I Love IU / I Hate Purdue is the book die hard IU fans have been waiting for, the book that will at the same time make Purdue fans want to slink away and go sit in the corner. The IndianaPurdue sports rivalry began in 1891 when the two schools first met on the gridiron, and is regarded as one of the most intense collegiate rivalries in the country. Newsweek ranked it among the top 12 and the Huffington Post named it as the fifth best overall. In 1925 the football teams played for the Old Oaken Bucket for the first time, and when the Big Ten expanded to 14 teams in 2014 and realigned into geographically based divisions, Indiana and Purdue were placed in opposite divisions (the only protected cross-division rivalry) to insure that the Old Oaken Bucket would be contested every year. Students, Alumni and fans of IU generally root for the Hoosiers and whoever is playing against Purdue.
On the books I Love IU side chapters include the great victories over Purdue, and another on the outstanding players, many All-Americans, that have figured prominently in these victories. There is a chapter on the great coaches featuring the likes of Bob Knight, Bill Mallory, Doc Councilman, Jerry Yeagley and others. There are also chapters about the many wonderful traditions associated with the sports culture at IU, and one on the beauty of the campus.
In the I Hate Purdue side youll find the heartbreaking losses to Purdue in football and basketball, painful reminders that the great victories have their counterparts. There are also chapters giving the Boilermakers their due in the number of great coaches and athletes the school has produced. There are also chapters about Purdue traditions that grate on IU fans like the chant IU Sucks by the students before every game against all opponents. There is also a chapter about things not to love about the unimaginative Purdue campus.
I Love IU / I Hate Purdue is a must have for members of the Hoosier Nation.
About the Author
Joe Drozda grew up in Northwest Indiana, graduating from Indiana University in 1970 after serving in the United States Army, including a combat tour in Viet Nam.
A life member of both the Alumni Association and The Kelly School of Business Alumni Association, he also annually maintains his status as a member of the Hoosier Hundred within the Varsity Club.
Drozda has written two previous books, The Tailgater’s Handbook (1996) and The Golfer’s Wagering Handbook (1998), both published by Masters Press, and writes a weekly column during the football season for publication in various newspapers and websites.
He and his wife Cynthia have two children, both IU graduates.