BM is appropriate, because I feel like that is what we left on the field Saturday afternoon. That game took out any excitement I had toward Saturday night's Notre Dame game. Now I have three Notre Dame bloggers in the pipeline looking for info and I honestly don't see how we can make it a game unless we change a lot of things that, frankly, should have been changed before now. Grahamfiller10 over at The Rivalry, Esq. summed it up best this morning when he called us soft for getting pushed around by NIU. He's right, too.
Fortunately, we do have some other sports going well for us right now. Basketball practice is about a month away from kicking off and who knows, maybe things will turn around this week.
More on our latest commitment - With the wealth of other posts over the past few days I haven't said much about our newest commitment, Isaiah Williams. He attends Monsignor Pace High down in Miami, which is a very exclusive private high school with a strong focus on academics. It is actually not too far from where Mrs. T-Mill went to high school, so I am at least familiar with the area. He decided to attend this year after playing at Miami Springs High as a junior and Carol City as a freshman and sophomore. That fact throws up a bit of a red flag for me, as we may have some minor issues getting him through the NCAA since he has three high schools on his transcript. Hopefully he is getting all that paperwork in right now. He has drawn modest interest from some of the bigger Florida programs, including hometown Miami and Florida International. So far he is listed as having one catch for 12 yards through two games.
Pace High is primarily known as a baseball school, but they have produced some pretty good football players of late too. Three players were Division I prospects in last year's class. This means the earlier paperwork issue is probably moot because this is a school that is used to filing everything it needs to file for its athletes.
Volleyball continues to roll - The women's volleyball team had a perfect weekend with a pair of straight sets wins over Ohio and Louisville. The boilers are now 8-3 heading into the start of Big Ten play this weekend. Even with the wins, Purdue is still on the outside of the top 25 looking in.
Women's soccer ties - The 11th ranked women's soccer team had a disappointing weekend, tying Wisconsin-Milwaukee 1-1 Friday night. Purdue will now open Big Ten play as the prohibitive conference favorite with games this weekend at Wisconsin and Northwestern. Only #22 Indiana and #25 Ohio State are ranked as far as Big Ten teams go.
Women's basketball battling injuries already - After reaching the Elite 8 last year, the women's basketball team has to replace some pretty noteworthy players. Unfortunately, things are already off to a slow start as Alex Guyton and Ashley Wilson are slowed by stress fractures. I had one of these about 10 years ago and they are both painful and slow to heal. We'll see how this plays out.
King to play Saturday - And not a moment too soon, either. We need a big day from him in the secondary.
Continued respect from Oregon - As mentioned previously, there was beer on the line in the Purdue-Oregon contest. With the Ducks win I had to package up a six pack of Indiana Amber from Oaken Barrel Brewing Company down in Greenwood. Our friends from Oregon confirmed last night that the brew arrived safely and the spoils of war will be divided up at an Addicted to Quack tailgate party before the Cal-Oregon game Saturday. My hats off to you, ATQ. Apparently Mr. Shufelt forgot it for the Utah game though.