No one crunches numbers better than the great Phil Steele. Anyone who has bought one of his preseason magazines knows this. Well, the man of Steele is at it again.
Team USA finalized its 2012 men’s basketball roster Sunday, and the Big Ten will be represented in Illinois’ Deron Williams. Williams, who helped the “Redeem Team” win gold during the 2008 games, will team with 11 other NBA superstars in search of another gold medal, starting July 29. Fifteen Big Ten players have suited up for USA and won a gold medal, not counting coaches, but Williams could become the first to win two. Check out the Big Ten’s history in the Olympics in this post.
Emily Zurrer was a star soccer player for Illinois. After playing for Team Canada in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Zurrer is back again with Team Canada in the 2012 London Olympics. She’s also one of a handful of Big Ten names chronicling their Olympic adventures for BTN.com. Find more journals here.
Here’s a fun project: I am ranking each 2012 Big Ten football game, from 96 to 1. Up first today: 80-96. In the next four days, I will send in groups of 20. If you see anything crazy, let me know. Like rankings like this? You need to check out my Rankings archive, where I rank all things Big Ten, including my top 2012 Big Ten units. Also, get all my latest Big Ten football posts right here.
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Not only can Michigan football recruit Shane Morris throw a football, but he can do at least one killer impersonation. In a recent ESPN video that featured recruits doing their best impersonations of coaches they encountered on the recruiting trail, Morris busts out his best Mark Dantonio. Watch the video (Morris’ impersonation starts at 37 seconds) in this post.
Here’s to hoping you had a great Fourth of July week. Now that everyone is back at work, why don’t you check out our top 10 stories from the week that was.