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B5Q Blogopean Union: we’re counting the Ryder Cup as a win for Wisconsin

Plus: a roundup of Big Ten happenings from over the weekend; both UW soccer teams are thriving; and the men’s hockey team is picked third.

43rd Ryder Cup - Singles Matches Photo by Stacy Revere/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).

  • Our friends at Homefield Apparel just completed their second season of Big New Saturday. You may remember that they released a Wisconsin line earlier in the summer that was full of comfy t-shirts and sweatshirts. If you haven’t yet, you should head to their site and browse around as they’ve got a bunch of other awesome shirts from schools you may not even have heard of!
  • Can’t believe we’ve got to do this again next week.
  • This is awesome to see so many former Badgers in the NHL. I wish this graphic had any semblance of order outside of...players that played at Wisconsin. Give me alphabetical by something! Further proof that going to Wisconsin means you are smarter than most, there are no Badgers on the Philadelphia Flyers this year.
  • This year’s Badgers team is picked to finish third in the Big Ten, behind Minnesota and Michigan. The Gophers and Wolverines have ownership of most of the preseason all-conference teams, but Badgers goalie Cam Rowe is picked as the second team netminder and forward Roman Achan earned honorable mention.
  • Lol.
  • The Badgers just keep trucking right along, now unbeaten in eight straight games after a 0-0 draw in Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • If you missed it at the end of last week, the men’s soccer team upset a ranked Rutgers squad 2-0. The Badgers had a real tough start to their campaign but have seemingly found the stride as Big Ten play heats up and looks like they won’t be an easy out for any of the top teams in the conference.
  • Edgerton native, and Madison resident, Steve Stricker captained the USA to a dominant victory over Europe in the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits outside of Sheboygan. Dustin Johnson went 5-0 on the weekend to lead the Americans to victory. EAT IT, EUROPE!