Ever Grateful, Ever True

Ever Grateful, Ever True

The Mindset of a Lifelong Boilermaker Football Fan

James and Christine Fisher birthed their first son, Connor James Fisher on December 22, 1997. This child came out of the womb a Boilermaker and became approximately the 20th member of his family to attend Purdue University beginning in the fall of 2016. Not only did this child come out of the womb a Boilermaker, he came out of the womb a sports fanatic and enthusiast.

Yes, this is me. In this same year of 1997, Joe Tiller had just led Purdue to a Bowl Game in his first year as Head Football Coach of the Purdue Boilermakers. Little did I know how in love and attached I would be to Purdue sports and Purdue football. Although I was too young to recall the spirit and energy around the football program at the time, I have seen evidence of passion and high energy around the program at this time through videos of a sold out Ross-Ade Stadium and by asking students who attended the University at the time. This season of winning football set a standard for Purdue football. This standard included many details, but was centered around three words: Passion, Energy, and WINNING.

At the same time, Coach Tiller and the Boilermakers were able to continue the tradition of attaining some of the best quarterbacks in college football, allowing the University to maintain the nickname of “the cradle of quarterbacks.” Things continued to go well for the Boilers between the years of 1997 and 2007. The Boilermakers kept up with the expectation of winning by making 8 straight bowl games from 1997 – 2004. The highlight of the Joe Tiller era occurred in the year 2000, when the Boilermakers made an appearance in the Rose Bowl, led by NFL Hall of Famer, Drew Brees. All was good until fans began hearing rumors near the end of the 2008 season about a potential retirement of Head Coach and Purdue legend, Joe Tiller. The rumors stood true as he sadly departed the program to move onto the next chapter of his life, retirement. Little did avid Boiler fans like myself realize the dreaded drought and disappointing stretch of football that Purdue was about to begin following the departure of Coach Tiller.

The Boilermakers hired Danny Hope to be its next head coach later that spring. Although fans were depressed about Joe Tiller leaving the program to retire, there was still a sense of optimism for fans, especially the die-heart fans like myself who have not missed a Purdue football game on TV or in person since they can remember. That optimism quickly turned to doubt as the next four years of Boilermaker football was not only hard to watch, frustrating to support, and difficult to remain loyal to, but quite frankly was a failure in terms of the standard that Coach Tiller set in his 11 years as Head Coach. These four years went by incredibly slow and depressingly as the Boilermakers combined record over this time period included 22 wins and 27 losses. After the firing of Danny Hope and hiring of Darrell Hazell, we thought we had hope as fans, but once again our dreams were crushed, just even further this time. Coach Hazell led the Boilers to an abysmal 9 win, 39 loss stretch over the years of 2013 – 2016. Petitions to fire the coach were spiraling around the community for a few years as anger built up, until finally the new Athletic Director, Mike Bobinsky, finally got rid of in my opinion, the worst Purdue coach of all time. It seems embarrassing to say this, but the day that Hazell was fired may be one of the happiest days of my life because I had a gut feeling that this was the time that Purdue football got back to its standard of PASSION, ENERGY, and most importantly WINNING. Rumors began to spiral about hiring some of the hottest names in college football and the excitement level of fans began to build. Then, Athletic Director, Mike Bobinsky, announced the highly praised hiring of current Head Football Coach, Jeff Brohm.

“Let’s Play Football!” That is the motto that Jeff Brohm has carried with him into Purdue. Fans were optimistic, but nervous. Although the record right now is 4-6, the Boilers have competed in every single game, with its biggest loss by 18 points to highly-ranked Michigan. Jeff Brohm made it clear to Boilermaker fans that this is finally the year that the tide is turning and that no matter how talented the opponent, the Boilers would come out and fight until there is not a single drop of sweat, blood, or tear left inside of each and every one of those players.

I feel that Boilermaker Football is back on the railroad going in the right direction. According to ESPN, Purdue’s Fan Happiness Index has increased 99 points since last season. This proves that I am not alone through the numbers. Also, Ross-Ade Stadium has increased average attendance by nearly 15,000 people in just one season. PASSION, ENERGY, and WINNING. It is back. The expectation is being met and the future is bright.


Cover Image Credit: Rob Dupre

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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything

They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.

Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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NBA 2K18 Is TRASH, 2K Needs To Improve 2K19

Trash Mechanics. Trash MyLeague. Microtransactions. Check, check, check (and no, that isn't a reference to the money they make).


2k games has developed a monopoly in regards to a few of their games. The most obvious and culturally relevant game they make? "NBA 2k." It has developed an immense and passionate fanbase, dedicated to either rebuilding teams, staking a claim on the title of "GOAT," or playing competitively against other players online. However, monopolies have obvious cons; with no obvious alternative that is a great competitor, the quality of these games has declined precipitously. "2K18" has come to vex and perplex just about every 2K fan, and Ronnie 2K needs to improve this trash game.

First, let's talk about how essential microtransactions are to improving your game. For MyCareer, for you to level up your player, you have to grind for essentially days on end to avoid purchasing VC (the game currency) and to procure a high level of success with your game, especially if you are to use your character against fellow players online. There is also essentially a requirement to purchase currency to play against the well-established teams (hint, those teams have Steph Curry and others). It is 100% a broken system that serves as a money-making venture for 2K.

Next, the MECHANICS. Are you telling me I cannot make a layup in the post, just because I am being chased? That an open look 3, just because I released too early, won't go in? I also hate the fact that you are somehow able to step out of bounds, BUT, Giannis shook me by stepping out of bounds. Twice. Also, their passing is... perplexing. somehow, the center possesses the reflexes to snatch my pass out of midair, but I cannot get steals like that to save my life? I can't steal passes when they come up through the lane? OK then. The shooting feels broken sometimes, especially when players like Marcus Smart start draining three. Or Ben Simmons taking a shot outside of the key.

MyLeague is also annoying. It could be SO fun. It really could be an enjoyable experience. BUT there is so much wrong. One, the lottery odds shift on you constantly, and the teams that SHOULD be getting top picks do NOT end up procuring the picks (thanks for ruining my Bulls rebuild). Next, the trades are broken. Rudy Gobert is not coming to the Bulls for a top 10 protected pick and Kris Dunn. The Charlotte Hornets are not going to hedge their bets on Mo Bamba and trade away a franchise player like Kemba and get only that pick in return.

Development is also broken, and the good teams you build somehow can never score enough despite possessing the ability to (The Warriors, Thunder, and Cavaliers all provide examples of teams in real life of teams possessing three stars OR MORE that could average consistently high point totals). Also, tanking teams make the finals, and win, with the best scorer scoring 15 points per game? That is it? Really? Nah.

I am not some big fan of NBALive. EA is also a monopoly capitalizing on the market not providing a worthy competitor, and Live has been subpar for years now. However, 2K is going the way of Madden in that the game is declining in quality while still being the only option. For some consumers, this is the major purchase they make over the course of the year. No other games end up on their shelves, and they have the opportunity to lose their fanbase if it continues to decline as it has. Ronnie2K, PLEASE fix your game.

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