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Thankful on Thanksgiving

Thanks to so many of you.

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I chose this picture because it’s Ashley Park and she was great in the Mean Girls musical.
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Today is the day that people reflect on the things in their lives that they are thankful for, the things that get them through the year. Sometimes, and I’m extremely guilty of this, we are all in such a hurry day in and day out that we don’t ever truly sit back and review the things that have blessed us throughout the year. I wanted to take a bit of time today to do just that.

First off, I’m sitting here in Hawaii while my son naps. I’m thankful for this trip with my family and my in-laws. This trip wouldn’t be possible without them. To be able to go to Hawaii and cover Purdue basketball is some sort of strange dream come true. To see Purdue play in the Maui Invitational and actually win the whole thing has been an experience that I’ll never forget.

Back in 2010 I graduated from Purdue and got my first real job. I reached out to a couple of friends from college and we started a Purdue sports blog that we decided to call Jumbo Heroes (RIP). One by one they sort of dropped off and stopped writing. Travis Miller (former head honcho over here) reached out to see if I wanted to join the site. I initially rebuffed him but did eventually cave and join him. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made and it wouldn’t have been possible without Travis giving me that opportunity. He built a great community here and just over a year ago I was given the opportunity to take over with Drew and I hope that I’ve been able to keep this place running to provide some community for all of you Purdue fans out there.

That leads me to you dear reader. It’s thanks to your devotion that Hammer and Rails consistently ranks near the top of the college network even when football is down. Basketball is shockingly popular here and it helps us maintain our high position with the football powerhouses of the nation. I know that sometimes I can ruffle some feathers especially when writing about Peacock, but I assure you it’s all from a place of love. I want to thank all of you for accepting the transition to new leadership over the past year and I’m glad we can maintain the same Purdue coverage you know and love.

The staff Drew and I have assembled here at Hammer and Rails is full of great people who I’m proud to know. It was difficult to cobble people together with not much notice but once Drew and I got to work I think we put together a group that offers some varying viewpoints, varying levels of expertise in different sports, and a varying levels of optimism. It’s a nice mixture and I’m so glad we’ve got each and every one of them.

Finally, I want to close and just say that life is short. Tell those around you that you love them. Even if they know you do it’s always nice to hear. A few years back I read an article about the effect of telling your friends that you love them. It has been show to help enhance connection and create lasting friendships (I’m paraphrasing of course.). Since then I’ve tried to tell my friends, male and female, how much I love them whether that be on the phone or in person. It can take people aback for a moment but like I said, who doesn’t like told that someone loves them right? So today, go out and tell someone you love them. It’ll make their day.

Thanks for reading and here’s to many things, sports and otherwise, to be thankful for in the next year.