The year 2015 is over. While football is depressing, the men's basketball team is finally back at the heights we want to see it at. There is a ton of promise heading into the early months of 2016, and hopefully a deep run in March (April?) will ease the pain caused by Darrell Hazell.
So as we say goodbye to 2015, let's take a look at what we want to see from Purdue in 2016:
Three Team Big Ten Championships
With three more team Big Ten Championships Purdue can finally move past the University of Chicago on the total list of conference titles across all sports. Considering they haven't competed in 70 years, it is about time. Look for men's basketball and men's and women's golf to be the best chances.
A Men's Basketball Big Ten Championship
Purdue is off to a great start. Michigan State already has a loss and Maryland was luck to survive a home game with Penn State. Adding a 23rd regular season Big Ten Championship, and hopefully first outright in 20 years, would be nice.
A Run to Houston
I know that a run tot eh Final Four is equal parts skill and luck. Purdue has had some awfully good teams fail to win the requisite four games in March to make it to April. After 36 years It would be great to finally get that run. This team is good enough to do it.
A Winning Record in Baseball
Purdue baseball has struggled mightily since the end of the 2012 season. The Big Ten, and specifically Indiana, has gotten a lot better too. The Boilers showed some promise late last season and maybe they are ready to turn it around. It is time to actually win some games at Alexander Field.
Steele Johnson and David Boudia get some Brazilian Gold
It is an Olympic year and both men's divers are headed to Rio. Can Boudia win gold for a second straight Olympics? Can Johnson medal as well? We'll see.
An Actual Defense for Drew Brees
The man can still sling it, but good God his defense in New Orleans is awful. It would be great to see him get one more Super Bowl before he retires.
Something, Anything Positive to talk about for Football
Spirits could not be lower going into the 2016 season. We're hoping for a miracle turnaround but expecting another 2-10 disaster. Something has to give.
A Happy, Healthy New Year to All
Finally, the staff and I want to wish everyone the best for 2016. Regardless of what happens, we all come here because we have a connection to the Boilermaker family. Many of us are alumni, while others are students, staff, or family. We are all Boilermakers, however. That is something I am eternally grateful for.