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B5Q Blogopean Union: Badgers in the NFL are having a moment

Plus: wrestling preseason rankings; hockey awards; and a roundup of happenings from around the Big Ten this past week.

NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

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).

  • With the NFL Playoffs upon us it is important to note that in the last week of the regular season Jonathan Taylor was the best player in the league.
  • And also that T.J. Watt had the most sacks of any player in the league.
  • The WCHA named Wisconsin defenseman Grace Bowlby the defender of the week for last week’s performance.
  • An interesting look at who is taking, and making, good shots. The Badgers are in the “good shooters, bad shots” quadrant but not so far into the “bad shots” portion as to be too worried.
  • This photo of gold medalist Cole Caufield is hilarious.
  • Micah Potter has been pretty impressive on offense so far this year. If only there was some way to combine his offense with Nate Reuvers’ defense and create some sort of super big man!
  • Wrestling starts for Wisconsin next weekend! The Badgers are ranked No. 20 (No. 9 in the Big Ten!) preseason in the NWCA Poll. You may notice that four of the top five teams in the country are in the Big Ten which...yikes...gonna be a fun season!