What your view of sports and life would be if you had too many concussions
Time for some brutal honesty, Boiler Nation. Nobody (and I mean NOBODY) looks at their football schedule and circles the Purdue date; knees knocking with fear. Why is that? After all, Purdue is an original member of the Big Ten and does have a rich football tradition. Hell, you can’t watch a Purdue game without hearing about their whole “Cradle of Quarterbacks” thing.
So, why does Purdue get no respect? It could be because most of that football tradition was built at least 40 years ago. I’m a middle-aged guy, and Purdue never won a Rose Bowl in my lifetime. Northwestern won the Roses more recently than Purdue; florists in West Lafayette don’t even know what a rose is. My wife is a Purdue alum and you couldn’t have found a rose within five miles of our wedding.
Believe it or not, there was a time when the sports section had headlines like “#1 Purdue Upset By Ohio State.” This was right about the same time a Purdue graduate became the first man to walk on the moon. That was then; now, Purdue fans (all 600 of them) would go to the moon just to escape the horrors of Ross-Ade Stadium…if they bother to show up at all.
The best illustration of how far into the BCS basement Purdue has fallen comes in the from of their own billboards standing throughout Boiler Nation.
In passing, that billboard doesn’t look so bad until you realize that Carson Wiggs is the placekicker. Let that sink in for a moment. A Big Ten university has a football team so weak that the weapon they are showcasing; the weapon that is supposed to make you lose control of your bladder is a freakin’ KICKER? Kickers don’t scare anybody; the average kicker is the sort of guy who pisses his pants every time the furnace kicks on. Not to mention, does anybody think fans will pay to see a bunch of field goals?
Frankly, this is just sad. I don’t know who in the Boiler football world has the power to fix this, but something has to be done. It’s one thing to have a bad season; it’s quite another to have a bad half-century. Stop screwing around and do whatever it takes to build a winning culture. Succesful athletic deaprtment can do wonders for a university; the Big Ten is full of land-grant schools which elevated themselves into top-flight universities partially by having sports which generated revenue. Stop hiding behind that “academic standards” crap; Purdue isn’t Harvard, it’s a state school which has to accept ANY Indiana resident. Besides, the argument that you can’t have winning teams and academic standards is a complete dodge; go peddle that hogwash to Stanford football or Duke basketball.
Here’s the bottom line: nobody is afraid of a kicker, and nobody pays to watch kickers either. If Purdue doesn’t want to invest in football, then they need to stop expecting anybody to care. Purdue’s’ opponents already have an apathetic attitude toward Boiler football, if nothing changes, the fans will as well.