That one's going to be required reading.
this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
Well, here you go, but aren't you advocating the violation of your own "don't post links to idiots" rule?
That rule is reserved for guys like Drew Sharp, who actually make a living writing sensationalist crap. Every time Sharp writes something obnoxious, someone cluelessly links it here and Sharp probably gets 500 views he would have never gotten otherwise. I'm fairly certain this Purdue guy isn't making a living off the blog.
Just because someone puts up a link doesn't mean you have to follow it. I have been fooled by three disguised links since I started boycotting, but I haven't intentionally gone to the freep since the hatchet job. Even though they have run a few positive Michigan articles trying to get Michigan readers back, I just can't make myself go there, nor do I want to even try.
Of course you don't have to click on those links. I don't either. But there are always going to be people who do. Just don't post them at all. If you hate an article a guy wrote, it makes no sense to give him more exposure than he otherwise would.
It wasn't too long ago that the sole source of joy at this point in the season was an outstanding defensive end.
Well, you could argue that now it's just a defensive tackle on our side. Although we are making the right strides to be an 11-man defense again[for once?].
The difference between this Purdue team and us in 2008 is that in 2008, we were expecting drastic improvement. We expected Rodriguez to make big changes on the offensive side of the ball, and that happened. Yeah, the defense hit a snag or 6, but I feel like we're headed in the right direction. Where does Purdue go from here?
They need to somehow pump more money into their program, for starters. They need better recruits, better coaches, better facilities... it isn't a pretty picture. There is always redemption though, if you look closely enough...
Yeah ask Robbie Hummel how well Basketball season is going...
That poor guy is somewhere between Brandon Minor and Fitz Toussaint on the "horrible injury luck" charts.
They need to somehow pump more money into their program for starters.
That's what Auburn said?
Excerpts from the Michigan Preview:
I made a boast of guaranteeing victory over Michigan. Some Michigan message boards have caught wind of it. I haven't read anything, but if it is like anything else on message boards, it is probably something virulent comparing my intelligence to that of cole slaw. Well, I used to work at a KFC in high school, people. Cole slaw is pretty damned smart because it is a bitch to clean up!
Excerpts from the Michigan Post Game:
After the game I received an e-mail from an anonymous Michigan fan speaking of my guarantee of beating Michigan last week. It said the following:
1) stop trying to construct sentences and find a new way to spend your leisure time.
2) don't guarantee a win against the wolverines unless you're confident you'll score at least one offensive touchdown.
Well, this anonymous e-mailer is right. I was feeling pretty confident in our offense after last week. Yes, we had turnover troubles, but we at least moved the football and made the passing game a threat. I naturally felt we could do more of the same against a defense that would consider awful an improvement. Once again, I underestimated our ability to get in our own way with a horrible gameplan and ineffective execution.
He took the criticism like a Purdue fan would be expected to. As some previous board posts have said, Purdue fans are great people in a crappy football situation.
You should finish your last sentence by stating "Purdue fans are great people in a crappy football situation with a bad bad coach"
"Purdue fans are great people in a crappy football situation with a bad bad coach with an even crappier looking mustache"
Yeah, I'll give him his due for manning up to it.
On another note, after ND's win, an actual player called out NDNation in a tweet:
Wow. And some sports people (cough Jefff DeFran cough ) think that the blogs and message boards and radio programs aren't followed by the players.
To have a player call out the fans like that - wow.
I kind of wish Michigan players would do that to some of the media people in this state.
He actually maned up and took ownership. Despite being a Boilermaker, I admire his style.
Your analysis is perfect, "He took the criticism like a Purdue fan would be expected to. As some previous board posts have said, Purdue fans are great people in a crappy football situation."
I might have added a less than average coach, but I Hope that's not the case.
Thanks for the kind words about being in a bad football situation. We're all a little frustrated from the injuries, plus those that are playing look like they haven't even been practicing at times. Sean Robinson regressed after playing decently against Wisconsin. That's why I thought we had a chance at winning. you have to agree. If we could have gotten one stinking touchdown drive in the second half it we probably had a good shot at winning with the way our defense was playing.
I have always tried to admit when I have been wrong on my site. That's something I want to be very up front with when it comes to my readers. Hope is getting a free pass this year ebcause we have so many frontline skill players hurt, but there needs to be drastic improvement next season. I suppose it is good that we should have a ton a of depth with game experience next year, but it means nothing if the gameplanning isn't there. I feel like this week we planned for Siller playing the whole game at QB even though he hadn't played AT ALL since the Toledo game, and hadn't played QB in two years. When he went down after one play we reverted to the same rotating quarterbacks plan that had disastrous results at Illinois. That falls on Hope. He needs to pick a quarterback and stick with him.
It was pretty humorous (probably not so much to you) watching the Purdue QBs shuffle in and out of the lineup, quite often at a different position than the previous play. Henry at QB, Robinson at RB. Then Robinson at QB and Henry at WR (followed by Henry at RB). Back to Henry at QB. Actually, I don't think Robinson played RB, but you can easily see how I envisioned that he did -- that shit was confusing (but funny)!
I remember those days back in 2008. I wish I didn't.
Thanks for responding.
I sypathize with you on the injury situation. It's extremely frustrating and unfortunate. I will give you guys credit on defense, you were able to contain Denard's running ability more than most teams we've played. Stacking 9 men in the box just about shut down our chances at any breakaway runs (we averaged 3.7 yards/att). You're quarterback carousel also didn't help, as you already mentioned.
Kerrigan is a major stud and it's going to be a tough replacing him next year, but I'm glad some of your depth chart is getting quality playing time.
That all said, I really hope you guys can turn it around next year and the year after. Good luck with the rest of your season. I, and many here, will be cheering for you this weekend.
You should read the part of his post game wrap up where he talks how their DE went after Denard like the Aliies went after Nazis. So he owns up to his preview but makes tasteless references so he gets a push at best.
Purdue fans aren't that bad. Their coach though - total douche.
Danny hope is a total douche
I hate them because of their coach, but putting that aside, I really do feel for Purdue. They've never been a Big Ten power, but over the years they have at least been competitive most of the time and that seems to be evaporating now. Its shows pretty deeply in the fan support, too. When you can't sell out a game against Michigan, you've got a problem, and the crowd was absolutely uninspiring. Very little noise, and very little fun going on before the game. I don't even want to think about how many Purdue fans went straight to the "If we keep within a touchdown its a win for us" line.
What's worse is their terrible injury luck. They were already going to be bad, but they're down to their third and fourth string quarterback, the former of which can't throw the ball more than a couple of yards due to injury. They are missing their top running back and their top three recievers. Yikes. We may have injury problems here, but we've got nothing on Purdue. This wasn't much of a consolation to the lady who asked how bad they lost at a gas station on the way home though...
Fire your coach Purdue. Then maybe you can get decent again.
Bar was set low when they renewed his contract at 5-7
Yeah, I was really surprised about the attendance or lack thereof. One of my sons did his undergraduate engineering at Purdue and then came to Michigan for a PhD. I went to a bunch of Purdue games in the early 2000's and they were generally completely sold out or close and the students were wild. Purdue was pretty good back then - Brees was the QB and went to the Rose Bowl. One knock my son had regarding the Michigan fan base (he went to all Michigan games and sat in the student section for four years and is a Michigan fan except when they play Purdue) was what he thought was a frequent lack of enthusiasm at the Big House other than in the student section. I always thought it was the Big House acoustics, which have since improved. Things have really changed a Ross-Aide.
I was shocked by the attendance this last Saturday. Purdue has a very nice campus with generally incredibly friendly people and 40,000 students. West Lafayette, though, is not Ann Arbor - few small cities are. The area surrounding Purdue is very blue collar and it shows.
Nothing wrong with a Purdue blog predicting a win - the guy seemed decent enough in defeat. Need I remind anybody about our little experience in Happy Valley a few weeks ago? A few of us, including me, were shocked with the result and had to eat crow.
And yeah, Danny boy is a douche bag.
Nothing wrong with a Purdue blog predicting a win
Some clarification is in order: he didn't predict a win, he guaranteed it.
I wouldn't get on the blogger too much. Everyone tries to pump up their team and he didn't seem that obnoxious. The coach on the other hand hasn't done himself any favors.
Last year they beat Ohio State and Michigan and thought they were better than they were. Oh the hubris that precedes the fall.
UM barely escaped Saturday with a win in a game that could be best described utilizing the 'Shark Derp' photo as a visual aid. Taunting that guy for guaranteeing a win would be about as classy as Wisky running up the score.
from the comments:
Oh, and as much crap as Denard Robinson is getting on blogs for his 11-yard punt – he’s not a punter. Cody Webster is, and he had a nine-yarder today.
But seriously, I don't blame his wishful thinking.
No problems with Hammer and Rails. Classy joint. Jumbo Heroes, otoh...
I seem to recall Boiled Sports getting a little smarmy at some point. I can't remember the exact instance, but I have a memory of some Danny Hope-ishness going on at BS.