So during last year's game against Notre Dame, I watched the game in a bar, which turned out to be one the the most fun experiences I've ever had, complete with hugging a 300 lb stranger who looked like Mark Henry the pro wrestler. Of course I also taped the game for future reference, and to clear up space on the DVR, I just finished watching the game for the second time straight through (I have watched many small segments as well). I have two observations from this experience.
First, that as my wife just mentioned "you're a loser" (she's a Purdue grad but accurately captured the moment and myself). I was almost as happy at the key plays as when they first took place. Second, Tate was REALLY impressive, especially for a true freshman in his second game. He showed great instincts, was relatively calm in the pocket, by and large made good decisions, and was accurate. It reminded me of why we were so excited after the first few games last year, and made me more hopeful for the offense this year. If Tate can recapture what he showed early, DR has really made the strides it seems, and the line improves as expected, the offense has the potential to be special. Nothing new here, but it was great to see Tate before injury, inexperience, and perhaps a blow to his confidence took his play down a few notches. If you haven't watched the game lately I recommend it. There is real hope this year.