Today was another good win over a MAC school. It was too close for comfort for a while, but the Boilers pulled ahead when they needed to. For some reason they really seem to be playing to their competition again. Like Wednesday night we had great seats again, but this time directly across the court. Once again I was caught up in the action, and did not take as many pictures as I usually do. I did get to sit near Wendell Wolka for the first time. He is very loyal Purdue fan that is even utilized in the current ad campaigns. You can easily spot him with his pharaoh hat that he wears to each game. He was fun to listen to as the Boilers shot their free throws. As the non-conference schedule wears down I start to think towards the Big Ten season. The games now are fun, but Mackey should be rocking in just under a month. Here are some pictures that I enjoyed from the game tonight.
I really was not going to go to the game tonight, but about twenty minutes before the tip I found out that I had a shot at sitting in the nice new black seats for free. Why not? I hurried down to Mackey to see the game. The game was not at all what I expected with Western leading for much of it. Luckily the Boilers found their stride and came away with the W. After a win against Western you know what you have to face next. That’s right Eastern comes in Saturday. I should have seats nearly as good, but on the other side of the arena then. I will get spoiled if this keeps up much longer. Here are a few pictures that I liked from the game.
I normally would not post this many pictures from a basketball game, but I found a few I liked for one reason or another. I shot with my new lens, and I love how most of the pictures turned out. I will have to try it again next week when Western Michigan comes to town. Here are the pictures I liked from last nights game.
I always promise to do these things, but before you know it the next sport starts up, and I get busy with that one. Unfortunately this season for the Purdue men ended early enough I have a small window before baseball season starts. Just because it ended early though doesn’t mean that it wasn’t a good season. Here is a quick look back at one of the best seasons I have been able to watch in person. Continue reading
As I was sitting stunned in my seat at the United Center tonight I was thinking about how things had come full circle. This season ended for me exactly how it started. I remember sitting in Ross-Ade Stadium when a friend sent me a text about Robbie Hummel tearing his ACL again. Once I confirmed it wasn’t a sick joke I had a feeling in my stomach like I had been punched in the gut. Late in this game I had the same feeling once you knew it was over. They showed Rob on the jumbotron crying, and I had that same sick feeling in my gut. Combine this with the terrible way the seniors went out in football, and things get even worse. We have seen some of the best to come through Purdue this past fall with Kerrigan, and now with JJ and Smooge. None of them went out the way they would have liked. Continue reading
I was lucky enough to be at the United Center today for the Boilers practice. Last year I saw them play three games in two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, but different things prevented me from seeing them practice. Since they were so close this time I thought that I would see what it was all about. I got to the United Center early so that I could watch some of the other teams as well. When Purdue was not on the floor the most exciting thing was watching the tourney games on the TV’s located on press row. Luckily they had a few games going at once so it was like I was at the coolest sports bar in the world. Continue reading
Last night I had a moment of panic when I took out my camera, and went to take a picture of the Paint Crew. I had no memory card in it! Luckily I had a spare, but it was full. I quickly prioritized some things, and wiped it clean so that I could get some pictures. I saved most of the space for late in the game and the ceremonies so there is not too much game action this week. Here are some of the pictures that I liked:
Last night the game was in doubt on several occasions. Each time it seems like the two seniors, JaJuan Johnson and E’Twaun Moore, seemed to take control and will the team to victory. For the first ten minutes of the game though we were seeing the Illinois team that everyone thought we would be seeing all season. They were on fire shooting 77% from the floor at one point. Part of that great percentage was the amount of uncontested layups that the Illini had. They were getting open with ease for some reason. I don’t know if the Purdue defense was too keyed up early or what, but they were not looking too good. Illinois ran the score up to 31-18 before Purdue seemed to come to life. Continue reading
Here are some of the pictures I took yesterday at the game. I am still beaming from the great win. The win moved Purdue up to #8 in the polls, and put them in the conversation seriously for a #2 seed in the NCAA tourney. A lot of basketball left before we can talk too much about that though. For now let’s just enjoy yesterdays game.
With my good seats for the second half I took a few more pictures today than normal. After seeing how some of them turned out I wish I had taken more. If anyone has any lower level seats they don’t need let me know. I love how much better the pictures look down there. I felt like Tom Campbell except a lot less talented. I left out some pictures that I normally would have posted because I need storage space on WordPress. I still will post over 30 pictures from the game. Out of those at least one of them has to be good…right?