The redheaded step children of the state of Indiana have their panties in a bunch, once again.

The continual bitching about lack of respect, lack of coverage, etc. has begun by our friends from West Lafayette.

“IU’s going to suck this year. Purdue is favored to win the Big Ten. Matt Painter has done a fantastic job. Indiana fans just want to live in the past. Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.”

I would like to address these various complaints one at a time.

1.) IU’s gonna suck this year.

Check back later for a longer argument as to why this isn’t accurate. The short version is we’re young, sure, but we’re committed, motivated and have a terrific coach. Not entirely unlike Purdue last year.

2.) Yes, they are. And they should be. Enjoy this season. You’ve got a great group of players.

3.) Yes, he has. Purdue did a fantatic job transitioning from Gene Keady to Matt Painter, and it takes a man to do that. (50 bonus points if you know to what that references.) Matt Painter coaches a great style of basketball. I’m a Hoosier, but I find it hard to hate a program that is doing things the way Purdue is doing them. Good for you guys.

4.) Three thousand years of beautiful tradition, from Moses to Sandy Koufax, you’re goddamn right I’m living in the past! Walter Sobchak was right.

Recent events excluded, the history of Indiana basketball is fantastic and worth embracing. Which is something I will be doing frequently here.

So, Purdue fans, I’m sorry that you don’t feel like you get the respect that you deserve. You’ve got a great team this year, one that should be fun to watch.

And I’m sorry if this hurts your feelings, but you are not IU basketball. You are not going to magically become IU basketball just because we hired a jack ass two years ago and you have a good team.

So, The Rock says this, KNOW YOUR ROLE AND SHUT YOUR MOUTH!!

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