LaPorte Slicers 28 – Elkhart Blue Blazers 14

The Slicers ran the ball well enough to chew up clock as well as the Blazer defense tonight. On a wet night at Kiwanis field the Slicers kept the ball on the ground most of the game dominating the team from Elkhart. Airrence Shark furthered his legacy at LaPorte running for over one hundred yards yet again. Once again the defense looked sharp, controlling the line of scrimmage.

Next week the Slicers will travel to Penn for the sectional championship. Penn beat South Bend Clay 34-13 to advance.

Game Preview: LaPorte Slicers 7-3 v. Elkhart Central Blazers 6-4

These two teams met back on August 25th with the Slicers winning easily 42 – 13 . The Blazers have improved since that first game, and may be a more formidable challenge tonight. The Slicers came out last week fired up, and went into the locker room at halftime up 35 – 0. They did not allow a first down during the entire first half. The Slicers need to come out with that same intensity that they did last week to put the game away early. With a win the Slicers would play either Penn or Clay for the sectional title.

My Prediction: LaPorte 35 – Elkhart Central 21

Game Preview: Purdue Boilermakers 5-3 (2-2) v. the Penn State Nittany Lions 5-3 (3-2)

This year the Boilers have had a rough time with opponents that are favored to beat them. Notre Dame, Iowa, and Wisconsin all beat them handily. This week Purdue must keep up the same effort on defense and hope that the offense can click. Last week it looked like the quarterback and the receivers were having communication problems. The Boilers ran the same out route three times in a row to two different receivers with the ball falling incomplete all three times. If the offense can play like we saw them against Notre Dame and Northwestern this game is Purdue’s to lose. Saying that I think this will be a close game. Penn State is a good team that has lost to Michigan, Ohio State, and Notre Dame. All of those teams are in the top ten. With the quarterback situation up in the air for Penn State, and the home field advantage I think Purdue will squeak by with the win.


My Prediction: Purdue 31 – Penn State 28

Flashback: The only two previous times that I have seen Penn State play they were ranked #2 in the country. The first time was in 1994 at Indiana. The Nittany Lions came in and barely beat the Hoosiers 35 – 29. The close game against the hapless Hoosiers cost them a shot at the National Title at the end of the year. The second time that I saw them was in West Lafayette during the 1999 season. Purdue was ranked 16th playing the 2nd ranked team in the nation, and lost 31 – 25. 21 of Penn State’s points came courtesy of three Purdue turnovers. Lavar Arrington sacked Brees, and his fumble was returned for one of Penn State’s scores. Purdue had 4 shots at the end zone in the final minute, but all of the Brees passes fell incomplete.



That date will forever be etched in my mind. One year ago today the White Sox clinched their first World Series since 1917. I was at the viewing party at the United Center in Chicago for the event. The entire second deck was filled up to watch the Sox on the big screen. Juan Uribe made probably the two biggest plays of his life to clinch the game for the Sox. The first was with one out in the ninth he dove into the stands at full speed to make the second out. He then made a great fielding play and throw to Paul Konerko to clinch it. Watching the video of those last two plays still brings a chill to my spine. Jermaine Dye grabbed the World Series MVP, and his game winning RBI single probably did not hurt his cause. What a great day to be a Sox fan! Two days later I spent the day with about two million other Sox fans in downtown Chicago celebrating.

#21 Wisconsin 24 – Purdue 3

The Boilers lost their 11th straight game against a ranked opponent yesterday. They were given chances to win throughout the game, but could not capitalize on them. The Boilers charged out of the gate in all black uniforms to an excited crowd, but their play took the crowd down a notch by the second quarter. P.J. Hill ran for 161 yards and 2 touchdowns for Wisconsin. The Boiler defense did a decent job of slowing down the Badgers offense, but could not get any support from their own offense. The Boilers got inside the 30 on numerous occasions, and could not capitalize. Watching the game from the stands it seemed like Painter and his receivers were not on the same page. A lot of routes were not run to completion, or in the wrong place. The Boilers will need to work on this before Penn State comes to town next week. This was a very hard game to watch from the stands. Purdue could not take advantage of the chances they were given, and the Wisconsin fans showed their true form again this time.

LaPorte Slicers 51 – Mishawaka Cavemen 21

The Slicers beat Mishawaka easily tonight at Kiwanis Field. The Slicers set the tone early when Airrence Shark ripped off a 67 yard run for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage. The Slicers kept scoring, taking a 35 – 0 lead into the halftime break. The defense did not give Mishawaka a first down in the first half, and except for a short time after the break played well. Mishawaka came out of the break pumped up, and we looked flat. They scored 21 points on us, but the Slicers could not be stopped on offense. With the outcome decided at the end of the game, the players started getting chippy. One of the Cavemen had to be dragged off the field by a coach after committing a personal foul. After swinging at the coach, the player was thrown to the ground, and drug off the field by his pads. The Slicers will face Elkhart Central next week at Kiwanis Field.

Game Preview: #15 LaPorte Slicers (6-3) vs. Mishawaka Cavemen (5-4)

The second season begins tommorrow night at Kiwanis Field when the Slicers play host to the Cavemen. The Slicers are coming off of a bad loss to the Portage Indians last week 24 – 7. Mishawaka won 20 -14 at 4A South Bend Washington last week. The one opponent that we shared this season was Elkhart Central. Mishawaka beat them 34 – 7 in week 4. LaPorte beat them 42 – 13 in week two. We look fairly even against a common opponent. We must play like we did in the second half against Portage to advance in this sectional. A Mishawaka team knocked the Slicers out of the sectionals in 1993 and 1995. Let’s hope we can turn the tide in 2006.

My Prediction Slicers 28 – Cavemen 17

Purdue v. Wisconsin: The Game Before the Game

I am bringing this back this week because the score was closer than my prediction. Once again I have upped the difficulty to see if I can simulate the game that will be played.

1st Quarter: Curtis Painter was hurt on the first drive of the game, and had to be replaced by Joey Elliot. Painter pitched the ball late on an option play, and suffered a torn pectoral when tackled. The Boilermakers went for it on 4th and 2 on the 2 during that drive and did not make it giving the ball up on downs. The Badgers were forced to punt as the quarter expired. Purdue 0 – Wisconsin 0

2nd Quarter: The Boilers had the ball to start the quarter and drove down the field easily only to be stopped again. They settled for a 22 yard field goal by Chris Summers to take a three point lead. After a Badger punt the Boilers drove down the field easily again, but had to settle for a Summers 32 yard field goal. With a minute to go in the first half the Badgers scored a touchdown on a 63 yard pass play. The PAT made the score 7 – 6 in favor of Wisconsin. The Boilers went right down the field and scored a touchdown after big plays by Selwyn Lymon and a 28 yard catch by Jake Standeford. The extra point attempt was good making the score 13 – 7. Dan Bick’s interception with 20 seconds left in the half gave the Boilers the ball at the 29 yard line. A 47 yard field goal by Summers ended the half. Purdue 16 – Wisconsin 7

3rd Quarter: The Boilers scored on the first drive of the second half when Elliot hit Lymon for a 57 yard score. After a three and out for the Badgers Royce Adams gave the Boilers great field position with a 44 yard punt return. Two plays later Standeford had touchdown catch number two on a 33 yard pass play. Purdue 30 – Wisconsin 7

4th Quarter: The Badgers converted a 4th and 8 on the Purdue 39 to start the fourth quarter. This drive had already been extended because of a pass interference penalty on Lane. The drive ended when Lane returned an interception 71 yards for a touchdown to put the Boilers up 37 – 7. Both teams then traded punts giving Wisconsin the ball with about a minute remaining. They ran out of time to score with the ball on the eight as time expired. Purdue 37 – Wisconsin 7

Last weeks game was pretty close to the final score. I don’t think that this one will be. I don’t think that Purdue will be this stingy on defense, or score this many points. The one thing that I did see that could be realistic is that the first man rarely took P.J. Hill down. The leading tackler for the Boilers was the safety Scott with ten. That shows how much they were in the secondary. Joey Elliot was named the player of the game after coming in for Painter. He finished the day going 13 – 24 for 319 yards and three touchdowns. Selwyn Lymon had a big day receiving as well catching 7 balls for 170 yards and a touchdown. Standeford also had two touchdowns. Minton for the Badgers caught 3 passes for 104 yards and the lone touchdown of the day. Hill carried the ball 23 times for 90 yards. I hope that this is how the game would turn out, but it is highly unlikely.

Game Preview: Purdue 5-2 (2-1) v. #21 Wisconsin 6-1 (3-1)

This week the Boilers welcome the 3rd top 25 team they have played in the past four weeks into Ross-Aide Stadium on Saturday. The Boilermakers are coming off of a 31-10 win at Northwestern, and the Badgers are coming off of a 48-12 shellacking of Minnesota. Wisconsin’s last three games against Indiana, Northwestern, and Minnesota have all been laugher’s. They have outscored their opponents 141 – 38 in those games. Purdue on the other hand looked good last week against a terrible Northwestern team. They have lost the last ten games against ranked oponents, so they had better come ready to play early to avoid making it number 11. Wisconsin has a good quarterback in John Stocco who seems to have been there forever. Behind him is redshirt freshman running back P.J. Hill who has already passed the 1,000 yard mark this season. He is averaging almost 145 yards per game rushing. The Boiler defense had better get ready for the run this week. Cliff Avril has improved against the run since switching to end, but this week will test him. The Boilers win against Northwestern produced a lot of heroes. Curtis Painter was named Co – Offensive player of the week in the Big Ten for his game against the Wildcats. His 431 yards passing ranks 10th all time for Purdue single game passing. Anthony Spencer was named to the Lott Award watch list after another great game against Northwestern. The Lott Award is given to an individual on defense who makes the biggest impact. The Boilers face one of the biggest tests of the year so far this week. Let’s hope they come out ready to play.

The only game that I have seen in this series was back in 1999 when I was a student at Purdue. Ron Dayne was in the midst of his Heisman Trophy run, and ended up running for 222 yards against us as Wisconsin won 28 – 21. That game got him past Tony Dorsett for the second most rushing yards ever. He was only 98 back of Ricky Williams year old record which he got the next game. We had a fan in the student section wearing a Dayne jersey and cheering loudly only when he felt his team was going to win (very quiet the majority of the game). He took a mysterious fall at the end of the game and went down a couple of rows. The search continues for the gorilla that escaped from the zoo to send this young man down. The Boilers came into the game ranked #17 and the Badgers were ranked #10. Drew Brees threw for 350 yards with one touchdown, and also ran for 85 yards with two touchdowns. He threw two picks, the last one returned by Jamal Fletcher to clinch the victory for the Badgers. Dorsch missed three field goals that would have been the difference in the game. The game remembered by most Boilers is the 2004 game that saw national attention come to West Lafayette. Cold Pizza was there during the week, as well as the only appearance by College Gameday at Purdue. Purdue could have won that game, but a fumble by Kyle Orton at the end sealed the game. This is the Badgers first trip back since that game.

The prediction segment has not been going so good this year. This week I think the Boilers will lose 28 – 17. I don’t think the defense can stop the run, and they will contain us. I hope this is wrong, but I think it is right.

Purdue 31 – Northwestern 10

Northwestern scored the first seven points, but the game was all Purdue after that. Curtis Painter threw 49 times completing 35 of them for 431 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also rushed for a touchdown. Greg Orton caught 13 passes for 144 yards. Most of those catches came on the last drive of the 1st half. Painter and Orton ran the sideline drill to perfection to get a field goal to go into the locker room up 17 – 10.
The defense looked much improved today. Anthony Spencer was in the Wildcat backfield all afternoon. The lowlight of the day for Northwestern would have to be the back to back delay of game penalties that changed a 42 yard field goal attempt into a punt. Most of the Wildcat faithful felt like this was a good time to go home. We looked physical, and stopped the Wildcats for the most part except for two big plays. The question is did our defense improve that much, or is Northwestern’s offense that bad? We will find out next week when Wisconsin who is ranked #25 in this weeks poll comes to town. My prediction was off a bit. I thought it would be an offensive slugfest. The very first game before the game was actually closer than my prediction. The best part of the game was as I was leaving the staff was handing out Schick razors. After a tough loss you do not expect to hear the phrase ‘free razors’ as you are leaving. I thought they were just helping the die hard fans out.