College Basketball Game of the Week (Week 6 Edition)

This week could have had a huge dilemma for the game of the week. With the Boilermaker Blockbuster that could have been the games of the week. I have¬† party to attend though so I can’t head down to Indy. Since I have to attend the game of the week I guess that this week’s game has to be the men against IPFW on Tuesday. Former Indiana player Dane Fife brings his Mastodons into Mackey to face the Boilers. Very shortly the non-conference games will be over, and each game will have a little more meaning. After some great matchups it has gotten a little stale. In just over a week the Big Ten season will start, and the pregame notes will get a little more serious. For now let’s just get to the picks. Continue reading

A Tribute to Bob Feller

 

Bob Feller signing a baseball for me in 2005

Bob Feller was one of the true greats of the game of baseball. He started off in humble beginnings throwing a baseball at the side of his barn in Van Meter, Iowa. From that farm upbringing he came to have one of the best arms ever in baseball. He was clocked at over 100 mph several times with one unofficial reading of 107.6. I think the last one may be inflated, but he was fast. He had many nicknames, but ‘Rapid Robert’ may be the one that has persevered more than any other over the years. He was signed at 17 for one dollar and an autographed baseball. He never played a day in the minors, and played all eighteen of his Major League seasons with the Indians. He pitched an opening day no-hitter against the White Sox in 1940. I had him inscribe that feat on the ball in the above picture. He is still the only player ever to throw a no-hitter on opening day. That kind of sets the bar high for the rest of the season. That was one of three no-hitters that Bob threw in his career. Continue reading

College Football Wrap (Week 9 Edition)

This week is busy with a basketball game thrown into the mix so this wrap will be short. I will just talk a little about my picks from last week, and then move on to other things. I have already covered the Purdue game enough. No more really needs to be said about that. The first game that shocked me was the Michigan State game at Iowa. Continue reading

College Football Weekly Wrap (Week 8 Edition)

Once again I am back to offer up some thoughts on the games that I did not see in person last week. Through the magic of DVR I was able to watch a few games from around the country. As usual here are my thoughts on the week that was:

Game Notes: #1 Grand Valley State @ Ferris State

McMahon to Shuford

Have you ever noticed that their are a lot of schools in Michigan that end in State? Grand Valley State takes on another state from their own state this weekend when they travel to Big Rapids to play the Ferris State Bulldogs. Before last weekend this was shaping up to be a huge game. Both teams were undefeated in the GLIAC North. The Bulldogs lost to Northern Michigan in the dome 22-20 though to take some of the luster off of the game. With about four minutes left in the game Northern Michigan kicked a field goal that gave Ferris their first loss in the GLIAC this season. As it is though if Ferris State wins they can still pull back even in the standings. This game is the season right now for Ferris State. This will be my first trip to Top Taggert Field. At one point in my life I almost attended Ferris State for all the wrong reasons, so this will be a cool trip to see the campus a little. In conjunction with the football game Saturday I will also be at the Ferris State hockey game that night against Ohio State (Another State team). I figured that I sold my Ohio State football tickets for Saturday against Purdue so I should at least see part of the Ohio State game and boo the hockey team. I will be against the Bulldogs in the afternoon, but I hope they can pull off the win at night.  Continue reading

College Football Weekly Wrap Up (Week 7 Edition)

John Clay on the move

I decided to put a picture of John Clay at the head of the post because for me as a Big Ten fan that was arguably the game of the week, and he was the player of that game. Continue reading

Wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

A panoramic of the fans storming the court at Mackey

The final score from the court

Moore driving the lane

I think that is all that I can put in a title before it becomes too big. Today was a great game at Mackey Arena. The Badgers of Wisconsin came in ranked #11 and cocky as hell just like always. This was probably the biggest game on this campus since 2004 when the Badger football team came in here and handed our football team a loss that has sent the program into a tailspin. Today we exercised some of those demons. We won 60-56 on the backs of our young players. E’Twaun Moore scored 16 points to lead the Boilermakers. He gets my player of the game, and the picture above. He made some key shots throughout the game. Robbie Hummel had another big game. He may not always show it on the boxscore, but he impacts the game by his defense and his hustle. The last three weeks have been progressively better games. Every one has topped the last one as the best game I have seen in Mackey. The crowd was so loud today that my ears were ringing. I loved every minute of it. I watched the replay of the game down here, and the TV does not do it justice. This is a young team, and hopefully the first of many big wins on this floor.
The win was especially sweet today because of the hard times that the program has been through lately. The fans stormed the court for the first time since 1992. I came from my old mans section to get down on the floor. I figured when else am I going to be able to do this? I wanted a picture of the scoreboard from the floor level. I put that picture up above as well. I had so many good pictures today that I couldn’t just pick one to put up top. I also put one up that I made of the fans storming the court. I tried to make a panoramic of the historic rush. It is pretty good, but you can see some ghost students on it.
Purdue is now tied for second place in the Big Ten, and will play Iowa on Wednesday. I was thinking before the game about how far I have come along since my high school days. Before the game I was actually happy to see that IU lost. The transformation is almost complete. I have to get back down here for that to see the school I graduated from play the pro team of the state that I used to live in. I want to see us crush Iowa. Boiler Up!