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B5Q Blogopean Union: time to raise another banner!

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Plus: women’s basketball practice starts; men’s basketball players debate the GOAT; and football’s difficult opening season schedule.

2021 NCAA Division I Women’s Ice Hockey Championship Photo by Justin Berl/NCAA Photos/NCAA Photos via 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 Nebraska).

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).

  • Banner raisings should just be penciled in for all home openers for the women’s hockey team tbqh.
  • After another sweep over the weekend, the Badgers remain the No. 1 team in the country.
  • The Badgers also took home a pair of WCHA awards this week as sophomore forward Makenna Webster and freshman forward Sarah Wozniewicz earned WCHA player of the week honors, the league announced on Monday. Webster was named WCHA Forward of the week after scoring seven points with two goals while Wozniewicz was named WCHA Rookie of the Week after scoring a goal in each game. Webster currently leads the WCHA and NCAA in scoring with 13 points.
  • This was the only good part of the football game on Saturday.
  • We’ve given the football team a ton of grief for their performance so far this year, and rightfully so, but they’ve also had an extremely difficult run to start the year. In fact, by SP+ they’ve had the most difficult starting schedule in the country!
  • Former UW running back Bradrick Shaw had a nice touchdown run for Northern Iowa this past weekend. He has had quite a journey throughout his college career so hopefully he has a killer last season for the Panthers.
  • Interesting to see who knows ball and, on the other side, who thinks that LeBron is better than Jordan.
  • It was the first day of practice in the gym for the women’s basketball squad and, as a long time basketball lover, there are few better sounds than the squeaking of basketball shoes on the court. With both the men’s and women’s teams in various states of starting over, this season should be a fun (??) learning experience for everyone.
  • Should be a fun event and a great opportunity for East Coast Badgers to check out the top-25 wrestling team.