As of this writing Purdue has committed six personal foul penalties. Each one of these penalties was well deserved. These were for hits out of bounds, more hits out of bounds, and even stomping on a guy. Yes, stomping on a guy. That happened and a Purdue player did it. There's absolutely no way to justify that. This Purdue team embarrassed me today not just because they lost but because of how they played. They embarrassed me with how they conducted themselves. Purdue lost the Bucket for the third straight year today but more importantly they lost my respect.
No phase of the game looked good for Purdue today. The offense was playing the 14th ranked defense in the conference, out of 14 teams mind you, and could manage just 36 points. The Purdue defense gave up 54 points. Each time the offense scored to bring the game within 10 points the defense was sure to give up a quick score. The Purdue defense did have the tougher task ahead of it as the IU offense is certainly talented, but the Purdue defense couldn't string together two positive plays in a row for the majority of the game. The Purdue offense meanwhile found itself going three and out on important series and even found a way to fumble the ball away on the IU 1 yard line. This was after a near TD that probably should've been reviewed but wasn't. Surely special teams played well though I hear you saying. No, no they didn't. The almost always reliable Joe Schopper had some shanks of his own that gave IU some short fields. In fairness to him though he did have one boomer that put IU at the 1 yard line.
Speaking of putting IU at the 1 yard line. What do you think the Purdue defense did? Well, they put two solid plays together to make it 3rd-10 from the 1 yard line. Then they of course gave up the first down on that drive and proceeded to allow IU to go 99 yards down the field for the TD. Just absolutely pathetic. I can't put into words the amount of disgust I feel for the product on the field right now. I know you feel the same. I know it's just football and I know there are roughly 5,765,876,435 things more important in the world than Purdue football but that doesn't mean I shouldn't care about it. Perhaps I care too much. I know I'm not the only one. I'm in an abusive relationship with Purdue football and for some reason I keep going back.
This might be it for me. I know not long ago I wrote an article that said not donating to the John Purdue Club is a bad plan because it punishes the players of the other teams. If you stop donating because of the incompetence in football the people you really hurt are the volleyball players, the basketball players, and the soccer players. It's not a great system but at this point I don't know what else to do. There's no sense in throwing good money after bad. For me, my donation will no longer be going to the JPC for a number of reasons. Make no mistake my donation is paltry. I'm by no means a big fish. I don't have enough arrogance to believe that what I donate will make a difference to anyone or that I will even be missed, but I do know that I won't be the only one to cut off the donation.
Purdue football has lost me. Purdue football is the abusive girlfriend I keep going back to. I don't know why I keep investing time and energy and effort into something that so obviously doesn't want to or won't change. I'm wasting my time, my energy, and my emotional energy watching these games. Something has to change in the offseason if Morgan Burke and Purdue want anyone to pay attention next year. If you'll excuse me I need to find my emotional center before I watch Purdue basketball.