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NCAA Tournament: Don’t Be Scared

It’s time to be the alpha dog.

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Today is the day we’ve all been waiting for, a day of redemption, a day for Purdue to put down their marker as a team to reckon with the tournament. I haven’t been this excited in a long time. I’m ready to shut everyone up. I’m ready to for this Purdue team to show the nation what Boilermaker Basketball is all about.

It’s time for a culture change at Purdue, and while I don’t’ have an opportunity to address the players, I do have a unique opportunity to address the fans. Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s time drop the “Woe is Purdue” schtick. It’s tired and old and it drives me crazy.

I get it, you’ve been burned by Purdue before, I’ve been burned by Purdue before, but it’s time to put those old hurts behind us and enter this game with confidence instead of dread. Purdue isn’t just the better team, they are the dominant team. They are the regular season Big10 Champions. This isn’t an insult to Vermont, they’ve had an excellent season, but they’re no Purdue.

“But Legend, what makes this Purdue team different?”

Easy, find me another Purdue team with a legitimate National Player of the Year contender. You’ve got to go back to the Big Dog to find such a Purdue team, and I’ll go ahead and tell you, Biggie has more support on this team than Glenn had on 93-94 team. Yes, Purdue might struggle with certain match ups in this tournament, but this isn’t that match up.

Every player in Purdue’s regular rotation is better than their Vermont counter point. Dakota would be Vermont’s best player. Vincent would be Vermont’s best player. Carsen Edwards would be Vermont’s best player. Haas would be Vermont’s best player. P.J. would be Vermont’s best player. Spike would be Vermont’s best player. Biggie would probably average 25 and 20 for Vermont. We are the alpha dogs.

I have a request for you, my loyal readers. As you navigate through your work day, do so with excitement and not dread. When the Indiana fan next to you asks if Purdue is going to “pull a Purdue”, look him in the eye, smile and say “no, we’re going to win and we’re going to win big”. Don’t hum or haw, don’t qualify your answer, don’t say “Purdue can lose to anyone” just say, “Purdue is going to win, and they are going to win big.”

This is going to be difficult at first, but I have faith. We’re the alpha dogs and it’s time let everyone know.

Boiler Up and Good Luck!