Buckethate – The IU Predicto
The air has been let out of Bucket Hate Week for Purdue fans in recent years. Danny Hope owns the most recent win over the Hoosiers, back in 2012. Coach Hope, in fact, went 3-1 against IU in his four years (with the only loss being that overtime mess in 2010). Before that, Cowboy Joe Tiller, of course, absolutely owned the Hoosiers, going 10-2. Jim Colletto, many 30 and 40-something Purdue fans’ favorite Purdue coach to hate, went an uninspiring 2-4 against the cream and crimson. Fred Akers – perhaps among the most reviled Purdue coaches – did himself no favors by going 1-3. Burtnett went 4-1 while Jim Young went 3-2. You know what none of them did? Lose three in a row to IU. Darrell Hazell will accomplish that feat with a loss on Saturday.
The last time that happened was 1944-47. Coach Cecil Isbell went 14-14-1 with Purdue but 0-3 against IU. Following the 1947 loss, Purdue then reeled off ten wins in a row and with a tie thrown in there, didn’t lose again until 1962. From ’48 through ’75, Purdue went 24-3-1 in the series. It remains a heavily lopsided history, but over the past eight years, the two squads each have four wins. Sobering.
An interesting aside, Cam Cameron, Bill Lynch and Bill Mallory were all let go from IU head coaching jobs after a win in the Bucket Game. Given how rare those really are in Bloomington, that’s kind of surprising.
A loss for either coach on Saturday probably should be the final straw for either. However, it seems highly unlikely that Coach Hazell is going anywhere. Wilson, on the other hand, is in his fifth season and needs a win over the Boilers to gain bowl eligibility (though there is talk of some 5-7 teams filling in bowl slots – wouldn’t that be a kick in Fred Glass’ nuts, to have to pay a bowl bonus for a 5-7 coach?).
What do the increasingly drunk BS staff think will happen? Or what are their favorite movie speeches? Here, for the final time in 2015, is the Boiled Sports football predicto.
I know you gave up on him and your jersey's on the shelf It's been over two years for me and I'm still not quite myself You can't hire someone new and you can't keep watching him You're beginning to realize that it's sink or swim
I see empty stands all the time and my heart just melts Fans lookin' like if they had their wish they'd be somewhere else And it just breaks my heart to see Purdue this way Thanksgiving weekend it's time for us to say
This is the last worthless weekend that you'll have to spend Just give us a chance to show you what to watch again This is the last worthless weekend that you'll have to spend 'Cause basketball is just starting up as football ends
Every week it's the same old crap on Saturdays You catch a faint glimpse of skill sometimes but it never stays I've been around this block a time or two And I've sat through painful games but now I promise you, I promise you
This is the last worthless weekend that you'll have to spend Just give us a chance to show you what to watch again This is the last worthless weekend that you'll have to spend 'Cause AJ came back for his senior year to dance again
People inside their houses with the shades pulled down God knows we could use some football in this sleepy river town I know you're still afraid to tune in to BTN But there's just four quarters left, then we can watch ESPN (3)
And this is the last worthless weekend that you'll have to spend Just give us a chance to show you what to watch again This is the last worthless weekend that you'll have to spend 'Cause it won't be long till Lehigh takes on the Boiler men
This is the last worthless weekend that you'll have to spend Just give us a chance to show you what to watch again This is the last worthless weekend that you'll have to spend 'Cause Biggie's here to bring down the house as football ends
Indiana 46 Purdue 12
Purdue 12 IU 38
He was supposed to be Turkish. Some say his father was German. Nobody ever believed he was real. Nobody ever knew him or saw anybody that ever worked directly for him. But to hear Kobayashi tell it, anybody could have worked for Soze. You never knew. That was his power. The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist. One story the guys told me, the story I believe, was from his days in Turkey. There was a gang of Hungarians that wanted their own mob. They realized that to be in power, you didn't need guns or money or even numbers. You just needed the will to do what the other guy wouldn't. After a while, they come into power and then they come after Soze. He was small-time then, just running dope, they say.
They come to his home in the afternoon, looking for his business. They find his wife and kids in the house and decide to wait for Soze. He comes home to find his wife raped and children screaming. The Hungarians knew Soze was tough, not to be trifled with, so they let him know they meant business. They tell him they want his territory, all his business. Soze looks over the faces of his family. Then he showed these men of will what will really was. He tells them he would rather see his family dead than live another day after this. He lets the last Hungarian go. He waits until his wife and kids are in the ground, and then he goes after the rest of the mob. He kills their kids. He kills their wives. He kills their parents and their parents' friends. He burns down the houses they live in and the stores they work in. He kills people that owe him money. And like that, he's gone.
Underground. Nobody's ever seen him since. He becomes a myth, a spook story that criminals tell their kids at night. 'Rat on your pop and Keyser Soze will get ya.' And no one ever really believes.
Keaton always said, 'I don't believe in God, but I'm afraid of him.' Well, I believe in God, and the only thing that scares me is Keyser Soze.
Purdue 28 Indiana 27
With Austin Appleby likely starting and David Blough potentially still concussed, it makes you wonder if this could be closer than we all think it might be. Appleby looked pretty good against Iowa, perhaps knowing his chances to shine again in Black and Gold (or all white, or all black, whatever) were limited. There’s also been talk of Sindelar being thrust into action if something happened to Appleby. To this I will say what I said on twitter – that feels like a fireable offense to me. Wasting a guy’s redshirt on less than a single game in an already lost season is insane.
Can Purdue hang with IU’s offense? That’s really the question you need to ask yourself. Sure, IU can score and sure, they can’t stop anyone. However, Purdue’s offense has gone through ridiculous spells where they looked utterly incompetent. Look no further than the OC on that one, because it’s not as if Purdue doesn’t have talent. The skill level is there. Purdue put up a better offensive performance against Michigan State than Ohio State did. Purdue rolled up 55 on Nebraska, who the next week gave MSU their only loss. No, I’m not making any transitive property jokes here – just saying that Purdue has shown glimmers of being able to do what I think many of us know they can do.
Every year I talk about how much hate week can unify us. No matter how any of us feel about the football season, no matter how irritated we all are again the coaching staff or athletic department, seeing Indiana University across from our Boilermakers in any respect has a galvanizing effect. What I mean is, I think we all put aside our enmity for the moment and focus on the enemy. Let’s all do that on Saturday.
Choo choo, muthas.
Boilermakers 51 Hoosiers 49
It's Thanksgiving weekend, 35,000 will gather for a classic. Purdue versus IU; Gold versus crimson...no one outside of Indiana cares.
Strength v. weakness, as IU's offense faces Hudson's struggling D. No one should fear a scoring battle, Shoopy's offense is overdue.
Hazell might burn the shirt of one of Kentucky's favorite sons. If Austin stays healthy there is no problem, if not...uh oh.
Decision-making & talent assessment has been a bit of a struggle for Haze and co. Playing Elijah would be congruent with other mis-steps...could it be the final straw?
IU is battling for a spot in a prestigious post-season game in Detroit. In a few weeks, Sudfeld might shine on the big stage that C. Paint once owned.
With Morgan's guarantee in hand, Coach Hazell confidently moves forward. A win would help him avoid a distinction not matched since FDR was in office.
IU 42 Purdue 27