I'm sure many of you know me from my participation on Hammer and Rails. I had the privilege of attending the basketball game last night, and even got very good seats in section 18. Unfortunately for you I was there in Miami attire. The story is that my dad went to UM for undergraduate and Purdue for graduate and those are our two teams. When the schedule came out we cringed and feared this game as a break in our fandom.
I flew up from Orlando (my hometown) and was a little scared flying alone at 14. I met my dad at a Steak and Shake in Lebanon and we drove through the snow to Mackey. Before the game we decided that we would wear and "root" for Miami because it would be a bigger win for them. When I arrived I heard nothing negative from Purdue fans and was greeted nicely even in my "Its a U thing" shirt and green Miami shorts. Throughout the game I was perplexed and didn't really care what happened. It was hard for me to not sing and clap to the cheers/songs, and I would've but I would've looked like an idiot doing it in Miami gear. Even though my Canes lost it didn't matter. I had a great time at a beautiful arena, and with great fans. I loved Purdue and everything about the university, maybe I'll even end up there for my college years.