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Emotional win for the Colts

October 7th, 2012 at 11:09 pm by under Sports 18

It was an incredible day for the Indianapolis Colts! Most people didn’t give the Colts a chance to beat the Green Bay Packers but they were able to pull off the 30-27 upset.

Somehow, the Colts used their emotion in the right way and made an incredible comeback! It was a tough week for the Colts, who found out that their head coach Chuck Pagano had been diagnosed with Leukemia. He was watching the game from his hospital room this afternoon and what he witnessed was a group of guys that came together and fought with everything they had to honor their coach. It was one of the most impressive games I have ever watched. Historically, it was an impressive game too. Green Bay had not suffered a loss in a game while leading by 18 points at halftime since November 1957! It also was the biggest comeback victory for the Colts since Peyton Manning led them back in the AFC Championship game against the Patriots!

Andrew Luck played an incredible game. He is a special player and he proved today that he is no ordinary rookie. Luck threw for 362 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for a touchdown in the win. Also, how about the play of wide receiver Reggie Wayne? The guy was simply amazing! He finished with 212 yards receiving and the game winning touchdown.

It’s hard to believe but if it wasn’t for one bad defensive play against Jacksonville, this Colts team would be 3-1 on the season. Not too shabby for a team that no one expected to hardly do anything this season.

The Colts are here to play and they will continue to grow together as a unit as they give everything they have for their coach! What a fun game to watch and I hope there are many more wins like this one!

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–Caleb


Amanda Neill making the most of her opportunity

October 4th, 2012 at 9:07 pm by under Sports 18

Former McCutcheon Maverick Amanda Neill saw her first action for Purdue this past weekend, as she earned playing time in the Boilermaker rotation in wins over Northwestern and Illinois.

After not traveling with the Boilermakers earlier this year, Neill made sure Coach Shondell’s decision to give his freshman a chance would pay off. Neill came up big with 29 digs to help the Boilermakers improve to 4-0 in the Big Ten for the first time since 1990.

“My mom and dad were able to come to Friday night’s game and on Saturday night, I had planned to have 15 of my family members to come even if I wasn’t starting. So, when they showed up, it was a great surprise for them,” said Amanda Neill.

Neill’s 18 digs versus Northwestern were a team high. She served an ace in each of her first two career matches and also collected her first career kills against Northwestern.

There will undoubtedly be ups and downs for #7 as she works through her freshman year of college but she has already proven that she belongs on the court for the old gold and black.


Big Ten play begins for Boilermakers

October 3rd, 2012 at 10:36 pm by under Sports 18

Through 4 weeks of the college football season the Purdue Boilermakers have shown they are an improving team that has what it takes to win every game they play the rest of the way. Senior DT Kawann Short and his teammates understand what is at stake on Saturday if they have hopes of finishing the year in Indianapolis.

“We know what we’re capable of,” defensive tackle Kawann Short said. “This year, we felt like we were a big strong team and we were going to compete regardless of what people think. We feel with the guys we have on the team, we’re capable of going to the championship and competing in our division.”

The schedule to start conference play gives Purdue every ounce of motivation needed to take care of business with Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio State due up first. This team and the gold and black faithful will know where they stand in the very near future. Winning 2 out of the next 3 is crucial if Purdue wants to punch their ticket to the Big Ten championship game.

Winning now will make the back half of the schedule that much easier, considering four out of the Boilermakers last six games are away from the friendly confines of Ross-Ade Stadium.

Follow me on Twitter at RossBolinWLFI

-RB


Replacement Referees

September 26th, 2012 at 12:10 am by under Sports 18

Tuesday, September 25,

I was able to watch the end of the Monday Night Football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks after anchoring the 11 p.m. sportscast on WLFI. I can truly say that it’s the most bizzarre ending to a pro football game that I’ve ever seen. Of course, it’s been well-documented that what appeared to be an interception by the Packers’ M.D. Jennings on the last play of the game was ruled a TD catch by Seahawks’ wide receiver and former Notre Dame standout Golden Tate.

To date, it’s BY FAR the biggest of many gaffes by the replacement referees, who are filling in for the regular NFL referees because of a labor dispute between the refs and the NFL.

I’m not going to continue the “dumping” on the replacement refs, who are trying their hardest but also are clearly in over their heads. I will be surprised if this doesn’t speed up the negotiations between the two sides toward a settlement. But, at the same time, a number of people think that the NFL will hold firm in its stance against the regular refs, due to the fact that the NFL is the country’s most popular sport in several areas, primarily in the television market.

I just know that I’m still stunned what I saw on the final play of Monday night’s game.

Blog to you soon,

Mike


Another Notre Dame win = Purdue is For Real

September 23rd, 2012 at 1:11 am by under Sports 18

After watching Notre Dame dismantle Michigan State and Michigan in back to back games which followed a last second win against Purdue…The more excited I get about the Boilermakers.

I anticipate seeing a recharged group next week against Marshall and for the Boilermakers sake I hope they get off to a good start against the Thundering Herd.

Marshall and Rice put up some serious points on Saturday in a thrilling 54-51 Marshall OT win. WOW…I’m not comparing Purdue to Rice even though the Owls beat the Boilermakers last year in Houston but still…

The good news for the gold and black is that most of The Herds success came on the ground. Kevin Grooms had 103 yards rushing on 12 carries, Steward Butler added 166 yards and a TD on 18 carries, and Marshall finished with 334 yards on the ground.

While I don’t envision anything resembling those numbers next weekend because of Purdue’s ability to own the trenches, I do think this game could go down to the wire if Purdue starts slow after a weekend off.

All this college football talk has me ready for next Saturday’s game. Is it Saturday yet?

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-RB


Luck gets first career win

September 16th, 2012 at 10:23 pm by under Sports 18

Andrew Luck picked up his first career win with the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday when they beat the Minnesota Vikings 23-20.

I just want to say that I did call the Colts win in my post last Sunday!

I really believed Luck would bounce back against the Vikings. He completed 20-31 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns. The big stat is that he didn’turn the ball over! Luck had his moments where he still looks like a rookie and he will have plenty more times looking like a rookie the rest of the season. But I was happy to see the improvement. However, the Vikings defense compared to the Bears defense is vastly different.

I was very impressed by the play of wide receiver Donnie Avery. Many have said that he is bust but I think for at least one game, Avery showed his critics he can still play. The Colts need him to be a reliable target because Austin Collie might not see the field for awhile.

I thought the Colts defense bounced back well too after allowing the Bears to walk up and down the field on them in week one. The Colts held Adrian Peterson to just 60 yards rushing on 16 carries. Also, they sacked Christian Ponder four times and made a forced him into a fumble. Now, the negative part for the defense is they let the Vikings rally back and tie the game up at 20-20 late in the fourth quarter. That can’t happen but also the offense should have helped put the game away. Cory Redding really stood out for me! Great pick up by the Colts!

How clutch is Adam Vinatieri? I mean the guy is a future hall-of-famer!

The Colts improve to 1-1 on the season and I believe they will get the win over Jacksonville next week. It would be something to see the Colts be 2-1 entering the bye week.

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–Caleb


Boilers Heat Up and NEVER Look Back

September 15th, 2012 at 8:45 pm by under Sports 18

After a slow start that included 6 straight pass plays to start the game against one of the worst run defenses the Boilermakers will face all season long, Purdue got hot and marched over Eastern Michigan all afternoon long.

Akeem Hunt ran for 106 yards and a touchdown on just four attempts and scored a 50-yard touchdown on his only catch. Brandon Cottom ran for 95 yards on two carries and had the fourth longest run in program history.

With the Boilermakers running wild, Caleb TerBush was able to settle down and find his groove. TerBush finished the game 16/24 for 158 yards, two touchdowns and just one interception.

Purdue’s defense showed that it should be a strength all season long as the Boilermakers held the Eagles to 313 total yards. Eastern Michigan’s only touchdown before the fourth quarter came on a 28-yard interception return by Pudge Cotton in the second quarter.

In all…I give the Boilermakers a solid B for today’s game. I wasn’t a fan of not establishing the run early which forced two consecutive punts to start the game.

Let’s hope Purdue can take advantage of their bye week and get healthy while gearing up for 3 straight home games. If Purdue can find a way to win 2 out of their next 3 or better yet all 3 games and head to Ohio State 5-1 or 4-2 I will be happy.

I just hope this team doesn’t as Mike Cleff says, “out think the room.” The gold and black need to stick with their bread and butter which is a solid defense and a good running game.

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-RB


Robert Marve

September 11th, 2012 at 11:11 pm by under Sports 18

Tuesday, September 11,

Let me start off by saying I like Robert Marve. But after the most recent developments, my respect for the injured Purdue quarterback has grown by leaps and bounds.

Marve’s college football journey has been a well-documented one with the most recent event being the left knee injury that the 6th-year senior suffered during last Saturday’s hard-fought loss by the Boilermakers to nationally-ranked Notre Dame. Head Coach Danny Hope confirmed that Marve has a torn ACL in his injured knee, the third serious knee injury that Marve has suffered since arriving at Purdue after transferring from Miami, (Fla.)

Marve has to be crushed by his most recent injury yet he’s acted in a most impressive way since he left the playing field in the 4th quarter last Saturday. He could have declined all postgame interview requests after last weekend’s game—and he would have had every right to. Yet Marve fielded reporters’ questions for a few minutes shortly after the Boilers’ heartbreaking loss. Then on Monday he thanked Boilermaker Nation for their support via his social media Twitter account. And he followed that up Tuesday night by conducting another round of interviews after practice, in which one of the reporters there to interview him was Sportsteam 18′s Ross Bolin. In Ross’ words, “He (Marve) was great”. Meaning that Marve was a very cooperative and insightful interview.

During the Tuesday night interview session, Marve wouldn’t rule himself out for the season. He wants to come back to try and help a Boilermaker football team that he feels has the makings of putting together a memorable season. If you’re one of Marve’s teammates, that has to inspire you. Marve’s football career at Purdue—-and college football, for that matter—is done after this season and what he’s showing is that he cares deeply about his teammates, Purdue, and the sport of football.

That’s why I’m rooting for Robert Marve to be back out on the football field sometime this season wearing the #9 Gold and Black jersey we’re used to seeing.

Blog to you soon,

Mike


Luck makes his regular season debut with Colts

September 9th, 2012 at 11:30 pm by under Sports 18

Well, the Indianapolis Colts first game against the Chicago Bears went about how I thought it would. The only play that happened that surprised me was the Colts’ interception that returned for a touchdown.

The Bears are just a better team right now than the Colts. Chicago has a lot more talent and experience and the Colts looked like a young team without very much experience.

It is just going to take time for the Colts.

As for my opinion on Andrew Luck, I saw some positives and negatives. Luck was under a lot of pressure because the Colts line struggled protecting him. Luck still stayed calm on most plays and stood in the pocket and delivered his pass. I liked that he has built a trust with Reggie Wayne but he needs to not rely on him too much. I saw Luck forcing it a few times to Wayne and once resulted in an interception in the red zone. Luck has to limit his turnovers but overall he did move the ball up and down the field against one of the best defenses in the NFL. Luck should have an easier time next week against the Minnesota Vikings.

The Colts defense must improve! It’s tough that the Colts lost Dwight Freeney and are already without Brandon McKinney and Pat Angerer. However, they did start the game off very strong but they couldn’t keep it up the rest of the game.

I still think the Colts bounce back next week and pick up a win over the Vikings.

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Caleb


TerBush named starting quarterback

September 3rd, 2012 at 10:41 pm by under Sports 18

I thought I would take a few moments to share my thoughts on Purdue’s quarterback situation.

I think its the right call for Hope to go ahead and name TerBush the starter against Notre Dame. Now that the decision is out of the way, they can focus on playing football. I was hoping that Hope would name a starter so this didn’t have to drag out all week.

As a coach you want as little of distractions for your team as possible. However, that has once again not been the case for coach Hope. It all started with Dewayne Beckford getting suspended and then dismissed from the team. Then in week one against Eastern Kentucky, Hope has to suspend TerBush for violating a team rule. It’s not the way you would like to start a season but as of right now everything is handled.

The Boilers did respond well this past weekend though after TerBush’s suspension. They picked up the 48-6 win over EKU. I was very impressed with Robert Marve and the way he conducted the offense. He looked very good. Rob Henry looked rusty. He did have a good drive at the end of the game and that is a positive for him to build on this week before Notre Dame.

Now from what I have seen out of TerBush and from what Hope has said, Caleb is the best quarterback this season and he has out performed the other two in practice. I really am excited to see TerBush in action this Saturday and I believe he will perform well. I think all three quarterbacks can perform well. I honestly like the depth at QB and the way that the Boilers use all three guys. I think they can really be a weapon this season.

Now after saying all of that, I have to give my prediction for this Saturday’s game. I believe the Boilers will play better than last season but it pains me to say, I think the Irish will get the win. I hope I am wrong!

Notre Dame 30 to Purdue 17

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–Caleb