Thursday, September 27, 2001

The Purdue men's basketball team has received a verbal commitment from another standout player, Chris Booker. He's 6'10" and is considered to be one of the best big men in the junior college ranks. Analysts are saying that Keady's 2002 recruiting class is his best since picking up Glenn Robinson. What makes Booker's commitment even more enjoyable is that he was also being recruited by Bobby Knight at Texas Tech. Gee Bobby, we feel real bad about that...sorry.

Monday, September 24, 2001

Heeee's baaack...

Wednesday, September 12, 2001

Michelle Malkin hits the nail on the head regarding the effect of these frightening terrorist attacks on many in my generation. I only fear that she may underestimate the complacency of many, who will not hear this wake up call, but will instead return to self-indulgence and cynical disengagement.

As the dust settles over the heap that was the World Trade Center complex, let us hear the Word of the Lord...

Psalm 46
For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah.
According to lamoth. A song.

1God is our refuge and strength,
an ever present help in trouble.
2Therefore we will not fear, though the
earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of
the sea,
3though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their

4There is a river whose streams make glad
the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High
5God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
6Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

7The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

8Come and see the works of the Lord.
the desolations he has brought on the
9He makes wars cease to the ends of the
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear,
he burns the shields with fire.
10"Be still and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth."

11The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Friday, September 07, 2001

By the way, the Boilermakers are 1-0. It wasn't pretty, but it was a "W"...I'll take it. Next up, Notre Dame on 9/15. I'll be in attendance.

Thursday, September 06, 2001

While I'm on the topic of mascots...I've only had one uninteresting mascot at the schools I attended. At Frankfort Junior High School we were the Falcons...boring. At James Whitcomb Riley elementary school we were the Poets. We didn't intimidate a lot of people on the gridiron, but we were unique. Finally at Frankfort Senior High School (Yes, FSHS -- Father, Son, Holy Spirit) we were the Hot I'm not kidding. We didn't have the most imposing mascot, but, for some strange reason, we were proud to be able to say, "We are the Hot Dogs!!" I challenge anyone to top that personal string of unique mascots: Poets, Falcons, Hot Dogs, Boilermakers!! If you think I'm making up these mascot names -- then follow the links: Hot Dogs (last sentence on the page); Riley Poets.

And now for something that will bore almost all of you...but what the heck, this is my blog. In a little exchange that grew out of a blog post on Ladydusk, someone asked, "What is a boilermaker anyway?

Well here's how Purdue became known as the Boilermakers...

Following the November 23, 1889 Purdue-Wabash game, the weekly Review in Crawfordsville, IN (home of Wabash College), lamented the 18-4 loss to Purdue. The cranky sportswriter called the boys from Purdue the following names: corn huskers, railsplitters, haymakers, log haulers, and blacksmiths. The name "Boilermaker" does not actually occur in that article, but Robert Lackey, class of 1891, and football player for Purdue, claims that "Boilermaker" became the catch-all for these derogatory nicknames. Apparently "Boilermaker" became the common term used at the Wabash campus to refer to the boys from Purdue, for in the October 26, 1891 Daily Argus News report on Purdue's 44-0 drubbing of Wabash, the headline read:

Slaughter of Innocents: Wabash Snowed Completely Under by the Burly Boiler Makers from Purdue

In the November 1 edition of the Lafayette Sunday Times a Lafayette sportswriter commented, "Our players are characterized as 'coal heavers,' boiler makers,' and stevedores."

By October of 1892 the moniker was being used often in the student newspaper at Purdue, The Exponent. So what was originally a term of derision, a scornful nickname, has become the Purdue mascot. We don't have a bland mascot like a "wildcat" or a "tiger" we have a unique and enduring mascot, the boilermaker.

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