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Boilermakings Is Recovering From A Long Weekend

Purdue sports news, notes, and links for July 8.

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Ezra Shaw

There was a dearth of posts over the last few days as I took a much-needed break from my computer and celebrated with beer and rest over the long weekend. It's time to get back int he swing of things with a fresh Boilermakings, as well as a reminder that questions for this Friday's mailbag can be sent to

Keeping the Enemy Close: Rutgers, College Football's Nouveau Riche - Off Tackle Empire
Off Tackle Empire needed some help mustering up the hate for Rutgers. So, we turned to Syracuse blogger and NJ native Sean Keeley to show us how.

Dienhart: Ranking every 2013 Big Ten game « Big Ten Network
The Ohio State at Purdue game is the highest rated one, mostly because we own them in West Lafayette.

Illinois Has The Worst Football Uniforms In The Big Ten - The Champaign Room
So sayeth Big Ten scribes, including myself.

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College football betting odds 2013: Big Ten (Part I) - Land-Grant Holy Land
Get all the trends, insights, and statistics you need to dominate B1G related (friendly) wagers this coming fall.

Which college football team gets the most bang for their recruiting buck? - Land-Grant Holy Land
Recruiting quality athletes is typically a big budget affair. We take a look at the numbers to figure out who is getting the most bang for their buck.

Badger Bits: How not to look like you give a crap - Bucky's 5th Quarter
The Aaron Hernandez investigation is bringing out expert half-assery by sportswriters and the NFL.

Penn State Football KEEPS. IT. REAL. - Black Shoe Diaries
Our degenerate video game player breaks down Penn State in NCAA '14

Way-too-early preview of the 2014 NBA Draft - The Only Colors
Hey, there are Spartans in this draft!

Purdue recruit shines at Elite 11 finals - Big Ten Blog - ESPN
David Blough drew rave reviews at the Elite 11 Finals.

NBA free agent rumors roundup: Dominoes keep falling as Smith, Landry, Jack find new deals -
The 2013 free agent class continues to thin out as top players find lucrative new deals.

Adidas Invitational: Who's Playing?
I put together a list of the players on each team that Purdue is looking at. Some have serious interest and some have faint.

Fast Break: Crystal Ball Time For Vince Edwards
With the ever-changing landscape in college basketball, coaches move on, relationships develop, and decisions are faced. Have things started to change for Vince Edwards?

Hunt Named to Hornung Watch List - PURDUESPORTS.COM - Purdue Official Athletic Site
The Louisville Sports Commission has announced that junior running back Akeem Hunt has been named to the 2013 watch list for the Paul Hornung Award."

A rare interview with former no. 1 overall pick Greg Oden about his injury-plagued career - Grantland
In a rare and candid interview, the former top pick in the NBA draft discusses his injury-plagued career. I feel bad now that Purdue fans booed him hours after he was at a funeral for his best friend.

2013 B1G writers’ football uniform power rankings " Big Ten Network
Several writers rank the uniforms in the Big Ten.

NCAA Basketball Analysis: A Tempo-Free Primer - A Sea Of Blue
Tempo-free analysis is all the rage these days. Knowing and understanding why these stats are defined the way they are will help clarify what they are measuring and why they are so effective. :: Official Website of Kory Sheets Saskatchewan Roughriders
The Official Website of Saskatchewan Roughriders running back Kory Sheets. Follow Kory on his #mission2k quest for 2,000 during the 2013 CFL season. Get behind the scenes video directly from Kory, browse action photos and video highlights, or pick up a authentic autographed item in the store. Basketball Recruiting - Isaac Haas Halts Recruitment
Purdue is in the top 5 for the No. 58 player nationally.

#60 Purdue Boilermakers: College football 77 in 77
Purdue could easily start 1-3 in their first four yet finish 4-0 in their last four.

Kyle Ostrowski Commits to Purdue University | Elite Baseball Training | Chicago Youth Baseball Training & Instruction by Justin Stone
Some rare baseball recruiting news on incoming recruit Kyle Ostrowski.

MMQB: Hypothetical Future Realignment - Black Shoe Diaries
It's July 1st and the world of college football has been warped. What if we did a little more warping?