Purdue’s football stadium in gingerbread: photo

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Here’s the home of the Purdue Boilermakers in gingerbread! Yes college football venue Ross-Ade Stadium in the holiday spirit. Merry Christmas Eve!

click on the image for a larger view. source: Ben McDaniel Twitter
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#59 Purdue Boilermakers: College Football 77 in 77

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Of all the “cock-eyed optimist” cliches in college football, none have more resonance than in “a place called Hope.” Where “hope floats,” in West Lafayette, Indiana. That’s not just because the Purdue Boilermakers coach is named Danny Hope; it’s also because the spirit embodies his always-uplifting demeanor.

And that zeitgeist has been tested too, with all the injuries to QBs, WRs and RBs. When it comes to the skill positions, no college football program has been as snake bit as Purdue, especially with ACLs. It’s even carried over to the college basketball team where the injury bug didn’t just bite, but instead feasted on Robbie Hummel, one of the greatest players in program history.

But getting back to hope, now the football program has experience and depth and a signal caller, because of everyone who’s had to play in spite of injury.

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Purdue QB Rob Henry Tears ACL; Caleb TerBush the New Man for Boilermakers?

Purdue sophomore quarterback Rob Henry suffered a non-contact anterior cruciate ligament tear in his right knee at practice on Aug. 23. Further diagnosis will determine the extent of the injury and how long the Ocala, Fla., native will be sidelined. But you can bet the Boilermakers leading rusher and passer from last season is done for the year.

“Rob Henry is a huge part of our football program, our heart goes out to him” head coach Danny Hope said.

“He was voted a captain by the team in the spring, and I know he will continue to inspire and push Robert (Marve), Caleb (TerBush), Sean (Robinson) and all of his teammates forward.”

Hope even went out of his way to make practices less likely to result in injury this fall. And with the train wreck (pun intended) of injuries at the skill positions last season on who can blame him?

More on the West Lafayette Curse from our friend Travis Miller at Hammer and Rails:

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