Alexander Field Opening Day Photo Gallery

Today was a pretty good day for baseball considering the weather that we have been having lately. I always had a fondness for Lambert Field for some reason, but Alexander Field is truly a first class stadium. The Boilers really have a great place to play. I had fun finding all of the new locations to shoot from in the stadium. It even took me a minute or two to realize how to get into the camera wells. At the end of the day though the stadium can only be good for Purdue baseball. Here are some of the pictures that I liked from the game today.

Alexander Field about an hour before game time

Alexander Field about an hour before game time

Cody Webster enjoying his hobby

Cody Webster enjoying his hobby

Brandon Krieg takes the throw at second base

Brandon Krieg takes the throw at second base

Sean McHugh during pre game warmups

Sean McHugh during pre game warmups

Morgan Burke throws out the ceremonial first pitch

Morgan Burke throws out the ceremonial first pitch

The field as it looked during the National Anthem

The field as it looked during the National Anthem

Brad Schreiber throws the first pitch in Alexander Field history

Brad Schreiber throws the first pitch in Alexander Field history

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A nice swing by Jake Picchiotti

A nice swing by Jake Picchiotti

Sean McHugh warming up Brad Schreiber

Sean McHugh warming up Brad Schreiber

Angelo Cianfrocco at bat

Angelo Cianfrocco at bat

This ball nearly hit the Big Ten Network camera operator and myself

This ball nearly hit the Big Ten Network camera operator and myself

Brandon Krieg in the field

Brandon Krieg in the field

Jake Hansen throws to first

Jake Hansen throws to first

I love the delivery by Purdue reliever Pat Gannon

I love the delivery by Purdue reliever Pat Gannon

The backend of Pat Gannon's delivery from the third base camera well

The backend of Pat Gannon’s delivery from the third base camera well

Jake Hansen in the field

Jake Hansen in the field

Brandon Krieg taking the throw down at second base

Brandon Krieg taking the throw down at second base

Kyle Upp pitching for Purdue

Kyle Upp pitching for Purdue

Joe Eichmann pitching

Joe Eichmann pitching

Joe Eichmann pitching from behind home plate

Joe Eichmann pitching from behind home plate

The new stadium from the outside

The new stadium from the outside

Alexander Field about an hour before game time

Alexander Field about an hour before game time

Cody Webster enjoying his hobby

Cody Webster enjoying his hobby

Brandon Krieg takes the throw at second base

Brandon Krieg takes the throw at second base

Sean McHugh during pre game warmups

Sean McHugh during pre game warmups

Morgan Burke throws out the ceremonial first pitch

Morgan Burke throws out the ceremonial first pitch

The field as it looked during the National Anthem

The field as it looked during the National Anthem

Brad Schreiber throws the first pitch in Alexander Field history

Brad Schreiber throws the first pitch in Alexander Field history

Alexander Opening Day-9

A nice swing by Jake Picchiotti

A nice swing by Jake Picchiotti

Sean McHugh warming up Brad Schreiber

Sean McHugh warming up Brad Schreiber

Angelo Cianfrocco at bat

Angelo Cianfrocco at bat

This ball nearly hit the Big Ten Network camera operator and myself

This ball nearly hit the Big Ten Network camera operator and myself

Brandon Krieg in the field

Brandon Krieg in the field

Jake Hansen throws to first

Jake Hansen throws to first

I love the delivery by Purdue reliever Pat Gannon

I love the delivery by Purdue reliever Pat Gannon

The backend of Pat Gannon's delivery from the third base camera well

The backend of Pat Gannon’s delivery from the third base camera well

Jake Hansen in the field

Jake Hansen in the field

Brandon Krieg taking the throw down at second base

Brandon Krieg taking the throw down at second base

Kyle Upp pitching for Purdue

Kyle Upp pitching for Purdue

Joe Eichmann pitching

Joe Eichmann pitching

Joe Eichmann pitching from behind home plate

Joe Eichmann pitching from behind home plate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Purdue Is Still Alive In the Tourney!

Purdue CBI Round 1-2

Last night I went to Mackey Arena to once again follow Purdue in the tournament. This year instead of visiting Spokane, Houston, or anywhere else beautiful I would just drive across town to see them play. The CBI tournament is not the most prestigious this time of year, but the team still gets to play in Mackey. More importantly the young kids get more practice and game time. If Purdue can have a good tournament a .500 record and 20 wins could also be in the cards. I walked up to the stadium and sat in the Black Club Seats eight rows up. These were great seats closer to the action then I have sat for some time. I loved how close I was to the action, but the cost is also great. The stadium was far from full, and it was a different type of crowd. Hopefully as the wins in the tournament pile up the fans start coming. It would be nice if those who came from game one could keep that seat though. This is a pay to play tournament, and when it is all said and done I hope Purdue has to shell out some money. I don’t think that their would be much prestige to winning this tournament, but a win is far better than a loss. I normally post a photo gallery here instead of babble, but I thought that I would put my incoherent two cents in. A few more pictures from the game can be found on my Facebook page here.

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. Lamar Photo Gallery

Can I just start this off by saying that today was the craziest day that I can remember in a long time. First of all we were just coming off of the news that Butch Jones was not even considering Purdue. Our first choice was out the window. When this thing started Sonny Dykes was rumored to be the second choice. Since that time I have not heard his name come up in regards to Purdue. That left us with our third choice which was Kent State coach Darrell Hazell. I was really keeping up on this today as the rumors were building to the point where he looked to be our next coach. Then the lone Twitter confirmation came, and the internet went crazy. Of course that was followed by a denial which sent those that had jumped to be first into backtrack mode. It seemed as if the denial was planned because as the retractions were being written the news broke that Hazell was indeed going to be named the head coach at Purdue. Of course all of those who jumped too quickly at first, and then jumped too quickly at the denial were now once again beating their chests. I still don’t know what to think. It appears as if Hazell is now the coach at Purdue, but I will truly believe it now when I see him with Purdue gear on standing next to Morgan Burke. After the Matt Painter fiasco I am gun shy about believing anything that I read on Twitter.

Since this blog is menat to chronicle my sporting adventures lets get to the pictures from tonights game shall we?

My first tip on Mackey this year

My first tip on Mackey this year

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Anthony Johnson get around a Lamar defender

Lamar Coach Pat Knight looks on from the sidelines

Lamar Coach Pat Knight looks on from the bench

Dru Anthrop really brought it tonight, and the crowd gave him his due

Dru Anthrop really brought it tonight, and the crowd gave him his due

Terone Johnson with a three

Terone Johnson with a three

His brother Ronnie Johnson with a charge late in the first half

His brother Ronnie Johnson with a charge late in the first half

Dru Anthrop shoots a three

Dru Anthrop shoots a three

Terone Johnson with a floater

Terone Johnson with a floater

Terone Johnson getting fouled on a layup

Terone Johnson getting fouled on a layup

Purdue Pete hangs out with the Purdue Pep Band

Purdue Pete hangs out with the Purdue Pep Band

Freshman Donnie Hale with a free throw

Freshman Donnie Hale with a free throw

I love what comes after this

I love what comes after this

Dru Anthrop with a nice pass

Dru Anthrop with a nice pass

Terone Johnson gives me my first stiff arm picture in basketball

Terone Johnson gives me my first stiff arm picture in basketball

Terone Johnson right after the stiff arm

Terone Johnson right after the stiff arm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purdue vs. Indiana Photo Gallery

Here are some pictures from the last home game this season for the Boilers. Going into the game you had the feeling that it was the end of an era. Today that was confirmed when it was announced that Danny Hope would no longer be Purdue’s head football coach. I will have more on that later. What is important here is that we retained the bucket, and did it with a very good display of offense. I was lucky enough to be on the field at the end of the game so I tried to include a few celebratory shots here as well. A bittersweet day to be a fan for sure.

Coach Hope surveys his troops for the last time

Coach Wilson and Coach Hope meet at midfield prior to the game. Imagine what their conversation was about

The best damn band in the land takes the field

Robert Marve leads the team onto the field for the last time

The team overtakes the special as they come out

Coach Hope with Antwon Higgs during the National Anthem

 

Antwon HIggs with a rally cry during the opening kick

Raheem Mostert with a big run. It was nice seeing him back on kicks again yesterday

Rob Henry and Akeem Shavers run the read option

Akeem Shavers with a nice run

Antavian Edison tries to find some running room

Antwon Higgs getting pumped up during a tv timeout

Max Charlot enjoying his last time on the Ross Ade sidelines

Indiana had some good moments too as you can see here

Robert Marve slings it around for one last time in Ross Ade stadium

The Golden Girl twirling at the half

The Golden Girl twirling at the half again

The Golden Girl twirling at the half yet again

Robert Marve congratulating O.J. Ross on a nice run after catch for a touchdown

Ryan Isaac on the sidelines. I really wanted a shot of the Neil Armstrong sticker that the team wears on its helmet

Frankie Williams makes a Willie Mays style interception here deep in Indiana territory

Crosby Wright drags two IU defenders down the field during his 58 yard run

Wil Lucas makes a fumble recovery to give Purdue good field position yet again

The line of battle

Gary Bush finishes off a touchdown run

Akeem Shavers with the ball yet again

Another shot of the line of scrimmage

Matt Light leads the crowd in ‘Shout’

Stephen Houston lost part of the I on his helmet making it appear as if he had a field goal post on it

Bruce Gaston kissing the bucket

The team takes the bucket to the fans

More fun with the bucket and the fans as Charles Torwudzo enjoys the moment

The fans, BJ Gaston, and the bucket

Another shot of the students and the bucket

Crosby Wright sees that Purdue has its bowl ticket punched

 

Seniors to be Thankful For 2012 Edition

This year has been a weird year for this blog. I really have not written for it like I have in other years. I have still been going to the games and taking pictures, but I feel like the world does not need another Purdue opinion blog. There are more than enough of those out there now. One thing that I would like to continue though is my Thanksgiving Day tradition of writing a bit about the outgoing Purdue seniors who will be playing their last game at Ross Ade Stadium. This class seems to be one that has gone through a lot. You have players with multiple ACL injuries on the list. They will be playing Saturday on those knees, and that is a testament to the players if there ever was one. I thought that I would highlight a few of my favorites here, and talk a little bit about what kind of legacy they will leave on this blog.

Ralph Bolden stretching for yards his freshman season versus Toledo

Ralph Bolden running wild on Toledo during his freshman season

 

Ralph Bolden

No player had more promise than Ralph during his freshman season. He really had a great year making us salivate as to what could be. Knee injuries have derailed that career, but Ralph is still out there giving it his all. His knee injury last November against the Hoosiers really seemed to be the end of his career. He battled back to contribute down the stretch for the Boilers.

Peters Drey

Peters has held down his spot on the line since his freshman season. The only thing that has knocked him off of the line has been injuries. That seems to be a trend here with the Boilers in this class. When healthy he is a smart lineman that this team can really use. Being injured on the line though is not something that you can hide very well.

 

Antavian Edison

Antavian is a player that has been a steady force for the Boilers. In fact last week he saw his streak of games with a catch end after only being thrown to twice. He looked alright wearing the number 34 his freshman season, but it was the next season when he started to prove his worth to the team. He filled in all over the field as injuries dictated. He has been a fun player to watch develop, and I am glad that he was able to come back and play his senior season.

Antwon Higgs trying to rip the helmet off of Terrelle Pryor in a game against the Buckeyes in 2009

Antwon Higgs

I was a fan of Higgs from day one as a Boiler. He has that high motor that you can see. Some players might hold it in, but from square one you can see the fire in Higgs. I always thought that he would have been a great defensive end, but we never got to see what he could do. He has started playing more this season, but he never did live up to the expectations that I set for him. Than again who am I to set expectations for players? He has had a very solid career for the Boilers.

Josh Johnson coming off the field earlier this season

 

Josh Johnson getting chased into the end zone by Ricardo Allen after a pick 6 earlier this season against Marshall

Josh Johnson

Josh has really turned into a great corner for Purdue. For the last three years you could count on Josh and Ricardo Allen to hold down a corner for the Boilers. I really think that we will miss him next year. He has shown the ability to step it up to make the big play. He is also a great student which is one of the things that coach Danny Hope emphasizes.

Robert Maci

Robert is a player that I think people just expected more from for some reason. He played so good so early that sometimes you extrapolate that into something very great. Robert has been a very good addition to the team, and has played where he was asked to. This season has been a bit of a change for him, but he has responded very well.

Robert Marve scoring the winning touchdown against Ohio State in 2011

Robert Marve celebrating with the fans after the game against Ohio State in 2011

 

Robert Marve

Perhaps no quarterback has come into Purdue with such lofty expectations. He was a very talented high school quarterback in Florida that went to Miami after breaking records set by Tim Tebow. I was very interested to see what he could do at Purdue, but once again injuries stepped in to play a role. We really never were able to see what a healthy Robert Marve could do. In fact he went deep into his senior season before he ever started a Big Ten game. Robert was a fan favorite who became a legend with his stunning comeback against Ohio State last season. He will get the chance Saturday to ensure that he gets to play one more game with a win.

Rick Schmeig opens up a hole for fellow senior Akeem Shavers

Rick Schmeig

Has been a consistent starter for Purdue over his career. I will of course remember him from the picture above where it appears as if he is dancing with a player instead of blocking. What the next frame shows thought is the end of the pancake block that was given.

Akeem Shavers

Shavers was a JUCO running back that came to Purdue to get a job done and run the ball. Who knew that we would need him so much with Ralph getting injured? He has done very well for the Boilers, and has given us some great memories including the bowl game last year. This year he has been the back in the backfield, and has done all that he can.

Kawann Short gets a very athletic interception his freshman season against Toledo

Kawann Short with one of two blocks against Eastern Kentucky earlier this season

Kawann Short taking the time to talk to a fan after the 2011 upset of Ohio State

Kawann Short

However you say his name Short has been a great player since day one here at Purdue. I first really noticed him when he made an acrobatic interception against Toledo during his freshman year. For a big kid he was very agile. That pick is shown in the first picture above. He is also has a great knack for getting his hand on kicks. In the second picture above he is shown blocking one of two kicks in a game early this season. He has a great technique, and the athletic ability to get it done. All of that aside Short has been a great member of the defensive line that has kept the tradition of the line going. He really has been fun to watch, and I look forward to watching him in the NFL next season.

Caleb TerBush lets a pass go early in the 2012 season

Caleb TerBush

Here is a player that never really had a chance. For some reason the fans have never liked him, and they let him know it in various ways throughout the season. To send a college kid death threats online is a cowardly act. I don’t care what the player has done on the field that is going too far. Caleb really has not done a horrible job this year, but I think the play calls may have been his undoing. It is hard to be successful when the system is inhibiting you. I hope that he can have a good senior day without any of the classless boing that the fans gave Curtis Painter. It is senior day people. Show just a little class.

Tommie Thomas

Tommie may have been able to help this team, but of course injuries got in the way of that. Like I said before that is a common refrain with this class. This may have been one of the most snakebit classes I can think of. I may remember Tommie more for his off field exploits. Back when I followed the players on Twitter I always enjoyed his back and forth with the Silver Twins.

Crosby Wright

Crosby is a tight end that sometimes gets lost in the shuffle here at Purdue. When they have thrown to him he can give them good results. I think that they just need to try a little more. Over the last few weeks we may have rediscovered the tight end so we will see. He has been a solid blocker though when he doesn’t have the ball, and he was inserted into the lineup to help with the wide receiver screens earlier in the season.

This is by no means a comprehensive list as with past years. Other sites who have copied this format will tell you about all of the players. I just like to kind of close the book on the seniors with this Thanksgiving post, and it also helps me get some pictures up that would normally not be seen.

This is a big weekend for the football team. A lot more than the outcome of this game may be determined on the field. I have heard many say that they will stay away to voice their displeasure. In my mind that is not very fair to this senior class. These are great kids who deserve to be sent off the right way. So make your way to Ross Ade this weekend. Good seats still available.