Wednesday, January 28, 2009

What is a Boilermaker?

Everyone I talk to about college sports asks the same thing: What is a Boilermaker, exactly? Well, the easy answer is that it is one who makes boilers. It's a gritty, factory position that reflects the hardworking principles that Purdue University would like to reflect. Of course, at the time the name came to be, it was a derogatory remark by a sports writer for an opposing school who didn't like the prospect of butting heads with a bunch of burly blue collar athletes, but the name stuck and was adopted lovingly by the Purdue faithful.
Of course, now it's getting a new definition as something that destroys Badgers.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said! The only thing more atrocious than Krabbenhoft's cheap shot is the PATHETIC, gutless officiating.

The Big Ten front office should be suspending this goon and the ref who clearly saw the whole thing and pretended nothing happened.

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Blogger the iNDefatigable mjenks said...

One of my favorite childhood television memories was on Alf. When it turned out that one of Willy's friends was a drunk, Willy confided to Alf that her nickname used to be "Boilermaker" and Alf responded with "She used to play ball for Purdue?"

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