It's okay, Palmer pronounced it with about four syllables all night.
Fuente singular, HokiePro is coming for you.
I can't ever remember seeing a coach behave so childishly. Narduzzi should have been flagged about three times so far.
There's got to be a better alternative to "friendly confines" this week!
It's not about going undefeated every single year, it's about showing consistency, improvement, toughness, sharp mental and physical play, and good coaching. If those are unreasonable expectations let's go root for Purdue.
Spot on. I cannot stand the excuses for unacceptable performance and lack of improvement.
Say what you will about the SEC, but Mike Slive was a warlord for the conference and never would have let this nonsense happen.
And in case you can't remember an NFL game where fans threw bottles on the field I've got a Browns game for that too.
The Hokie fan in me was almost sort of rooting for Miami so they'd be undefeated and ranked highly when they come to Lane, but as usual the Buckeye fan in me wins out and I love seeing Miami fans in a state of gut-wrenching despair.
Maybe not college, but let me enlighten you on an even worse NFL performance! Back in 2004 the Almighty Cleveland Browns mustered 26 yards against the Bills. Source
Boy do I hate them too. I had been hoping they'd move the game to Blacksburg, but oh well. Thankfully the Hokies had it wrapped up pretty early so I could turn all of my uneasy attention on the Buckeyes. Were you there today?
Arkansas just got the fumble we deserved in the exact same situation.
Brian Kelly will be throwing Hurricane Matthew under the bus after the game.
The Big Ten has lost Chicago, and Michigan withdrew from 1907-1917. The Big Ten's membership hasn't been as stable as you seem to imply; Indiana and Iowa joined three years after formation; Ohio State 16; Michigan State, 54 years after the Big Ten was founded.
I know you're giving kind of a tongue-in-cheek argument about the crazy uncle, but the Big Ten does not owe Purdue anything because we feel sorry for them and they have nowhere else to go (and they have a perfect place to go, it's called the MAC). I don't think we're going to see eye to eye on this one but thanks for your opinions.
Should the SEC bring Tulane and Sewanee back because they founded the conference? You're right that I am looking at it something like a business, because like it or not, IS a business, with about $450,000,000 in revenue last year (source). This may seem like a cynical view but I bet it's pretty darn close to Jim Delaney's view of the conference.
I get the importance of academics over athletics, that's why I think Georgia Tech is good trade, not West Virginia, for example. Purdue can stay on board in the Big Ten Academic Alliance but ultimately we can't pretend like athletics don't play a role in this. There is a reason Chicago excused themselves from the Big Ten in 1946 but remained a member of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation - their philosophy on athletics was just not on the same wavelength as the other universities.
Thanks for your perspectives. This has always been a sore subject for me and I really try to remain open to Purdue's Big Ten membership but the bottom line is I don't think it makes any sense, in any way.
I just cannot see how Purdue's status as a founding member of the conference in 1896 somehow validates their parasitism in the Big Ten today. You're right that the Big Ten has never expanded into non-contiguous states, but the game has also never been as big of a business as it is today. Why should the Big Ten's strategy last century have anything to do with its strategy now? I do agree that Texas would be a good fit as well though.
Thanks for the reply - that's the point, really - we're not in a recruiting arms race with the West Coast. Like it or not the trend in recruiting talent is coming from the south, and I think a Big Ten presence there would be good for everyone in the conference.
Spot on - I've been saying it for years, Purdue is a drain on the conference that contributes nothing. People defend Purdue with the straw-man of Rutgers - "But Rutgers is worse!" They contribute the New York market, which isn't a great football contribution, but it is something added to the Big Ten. What does Purdue contribute? The north-central Indiana market? Let me preemptively cut off the "But Purdue is a good school" argument - so is Northwestern, and Minnesota, and Michigan, and Illinois, and Ohio State... Purdue should be replaced by Georgia Tech: a school with comparable academics, a big market in a key geographic area, and an athletic program that's not a train-wreck, pun absolutely intended. Rutgers may only contribute one of these things but it's better than contributing none, which is what we get from the Boilermakers.
Gameday will be there? Will Tennessee be in town to watch or something?
It would be funnier if Ohio State's bowl earnings didn't pay to fix it.
Who is next man up for the creepiest looking coordinator? I always thought Mike Stoops had a weird face.
Absolutely. Virginia Tech has a good engineering program and Purdue has been coasting on that for 120 years, so at least Virginia Tech brings a non-train wreck football team into the mix.