13. One slice of Bruno’s Pizza will fill you up
Since 1975, the Cataldos have baked massive pies for the hungry masses. You need to work out to lift even a fork-full of their dense, thick-crusted ‘za. Go for the 20” combo with sausage, ‘shrooms, onions, pepperoni, and black or green olives. Then nap. Repeat as necessary. The coincidentally named, but totally unconnected, Bruno's in West Lafayette doesn't even compare.
14. South Bend takes Dyngus Day seriously
On Easter Monday, the whole town chows down on deep-fried paczkis and sings "Sto Lat". A lot. The holiday also revs up the primary campaign season as politicos visit various clubs and pubs. Past participants include RFK, Senator Evan Bayh, and President Bill Clinton. So, it's kind of a big deal.
15. The man, the myth, the legend… Sergeant Tim McCarthy
Purdue has that big bass drum and a little choo choo train. ND has Sergeant Tim McCarthy, the king of game day traditions. During the 4th quarter, this Indiana State Police officer reads driving safety messages that end in the best/worst puns ever. He can silence 80,795 people with a public service announcement. ‘Nuff said.
Erik Christensen is a proud Hoosier and ND alum. You can spot him in the movie "Rudy" if you know where to look. (Hint: he's in Corby's.)