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B5Q Blogopean Union: should we have a fundraising challenge with Iowa?

Minnesota and Nebraska have their Chair Week fundraising challenge. Why can’t we?

Minnesota v Nebraska Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images

Good morning! This is going to be a daily(ish) post that discusses the goings on of the rest of the Big Ten Conference, and the country as needed. Much like the European Union, the Big Ten is a loosely confederated group of entities that sometimes have the same goals (like free movement of people between countries or not winning national titles in football or basketball) and sometimes accept new members that they later regret (Estonia or Rutgers).

We hope that you will use this post to comment on things happening around the conference and also as a sort of daily open thread to discuss breaking news or argue about Spotted Cow.

  • The volleyball team went on the road for a tune-up sweep of Northwestern before the Gophers come to the Field House on Sunday. That is, as they say, a big one.
  • Jonathan Taylor may be “bringing running back” at Wisconsin, but Alec Ingold is “bringing the pain down Main Street” as the best damn fullback in the NFL.
  • Yom Kippur was on Wednesday and I hope all of our Jewish readers had a rewarding end to the High Holy Days. I know Matt Bernstein did in 2004.
  • More weekly awards for a Badger athlete. If this wasn’t so much fun it would be boringly repetitive.
  • How do you say “Slam Dekker” in Russian?
  • I think Tyler Biadasz is going to get drafted by an NFL team.
  • The rest of Biadasz’s interior line mates got some love from PFF too this week.
  • Speaking of the NFL Draft! I guess in my head I already KNEW that Wisconsin, the state, had produced a lot of NFL players because Wisconsin, the football program, had. But I didn’t realize it was this many.
  • Men’s hockey season is so close. Cole Caufield is ready. Are you?
  • This is a cool stat, now let’s start a cooler stat where the team gets players drafted in the first round in a bunch of years consecutively.
  • A nice trip down memory lane for those who are a bit foggy on the 2000 Rose Bowl.

Many fans believe that the biggest need at this point is at the running back position. On Saturday night, four-star RB Kevontre Bradford from Lancaster (TX) took his official visit, but while expectations were that Bradford would eventually be a Buckeye — perhaps as early as last Saturday night — that is looking less and less likely.

Coming out of the major recruiting weekend, the only 247 crystal ball that Bradford picked up was from 11 WarriorsAndrew Ellis, and it was forecasting that Bradford would be playing his college football in Madison, Wisc., not Columbus, Ohio.


  • A 2020 3-star guard from Kansas has decided to attend Northwestern.
  • Northwestern sucks this year and they sucked last year, I don’t care what their record was.
  • Minnesota and Nebraska both have terrible football teams that we dislike. No one denies this. They also have wonderfully giving and charitable fan bases that should be praised for all of the money they are raising this Chair Week. As a resident of Minnesota I have seen firsthand how wonderful the Masonic Children’s Hospital at the University of Minnesota is. Why doesn’t Wisconsin have something like this? Should we start something like this with, like, Iowa?