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Friday, February 26, 2010
BT game day traditions: Purdue

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Little known fact: the first Big Ten game I ever watched took place at Ross-Ade Stadium. I was just a college freshman in 1999 when we made the drive from Evanston to West Lafayette to see Purdue take on Northwestern. I came away from the game with two thoughts:


Another of my favorite Purdue game day memories took place last year before the Oregon game, when I rode the elevator with Purdue alum Neil Armstrong.

The game day traditions series marches on with Purdue. Michigan is up next on Monday, so send in your thoughts.

Let's take a look:

TESTIMONIALS

Andrew from West Lafayette, Ind.: Adam, Regarding game-day traditions: For Purdue, after every touchdown, any big play the train horn goes off and the "Boiler Up" chant begins. It's loud and it's fun. Another one would be the formation of the Block "P" during the bands pre-game show. Seeing as Purdue was was the first school to break formation to make the logo of the school, it's a great tradition; especially when The World Largest Drum is spinning in the middle and Hail Purdue is being sung. It's a great sight. The next one is less than a game-day tradition and more of a game-morning tradition. But "Breakfast Club" is without a doubt one of the biggest traditions at Purdue. Every football home game-7am-Bars-Costumes. It's a ridiculous good time.

Purdue alum who's deployed writes: Adam, this is in response to the question from Jasen asking you to rank the traditions of Big 10 teams. I've got a good Purdue tradition for you. It's the reading of I am an American by Al G. Wright before each home game. There's also Purdue's "World's Largest Bass Drum" and you can't forget about the pregame ritual known as Breakfast Club (for those over 21) where the bars open early and the Chauncy Hill area resembles more of a large Halloween party the morning of every home game rather than a strip of restaurants, bars, and shops.

Adam from Fresno, Calif.: Hey Adam, I'm and OSU grad, and though I already missed my chance to talk about my alma mater's traditions (which are many and great) I thought I'd throw in my 2 cents for my brother's school, Purdue. I ventured to the OSU-Purdue game in W. Lafeyette a few years ago with my roommates, and got to partake in one of the greatest traditions in the Big Ten, breakfast club. Nothing better than rolling out of bed on a gameday, throwing on a costume and going drinking. (Somehow we got the DJ at the bar to play Hang on Sloopy, but thats another story).