Some thoughts on the Manti Te’o debacle.

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This has been a week of sports stars facing reality. To start the week I saw baseball’s hit king look terrible on his reality show. He is once again trying to come clean about betting on baseball. Of course everyone knows about Lance Armstrong’s interview with the great and powerful Oprah that airs tonight. He finally will admit what everyone already knows. It seems as if everyone comes clean and stories break when the facts are already out there in some form. That is what made this news yesterday out of South Bend so powerful. The great story of the college football season was a sham. Manti Te’o became a media darling and Heisman Trophy runner up partly because of the story of his grandmother and girlfriend dying within hours of each other. Manti took the field a couple of days later, and had a great…

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Purdue vs. Penn State Photo Gallery

Today I went to the Purdue game against Penn State. It was an early game, and a panoramic shot of stadium like I had against Ohio State would not have looked very good. The crowd was very late arriving to say the least. The Purdue team seemed to wait until the crowd showed up to start playing as well. They toyed with Penn State for a while before putting them away late. I went to the game with some friends so I really did not take many pictures today. Here are a few that I took during the game though. I moved down to the lower bowl during the second half so you will see my perspective change a bit.

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AJ Hammons was a force on both of the floor today

Anthony Johnson always looks sinister when playing hard. Here he fights for a ball with a much taller athlete

Anthony Johnson always looks sinister when playing hard. Here he fights for a ball with a much taller athlete

Jermaine Marshall gets a bucket early in the game

Jermaine Marshall gets a bucket early in the game

Donnie Hale going up to block Ross Travis

Donnie Hale going up to block Ross Travis

Terone Johnson getting fouled on his way to the hoop

Terone Johnson getting fouled on his way to the hoop by Ross Travis

Travis Carroll with a put back after a rebound

Travis Carroll with a put back after a rebound

Ronnie Johnson has been playing much better of late. Here he scoops the ball in for two more

Ronnie Johnson has been playing much better of late. Here he scoops the ball in for two more

The Paint Crew letting the crowd know what they think of IU

The Paint Crew letting the crowd know what they think of IU

When AJ Hammons touches the ball he is starting to see more defenders

When AJ Hammons touches the ball he is starting to see more defenders

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Ross Travis going up against AJ Hammons

Ross Travis going up against AJ Hammons

Ross Travis going up against AJ Hammons

Ronnie Johnson with another drive to the hoop

Ronnie Johnson with another drive to the hoop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purdue vs. #15 Ohio State Photo Gallery

Purdue got off to a terrible start last night, and struggled to close the gap all night. The crowd was ready to erupt several times, but something always stopped the Boilers run. I did not take too many pictures last night, but here are some of my favorites. By the way the t-shirt idea by the athletic department was a great one, and it looked great. That is why two pictures from the opening moments show up right away.

The colors in the stadium stand out during the National Anthem

The colors in the stadium stand out during the National Anthem

The stadium is shown off again here just before the tip

The stadium is shown off again here just before the tip

Ronnie Johnson battles Aaron Craft for the ball early in the game

Ronnie Johnson battles Aaron Craft for the ball early in the game

Shannon Scott works to get a shot off over A.J. Hammons

Shannon Scott works to get a shot off over A.J. Hammons

Deshaun Thomas was a beast last night for Ohio State

Deshaun Thomas was a beast last night for Ohio State

Sometimes I felt just like Matt Painter

Sometimes I felt just like Matt Painter

Ronnie Johnson had a pretty good game last night. Here he scores two more of his points

Ronnie Johnson had a pretty good game last night. Here he scores two more of his points

Shannon Scott with a very challenged shot attempt

Shannon Scott with a very challenged shot attempt

DJ Byrd tries to get a shot off against Deshaun Thomas

DJ Byrd tries to get a shot off against Deshaun Thomas

Deshaun Thomas shoots into the bee

Deshaun Thomas shoots into the bee

I thought this big reversal of a call towards Purdue could have been big, but things just did not work out

I thought this big reversal of a call towards Purdue could have been big, but things just did not work out

Terone Johnson goes up for the layup. A strobe went off at this time blowing out my shot. I thought that I would try and bring back some details in it.

Terone Johnson goes up for the layup. A strobe went off at this time blowing out my shot. I thought that I would try and bring back some details in it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purdue vs. #11 Illinois Photo Gallery

Here are some of my favorite shots from tonights game in Mackey Arena. This was a great game to be at, and I hope that I captured at least some of that here.

The opening tip

The opening tip

Brandon Paul hitting the three to set up a four point play

Brandon Paul hitting the three to set up a four point play

 

Brandon Paul completing a four point play

Brandon Paul completing a four point play

Tracy Abrams with a layup

Tracy Abrams with a layup

DJ Richardson driving on Travis Carroll

DJ Richardson driving on Travis Carroll

Brandon Paul going in against Travis Carroll

Brandon Paul going in against Travis Carroll

Terone Johnson looking for room to drive

Terone Johnson looking for room to drive

Terone Johnson passing to Jacob Lawson to complete  a great defensive play

Terone Johnson passing to Jacob Lawson to complete a great defensive play

Jacob Lawson throwing it down to finish the great play

Jacob Lawson throwing it down to finish the great play

Rapheal Davis with a drive to the hoop

Rapheal Davis with a drive to the hoop

Terone Johnson with a layup

Terone Johnson with a layup

Terone Johnson putting the ball on the glass

Terone Johnson putting the ball on the glass

Dj Byrd cans a three in the second half

Dj Byrd cans a three in the second half

Terone Johnson getting helped up after getting fouled

Terone Johnson getting helped up after getting fouled

The start of Terone Johnson's floater

The start of Terone Johnson’s floater

The finish of Terone's sweet floater

The finish of Terone’s sweet floater

DJ Byrd getting an and one after a great inbounds play

DJ Byrd getting an and one after a great inbounds play

Terone Johnson congratulates DJ Byrd after a great three point play

Terone Johnson congratulates DJ Byrd after a great three point play

Jacob Lawson hitting some free throws to seal the game

Jacob Lawson hitting some free throws to seal the game

DJ Byrd and his father celebrating the win

DJ Byrd and his father celebrating the win

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purdue Shuts Down the Illini

 

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Tonight I saw a great game in Mackey Arena. Purdue was not given a shot by many to win this Big Ten Opener against #11 Illinois. When I left home tonight I did so with the intention of being home a little early. When I sat in my seat at Mackey though I started to get that feeling. I have had those before so I quickly Tweeted my gut feeling that we were going to win. I was certain of it. As we kept hanging with Illinois the feeling started to grow a bit. There were moments of doubt, but Terone Johnson and DJ Byrd erased all doubt in the end. This is what you want to see. Two upperclassmen turning it on when the team needs them. Terone had a great game overall finishing with 25 points, and DJ  had some great plays down the stretch to seal the deal. That timeout sliding on the knees to keep the ball in Purdue’s possession was huge. The three point play he got on the next inbounds was even bigger. This was a great game that I am glad that I was able to see in person. To all of those who missed it tonight shame on you. I will have a photo gallery up later tonight after I get them all downloaded. In the meantime Boiler Up!