Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Is anybody still reading this??? Make your own.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Malosos and Cowgirls

Well, it's on tonight, as the Silver and Black start their quest for NFL domination. Hopefully, you're beginning your quest for domination in the analyis realm. Let the coffee and beer flow, IT HAS BEGUN!

Friday, August 6, 2010


Is it official? Do these Rules suck?

Ted Says:


Monday, August 2, 2010

doobie doobie doooooo...

No, we are ruleless so far...

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Congratulations to the Mustangs

Cal Poly works some home turf magic, dominates on the water.


Good luck to all competitors in 2011 as the NCCC will be held in Evansville, IN.

Thursday, June 10, 2010


UC Davis could be heading to the WAC by weeks end. PLAY UP!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Monday, June 7, 2010

Nice Vid from NJIT

5 Days

History will be written in South Africa.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Friday, June 4, 2010

R.I.P. John Wooden

A great teacher.
A great communicator.
A great Boilermaker.
A great Bruin.
A great man.


Cougs Run at Purdue

Chrome O Practice...

...down at the Purdue Pit just outside the football practice facilities.

Engineers High on Crack...

...ing the Top 10 this year. Watch out for M.I.T. in 2011, they've been on the rise the past few seasons.

We be bloggin', yeahee yeahhhhh!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

one Award shout out...

To the Mohawked individual in the rainbow overalls from Drexel. You sir, are a Bad Motherfucker.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

PU articu


Don't Hold Your Breath

Not gonna really break it down this season...unless...(see below). Hopefully y'all got some stories to bring back with you. Had a lot of fun at Purdue. Thank you Purdue (definitely put the "Boiler" in Boilermaker), still, beautiful campus, great people, fun NSSBC to be at.

Well done all!

***If there are 20+ comments wanting "NSSBC Awards", I'll do it, no repeats, ha ha, feel free to drop in your favorite part of the weekend too...and no, you can't say winning an award if you won one...Bison, Bears, T'Wolves, and the rest of y'all, talking to you ;)


Saturday, May 29, 2010

Whew, finally back with you LIVE

...So many a team seem competitive this season...lots of trusses...lots of stacks, and "brass balls" to UTSA and Laval for brining the singles. Lakehead, Cal and those Bison look tough but we'll see what happens tonight. The Aggies of Davis, hmmm, yeah, they had a hot run, but it feels like too much deflection. Regardless, looking forward to the banquet tonight...I personally, am going to miss Elvis. Great weather and good people make for an enjoyable NSSBC experience...So Far So Good. Cheers (Millers up right now)...

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


It's a coin flip whether or not Your Humble Narrator gets on a plane for Purdue.  Our crack scheduling squad of one had an insecure stand by...and now travel costs may go up 400%, uh no if is necessary...cut off at 250% markup.

For the Boilermakers.


First Round

...is on Turner at the Nine Irish Brothers on Howard Avenue Thursday night.


Monday, May 24, 2010

Yeah, so a little mini-conversation of the upcoming week with an Amigo Fargo about conditions in "Go Big" Country.

West Lafayette Weather:

Friday at the Engineering Mall: could rain. Watch for Thunder!!!
Saturday in the Armory: hopefully not a one level pseudo-Mosh Pit free for all.

Can't wait to get to the Midwest (did I just type that?) YES!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Upstate Update

Defending champion SUNY Canton did not compete in the 2010 Upstate regional at RPI, hopefully, not the end of an era.

Results were as follows:

1st Overall - ETS Montreal
2nd Overall - University of Buffalo
3rd Overall - United States Military Academy at West Point

Resultados Totales:

Overall Rankings
  • 1st - ETS
  • 2nd - UB
  • 3rd - USMA
  • 4th - HVCC
  • 5th - Cornell
  • 6th - Clarkson
  • 7th - RPI
  • 8th - RIT
  • Did not compete - Syracuse
  • Did not compete - SUNY Canton
  • Did not compete - SUNY IT
(not entirely sure if the UB/ETS placements are correct, the overall scorecard has them switched up...regardless, qualified eh?!!!)

Javelina Pride

TAMUK lady goes over some of the Javelina's past in ASCE Competitions.



Purdue's having a competition at their place!



Robert Connor, 765-496-8272, rconnor@purdue.edu

Emily Foote - eafoote@purdue.edu

Joe Mueller - jmmuelle@purdue.edu

Nick Ulliman, competition assistant director, 765-418-9976, nulliman@purdue.edu


When they're not making the World's best ice cream, they're making bridge.


Thursday, May 13, 2010

Two Weeks

Until total domination. Right? ha ha

Monday, May 10, 2010

NJIT: New One

Highlanders take the High Road...again, must be nice to the media on your side every year.


Laaaaaaaaaaa, La, Laaaaaaaaaaaa

Well, the Spring Games are done, the semester schools are done, and the quarter schools are staring down finals while simultaneously finishing their class projects, and prepping for the NSSBC. It's definitely that time of year again...where the ones who get blasted academically try to prove that you can study your ass off and compete well at Nationals all in the same time frame...and those others are trying to prove to the quarter people, that hey, life is short, you should've gone to a semester school and enjoyed the road trip.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

You're the best Mom. Love you!

Friday, May 7, 2010

How 'bout them Leopards

Civil engineering seniors work to extend run of strong finishes in national competition

You might say they're building a bridge to their futures. Each spring, several seniors majoring in civil engineering compete against their peers from around the country to see who can design and build the best bridge at the lowest cost. The real-world experience can be invaluable as they prepare to pursue graduate degrees and careers in civil engineering.

Lafayette's Steel Bridge Team will be making its fifth trip to the National Student Steel Bridge Competition in the last six years. The team placed seventh at nationals last year and fifth the year before. The competition, which is sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction and the American Society of Civil Engineers, attracts more than 200 engineering schools to 19 regional competitions throughout the country. The national competition will be held May 28-29 at Purdue University.

Getting to the national level requires a lot of hard work by the team members, whose participation is an independent study with Stephen Kurtz, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering. To succeed, students draw on skills they have learned in engineering courses such as Statics, Strength of Materials, and Structural Analysis and Steel Design. They must be able to execute a big-picture conceptual analysis as well as attend to tiny details. They also learn how to produce professional-quality drawings and manage a construction project.

"The National Student Steel Bridge Competition is the best learning experience that a future structural engineer can have," Kurtz says. "It actually surpasses professional projects in the real world due to the fact that it is a competitive exercise that encourages students to consider unconventional and risky ideas--‘unconventional’ and ‘risky’ are two adjectives that are frowned upon in the real world."

This year's team includes Wystan Carswell (Huntingdon Valley, Pa.), Jason Garman (Seymour, Conn.), Tim Polson (Wilton, N.H.), Matthew Reichenbach (Kingsville, Md.), Jeff Shoemaker (Schnecksville, Pa.), and Mark Sliwinski (Glen Ridge, N.J.).

"Structures are a passion of mine and I’m a naturally competitive person, so the bridge competition seemed to be the perfect event for me," Reichenbach says.

Polson has been interested in structural engineering since high school and chose to attend Lafayette partly because of the opportunity to be a part of the team. "I targeted college programs that had either specific concentrations in structural engineering or unique project opportunities for students. Lafayette's regular participation and annual success in the national competition was a contributing factor for me deciding to come here," he says.

"The Steel Bridge team has for several years had a prestige amongst Lafayette civil engineers as an elite society of the 'hardcore' and the elite engineers--or perhaps the ones who are just a bit crazy," says Carswell, the lone female on this year's team. "It is expected that we will lose sleep over the design and fabrication of the bridge, and that the work will be hard and time-consuming."

The rules for the competition change each year, so teams must constantly adapt to produce a viable design. Lafayette's team spent from August until December this past fall meticulously designing, testing, and analyzing potential components of the bridge. The students started fabrication in January and have made adjustments along the way.

"When confronted with a problem, we are forced to diagnose the issue and resolve the matter immediately in order to keep to our schedule. I believe that this ability to identify a problem and produce a viable solution will prove to be beneficial in both academic and professional realms," Polson says.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

It's over.

JaMarcus Russell is officially done in Oakland, now, when the millions are gone on booze, broads and Krispy Kremes, he'll be stuck under some bridge in Alabama (that was designed by somebody reading this) drinking Carlo Rossi out of a dixie cup.


The slaughter continues tonight.

Miles and miles...

...well it seems the men and women of Manoa will be taking top honors in distance traveled to the NSSBC once again this year. Y'all rock in my book.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

tick tick tick tick

Only 3 short weeks away now. Stand by.

Thoughts and Prayers

To the people of Vanderbilt and the City of Nashville. May the road to recovery be swift!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Anybody who hasn't been affected by the beautiful culture of Mexico by now REALLY needs to get out more.

Vandals Qualify

Break out the cans, time to tag the Boilermaker.


Sweet little heartbreaker....


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Sunday, May 2, 2010

la grande liste

Texas A&M College Station

Texas San Antonio

North Dakota State

Central Florida
Southern Poly
Florida International

Louisiana State
??? (UNO?)

Michigan State

ETS Montreal
United States Military Academy (HOOAH!)

The Citadel

UC Berkeley
UC Davis

Cal Poly SLO
Hawai'i, Manoa
CSU Northridge

South Dakota SMT

é Laval

Virginia Tech (guessing)
Howard University


Youngstown State
The Ohio State University

Washington State
British Columbia

??? (Wisconsin?)
??? (MSOE?)
??? (IIT?)

Steel Willie
SIU Edwardsville (assuming 3 qualify for Purdue)

Cooper Union


Saturday, May 1, 2010


It's always important to remember that the closer it gets to Purdue, time gets short, and you may start to lose your temper. You don't have to take it out on your teammates or roommates, but you do have to get it out somehow. So pick your places wisely to blow off steam.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Poly Tops Them All


Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo takes the Ridgway Award for the second consecutive year.

Monday, April 26, 2010

It's Official

Dukey says so! Los Tigres del Clemson and The Citadel are both in.


Yikes, where's the competition in the Carolinas??? I guess Georgia Tech, Duke etc. etc. are too busy studying their asses off, argh!!!

Congrats to all teams!

ps: Thank you Clemson for Jacoby Ford.

From Tufts

Regional Results: Full Placements


Ohio Valley Love

The Highland Way

NJIT dominates the Metro once again.


Coug Article


Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Fire

Regional Introductions just about over. Can't wait for this NSSBC to fire up.

Word from Pullman

The official qualifiers are 2010 PNWRC Host Washington State in 1st Place...I've received word that Idaho State finished 2nd Overall but will not be able to attend the NSSBC in West Lafayette as the Bengals did not compete in the technical paper...The University of British Columbia finished in 3rd overall (take note Paperny Films!)...and now your humble narrator needs clarification to see if the Moscow Vandals have thus qualified with their 4th place finish since Idaho State is not eligible to attend Nats. Good job all!

Clarification in....as are Vandals!!! U da ho, NO, U DA HO! Ha ha, Iupati to the 49ers.

Ohio Valley

I'd say it's almost a definite that Akron took a spot down in Kentucky. They could be the stiffest bridge in the nation. Youngstown and Ohio State also look to be somewhat strong...both, for separate reasons. Any official placements feel free to comment OV.

It seems Akron, Hawai'i, Cal and perhaps a few others not known about are among the best for stiffness at the moment.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Okay, my Raider Draft Weekend if finally over...back to Steel Bridge mode.


The Citadel

They're in. http://externalaffairs.citadel.edu/ASCEchampionship

So's this guy:

If I had to bet...

...I'd say Washington State, Oregon State, UBC maybe UAF for the PNWRC. Pullman was gorgeous today.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


Insane design...I'm sure it's the only one of it's kind in the 2010 NSSBC.


Akron looks clean and mean, could be a real sleeper.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Wa to the Zoo!

Washington State University:
Hosts of the 2010 Pacific Northwest Regional Conference.

Yours Truly will be there with bells on after a 3 am start from Gresham, OR...alas, a full rundown will be in the future from Pullman.


New England / Rocky Mountain

UConn steps it up behind M.I.T. from the NE down at Tufts University. Laval close third.

Separate News, it's SDSMT in the Rocky Mountain.


Friday, April 16, 2010

This Just In...

...confirmed results from Vegas.

1. Cal Poly SLO ("barely")
2. Hawai'i, Manoa
3. Cal State Northridge

Nittany Nips 3rd

Mid-Atlantic proved competitive with Drexel securing 1st Place Overall and Lafayette College taking 2nd Overall.


(I'd put the LC Pep Band here in a Youtube link, but they're a little bit embarassing compared to the likes of say a certain Band-Uh in Yolo County)

Monday, April 12, 2010

San Jose State Slider

Competition day for the Spartans through a slideshow. Though it ended badly, we were all thankfully reminded, as with all competing schools, that MID-PAC would be absolutely meaningless without the Spartans there competing and cheering everybody on!


The Engineers...

...at M.I.T. own the New England once again.


CP Rules in LV

The Mustangs are back atop the Pacific Southwest.


The Rockies

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology finishes first overall at Las Cruces. Word was they also finished 1st in Construction Speed. Congratulations Hardrockers!

Ta Tonka Number Oneka

A bit of a shock but it appears the University of Buffalo have won the Upstate New York Regional Competition in Steel Bridge.



From the Spartan Daily in San Jose

for what it's worth...(not sure if there's more somewhere in there)

The SJSU Steel Bridge Team's hopes for placing at the 2010 Mid-Pacific
Regional Conference were dashed when its bridge suffered a structural failure,
resulting in its collapse. Team captains Andrew Veggian and Qais Lodin began
initial designs of the bridge, nicknamed "Tank" because of it's resemblance to
the military vehicle, in Fall 2009, Lodin said.


Sunday, April 11, 2010

Tennessee Tech Takes 5th

...in Southeast.


Pics from the ABC

The Asian Bridge Competition.


The Crosses

Rocky Mountain fires away.


For the Record...

...from Troy.


Regarding the rest...

...universally, there are some conferences that this blog never hears from, so the expectations couldn't be any lower for some, but if anybody else out there has PLACEMENTS...detailed results not needed...of Overall Conference points, Steel Bridge, Canoe, commentary, whatever, we'd love to have 'em here to share, so we can all get a feel for who will be GOING BIG OR GOING HOME this Memorial Day. To those MidPac qualifiers, here you go...don't worry Sons of California isn't down here twice (lol):

Live (10 hours later) from Chico!!!


Mid-Pac Rules Again, be it spirit or all-around project and technical prowess, hands down lovin' me the students of NorCal and Reno.

Steel Bridge


1st - UC Berkeley

2nd - UC Davis
3rd - Chico State

Lightness - UC Davis
Aesthetics - UC Berkeley
Speed - UC Davis
Stiffness - UC Berkeley
Economy - UC Davis
Efficiency - UC Berkeley

It was pretty close overall, and while I firmly believe the Aggies have the most room to improve, I wouldn't put it past Cal and it's highly unique design concept, to challenge for a top 3 spot at Purdue. Chico State showed a lot of heart, if they can string together a couple of seasons with some carryover, they could begin to start challenging again for some awards and a top 2 spot at MidPac, which will be at Big Sac next spring. The hosting job was unbelievable by Chico, the people were extremely friendly and civil, and the MidPac Spirit lives on!

Concrete Canoe


1st - Nevada, Reno
2nd - San Jose State
3rd - UC Davis

Design Paper - San Jose State
Races - Nevada, Reno
Oral Presentation - San Jose State
Final Product -
Nevada, Reno

The story of the day Friday morning was Cal's medieval inspired canoe failing during the first endurance race. It was an unrecoverable blow to their final score as both, the 300, and the Bossy Cow Cows were able to leap frog da Bears in the Overall. Dramatic yes, but this is how we all learn unfortunately. Regardless, San Jose State and the Wolf Pack are headed to San Luis Obispo...and you know what that means...the most spirited duo of juggernauts are gonna be sounding it off all over the beach! SPIRIT BELL INVITED!!!

Water Treatment

1st - UC Berkeley
2nd - Cal Poly, SLO
3rd - UC Davis

Apparently, there will now be a NATIONAL WATER TREATMENT COMPETITION to be held this year (not sure where) in June. Any and everybody who has competed in the WTC should look to MidPac and ASCE/AGC members etc. etc. for the information needed in order to submit your papers and projects. Cool, cool stuff brewing this season.

1st Place Overall
Mid-Pacific 2010:


Friday, April 9, 2010

Canoe news from the Midwest...

...as far as the races were concerned it was all Nevada, Reno and San Jose State (with some UC Davis mixed in there)...the canoe from Cal broke in half during the first endurance race, as did the Chico canoe.

"The Crosses" Will Host

Rocky Mountain heads to the big beautiful state of New Mexico.


Huddy prowling

HVCC working the mojo this weekend.


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

RPI ready in New York

Hosted at Troy!


pew pew pew, Golden Panther lazer beams.

FIU listo para volar en Purdue! Reeeeeowww!



Plenty of practice always works holmes.



...now with a double dose of pimpin'.



A lot of regional conferences really go all out and NSSBC-like to host their region, perhaps MidPac is a hair behind in that regard. The weather in Chico was beautiful today...campus was buzzing.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Word from Chromesville

So far so good, a few days out 'til MidPac only minor modifications yet to do and the times are where they should be for a Regional. Looking much better than Reno 2K9 for the West Coast Aggies this year. Good luck to all those competing this weekend...hopefully, it'll bring you good fortune, friends and weather!

It's Official...

...MidPac 2010 is going to happen.


Monday, April 5, 2010

side note...

...I've a feeling UNO qualified in the Deep South.

Hang on a minute...

...apparently, FIU has qualified as well from the Southeast Regional.


Sunday, April 4, 2010

Saturday, April 3, 2010

CWU Rule

(Looks like el Stifferino)

Friday, April 2, 2010

Rocky Road to Nats

Qualified so far:

Texas A&M University, College Station
University of Texas, San Antonio
Lakehead University
North Dakota State University
University of Michigan
Michigan State University
University of Central Florida
Southern Polytechnic State University
University of Florida
Deep South Qualifier #1
Deep South Qualifier #2

Still plenty of scratching and clawing to be done lads, so get your game up and get fit for it!

Modern Steel Covers North Central

Scene from The Zoo (loving the kung fu action in this one):

Thursday, April 1, 2010

FDU Fixin' to Host!

The Met is Set to Roll in late April at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Argus Loves Up Some Lakehead

It's all 'bout the Moose eh!

(that dude on the lower left is priceless...)

Take Notes

Well, if you're in the Mid-Pacific. you're battling the Spartans of San Jose and the Wolfpack of Reno for the SPIRIT BELL, aka the most coveted award of all engineering competitions WORLDWIDE!!! This is one example of how to make yourselves remembered throughout competition weekend...

Next on the List

It's fixin' to be a SUPER WEEKEND next week...should be on info overload...we'll get you a full rundown of the Mid-Pacific, and hopefully results will be pouring in from Troy, Durham, Vegas, Las Cruces, UP and Massachusetts.

Upstate New York - Rensselaer Polytechnic University
Troy, NY / April 8-9

Carolinas - Duke University
Durham, NC / April 8-10

Mid-Pacific - California State University, Chico
Chico, CA / April 8-10

Pacific Southwest - University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NV / April 8-10

Rocky Mountain - New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM / April 8-10

New England - Tufts University
Medford, MA / April 10

Mid-Atlantic - Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA / April 10-11