I had a good source on the boathouse arrangement. Besides when UM went from Nike to Adidas and it was reflected in the attire of the men's rowing team, that’s when you know they have at a minimum much closer relationship to their AD than Purdue is allowed to have.
The Porter Boathouse is amazing. And their backup one on the over side of the lake has even more new shells. Its funny, in speaking with a UW alumn last year, he spoke how Clark plays the underdog card for them. Mentioning how they are treated as second class citizens in their own boathouse to the women and then being compared to the other EARC teams and what those teams receive. I laughed and told him how much we envy what they have in facilities and support. But then again, many programs envy what we have, even before the new boathouse. Grass is always greener I guess.
I've trained in a pair, but I'm using the term 'train' lightly since it was only a few weeks and mostly just going easy. I completely believe the story on Earnst. When we raced at the other UW their house was full of small boats (btw another amazing shrine to rowing). I remember going to the lake to train and just seeing an endless line of boats coming in as we were preparing to launch.
I drive my soon to be wife crazy when I talk of how much money I want to donate to the Crew team, if I could. I just gotta win powerball... Were you still at Purdue when we added lights to Lambert? It helped a lot, but you could still never call it anything but the dungeon.
Are you coming down for homecoming? There is an alumni row...