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The Agony of Being a Purdue Fan

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Me every time Purdue loses.

Me every time Purdue loses.

Me every time Purdue loses.

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I’ve been a Purdue fan all of my life, and it mainly feels like more of a curse than a blessing. While that sounds very pessimistic, you can ask any die hard Purdue fan, and they will tell you the same thing. Many times are good as a fan, but it certainly feels as if the bad times outweigh the good times. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve felt heartbroken and sick to my stomach after a Purdue loss.

While Purdue’s loss this Wednesday wasn’t a tournament game or anything, it still hurt to see Purdue lose in typical Purdue fashion. This is a game where Purdue basically leads the whole game, but then the team basically chokes and loses the games in the final moments. These losses are the worst because I feel like Purdue should’ve won the game, but somehow they lost. The game Wednesday perfectly describes this as Purdue was leading the whole game, but in the final minute of the game they gave up two big offensive rebounds that led to two baskets that lost Purdue the game. When I saw Ohio State get that offensive rebound and score with 2.8 seconds left, it felt like my soul was crushed into many pieces like a sledgehammer.

Over the past few years Purdue has broken my heart more than anything else in the world. When Robbie Hummel tore his ACL in 2010 when Purdue played at Minnesota, I cried. It sounds like I’m a crybaby (I am), but that hurt me more than when I tore my own ACL. Purdue had a great chance of winning the national championship that year, but once Robbie got hurt the team was just another decent team. I still get nightmares when I think of that game. Robbie Hummel tearing his ACL is the perfect example of being a Purdue fan: getting your hopes up, but then being crushed.

I have been through all of these heartbreaking moments with one person: my dad. We watch every game together, and we always have the same reaction when we feel crushed by Purdue. We turn off our TV, look at each other, don’t say anything, and go to our rooms. Then either a couple hours later or the next day, we talk about the game with each other. We get over the defeat quickly and get our hopes up for the next game.

While I make being a Purdue fan sound terrible, it’s actually really great. Many of my greatest childhood memories have been from going to Purdue basketball and football games with my dad. I’m very happy I’m a Purdue fan, and I believe this year’s basketball team will be the team that cures every heartbreak every Purdue fan has been through. I believe Purdue is going to win the national championship in basketball, and I’m actually going to pick them to win my bracket with confidence this year. I always pick them to win (even when they’re not in the tournament), but this year I actually feel confident picking them. Through all of the heartbreaks and bad times of being a Purdue fan, I’m still a die hard fan, and I wouldn’t want to be a fan of any other team. Boiler up!!

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  1. Ashli Key on February 19th, 2018 10:11 pm

    Very neat article Mason! I like how you compared you being upset about Purdue worse than when you tore your ACL. I think you did a good job throughout the whole paragraph, and it was very fun and easy to read. It’s cool knowing you and your dad can bond about Purdue basketball no matter what!

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  2. Brady Johnson on February 21st, 2018 10:28 am

    Nice Article! It happens to be very heart wrenching to watch the team you are passionate about undergo tough losses. I like how you used a simile to explain how your soul has been crushed. Outstanding work!

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  3. Delanie Deeter on February 23rd, 2018 1:55 pm

    This is a great article Mason! It shows the irony of having to sit by and watch a team with so much potential throw it away over silly acts. Purdue has great potential and its heart-wrenching when they don’t use their talents to the best of their abilities. I can only imagine what it was like for you and having to sit on the sidelines. It seems like similar emotions when watching a good team give up a good game. Great job Mason!

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