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 (which we NO LONGER DO).
- We have to say, seeing Jon Dietzen back on the field last week was pretty swell and now he is nominated for the Capital One Orange Bowl Courage Award. You love to see it!
Senior OL Jon Dietzen of @BadgerFootball has been nominated for the @CapitalOne @OrangeBowl Courage Award. He is our first weekly nomination this season. https://t.co/7SxS07U6Z4 pic.twitter.com/9LvOrEk0OV— Football Writers Association of America (@TheFWAA) October 28, 2020
- There was a virtual Badger Booster Event for the men’s basketball team the other day and Matt Lepay spoke with a few players, including Aleem Ford and Johnny Davis.
"Here's Johnny!"— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) October 28, 2020
We're excited about the potential of this year's freshman class, and Badger fans should be too!@MattLepay catches up with "Wisconsin Mr. Basketball" @JonathanCDavis1 pic.twitter.com/Ii1A4zWqte
Aleem Ford was a B1G part of winning last season's Big Ten title— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) October 27, 2020
What's in store for his senior season?@MattLepay caught up with @aleemty2 last night during our Badger Basketball Boosters virtual event pic.twitter.com/oKS8DbGyXv
- Hopefully you were able to join in on the fun last night as the Big Ten banded together to dunk on a horrendous tweet from a Nebraska radio network before they finally deleted it.
It will always be in our hearts pic.twitter.com/8A1BlJUtPi— The Champaign Room (@Champaign_Room) October 29, 2020
Nebraska fans, while certainly not entirely represented by the worst members of their fan base, do seem to have a larger portion of “worst members” than other fan bases despite loudly crowing about how polite and welcoming they are.
The tone of football fans on radio and Internet today in Nebraska is angry. Not much understanding of the hardships others are facing. And yes, I know there are significant hardships here... I’m gonna have to go watch some political campaign coverage to feel better about people.— Mitch Sherman (@mitchsherman) October 29, 2020
Huskers fans spent all offseason bitching and moaning about not playing football, going so far as to bring lawyers into the mix, then complained about having to play the schedule...that they were scheduled to play...regardless of pandemics and now they are claiming that Wisconsin, the same Wisconsin who has beaten them eight of nine times since they joined the B1G, is “ducking the Huskers.”
Pick a story and stick to it, lunatics.
It’s time for tonight’s @nihilist_arbys Twitter Poll:— BOOky’s 5th Quarter (@B5Q) October 29, 2020
If the roles were reversed and the #Huskers had beaten the #Badgers even twice since joining the #B1G would it even matter because life is pointless?
Retweet and answer for a chance at a Free @nihilist_arbys Combo Meal!
- TO BE FAIR, our friends at Corn Nation have handled this week’s news with grace and perspective and for that we are appreciative. This post from this morning is especially good. Tyler also joined Jon Johnston of Corn Nation’s podcast to discuss everyone’s disappointment with the cancellation of the game.
- An interesting breakdown from BHGP on one specific matchup in Iowa’s game vs. Northwestern: the Hawkeyes’ LBs vs. Wildcats’ RB Isaiah Bowser.
- I saw a disheartening tweet from Moon Crew owner and Split Zone Duo podcast host Alex Kirshner this morning.
Wisconsin might be out of commission. Nobody else is demonstrably good. Northwestern’s defense is serious, and the offense appears to have gone through a controlled burn to get rid of all the debris left by the last OC— Alex Kirshner (@alex_kirshner) October 29, 2020
Then I saw this on Inside NU and...oh God...what if this is a Good Northwestern Year. Classic 2020 imo.
- Ohio State, who is already recruiting circles around most of the conference, looks primed to have 2022 be one of their best class ever. Cool.
- Matt Tamanini at LGHL has been writing daily columns about Ohio State and the B1G at large and they’ve been quite good. Here are his thoughts on the game being canceled yesterday among other things.
- Even though Michigan State lost to Rutgers, Michigan isn’t underestimating their in-state rival.
- New Rutgers QB, and Nebraska transfer, Noah Vedral is endearing himself to the Scarlet Knight faithful already.
- The Gophers will try and open up their offense a bit against Maryland this week.
- A history of Michigan-Michigan State hate.