As Indiana University grads, little makes us happier than watching Purdue flame out of the NCAA Tournament while we stay at home for a second consecutive season.
But there is something that widens the smile on our face. It’s Purdue-on-Purdue crime.
And ladies and gentlemen, it doesn’t get much bigger than when a PUke goes after the Boilermaker held in the highest esteem, that being Neil Armstrong.
Buzz Aldrin is making a lot of headlines as he creeps around the dance floor like your great uncle at a Bar Mitzvah. But no matter how many rounds Aldrin advances in “Dancing With The Stars,” (don’t bet the over, even if its one), he’ll still always be second fiddle to his Apollo 11 spacemate, Armstrong.
Armstrong and the moon are synonymous.
But Purdue graduate and perceived NASCAR brain Ryan Newman (he was a mechanical engineering student while at West Lafayette), thinks Armstrong is full of crap. Newman went all Oliver Stone on the Greensboro News-Record, claiming Armstrong’s moon landing was staged.
“First thing I thought of when you said that was did we really land on the moon? That’s the first thing that came to my mind. The thing that I would really go with is how was the world created. What made water? What made air? What made dirt? Where did those things come from?
“I’m pretty sure (the original moon landing) was fake. I watched the documentary on it, and it’s pretty easy to believe. The flag was standing straight out when there’s no wind up there. When they step on the surface, there should have been a big cloud because there’s no atmosphere.”
It’s as if Newman has taken Purdue Pete’s sledgehammer to the gut of all PUkes worldwide, galaxy-wide. It’s akin to telling an eight-year old Santa Claus isn’t real. Love it. Absolutely love it.