The First Shots Are Fired

Iconferentz_medium Gentlemen, I've gathered you here tonight because we've got a problem. You were at practice today. The guys are down and they look unmotivated, now I want to brainstorm ways to get the guys pumped besides the free coupon book we get for going to the Little Caesar's Pizza Pizza Bowl. Any suggestions? Darrell?

Wilsondarrell_medium  Well we have Purdue this weekend. We should remind them that this is our rivalry game.

Iconferentz_medium Yes, that's a good point. Alright, new idea. I'm going to go down the row and I want each of you to give a reason to hate Purdue.

Johnsoneric_medium Ummm... their dead-eyed mascot?

Chrisdoyle_icon_medium I'm also going with Purdue Pete, those muscles weren't earned the right way — 600 power lifts and a trip to the hospital.

Wilsondarrell_medium I was going to say the mascot too.

Iconferentz_medium Okay, does anybody have a reason to hate Purdue? That doesn't include their mascot.

Erick Campbell's hand shoots up

Iconcampbell_medium There attempt at a new mascot was terrible.

Iconferentz_medium Sigh, okay nobody has a reason to hate Purdue. Where's Norm? Didn't he have a bad acid trip in West Lafayette or something?

Wilsondarrell_medium Norm's at home. Two-and-a-half Men is on.

Iconferentz_medium What's that?

Wilsondarrell_medium Well, it's about two gu-

Iconferentz_medium Wait, stop, stop. How many times do I have to tell everyone that I don't want to hear about Norm's sex life. Let's just move on. Ken? What do you hate about Purdue?

Ken isn't paying attention, but is instead watching the television

Drevsine200_medium Welcome back to the Big Ten Network, I'm Dave Revsine. Nobody got a bigger win on Saturday than our next guest, who saw his team continue its recent domination over Ohio State with an overtime welcome. Purdue's Danny Hope.

Hope1a_medium Good to talk to you, Dave

Drevsine200_medium Now that was a pretty big win on Saturday. What was the key?

Hope1a_medium What was actually said. Well, I tell you what, our kids really came to play. There is no quit in this team and we just worked hard in all three phases of the game. It was one of the best wins of the season.

Hope2_mediumWhat Ken heard. Dave, I'd like to talk about the Ohio State game, but my attention is turned to the Iowa game. I know they'll be tough on defense, they always are. But I think are advantage is against their offense. Have you ever met their offensive coordinator? He's an idiot. Here, I can tell you there gameplan right now. Run by Coker on first down, run by Coker on second down, pass to McNutt on third. Wait, wait, wait, he might be tricky. Run on first down, pass on second down, pass on third. Oooooooooooh what are we going to do? Even the name is dumb. Ken. Duh. Ken. Duh. Ken. Duh. Ken. Duh. Ken. Ken. Ken. Ken. Ken. Ken. Ken. Ken. Ken. Ken.

Erick taps O'Keefe on his shoulder and Ken turns to Kirk.

Iconferentz_medium Ken?




Ken runs out of the room wild eyed.

 Iconferentz_medium Again?

Iconferentz_medium Okay, this meeting is over. Keep brainstorming on things to hate about Purdue overnight and we'll meet again tomorow.

Meanwhile Ken drives his car around Iowa City.

 Iconokeefe_medium An idiot? Hope thinks I'm an idiot? Now it's personal. They fired first and now it's time to escalate this rivalry. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm. And I know just the way to do it.

Ken takes out his phone and makes a call.

Blackberry-icon_medium Ring

Blackberry-icon_medium Ring

Blackberry-icon_medium Ring

The intended target of the call checks his phone.

Vandenberg_icon_medium Oh no.

Vandenberg_icon_medium Hello?

Iconokeefe_medium James, it's your old buddy Ken. What are you doing tonight?

Vandenberg_icon_medium Well, I was going to watch Monday Night Football and then watch some tape before going to bed.

Iconokeefe_medium I have a way cooler idea. How about me and you take a little trip.

Vandenberg_icon_medium Coach, it's November. I don't think it's a good idea to go into the woods at night.

Iconokeefe_medium Not the forest tonight, James, I was thinking something more mischevious.

Vandenberg_icon_medium Geez, I'd really like to coach, but Marcus is here too.


Iconokeefe_medium Oh that's great. He can come along too.

Vandenberg_icon_medium He can come too?

Iconokeefe_medium Yeah, cmon guys. The season's not going to last much longer. Let's have some fun.

Vandenberg_icon_medium Sigh. Fine. Honk when you're here and we'll come do- *honk, honk* Oh, you're here now. Great. We'll be down.

A couple minutes later, James and Marcus get in the car

 Iconokeefe_medium Hey guys. Thanks for coming. This is going to be great. Those Boilermaker idiots are going to be very surprised.

Marcust_medium Boilermakers? Coach, what are we doing?

Iconokeefe_medium Just a little fun. Now this drive might be a little long, but don't worry. I made a mix just for this occasion. I know how you young guys like the hip hop, so let's do this.

O'Keefe puts on sunglasses.

Vandenberg_icon_medium Coach, its 8 p.m. Are those shades necessary.

Kentr_medium Marcus, it's fine. Now who's ready to party?

Pitbullwj_medium "Let's... have... a real good time, let's have a real good time. Let's... have... a real good time, let's have a real good time."



Six hours later at 2 a.m.

The car pulls up to a building in a sleepy little town

Kentr_medium Ahhhh. We're here. That wasn't too bad was it guys.

Marcust_medium Sobbing. I just want to go home.

Kentr_medium Eh, you guys are babies. Now help me open this door.

Vandenberg_icon_medium I don't want to be the bad guy here, but unless you have some hardcore tools or a garage door opener. This door isn't moving.

Kentr_medium Just check out the trunk.


 Vandenberg_icon_medium Jesus coach. What do you need that many tools for?  And did I see wood in the back?

Kentr_medium I fix a lot of things. Never know when you're going to need a huge piece of wood or a miter saw. Now grab that drill.

After five minutes working on the door, it is finally opened revealing exactly what Ken expected.

Marcust_medium No way coach. No way.

Vandenberg_icon_medium Coach, it just won't be able to happen.

Kentr_medium Guys, you know better than to question me. Now give me a hand, if it's a war they want, then it's a war I'll give them.

The next morning at 9 a.m.

Janetx_medium Coach Hope, this came in the mail for you.


Hope1a_medium Thank you.

Coach Hope opens the envelope and first pulls out a note


 Hope1a_medium Hmmmm.That's a weird letter.O'Keefe... O'Keefe... O'Keefe... where do I know that name? Janet, could you come in here?

Janetx_medium Of course.

Hope1a_medium Janet, do you remember an O'Keefe, he looks like the one that sent the enve- wait there's more in the envelope. Hope pulls out the other item in the envelope. Mother of God. I... I... I...

Janetx_medium Coach what is it?


Hope drops the cause of his exrteme distress and it floats harmlessly to the ground.


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