Tonight I was at the first game of the season for the Purdue Men’s team. Well sort of the first game. The game was an exhibition, but you would not have known it from the way the crowd was rocking at the beginning. The final margin was not as wide as I thought it would be. Purdue won 94-62, but I think they could have scored much more. They also gave the Moccasins way too many second chance baskets. They were out rebounded badly by a small school. Highights from the game included seeing LewJack and Ryne Smith for the first time. Neither of them disappointed. LewJack was all over the court, and made some great passes. Smith looked like he would never miss from three. Just when you thought he was just a three point shooter he took it to the hole with ease. The other players all looked good. It was good to see them playing with that intensity that I remember. These guys give it everything that they have all of the time out on the floor. If they let up at all Painter takes them out for a breather, and someone else gets in the game. This could be a real fun year. The old guys look great, and the new guys look to give us even more depth off of the bench. Strap in for a fun ride.
One interesting fact from the game was that although we were playing Florida Southern, they had just as many players from Indiana on the team as Florida players (four). Some of that may be due to the fact that their coach played basketball at Purdue.
This is a hard game to call. Michigan is down. Way down. We should be able to mop the floor with these guys. The only problem with that is the fact that we are way down as well. Michigan is getting beat, but at least they are scoring points. We are not scoring. Maybe the Michigan defense is what we need to get better. We just need to score to win. The defense is playing alright. They are not dominating, but they are getting the job done. Last week we managed to put six points on the board. Granted we had a quarterback that did not know the offense all that well at the helm. That is no excuse for scoring six points or less in three of the last four weeks. Painter is still a question mark as of this writing. Does that really matter though. In my opinion he is a Matt C. Matt was a kid who was the star in fifth grade at my school. He was 5’7″ at that time, and towered over the rest of us. He never grew another inch, and was passed by quickly. Painter came in with talent, and if he could grow just a little he would be great. He never has really gotten any better than he was in 2005 when he took over for Kirsch. He seems like a good guy, and I wish him nothing but the best. If he is healthy I would love nothing more than to see him lead us to four straight wins. His health is the question though. After last Saturday’s game Coach Tiller questioned why he didn’t want to play in the second half. He said that most people would have played through the pain. Siller was alright at quarterback, but he did not have all the plays under his belt. He also did not look too comfortable running the offense. He did however show some great playmaking ability. If he can build on that…damn…it is starting all over again. Painter took over for Kirsch at homecoming in 2005. Maybe this is where he loses his spot.
My Prediction: Purdue 12 – Michigan 20
I can explain this score a little better here. Purdue has not been very good at scoring touchdowns so four field goals is a very likely scenario. They also have been missing PAT’s, so this is likely as well. They will be without an experienced quarterback against a team with some highly regarded players. They have not played up to expectations, but have been playing better lately. I gave Michigan 20 because of the fact that we have been holding teams down lately. Just to the point that we think that we can still win this thing, but then we just continue to shoot ourselves in the foot.
Last week I did alright with won – loss, but was way off on the scores. Maybe I can redeem myself this week. Here are my other predictions for this week in the Big Ten:
Last week 4-1 (4-2 in 2008)
Central Michigan 31 – Indiana 21
Michigan State 38 – Wisconsin 21
Minnesota 23 – Northwestern 17
Iowa 35 – Illinois 10
Bonus Pick: LaPorte 28 – South Bend Adams 27
Tomorrow night the Boilers hit the court for the first game of the year. It does not count, but the Boilermakers will be facing someone other than themselves for the first time this year. In these types of games all you really want to do is build on what you have done in practice, and come out of the game with no injuries. This should be a high flying adventure for a while, then we will get to clear the bench. Bobby Buckets should get some real playing time tomorrow night. I am very excited to see the returning players as well as some of the newcomers. This game should help me see them all in one night.
Normally I don’t preview each basketball game of the year. This is the first one though so I thought that I would get off on the right foot. I may do a few this season. I thought that I can get my win percentage up during the exhibition season. I will have a little better season preview right before the first real basketball game.
My prediction: Purdue 103 – Florida Southern 46
Just before this game they will be playing a volleyball game. I may have to go and check that out. I have never been to a college game, and the Ohio State matchup might be a good one to start on. The following night the Boilers play Michigan after the football team plays them. I will be at one of these if not both. I have seen that volleyball can be fun to watch. I will try not to make a habit out of it though.
I guess that the Sox just signed Jayson Nix to a contract. Here is what I have been able to find out about him so far. I never had heard of Nix before so I had to do some digging. It turns out Nix was the starting second basemen for the Rockies at the start of the season. He lost his job, and was then sent down to Triple A where he played well. He went overseas to be a part of the Olympic team. He hit a home run against Cuba, but in the eleventh inning of that game fouled a ball off of his right eye. He had to leave the game, and did not play again in Beijing. He is not projected to be an everyday second baseman, so where does that leave him? From the little I have seen online that would mean the end of Juan Uribe in Chicago. Of course we thought that last off season as well. In the past couple of days I have heard some other interesting info about the Sox. They made it official that they would not pick up the option on Griffey’s contract. That was pretty much a given. The interesting thing that I heard again is the talk of the Chone Figgins for Paul Konerko deal again. I love Pauly, but I think that game #163 last year was the last time that I will see him in a Sox uniform. He does have a no trade clause, so he can always Nix the trade. See what I did there?
Just a few years ago I was sitting in the United Center watching the White Sox play game four of the World Series. When Juan Uribe caught the ground ball and rifled the ball to first I lost control. I yelled like a ten year old girl for a few seconds. Here for the first time seen by anyone but myself is the video that I took that night. It starts just before Juan dives into the stands, and ends when I am shaking so bad I had to put the camera down. I am not a man who cries. At my grandparents funerals I never cried. Is it wrong then that I get choked up every time I watch this video? I think priorities are in the wrong place. That night is still a special night for me. It was amazing how every one came together. Just after the out you can see me high five a mother and child who I befriended that night. I think that I said something about getting a high five, but what comes out is gibberish. A kid who grew up across the street from me with no sports ambitions whatsoever, and ended up moving over an hour away was sitting just in front of me. My team ended a long drought to win the World Series. I hope I can feel this way again sometime.
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