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B5Q Blogopean Union: happy birthday to former 17-year old Braelon Allen

Plus: Garrett Model is Big Ten Wrestler of the Week; the women’s hockey team is ready for a Border Battle; and Jonathan Taylor hasn’t bought us a Louis bag yet.

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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).

  • After a huge victory on Sunday over the No. 4 wrestler in his weight class, Garrett Model is the Big Ten Wrestler of the Week and the USA Wrestler of the Week.

Fun to see the moment when coach Chris Bono told him in front of the whole team.

  • If Johnny Davis’ sophomore season ends the same way that Carmelo Anthony’s freshman one did, I think we’d all be pretty happy with that.
  • When will Jonathan Taylor send B5Q a Louis bag?
  • Cool breakdown of the men’s hockey power play that is starting to click on all cylinders.
  • Two other Badgers will be in Beijing for the Winter Olympics. Friend of the blog Todd Milewski has a cool article about Sis Paulsen and Nate LaPoint being the equipment managers for USA Hockey.
  • Border Battle in Minneapolis this weekend. Always must-see-TV.
  • It is Braelon Allen’s birthday. He is no longer 17. The horror!
  • I know not all of you follow @B5Q on Twitter, although you should because we’re amazing, but something was brought to me attention on Wednesday afternoon. A reporter in Chicago reposted a TikTok that a fan at the Northwestern/Wisconsin men’s basketball team took. I’m not going to link to it here, but in the video a man cheering for Wisconsin is shown talking trash to the NU student section and then he uses his hands to make his eyes narrow. As I’m sure you can guess, the racist gesture was made at an Asian student in the student section. The Wisconsin fan was eventually kicked out of the game and made the gesture again as he was leaving.

It was a disgusting and offensive act and I know every fan base has assholes, but I will not abide racist assholes supporting Wisconsin athletics in any way. We tweeted about it the official UW athletics account responded saying they did not approve and the like. It was the correct thing for them to say and I hope they go further and ask Northwestern who this man is so that he can be banned from attending any Wisconsin events in the future.

One thing that was mildly heartening in all this was the fact that so many Wisconsin fans spoke out forcefully against this asshole’s actions. I know most fans are good and just want to go to games and support their teams. Even Iowa fans! But despite most UW fans being good and decent people, it requires them to speak out when they see something wrong and I’m grateful that so many did, even if it was just online.

So, yeah, I guess my main point is...don’t be a dick and especially don’t be a racist dick.

As I was finishing writing this, this link came across my timeline from WKOW. “University spokesperson Meredith McGlone said UW is aware of the incident and are pursuing ‘appropriate action.’”

Men’s basketball results from Wednesday

Iowa 46 - Rutgers 48
Minnesota - Penn State, postponed

Women’s basketball results from Wednesday

Michigan State - No. 6 Indiana, postponed