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.
- It should be noted that the women’s hockey team is back where they belong after having the weekend off.
Moving on #Badgers || #OnWisconsin pic.twitter.com/zZDpxvwD8Z— Wisconsin Hockey (@BadgerWHockey) January 20, 2020
They now have their biggest series of the season coming up on Friday, in Madison, and you should get tickets and go if it isn’t sold out already.
The #cawlidgehawkey rivalry returns to Madison this weekend!#BorderBattle || #OnWisconsin pic.twitter.com/Bg5OglOJuZ— Wisconsin Hockey (@BadgerWHockey) January 20, 2020
The No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers gave the Badgers their first loss of the season up in Minneapolis back in November and Wisconsin has been waiting for the return date in Madison ever since.
Welcome to the Top 10 of the USA Today/@USAHMagazine Women’s College Hockey Poll, @QU_WIH!— USA Hockey (@usahockey) January 21, 2020
Details → https://t.co/9EgFFPLzWm pic.twitter.com/p8iP964y6a
- With the offseason in full swing, J.J. Watt is finding time to binge some Netflix, like the rest of us.
Kealia: I’ve heard people say CHEER on Netflix is really good, we should watch it.— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) January 21, 2020
Me: I guess we can give it a shot.
Me 2 episodes in: JERRY HARRIS IS THE HEART AND SOUL OF NAVARRO COLLEGE CHEERLEADING. IF HE DOESN’T MAKE THE MAT, I WILL RIOT.
He’s right too. If Jerry doesn’t make mat for Daytona I too am going to freak out. They keep talking about how “famous” this one cheerleader on their team, Gabi Butler, is so I decided to check out her Instagram to see how many followers she has. I figured a cool 50,000 or something...NOPE! She has over 1,000,000 followers on Instagram and her most recent post spoiled the ending of the show for me!
Anyways, Cheer is a good show and their coach is a sociopath that makes people compete while injured and she should probably be fired.
- We may have to do a power rankings of which sketches from the past Watt would be the best in. I think it would be pretty funny to see him as Matt Foley, motivational speaker. Both he and Christ Farley are from Wisconsin, they’re both big dudes...I think it could work!
SNL!!!!— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) January 21, 2020
I can’t even pretend to hide my excitement about this haha!
This is something truly special and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity from Lorne and everyone involved at @nbcsnl
New York City let’s have some fun!!! https://t.co/80WBtHS9Vv
- ::puts on blinders and noise cancelling headphones:: The future of the men’s hockey team sure looks bright!
A couple of Wisconsin recruits had themselves nice weekends.— Stars n’ Stripes Hockey (@StarsStripesHKY) January 21, 2020
Liam Malmquist potted his 15th of the season in Penticton's 9-1 win over Merritt.
Mathieu De St. Phalle also tallied in the Steel's 12th straight win, his 19th to go along with 19 's in 32 games. #Badgers pic.twitter.com/sRZLaUfu9M
- Talented athletes should not also be talented people. IT’S TOO MUCH!
We know @MJHamm5 is great on the court, but she's also trying to change the world off the court.— Wisconsin Volleyball (@BadgerVB) January 21, 2020
Check out how incoming freshman Madison Hammill and her classmates are looking to make an impact
x https://t.co/CbqkN3iv0J pic.twitter.com/bEJ9GQGKI5
- If you look at this list and think “I wish the Badgers weren’t on it” you are wrong. Look at the top three teams. Think they’re upset they’re on it?
Most underclassmen declared for 2020 NFL Draft— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) January 21, 2020
Iowa, Texas A&M 4
Auburn, Clemson, Miami, Michigan, Missouri, Notre Dame, OhioSt, Washington, Wisconsin 3
ArizSt, Baylor, Boise, FSU, Md, MichSt, MissSt, OU, PennSt, TCU, Temple, UCLA, Utah, UtahSt, VT 2
The more early entrants the Badgers have to the NFL Draft, the better recruiting becomes. It’s science.
- Seems like Owen isn’t the only one who thought Zack Baun had a good day.
Some of the better players to watch at @seniorbowl practices this week:— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) January 21, 2020
Javon Kinlaw, DT, S.C.
Josh Jones, OL, HOU
Zack Baun, LB, WIS
Brandon Aiyuk, WR, ASU
Neville Gallimore, DT, OKLA
Talked to @LincolnRiley about Gallimore. Loves him, thinks his best football lies ahead.
- B1G wrestling is brutal. It seems like every match you are wrestling a top-10 opponent.
Top four??? We want MORE! pic.twitter.com/Yo1uqjfbAY— Wisconsin Wrestling (@BadgerWrestling) January 21, 2020
- The Ringer has Jonathan Taylor going in the first round, but has JK Dobbins ahead of him.
the @ringer NFL Draft Guide for 2020 is now live! includes my initial top-32 with scouting reports, player stylistic comps, stats, and more (this list will expand/evolve as we get further into draft szn). check it --> https://t.co/4v6yAoWZLu— Danny Kelly (@DannyBKelly) January 22, 2020
B1G basketball scoreboard from the past few nights (losses in bold because we are here to laugh at misfortune):
No. 21 Illinois 79 - Purdue 62
No. 17 Maryland 77 - Northwestern 66
(both ranked road teams were losing at halftime of their respective games, with the Terps being down 14 (!!) to the Cats)