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A Weekend of Opportunity

How 'Bout Them Boilers!?

Man, isn't life fun when the Boilermakers are rolling? I don't know about you, but I'm so excited, I cannot inject enough Purdue content into my veins right now. There are some amazing opportunities for our sports programs this weekend and I can't wait for all of them!

Football

The obvious one is Purdue and Northwestern taking over the northside in Wrigley Field. This could be a once in a lifetime opportunity to watch Purdue play a football game in one of Major League Baseball's most historic venues (and in all of sports). There was nothing that could stop me from going to this and I hope the same for everyone else. I have been anticipating this one since the announcement and almost bought NW season football tickets just to get guaranteed early access at seat selection (luckily, I didn't). Look at this field and tell me you don't want to be there. Any Chicago Boiler needs to fill these stands. Note: Looks like they're going lacrosse style with the opposing sidelines on the same side of the field.

Purdue football is on a roll and an 8-win season is still very much on the table with NW and IU as our last two opponents. That being said, we could also have 6 conference wins this year as well! The last time Purdue won 8 regular season games was in 2006 when we made it to the Citrus Bowl (then Champs Sports Bowl) and, looking at the results from that year, this team is better. Last time 6 conference wins happened was the 2000 Rose Bowl season. Jeff Brohm has the football program rolling!

Volleyball

Dave Shondell has to be right up there with Brohm as one of the most electric coaches I've had the opportunity to see live. He's one of Purdue's finest coaches and has the volleyball team rolling as well. Coming off two Top 10 road wins at Wisconsin and Minnesota, a Big Ten title is still on the table with only four games remaining. We would need some help, but being one game out of a tie for first, the scenarios aren't that farfetched and the season sweep of Wisconsin helps tremendously. If we can pull of a Big Ten title that would be the first since our only one back in 1985! Purdue plays host to Michigan in Holloway on Friday and for those of you going to the football game in Wrigley, stick around Chicago on Sunday to watch the Boilers play in Evanston at 2pm CT.

Basketball

If you're an East Coast Boiler and not heading to Chicago this weekend, I hope you can make it up to Connecticut for the Hall of Fame Tip off Classic at Mohegan Sun. With the football game having just ended, I'll be watching from a bar in Wrigleyville as Purdue takes on UNC. Even the B1G-ACC challenge has never been capable of giving us this historic matchup. Come out on top in that game and the next matchup is likely against Villanova. The championship game is at 1pm ET so I'll have time to watch that in Evanston just before heading over to Welsh-Ryan for the volleyball game. We have a HUGE opportunity to make a statement this weekend and if we can come out with these wins that would put us even more in the national spotlight than we already are (especially considering Michigan's loss in the Gavitt Games).

I know it's already been discussed in other posts, but I'm in agreement with everyone else. This team is stacked from top to bottom. Even in the 2009-10 season (which, in my opinion was our best team and chance to win championship this century) there were certain glaring weaknesses when we had to make substitutions. This year, there is no drop-off with subs. We have a roster of two complete starting 5s and limitless combinations to matchup with any team, any night. It'll be fun to watch this season unfold and this weekend will be a major test to see where we actually stand among some of the best.

Soccer

I'll be completely honest when I say I don't really follow soccer too closely, but what's happening this season with Purdue can't go unnoticed. These girls are giving it their all every night they play and are doing some amazing things that, at least in my recent memory, haven't been done often while I've been around. Purdue has made 6 NCAA tournaments before this and only made it to the second weekend once in 2003. This Friday at 4:30pm ET in Fayetteville, AR Purdue will take on Notre Dame in the second round of the tournament.

Pack These Venues!

This has been the most collective excitement I've had around Purdue athletics in my lifetime. Let's fill the stands and show our support!

Pack Wrigley
Pack Mohegan Sun
Pack Welsh-Ryan
Pack Razorback Field
Pack Holloway
Pack Ross-Ade
Pack Mackey

It's a big weekend to be a Boilermaker so I'll let Coach Brohm take it away:


I'm sorry, what was that? SAY IT LOUDER FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE BACK:


I think we're gonna need a little help from Coach Roff:


Hey, Coach Shondell, let 'em hear it!



And Now, if you've made it this far, this is my official petition to get Dave Shondell to lead the Shout cheer for the IU game. Keep in mind, the following video was from 2014 during the first game of what would be a 3-9 Hazell season. Imagine how excited he'll be if we're on the cusp of an 8-4 regular season and actually have a football team! He'll be in West Lafayette too as the Boilers play host to #11 Nebraska in a HUGE season finale (and potential Big Ten Conference Championship-clinching match) at 9pm ET that same night.

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