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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Purdue vs. Penn State Photo Gallery

Today the Purdue Football team lost it’s fifth game in a row. Four of those games have not even been close, and things are not looking up for the team. It is hard to be optimistic when you are getting crushed on both sides of the ball. After last week’s game I had a bad feeling that things were going to be hard for Danny Hope from here on out. Unless he wins out, and wins the bowl game I think that a change will be made. I really like the guy, but I think the lack of butts in the seats and wins on the scoreboard will spell the end of this era of Purdue football. That being said I will be rooting for the Boilers to win out. Here are some pictures that I liked from the game today.

Purdue came out firing today with a great entrance. This may have been the highlight of the game

 

Akeem Shavers loses the ball early in the game

Allen Robinson makes an acrobatic catch in front of Ricardo Allen

Zach Zwinak had a big day running for Penn State. No dancing here, just north and south running

Robert Marve started his first Big Ten game ever today. Fans got what they have been clamoring for, but the results didn’t follow

Teammates celebrate with Ricardo Allen after a sack late in the game

Gary Bush tries to find some room after catching a screen pass

Akeem Hunt knows that you are never to busy to play cowboys and indians

The band performed a tribute to Neil Armstrong at the half today

Zach Zwinak running the ball again

 

 

Robert Marve pays the price for a throw late in the game

Zach Zwinak with a lot of room to run again

Today’s game was disheartening for sure. The fun near the end was joking about the potential comeback. Then thanks to a trick play the team was able to score a touchdown as time expired. You know things are bad when you are having that much fun during a game in which the team just gets clobbered. Purdue will play for the Bucket on November 24th in Ross Ade. That will be the last time that we will see the Boilers at home this season. Time will tell if that game will mean anything for either team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Will The Skid End Today?

A big hole opens up for PSU in 2008

I have pretty much quit writing any kind of analysis on here. The way I see it there are too many Purdue blogs out there, and what can I say that already hasn’t been said and repeated by the other blogs. I just didn’t see the need to add to that list. Before the Ohio State game I almost started writing again to predict the win. For most of that game I was upset that I didn’t finish my thoughts. Today as the sleet is coming down a few hours before game time I thought that I would put some thoughts down on what has happened. Like many Boiler fans I am not happy with how things have turned out so far this season. Before it even started I had these fantasies of playing in Pasadena. It was a longshot, but with the best Purdue team under Hope and a seemingly greased path it just required a good game in Indy to get there. The way we played against a very good Notre Dame squad on their field just added to my optimism. The last four weeks have seen that pipe dream come crashing down. This season for Purdue has now turned into a survival game instead of the glory that was once promised. They must win out from here to have a better season by record than last year. They must also at least get to six games I think for the head coach to feel safe.

I really like Danny Hope. I have attended his radio show a few times, and he really seems like a good guy. I have wished for nothing but success for him. Ever since the hire their has been a faction of Purdue fans who have nitpicked the hire and the man. Every small detail of a game is scrutinized to find fault. You can do that with every coach, but some have had it out for Danny. The last four games have now made that number even larger. I really want to see a streak here to see what Danny can do to build something here at Purdue. A coaching change now just seems silly as it will just set us back again.

I am the type of fan that expects a win every game. Am I entitled? No. I just always have the optimism that we will win. Sometimes that is rewarded as it was in 2009 when we shocked the country. Other times it makes the loss a little tougher to take as the Michigan and Wisconsin games were for me. I will be sitting in Ross Ade today no matter what the weather to watch this team win. If ever a team should come out with a chip on their shoulder it should be today. A couple of seasons ago I posted a game thread that started with the phrase someone needs to get punched in the mouth. It was about the mentality of coming out strong to knock your opponent down early. We have had some great drives to start the game lately, but our D has let them right back in the games. We need to come out firing on both sides of the ball, and the W flag can fly again.

That is the end of my free flow rant, and the writing on here for a while. On the right hand side of the blog I have linked to various Purdue sites that I visit and recommend. There are probably 30 more by now, but these are the blogs that I have come to trust. They can give you the fans point of view. I will try and get some decent pictures today to continue the trend this season of a photo gallery after the game. Today feels like a Braveheart moment for me. This season is standing in front of a huge army, and the next battle will go a long way in determine how the war will turn out. Today is do or die, and I hope more than the expected crowd shows up to support this team.

Penn State Photo Gallery

Here are some of the pictures from last nights game. As I said before I was a little slow getting the camera up so the two handed dunk by Barlow was blurry. I also would have loved to have had one of DJ Byrd flying through the lane on the put back dunk. Even though he missed the shot it was awesome to see. Enough about what I don’t have, here is what I did manage to get.

 

David Jackson getting a shot off in the first half

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Johnson Tames the Lions

 

Johnson battling down low

I might have finally recovered enough from last nights game to write about it. What a finish! I would probably preferred a blowout, but Purdue got the win in the end. During the game I was having flashbacks to last season. Purdue was on a two game losing streak when Ohio State came into town. They had a fourteen point lead against the Buckeyes, and they ended up losing the game. Last night Purdue was on a two game losing streak, and they had a fourteen point lead. As the game got tighter I kept thinking of last years game. The one good thing if there is one about this year’s losing streak is that one of the losses was out of conference. Continue reading

Leaders and Legends

Since shortly after Nebraska joined the Big Ten we knew that there would be two divisions. We also knew what teams were in each division. One thing that we didn’t know though was the name of each division. Today the names were announced at a press conference held at noon. Since I was snowed in with the authorities writing tickets for being on the road I had nothing better to do than to watch the press conference and then post about it. The announcement did not seem to go over too well through the few people I saw comment about it via the social networks. I think that over time people will get used to some of these ideas. After the Wrigley debacle though they had to be nervous about how the public would take this decision. No new rule changes were announced during the half hour show. So far all games next season will feature teams switching sids at the quarters and playing both ways. Continue reading