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B5Q Blogopean Union: we still aren’t over how good Jonathan Taylor is

Plus: Aleem Ford is in the G-League; congrats to Sam Dekker on the sex; and Matt Henningsen is one of the best walk-ons in the country

New York Jets v Indianapolis Colts Photo by Michael Hickey/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).

  • Congratulations are in order for former Badger Sam Dekker and his wife Olivia Harlan Dekker who announced that they are expecting a child in May. Love Greg Gard getting out on the recruiting trail and identifying talent this early.
  • Jonathan Taylor was announced as AFC Player of the Month for October and then went out and absolutely tore up the entire New York Jets organization on Thursday night. He ran 19 times for 172 yards (9.1 ypc) and scored two touchdowns while also catching both passes Carson Wentz threw his way for an additional 28 yards.
  • Look at these two legends!
  • Matt Henningsen would be an excellent selection for the Burlsworth Trophy this year, given out annually to the best player in the country who started his career as a walk-on.
  • Due to everyone having primary jobs that aren’t this, we were unable to attend men’s basketball practice on Thursday. However, Jaypo has what looks to be Greg Gard’s rotation for this season.
  • Congratulations to Aleem Ford for making the Lakeland Magic, the G-League affiliate of the Orlando Magic and defending G-League champs. A pair of Michigan Men, big man Jon Teske and wing Iggy Brazdeikis join him on the roster as Big Ten alums.
  • If I may take a rare serious turn here: Colten Bartholomew of the Wisconsin State Journal reported on Thursday night that Wisconsin senior OL Josh Seltzner was arrested in October for OWI. It was apparently Seltzner’s first OWI offense which, in Wisconsin, isn’t considered a crime but instead a “traffic violation.” Bartholomew notes that the Badgers dealt with discipline internally, but Seltzner did play in the Purdue game, less than a week after his arrest. He did miss the Iowa game for unknown reasons.

I literally never ask you people for anything but allow me to ask you for this: don’t drink and drive. You’ll hurt yourself or, even worse, you’ll hurt someone else.

  • Alright, back to nonsense! I wish I could get free chicken fingers and watch Wisconsin volleyball. Northwestern students are so lucky.
  • Lol.
  • Should be an interesting series for Wisconsin goalie Jared Moe.
  • Liz Gregorski rules. Wisconsin volleyball is such a national brand that they aren’t confined to recruiting in one specific area and as such, Gregorski is the only Wisconsin native on the team this year. It’s always great to see a local kid do well and she is part of what makes Wisconsin, as a place, better.

  • Iowa has fired volleyball coach Vicki Brown.