Purdue Football: QB Controversy to Dominate Preseason Talk

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Buckle up Purdue football fans, because we have a good old-fashioned quarterback controversy in “the cradle of quarterbacks.” David Blough versus Elijah Sindelar was the talk of Big Ten Days as Purdue football coach Jeff Brohm brought both to media days, and that’s very substantial as each school is only allowed to bring three players.

Who will be the starter come August 30th when the Boilermakers host Northwestern? Will there be a QB1A and QB1B deal going on, and if so, will how long could it last into the season? The QB derby will be the #1 Purdue football discussion topic for fall camp, and we discussed that, and much more, on the Hammer and Rails podcast (listen below) with H&R founder T-Mill.

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Purdue Boilermakers B1G Media Day Audio: Jeff Brohm, Players

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Purdue Boilermakers coach Jeff Brohm took a very unorthodox, but also extremely interesting and quite compelling approach to B1G Media Day. Each team is allowed to bring three players to the conference media day sessions in Chicago, and Brohm, a former NFL quarterback himself, took two quarterbacks to account for two of the three slots.

As soon as it was announced that David Blough and Elijah Sindelar were to attendance media days, one was able to naturally infer that we have an old-fashioned Purdue Boilermakers quarterback derby on our hands. Today on the magnificent mile, during his time up on dais, the session that was televised, Brohm confirmed that.

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College Sports Fans Beware the Nefarious Influence of the Recruiting-Industrial Complex

It’s really astounding when you think about it- in an era when almost no one is willing to pay for news content, recruiting services can survive and thrive off a subscription-based business model.

The year-round extensive coverage of college recruiting, at every step in the process, has destroyed media coverage of college sports. It’s not just the rise of the recruiting-industrial complex itself that ruined it. Recruiting sites flourished at the same time social media exploded and these two phenomena fed off of each other to concoct a toxic cocktail.

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2018 NBA Mock Draft 6-21-18 Final Edition

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Welcome to our fourth version of our 2018 NBA Mock Draft. It’s the first edition post lottery. For more on a given prospect, click his name where hyper-linked, and that will take you to an in-depth feature piece on said player. Team needs were sometimes, but not always taken into account, and the order was derived from Tankathon, who we linked here.

You may not agree with the picks in this 2018 NBA mock draft, and yes, somebody will get left out, but you can air your grievances in the comments section. Just keep it all above board.

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Let’s Get Weird, Sports Episode 1: 1904 St. Louis Olympic Marathon (AUDIO)

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The Sports Bank is extremely proud to partner with the Hammer & Rails Podcast NETWORK to bring you the inaugural episode of “Let’s Get Weird, Sports.” What is this show exactly? Well, it’s something we’re very excited about as it’s unlike anything else we’ve ever done before.

As my partner Casey Bartley described, it’s “A new venture in sports story telling where we dive deep into the weird, phenomenal world of sports. Drunk History meets 30 for 30 sports documentaries where we tell you about fascinating and hard to believe sports stories.”  If you’re the type of person who enjoys NZ Sports Betting then you probably like consuming international athletic competition, and thus you’ll love this story.

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Isaac Haas Accused of Knowingly Spreading STDs; Sued for $1M

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If you’ve ever had a detailed conversation with Isaac Haas, then you would agree that he is essentially the last person you would expect to be implicated in a story like this. The 7’2″ former Purdue Boilermakers center is being sued for $1,000,000 in civil court by his former sexual partner, Alyssa Chambers. The suit, filed yesterday, accuses Haas of lying about his having contracted sexually transmitted diseases, and therefore knowingly infecting others.

Isaac Haas has yet to comment publicly on these allegations. Purdue University and Purdue basketball coach Matt Painter declined the opportunity to comment publicly.

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Time for Purdue Basketball to Finally Make Another Deep Tourney Run

Grab your high octane energy drinks Purdue basketball fans, because you’ll have to stay up late if you want to see the Boilermakers clinch their first Elite 8 since 2000. The #2 seeded Boilers tip off at 9:57 EST in Boston on Friday against the #3 seed Texas Tech Red Raiders, meaning the game likely won’t end until after 12:30 a.m. the next day.

No, we have no clue what the sports television network-industrial complex is thinking with this ridiculous schedule either. All we can say is that Boston is known for tea parties and tea has a lot of caffeine, which will be needed to stay up till the end of this one.

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Picking the Purdue Boilermakers in Your Bracket: Why and Why Not

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Are you toying with the idea of picking this Purdue basketball team to win it all in your bracket pool? Well, wagering on March Madness is certainly one of the greatest games of chance that a person can play. Entering a NCAA Tournament pool is like going to a casino with no deposit free spins, you just don’t know if the ball will bounce your way, and if luck will be on your side or not.

There is a strong case both for and against betting on Purdue, and we’ll explore each side of the coin here. After all: “The test of a firstrate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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#9 Purdue Boilermakers: What to Watch at Illinois Thursday

While the Purdue Boilermakers have tumbled down the national rankings and seen their B1G title hopes all but dashed, they still have a ton to play for at Illinois tomorrow night. The Boilermakers can still grab a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, but only if they close out the regular season by winning their last two.

If Purdue suffers a loss to either of the two teams (at the 12th place Illini Thursday night, towards the bottom of a very VERY soft B1G, their #1 seed hopes will likely be all but dashed. That said, there’s even more on the line, for both sides. Let’s run through all of that:

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Michigan State Spartans, Villanova Wildcats Co-NCAA Tournament Favorites

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Your Michigan State Spartans, along with the Villanova Wildcats, are co-favorites to win it all according to the sports books. You know the saying in East Lansing, Michigan: “January, February, Izzo.” Now while Michigan State is dominant in March, the last weekend of the NCAA Tournament is in April, which has been the cruelest month to the Spartans.

Since their most recent national title in 2000, the Michigan State Spartans have been back to Final Four five times (2001, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2015), and they have only reached the title game in one of those five trips. MSU’s record is 1-5 on the April weekend of the big dance since the glorious night they cut down the nets after beating Florida in 2000.

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Purdue Basketball Case for a NCAA Tournament #1 Seed

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While this Purdue basketball team ended up losing the only B1G conference game that will end up having major national significant this season, the Boilermakers are still in great shape for a #1 seed. Michigan State actually needed that game a lot more than the Boilers did, and it was a hotly contested battle that went down to the final seconds.

In the NCAA’s “what the bracket would be if it started today?” reveal yesterday, MSU was only a #3 (here’s an in-depth look at their resume) and Purdue was still a #1. That tells you where things stand right now, but where are they going? Let’s take a look at Purdue’s resume, and then figure out what they need to do still in order to cling to that #1 seed.

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Carsen Edwards: Purdue SG Rising as Fast as Anybody this Season

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Purdue shooting guard Carsen Edwards was certainly seen as a high-level talent entering this season, but very few could have seen a development of this magnitude coming. He’s rising as fast and as high as any college basketball who made “the leap” this season.

Edwards was the only B1G player named as a finalist for the Jerry West Award (nation’s best shooting guard). The sophomore is a strong front-runner for all-conference first team. A 6-foot, 1-inch guard from Atascocita, Texas, Carsen Edwards was also named a top-20 finalist for the Wooden Award, which is the basketball Heisman (well, it shares that status with the Naismith Award). It’s quite an accomplishment when you realize Edwards wasn’t on the preseason top-20 list for the West Award.

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