The Purdue football team stands between the Big Ten Championship and the Leaders Division representative. You could say, Purdue is on the "Road To Indy."
However, not only are the Boilermakers figuratively on the Championship path but they are quite literally on the road to Indy for many of the Big Ten's schools. The second closest school to Indianapolis, I took a quick trip to Indianapolis to show you The Road to Indy.
First, how about a quick geography lesson? Many people outside of Big Ten Country might not realize exactly where Purdue is and some within the conference still might be a little confused. So here you have Purdue, in West Lafayette, Indiana. West Lafayette, is just West of...well, Lafayette (How about that?). In all seriousness the beautiful campus rests around 70 miles northwest of Indianapolis and about 120 miles southeast of Chicago.
As you can see, Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Northwestern, Michigan State and possibly a lost Illini fan may all pass Purdue on their way to Indianapolis.
Here are some other images from my trip:
I started off at the newly renovated Mackey Arena. Mackey is home to the Purdue men's and women's basketball teams and a place that visitors fear.
After a quick left turn, I drive by the beautiful Neil Armstrong (You might have heard of him) Hall of Engineering. This building is one of the cornerstones of Purdue's campus.
Indiana is known as the "Crossroads of America" and once you get off campus it is a straight shot southeast to Indianapolis. While the scenery may not be spectacular to outsiders, it is a pleasant drive through the countryside for someone who grew up in this beautifully flat state.
65-South is the route you take. Be careful, it can be windy and you know we love our racing in Indiana so if you choose to go only the speed limit, better stay to the right.
Lebanon and Crawfordsville lie between West Lafayette and Indianapolis. One of the greatest scorers in college basketball history is from Lebanon. Just so happens he's a Boiler too. Rick Mount was the first high school athlete to ever be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Rick "the Rocket" Mount attended Lebanon High School. Current Boilermaker D.J. Byrd calls Crawfordsville home.
No mom, I promise I wasn't driving and taking pictures at the same time.
For my money (all $17 of it), Indianapolis is one of the most underrated cities in the country, especially when it comes to sports. Indianapolis is home to the Indianapolis 500, Brickyard 400, Men's and Women's Final Fours and Big Ten Tournaments, Super Bowl 46, etc. It's walkable, clean, safe and has enough to do to keep you busy. Try it out, come watch the Boilermakers in the inaugural Big Ten Championship Game!
So close you can almost smell it...figuratively, of course.
Ohio State never gets the green light in West Lafayette...
Until next time...Ever Grateful, Ever True. Boiler Up, Hammer Down and Hail Purdue!