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Friday Night’s Alright (For Lighting)

Get a little action in

Friday Night Lights at Ross-Ade Stadium

It’s been a while since I wanted to write anything about Purdue football.

I’m assuming everyone here has heard of the fight-or-flight response. We’ll I’m 100% a flight guy. In the context of “writing” “articles” on this “website”, a fighter would rant and rave and complain and whine and be very mad and say mean things. A flighter like myself just stops writing anything except the required season previews and post-mortems.

Anyway, now that the despair of losing every game by fifty points is gone, I feel like writing an article about Purdue football. Mostly I am writing this because Purdue played a game on Friday night (their first with permanent lighting), and I thought of this title, which I consider the best title of an article I have ever written.

My brother won tickets from the local radio station, so I traveled east across the state to Ross-Ade Stadium and watched the game. Here are the highlights:

  • There was a crowd at a football game! 45 grand ain’t quite a full house, but the student section was full and the crowd was into it.
  • Beer is now sold throughout the stadium. There were very long lines for the officially licensed Purdue beer. The can looks cool, and the beer is fine.
Boiler Gold - American Golden Ale by People’s Brewing
  • Purdue jumped out to a 10-0 lead, but Ohio came back and made it 10-7. Then Purdue went three and out on a sad possession. I was a little nervous at this point.
  • David Blough came in at QB and Dario Fuller started gaining yards in big chunks. That opened up the passing game, as Blough had wide-open receivers all game.
  • In a span of about 7 minutes in the second quarter, the lead went from 10-7 to 34-7 and it was over at that point.
  • Defense played well in the first half, and alright in the second.
  • Obviously Ohio is not Alabama, but it has been a long time since Purdue looked dominant against anybody. So I am happy.
  • I have no actual stance on whether or not Friday night games in general are a good idea for college football, but I really enjoyed this one.

Let’s end with some paraphrasing of Sir Elton:

It's getting late have you seen Jeff Brohm
Ma tell me when the team gets here
It's eight o'clock and I want to rock
Want to get a belly full of officially licensed Purdue beer

Neil Armstrong's drunker than a barrel full of monkeys
And Orville Redenbacher he don't care
Purdue Pete looks cute in his jersey and boots
A bunch of fiberglass for a head

Don't give us none of your Darrell Hazell
We had it with your John Schoop
Friday night's alright for lighting
Get a little action in

Get about as oiled as a diesel train
Gonna set this field alight
`Cause Friday night's the night I like
Friday night's alright alright alright