Only nine more hours to wait. Before we get into today's game with UConn, here are some quick news hits.
- Baseball starts Big Ten play - The baseball team evened its record at 9-9 Tuesday with a 5-2 win over IPFW. It was Purdue's home opener in that game, Junior Dan Black continued his hot streak at the plate with a game-winning 3-run double in the bottom of the 8th. Jeff Straub got the win on the mound. The Boilers head to Northwestern this weekend to open Big Ten play in a three game series. The conference has returned to the more tradition three game weekend series after having four game series with Saturday double-headers for years. This should help in terms of post-season play. Purdue was expected to be a player in the Big Ten race before the season started after finishing second last season, but a slow start and better play around the league has tempered expectations a bit. Minnesota (13-6) is ranked in a couple of polls at the moment. Illinois (13-5) recently won a series at #1 ranked LSU. Ohio State (18-3) has been very impressive. They lost a game to a non D-1 team on Monday, then turned around and beat #2 Miami 7-1 in Coral Gables Tuesday. They haven't even played a home game yet. Michigan (14-6) and Penn State (13-8) also look to be tough while pre-season favorite Indiana (7-14) has struggled badly, but is still dangerous. Northwestern (4-16) has the worst record in the league, so a solid series this weekend is important if the Boilers want a top 6 league finish to get a Big Ten Tourney invite. The Wildcats did take two of three from Illinois-Chicago, which recently split a two game set with Purdue. Saturday is also Northwestern's home opener.
And now, to get fired up:
You guys know I love Slipknot. They provide excellent workout music that really gets the blood flowing. I especially love the speech Corey Taylor gives at the beginning of hte Song Pulse of the Maggots. It should be used as a stadium entrance to replace When Worlds Collide because I know it makes me want to run through a brick wall. I am going to do a fire up message today for the open thread, but here's a taste:
This is the year where hope fails you
The test subjects run the experiments
And the bastards you know, is the hero you hate
But cohesing is posssible if we strive
Theres no reason, theres no lesson
No time like the present, telling you right now
What have you got to lose, what have you got to lose
Except your soul...WHO'S WITH US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Are you with us?