Purdue 21 – #23 Illinois 14

The team celebrates with the fans after the game

Normally I like to come up with some sort of a witty title for my game posts. After the way this season has gone so far I thought that the score would do. This team has looked good some days, and then had days like last Saturday that make them hard to watch. I love the effort they put forth in Happy Valley, but they just couldn’t get over the hump. You want them to do it so bad that you feel awful when they don’t get it done. From almost the start today though they got it done. This game went a long way to help put away the awful memory that was my road trip to Illinois last year. In that game the Illini had their way with us. We had them over the barrel for a half, and if we had not gone into a shell in the second half I am sure that we could have made it look worse. Continue reading

Game Notes: Northwestern vs. Illinois (Wrigley Field)

The normal red marquee will be purple this Saturday

The people have spoken and I will be going to Wrigley Field this Saturday to see football played at the historic grounds. Here is how the vote went down:

  1. Northwestern vs. Illinois (Wrigley) 50%
  2. Purdue @ Michigan State 39%
  3. Grand Valley State vs. Colorado Mines 7%
  4. Ball State vs. Northern Illinois 4%

I think that some felt pity on me, and did not want to see yet another road trip to a Purdue game only to see them get throttled. Early in the season this was the trip I was going to make as I have not seen a football game in East Lansing yet. As the injuries piled up though I decided now may not be the time. Instead I will head to Wrigley Field to see what I think is one of the most unique football games this season. Normally this is where I would make a joke about college football being played at a Minor League stadium, but I am above that this week. Football is not new to Wrigley field. The Bears played over 365 regular season games in the friendly confines. Until 2003 Wrigley had hosted more professional football games than any other stadium. The last time football was played in Wrigley was in 1970 though. You have to go way back to 1938 to find the last college football game played in Wrigley. That game featured Depaul up against St. Louis. Of course neither of those two schools even has a football program now.  Continue reading

Ryan Kerrigan is a Beast

 

Ryan Kerrigan setting the Purdue record for forced fumbles by sacking Denard Robinson

You probably already knew that though. Today he erased all doubts with his performance against Michigan. He had ten tackles on the day, five of which were for a loss. He also had four sacks, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovered. It was not the result that the Boilers wanted, but Ryan had a great game. He really is fun to watch. The loss today means that more than likely I will have one more time seeing Ryan play college football. Something tells me though that he will be playing in the pros for a long time to come. On the season Ryan has 23.5 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, and five forced fumbles on the season. Those are video game stats. That shouldn’t happen in real life. Kerrigan is the finalist for the Lott trophy and the Bednarik award. Somehow though Ryan was left off the final list of candidates for the Lombardi Award. Do these guys watch football? The Lombardi is for the best linemen in the country. They might want to re-think their criteria for the award. 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:

Anchor-Bone Classic Pictures Part 2

Here is the last of my pictures from Saturday’s football game. I included a couple of the team posing with the trophy because of all the clowning going on.

Norman Shuford with the stiff arm

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Anchor-Bone Classic Pictures Part 1

Here is the first of two parts of my pictures from the Anchor-Bone Classic this weekend. I had a great time, and as you will see over the course of the pictures the weather gave us just about everything but snow.

Defensive Back Robert Carlisle warms up prior to the game

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csd Flashback: The Last Time the Irish Beat the Spartans at Home

I did not realize exactly how long it had been since the Irish beat the Spartans at home until they showed the date last night. I have been to some of the games that the Irish have lost in that time span. The date was September 18, 1993. I saw the flag planted on the field after the game in 2005. I was also there in 2003 when a late interception sealed the deal for the Spartans. I did not have the cameras that I had later in life, but the picture to the left shows Marc Edwards scoring a touchdown in the 36-14 blowout. What really made the game special was the fact that my high school team (LaPorte Slicers) had just beaten the Hobart Brickies for the first time in 45 years. I had a slicer shirt on at the game, and everyone kept coming up to me and congratulating me on the win. I did not have much to do with that win, but it was still a great feeling. Who knew that the end of one long streak would coincide with the start of another? This was the second Notre Dame game that I had attended in my life. I figured I had two great reasons to post a little about the game.