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Let's celebrate with a win: Illinois at Purdue GameThread

One year ago today Hammer & Rails went live. 517 members later it is going about 10 times strong than I could have ever expected. I thank everyone who has stopped by over the past year. You have helped make this one of the best Big Ten communities out there, and you have helped me achieve some of my dreams through this site. I know it is silly, but it really means a lot to me that this thing has come so far that it is getting national attention (even when I don't attack Syracuse).

So let's celebrate today with a win. I have a crazy busy day today, so I don't know how much I'll be able to comment during the OpenThread. Currently, I am LiveBlogging the Butler-Siena game for Rush the Court. Tonight I am covering the Danville North Central game as Travis Carroll's undefeated Warriors (ranked #1 in Indiana class 3A) visit Terone Johnson's Panthers (ranked #2 in Indiana Class 4A). This is all part of a basketball orgy, as I had the joy of covering my beloved Wildkats last night when they clinched their first conference title in seven years. Between games I have a lot of errands to run, but I am hoping to be home for at least the second half. Until then, you kids are running the show.

I'll bring beer.