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B5Q Blogopean Union: special weekend edition!

Plus: the B1G is going to be WILD in hoops this year; Aron Cruickshank is fast; Badgers have a pair of All-Pros; and we will always love you Jonathan Taylor!

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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.

  • Now that it’s 2020, the B1G officially has a new commissioner! That’s...something, I suppose. We’ll see what it means for the conference in the coming years.
  • I’m sure you saw this, but Jonathan Taylor is heading to the NFL Draft. Good for him, we are excited to see where he ends up! Here are some of his last thoughts on being a Badger.
  • Pretty good career that Taylor kid had, huh?
  • Backup LB Christian Bell graduated and is now entering the transfer portal as a player with immediate eligibility. We wish the former Alabama and Wisconsin player well and hope he finds the right fit to end his college career.
  • Look at the Badgers! Producing top-end NFL talent!! T.J. Watt was first-team as an EDGE rusher and second-team as LB. Holy crap he’s good.
  • Some more fun facts about the basketball game on Friday night. It is going to be TOUGH to fill out a bracket this year.
  • Michale “Rafiki” Ballard as he is known.
  • Hockey is back! It’s a great day for it, imo.

B1G basketball scoreboard from over the past couple of days (losses in bold because we are here to laugh at misfortune):

Minnesota 78 - Purdue 83 (2OT)
Illinois 56 - No. 14 Michigan State 76
Rutgers 79 - Nebraska 62