Purdue at Ohio State
12pm Eastern/10am Mountain (ABC/ESPN)
It would be nice if the Buckeyes could play a complete game from beginning to end, playing at their best in all three facets of the game: offense, defense, and special teams. However, if they’re not going to do so, I’d much rather they fail in one or two of those facets against a team like Indiana than, say, the first Saturday after Thanksgiving.
So far the Fighting’ Buckeyes of the Olentangy have exacted revenge on two of the teams that conspired to embarrass us last season. This week the third comes to town in the form of the Boilermakers,
Full disclosure – I have an irrational dislike for Purdue that far outshines any irritation the school or its fan base has given me. Yes, two years ago in Vegas two fat, white, bald guys in Purdue basketball jerseys saw me in my Buckeye t-shirt and did the whole cough-DOUCHEBAG-cough thing in my direction, but I thought the situation was funny more than offensive.
Because, you know, they were two fat, white, bald guys in basketball jerseys in Vegas. Calling someone else a douchebag.
It’s not even because over Memorial Day weekend, 1998, my car saw the signs off I-65 for West Lafayette and summarily committed suicide. Don’t get me wrong, that sucked, but it’s not why Purdue bothers me.
It’s not even Drew Brees and his terrifying birthmark/tumor (I kind of like Brees actually.) Its not Bob Griese and his douchebag commentary while calling OSU games in the late 90′s, Gary Danielson and his douchebag commentary while calling OSU games in the late 90′s, or for that matter his douchebag SEC homerism nowadays.
It’s not that we needed a miracle on fourth down to beat them in 2002. It’s not the salt in the wound upset loss to them in 2004. It’s not the missed XP leading to an overtime loss last year.
You know what? I lost my train of thought. Fuck Purdue.