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Wisconsin 35, Purdue 24: Changes...

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It was a beautiful afternoon in Indianapolis. It was a day of freedom and promise where you can do almost anything you want to do. Good morning and early afternoon, I was walking around with my sunroof open for some work, looking forward to watching football in the afternoon. Purdue was down 14-0 before ESPN Cincinnati-SMU could get our game.

Good thing I was fixing a broken doorknob. At least it made the day productive.

Wisconsin had 16 consecutive wins against Purdue and it was the same today. Purdue was down 21-0 before the first quarter ended. The winners succumbed to the usual big run, followed by a big pass, turnovers and other errors. The game was truly over by the end of the first quarter, and for the rest of the day, Wisconsin was content to keep Purdue out. Another mistake early in the second half led to another TD, making it 28-3. Even when Purdue eventually scored a touchdown, Isaac Guerendo from our own backyard in Avon snatched a 54-yard run just when we had the slightest hope of coming back, while Wisconsin responded with a devastating big run. The last two touchdowns were cosmetic and will look good for pollsters once Purdue finishes 8-4 or 9-3, but it’s the same old, same old against Wisconsin.

Are we really surprised at this point? I don’t know who will take over as permanent head coach of the Badgers, but it won’t matter. They will do the same and we will see the same results until Purdue finally stops making our own mistakes.

This is such a consistent line that it will outlast my tenure on this site. As of November 1, 2022, I am officially leaving Hammer & Rails and SB Nation.

No, I’m not just fed up with this game and walked away.

A few weeks ago, another entity approached me, which will soon become clear, but I cannot yet officially reveal who it is. They wanted to get to know me a little better and talk about what was done here. They offered me the opportunity to become the publisher of a new site. This one was completely out of left field as it wasn’t even on my radar before it got to me. I’ve decided to accept their offer and that means the end of my time with Hammer & Rails and SB Nation.

This means it’s time for a change. As part of the proposal, I was asked to create a staff with the available budget provided by the new venture. As a result, both Casey and Jace will be coming with me. They will serve as full-time fellows on my staff, which includes Purdue. We’ve had a few discussions about the transition and he has some great ideas on how to get started running, which I know you’ll enjoy if you follow us. Kyle also comes in in a part-time role, recruiting thoughts as well as providing some x’s and o’s analysis on certain things. I’ll still do some writing, but I’ll also serve in an editorial role and work to secure local sponsors for podcasts and the like (example: My current podcast will be migrated with Kory Sheets). Casey and Jace will be the main voices, and here after millions of words, I’m happy to take a small step back and be more “manager” than “author”.

Not everything changes though. Ledman (Jumboheroes) and Drew remain your new managers. I’m sure some of us will check in from time to time in the comments, but in about a week and a half they’ll be diverting their ships. I can’t think of two people I would trust more with this place. Both this place and the new venture will be great places for Purdue fans to gather, and it’s an honor to hand over the keys to them.

I find it surreal that this weekend’s Wisconsin game is the last game I’ll write here. It saddens me that I will never be able to write about a Final Four here, even though Casey is sitting next to me in Louisville when I have the chance.

I will have a big thank you message on October 31st, but I can’t thank the rest of the staff, both past and present, for building this place. I’ll still write something in our new digs, but I want to write some more thoughtful editorial stuff while also shedding light on Purdue’s other sports.

It’s very hard to let go of something I created a long time ago. As you know, I am an emotional writer, for better or for worse. When I started the “Boilermaker Football Blog” in August 2006, from an angry 26-year-old boy to a somewhat wise 43-year-old father today, many of you have seen it in the process. I’ve even met many of you in person for a handshake and conversation or a “Yo, T-Mill” in the boardroom at Ross-Ade or Mackey. This place has always been personal and I’ve always tried to write like a fan with tremendous reach. I just got back to the press line covering the Big Ten Tournament this March, but the most exciting part was meeting and talking with Red Panda before the halftime performance of the Friday night games, and that was after I ran into Ed Hightower in the media room. . Sitting on the court for Purdue basketball was just a bonus.

I am grateful for everything this place has given me. I am grateful that you will continue to live. Finally, I’m grateful to all of you who made this possible, and I hope you’ll join our new initiative (to be officially announced on November 1st) by Casey, Jace, Kyle and I.