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B5Q Blogopean Union: David Gilreath’s kick return was, and still is, awesome

Plus: Brad Davison and Dana Rettke are best friends; big time soccer match tonight; the best cross country teams in the nation are coming to Madison on Friday.

Ohio State v Wisconsin Photo by Matthew Stockman/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.

  • Nine years ago yesterday!
  • Just in case you needed more stats to prove what you already know, that the Badgers defense is No. 1, here you go.
  • $1 tickets to see the No. 10 team in the country ball Iowa up and toss them in a waste paper basket? Almost worth the gas from Minneapolis for me.
  • Looks like Greg Gard has a plan for Micah Potter’s absence now.
  • Urban Meyer is a reprehensible person. This is an extremely interesting breakdown of the Wisconsin passing attack, however.
  • Home opener Friday night for the men’s hockey team. Doesn’t get much bigger than welcoming the defending champs to the Kohl Center.
  • The Badgers are hosting one of the premier cross country meets of the season on Friday.

Last year both teams had the race winner with the women’s team placing sixth overall and the men’s team placing second.

  • We talked to The Champaign Room this week, post coming later today, about Lovie Smith’s job and everyone seems to be in agreement that he probably shouldn’t have it for much longer.