was all about. I got to the United Center early so that I could watch some of the other teams as well. When Purdue was not on the floor the most exciting thing was watching the tourney games on the TV’s located on press row. Luckily they had a few games going at once so it was like I was at the coolest sports bar in the world. Continue reading

Notre Dame vs. Georgetown Photo Gallery

Here are the pictures from the Notre Dame game against Georgetown. Since you cannot take pictures during the game these are only from pregame, halftime, and during a few timeouts. This was the first of what I hope are many games I see this season with two ranked teams.

One of the Georgetown players dunks pregame

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Irish Start the Big East Season Off With a Big Win

Tim Abromaitis during the pregame intoductions

Last night I went to Notre Dame to watch the #15 Irish take on 9th ranked Georgetown. It was part of my four games in four days drive to end the year. For some reason I thought that Notre Dame would win the game. I even picked them this week in my weekly pick segment. The win was not because of the home crowd though. They only got going twice, and that was short lived each time. Games without the student sections are by far the worst. The students seem to generate 90% of the crowd noise. A big game like last night with the students would have been a great atmosphere. Instead people came in late like the Irish were playing Southest Missouri State. You are playing a top ten team…get to the game and get loud! Continue reading

Notre Dame vs. Indiana State Photo Gallery

Here are some of the pictures I took Tuesday night at Notre Dame

South Central High School Alumn Jake Kitchell with a layup during warmups

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Irish Topple Sycamores

Ben Hansbrough with an easy layup

Last night I went to South Bend for two reasons. The first was to finally see Scott Martin play basketball again. He had not been on the court in over two years. The second was to see a local kid, Jake Kitchell, who plays for Indiana State. Kitchell went to South Central High School which is just a few miles south of where I live. Kitchell is not currently playing for the Sycamores as a true freshman. I do not know if this is because of a redshirt situation, injury, or no place for him in the lineup. Continue reading

No Martin, No Problem

Ben Hansbrough can shoot the three ball

I had nothing to do last night. I let my brother have my ticket to the Purdue game against Alcorn State so I had a boring night ahead. Then I saw that Notre Dame was playing basketball ball, and decided to go and see how Scott Martin is doing. On my way to the ticket window I was asked if I just needed one by a group of three. I said yes, and they gave me a ticket to get in. This is the fourth straight time I have gotten into the Joyce Center for free. What makes it even better is that the seats were eight rows back at center court. The downside of being eight rows back and center court is that you don’t have a really good angle for pictures. Every shot seemed to have a head in it somewhere.  Continue reading

Scott Martin Done for the Season

Apparently Scott Martin tore his ACL during a preseason workout and will miss this upcoming season for the Notre Dame basketball team. Scott was projected to be a starter for the Irish so this hurts the team a little. I know a lot of Boiler fans probably were happy to hear this news, but I for one was not. Scott seemed like a good kid at Purdue who had all the potential in the world. I was looking forward to heading to Notre Dame to see him play again. I guess that I will just have to wait another season for that to happen. Martin already has watched the Irish from the bench all of last season after tranferring from Purdue. He will have one more season of that ahead of him. When he is healthy he should be something to watch.

Scott Martin To Notre Dame

Just yesterday I was talking to some people about Martin. I kept saying that he had better pick his school quick. Apparently he already had, and I missed it somehow. The LaPorte paper seems to be up on all things bad about the Boilermakers. I will cheer for Martin at Notre Dame, but I will always wonder what might have been at Purdue. He started really playing well at the end of the year. He would have been a good contributor this season. As it is he will have to sit out a year, then in 2009-2010 he will be playing for the Irish. Like I said I wish him luck, but also really wish he would have stayed put. It would be interesting if Purdue could renew its series with the Irish. That would be some good TV. Who am I kidding? I would be there in a heartbeat.