Had to digest that one for a while. Here are some thoughts after that Purdue loss.

Alright. I think I gave myself sufficient time to digest that loss. What a ride. An absolute battle between 2 staples of college basketball. I don’t write on stats so much as I do the eye test and emotion, but want to know an absolutely bananas stat? In all-time win percentage Indiana (2,945 games played) is at .635 and Purdue(2,898) is at .634. While we may potentially be two ships passing in the night. I truly believe this team is on the precipice of widening that .001 gap in the coming seasons.

Indiana fought hard. And while the loss was absolutely defeating and emotionally draining. No Indiana fan should look back on this year and see it as a failure. You know what Archie was never able to do? Win against Purdue. Mike Woodson’s first season. He is one possession from winning 2 matchups against them this season. We are trending up and that needs to be remembered. And Mike showing Purdue that things are different in his first year is a promising start to his tenure back where he belongs.

This is the reason Purdue was out for blood friday, and we still nearly stole it from them. If it wasn’t for Stajochskwfictiistz, or whatever the heck, making some ball(d)er shots. We would have went into “Mt. Mackey” and stole one.

The game yesterday was a heartbreaker… while simultaneously being a heart bearer. I don’t care what you think about Xavier Johnson’s game. If you think he forces it. Speeds up his game to much. Whatever… That guy is all-Indiana in my book. I’ve never seen someone want it so bad. The ferocity he played with is exhibit A on why I will I will go to the mat with XJ trash talkers any day all day.

I mean expecting him to ball out like a 5 star is unfair. But the tools he got he is going to utilize to the umpteenth degree to try to will Indiana to the W in a given game. His skills may not be Yogi-esque but his willingness to fight for this squad most certainly is. So crazy that a transfer can cement himself so firmly in the hearts of us who actually sit down and watch his effort for the course of 40 minutes.

He took bad shots. Yeah. But what was the man supposed to do? No one. And I mean no one else was looking to get one off. So he went full thanos.

And like thanos he ultimately came up short. He didn’t rely on his team. Because he really couldn’t. Nobody wanted to miss shots, so nobody wanted to take shots.

I know we are all licking our wounds from that loss. But we must cut the fat from this one, see what we can salvage and get to building on next season. The shooting is coming folks. The boys didn’t have their second half flat start this game. So there’s a plus.

Also we didn’t let Zach Edey absolutely dictate the paint. Our undersized guys stood tough. Even though Edey made Trace Jackson-Davis look like a high schooler in size on him. Now Mike can go get some of his guys. A few guys to matchup specifically for larger front courts that we will consistently face in the Big Ten, will go a long way in solidifying a contender.

And just a sidebar in case you weren’t aware, Purdue still very much has a little brother complex with Indiana University. I can speak for that by how insufferable my own traitor of a little brother (current Purdue student, even though he grew up rooting for our boys) was blowing me up. They love to see us lose, because they haven’t done anything of significance since integration.

Purdue’s last National Champions (named retroactively). I can’t speak to whether or not the crossover was even invented yet.

All this being said. Our dreams for banner 6 are not dashed yet. Win the Big Ten Tournament and we are in. While the highest seed to ever win the tournament was Michigan at the 8 seed in 2017, Indiana could be the first 9 seed. Now I understand how unlikely this is. But hey, why not us? Why can’t our boys come out like men on fire and secure the tournament bid? I mean we play the games for a reason people. If we truly find a way to shake off the second half slow starts, there isn’t really a team this year we couldn’t contend with. The big ten is a bunch of good teams beating up on eachother. For that reason I’m going to take our fighters chance and absolutely wear my heart on my sleeve this week! Lets put on a show and sneak into the party!

Don’t worry little brother, we’ll be back, and we’ll be out for blood. We just won’t make such a big deal out of it when we get back to fully expecting to whoop some boiler butt. We know how to act like we’ve been there before because well… we have.

On to dismantling the Big Ten this week,

LUX ET VERITAS!!!

Down 5 players, Indiana loses to Northwestern, recap

FINAL: INDIANA 51, NORTHWESTERN 59

WOOF! That was brutal… What a terrible, terrible loss for Indiana. The Indiana Hoosiers need to get it together right away. This loss is an undeniable blemish on the tournament resume for the Indiana Hoosiers. Northwestern is not a loss that can be easily discredited for Northwestern’s stifling home court advantage. I mean just look at that fan support at their football games. Indiana’s shooting was absolutely terrible, the front court was no where to be seen, and Miller Kopp couldn’t buy a bucket to save his life!

In regards to that front court, Trayce Jackson-Davis got his double double. It is sad when you learn that it was on 4 of 14 shooting. TJD played 39 minutes for the Hoosiers, absolutely monster load for Indiana’s star player. The front court really had to manage the load with most of them active, it just so happened they failed to do so.

In a game where the Indiana Hoosiers were already DOWN WITH SELF IMPOSED SUSPENSIONS, we decided to add onto our own stresses with foul trouble. How bad was it? Galloway got his 4th foul, and we had to play him. Because he was 1 of 2 scholarship guards available to go. So ridiculous.

Photo Credit: Sylvan Lane

Now discussing those suspensions a bit…

Listening to Don Fischer before the game, we had heard Indiana would be shorthanded. Then I saw this.

We didn’t know to which extent! 5 Guys! 5 Guys! We got self righteous and suspended 5 guys. The details involving the 5 players suspensions needs to come to light because if this was an attempt to self police and handle something internally, silently, this had the adverse effect because why couldn’t it be said what rules were broken! the public demands answers! If its the weed and Woodson suspended them their are two HUGE dipshits in this story. Mike Woodson for caring about 18 and 19 year old kids tokin’ up a bit and Michael Durr. Michael Durr, being a 5th year transfer needs to know better. Losers all around and I just want to know what happened!?! Give us the details!

The tournament committee could look at this game and rationally think, they self imposed a suspension on 5 players so were 1 away from not having half their scholarship players. So hopefully that is a plus… hopefully.

Onto Michigan State.

-Burke

“1883” Thoughts on episode 7, “Yellow Lightning Hair”

I fully expected this episode, being number 7 and all, to be a pretty tame filler episode. The start of this episode pointed towards this absolutely being the case. Boy, once it got going, this episode STAYED GOING! So I just want to post here weekly my thoughts following each episode of Paramount+ exclusive “1883”

First major thought of this episode is Elsa needs to slow her roll and maybe take a little chastity break. She is losing it, her emotions be all over the place. Throwing vibes to each and every hombre that comes across our intrepid travelers. She may want to slow down, Eeevvveeerrryyyybbboooodddyyyyy knows how quickly gossip can spread throughout a wagon train. Tale as ol’ as time right there.

That tornado absolutely truck sticked the wagons. So insane how wind can just shred through stuff that easily. I have been bitching about that break in the release of these episodes. I’m wondering if the devastation in Kentucky following those tornadoes led to Paramount delaying the release so this episode in which several lives are decimated by a twister was played so quickly following the terrible aftermath of the Kentucky Tornadoes.

If you didn’t notice that is the same actor from Yellowstone. Pretty awesome that they can show that his lineage came across the Dutton’s lineage even miles and miles away from where the events of “Yellowstone” take place in the present of this shows universe. His character really stepped up to the plate, even with Elsa being so emotional unhinged it seems this guy plays it cool. That’s really the extent of my thought. This native american cat was one cool SOB. Absolutely swoops in to save the girl from dirty ol’ bandits, save the day, and ride off to slay some more tail down the road I guess.

All in all, great episode here!

When Sam says “So I Killed him and took it”. Chills People. Chills.

-Burke

Netflix’s Home Team… Not as Terrible as I Had Expected.

Aaaaaahhhhh…. The Happy Madison logo.

For the avid movie goer, this production credit sequence conjures up a sense of familiarity. What exactly that familiarity is in relation to may differ drastically. The slapstick nature that is the heart and soul of each Happy Madison production. That slapstick isn’t for everyone, and I get it. I mean there have been some absolutely painful movies like Jack n Jill and Ridiculous 6 or whatever number it was. Those movies were god awful.

Credit to Happy Madison productions for being what seems to be the single most bromantically driven production company out there. Adam Sandler has found a way to keep his buddies gainfully employed and absolutely filthy rich. That kind of operation is one in which any man strives to run. It truly is amazing how Adam Sandler’s greatest joke as a comedian is convincing Netflix to give him $250 million dollars for a 4 movie deal. Alright pretensive credit disbursed. Now onto the latest Happy Madison joint…

Home Team is based on the suspension that Sean Payton was rightfully given when it was found out that under his leadership the New Orleans Saints had a bounty system in place to reward defensive players who were to target and injure key opponents. This scandal came to be known as “BountyGate”, because of course it did. During this suspension from the NFL Sean Payton coached his son’s middle school team.

That is what we see here.

Just a great feel good story about a bunch of underdogs overcoming adversity right? Not quite, I’d say it’s almost a Little Giants reboot, Sidebar: if you have yet to see the classic Rick Moranes film Little Giants, stop reading this and treat ya self. It feels like a reboot of that film that hits so much better on the more dramatic moments.

Honestly the comedy in the film works. A weird but honestly entertaining aspect of the film are the moments in which it gets its most “Happy Madisonnish”. For seconds at a time throughout the film there are slapstick moments that almost appear from a different movie. One assistant coach in particular throughout the film, appears to be in a different film altogether, as if he were some multiversal entity foreign to our own understanding of comedy and nature. So bizarre but entertaining and I’m honestly perplexed as to why it worked for me.

Adam Sandler’s wife, got hella play in this movie. In case you didn’t know this is Adam Sandler’s wife Jackie Sandler.

The woman may be recognizable to many of you due to her having served many roles and cameos in pretty much every Happy Madison production there’s been! Nice to see her get some actually shine and screen time here.

Also, Sean Payton cameo as the cleaning man. I enjoyed that.

I’ve seen worse movies people. At least 5 of them being other Happy Madison films. But this by far ain’t the worst offering available. Not a bad option for anyone who has already ravaged most of Netflix’s offerings.

Rotten tomatoes has it at 12% but that is absolutely too harsh. Go in with “I’m going to watch an Adam Sandler movie” and it’ll be at least watchable.

Give this flick a 4 Rob SCHNEIDER’S SCREAMING “You Can Do It!” out of 10.

God Bless Adam Sandler for his charity work keeping Taylor Lautner working…

-BURKE

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