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B5Q Blogopean Union: Sydney Hilley is smart AND good at volleyball

Plus: multiple Badgers are at Team USA’s preliminary World Juniors camp; Tyler Biadasz is a finalist for the Rimington Award; and does T.J. WATT EVEN LIKE CHEESE???

USHL Fall Classic - Day 3 Photo by Justin Berl/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.

  • People who are smart AND excellent athletes really piss me off. Like, save some talent for the rest of us, huh?
  • I wonder what happens if Kelly Sheffield’s players show up late for practice? Does it turn into a full scale Comedy Central Roast?
  • Maybe, and I don’t think we’ve really discussed this yet, the men’s hockey team is just TOO talented. That’s why they can’t string together any wins! Anyways, congrats to K’Andre Miller, Ty Emberson, Alex Turcotte and Cole Caufield on this honor.
  • I really like this answer from Greg Gard. Wisconsin will forever fight against the stereotype that they are a slow, plodding, boring team until they shock people to their senses by flying up and down the court. After a rough start to the season the Badgers really have nothing to lose in terms of letting the players loose. See what ya got, Gard!
  • I hope he brings his flame thrower to the ceremony.
  • If we are voting based on pictures alone, and why wouldn’t we, Tyler Biadasz wins going away.
  • Forgot to include this quote from T.J. Watt on Monday.


  • I don’t know what Jonathan Taylor has to do to even be INVITED to New York as a Heisman Trophy finalist but apparently this season’s body of work wasn’t enough.

This year’s finalists are: QB Joe Burrow (LSU, formerly Ohio State), QB Justin Fields (Ohio State, formerly Georgia), QB Jalen Hurts (Oklahoma, formerly Alabama) and DE Chase Young (Ohio State).

I guess Taylor could’ve tried being a transfer quarterback from one of this year’s playoff teams. That might’ve worked.

  • Congrats to former Badger Lauren Carlini.

B1G basketball scoreboard from last night (losses in bold because we are here to laugh at misfortune):

Iowa 72 - Minnesota 52