About

I’m Rachel, a sophomore at Purdue University. Boiler Up! and Hail Purdue!

Home away from home.

Home away from home.

I’ve lived my whole life on a farm in the great basketball state, Indiana. While there is a lot of basketball there is little to no hockey; both are sports that I enjoy. You can blame my love for hockey on my dad. My grandpa was from Michigan so my dad and his brothers played hockey growing up.

Chrysler Fieldhouse in New Castle, IN. Seats 9,325 the largest high school gym in the World. And we have 13 others in the top 15.

Chrysler Fieldhouse in New Castle, IN. Seats 9,325 the largest high school gym in the World. And we have 13 others in the top 15.

Minnesota high school hockey state finals. High school hockey is to Minnesota as high school basketball is to Indiana.

Minnesota high school hockey state finals. High school hockey is to Minnesota as high school basketball is to Indiana.

Besides basketball and hockey I also enjoy volleyball, tennis, baseball, and football.

I typically appreciate collegiate and professional athletics equally, except for basketball (like I said I’m from Indiana. The NBA is not real  basketball, at least I don’t think it is). My collegiate allegiances: Purdue University and the University of North Dakota. I was born into a Purdue household; my mom is an alum and my dad took ag short courses at Purdue. I dislike Indiana University above all others. You probably wouldn’t have guessed that I like the University of North Dakota… I was swayed by funny hockey players in YouTube videos. There are miscellaneous other colleges that I root for but not all the time or as ardently as I do for Purdue. In fact I mostly just root for UND’s hockey team.

Boiler Up, Hammer Down, and Hail Purdue!

Boiler Up, Hammer Down, and Hail Purdue!

UND... the former Fighting Sioux

UND… the former Fighting Sioux

As far as professional allegiances go I prefer to support my ‘local’ teams: Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Tigers, Indiana Pacers, and Indianapolis Colts. I dislike many professional teams. It’s hard to keep track of them all.

Made the playoffs for 20 straight seasons...what's your team done in that time?

Made the playoffs for 21 straight seasons…what’s your team done in that time?

Reigning AL Champs

Racking up MVP’s and Cy Young’s

Pacers 2

Blue Collar Gold Swagger

Colts 34

Build the Monster

There are other professional teams that I like but they aren’t ‘my team’. In most cases I like a few of the athletes on the team so I root for them.

I cover a bit of everything here, mostly things that I like; Purdue, Detroit and Indy athletics, hockey, and flow… It’s a work in progress. If you’re curious about the name for this blog the inspiration was this.  Lastly, if you like what you’ve read so far and are a Purdue fan, I have pretty sweet gig with Hammer and Rails and you can find some of my stuff over there every so often.

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