"I hear that train a coming it's rolling round the bend, but I ain't seen the sunshine since... I don't know when" - Johnny Cash
I. Case History/Opening Statement
A. Case History
After a disappointing final season of Tiller ball in 2008 and equally dismal first season under the just as luxuriously mustached Danny Hope in 2009, the 2010 season was supposed to be different. It seemed to be as on Sunday October 18, 2010, the Purdue fans awoke to their Boilmakers at 4-2 (2-0 B1G) and on the cusp of bowl eligibility. Two of the three home games remaining on the schedule were against a shaky UM team and a historically compliant IU squad. Alas, player's ACLs in West Lafayette last season appear to have been constructed of balsa wood and the Boilers failed to win another game.
B. Opening Statement
Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury, in two seasons since 1945 that Purdue has been relevant (
and or won a B1G title) they have had a transcendent quarterback: Bob Griese in 1966 and of course Drew Brees in 2000. Robert Marve was thought to be the next in that line, except he tore his ACL and then of course there is this. If not Marve, then maybe Caleb TerBush or Rob Henry or Sean Robinson can be the man to lead Purdue back to the promised land of bowl eligibility. Unfortunately, Coach Hope announced that Purdue will use a two quarterback rotation this season and as the axiom states, "If you have two starting quarterbacks, you really don't have any.'
A. What We Can Learn From Pop Culture
A. The Staff Calls the Games
Many of the staff here at the OTE see another long season ahead for the Boilermakers. Even with Paterno Ave's wildly optimistic prediction and my negative one, the staff predictions average out to 4-8 (2-6 B1G)*. Collectively we are certain Purdue will beat Middle Tennessee State (MTSU), Southeastern Missouri State (SEMO), Rice and Indiana and lose to Notre Dame. Most of us are sure that Purdue will be a bad team this year (although not historically inept) but two of us are convinced Purdue will make a bowl game. Purdue followers take heart as your team has effectively hung our jury.
Bama Hawkeye 7-5 (4-4 B1G) wins over MTSU, Rice, SEMO, Minn, ILL, UW, Ind
Ted Glover 4-8 (1-7 B1G)* wins over MTSU, Rice, SEMO, Ind
Jonathan Franz 4-8 (1-7 B1G) wins over MTSU, Rice, SEMO, Ind
Chadnudj 5-7 (2-6 B1G) wins over MTSU, Rice, SEMO, UMich, Ind
MSUlaxer27 1-11 (0-8 B1G) win over Rice
Ricardo Efendi 3-9 (1-7 B1G)* wins over MTSU, SEMO, Minn
Paterno Ave 8-4 (5-3 B1G) wins over MTSU, Rice, SEMO, Minn, ILL, Iowa, PSU, Ind
KennardHusker 5-7 (2-6 B1G) wins over MTSU, Rice, SEMO, Minn, ILL
Hilary Lee 4-8 (1-7 B1G) wins over MTSU, Rice, SEMO, Minn
JDMill 4-8 (2-6 B1G) wins over MTSU, Rice, SEMO, Ind
Graham Filler 4-8 (2-6 B1G) wins over MTSU, SEMO, Minn, Iowa