The human experience of slavery in the United States was recently and memorably captured in the Oscar-winning Best Film “12 Years a Slave,” adapted from the 1853 novel of the same name by Solomon Northup. But while Northup’s long fight to reclaim his freedom after a ruthless kidnapping was an undeniably compelling story, it wasn’t representative of the typical struggle of African-Americans who sought to break the bonds of slavery. “It’s not ‘12 Years a Slave,’ but ‘100 Years a Slave Family,’” said Nebraska history professor Will Thomas. “It took that long in many of these cases.” “These cases” are
It was nearly four years ago that Keith Nichol was part of what will be remembered as one of the greatest plays in Michigan State football history. With MSU and Wisconsin tied at 31 in a late October Big Ten clash, Kirk Cousins heaved up a last-second Hail Mary pass that went off the facemask of B.J. Cunningham and into the hands of Nichol, who fought off two Wisconsin defenders and pushed his way over the goal line. We’re re-airing the memorable 2011 game at 8 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go, part of our Big Ten Classics series, and Nichol will
Turns out, Urban Meyer isn’t ready to call Braxton Miller a receiver. “I haven’t made those decisions yet,” Meyer told the Columbus Dispatch. “It seems like it’s a little bit jumping the gun. Braxton came to see me. … He’s been talking to me about it. We’ve been working at it. But I’m not ready to say exactly how we’re going to use him yet.” Thursday night, SI’s Pete Thamel had an exclusive interview with Miller, who said he will be approaching this season as primarily a receiver/H-Back. It would make sense. After all, Miller is recovering from a surgically
It’s time for my top 10 Big Ten league games. [ MORE: Get all of our preseason Big Ten football coverage ] Did you miss the first two installments of this three-part series? If so, here’s 56-31 and 30-11. Now for those top 10 games: 10. Minnesota at Ohio State, Nov. 7. A Big Ten title game preview? Perhaps. Since 1969, Ohio State has lost just twice to Minnesota (1981 and 2000). The Buckeyes won, 31-24, in the Twin Cities last season. 9. Iowa at Wisconsin, Oct. 3. The Hawkeyes have lost the last three games—and five of the last
It’s almost time for BTN’s annual Big 10K race in Chicago, and once again you can watch thousands of runners cross the finish line live on Saturday morning. Here’s the link to the live camera page on BTN2Go.com. Details of the Chicago race course for the 10K and 5K are here, but it all starts on the Soldier Field/Museum Campus in front of the BTN Big 10K Fan Fest. The BTN2Go camera will go live at approximately 8 a.m. ET and run through approximately 10:30 a.m. ET. If you want to watch live on your mobile device, make sure you have
On Wednesday, we took a look at potential sleepers in the Big Ten East. Now, let’s take a look at the Big Ten West. I asked writers from the division who they felt could be a sleeper in the West.
If you have a TV or check the internet, you’ve likely heard at least one SEC coach spew some kind of excuse the last week or so. Well, FOX Sports’ Stewart Mandel has a great piece on it, one in which he says this about the conference that hasn’t won the national title in either of the last two seasons after wining the previous seven crowns: “So you’ll have to forgive us if we’re not exactly spilling tears over all the apparent slights that are keeping down the S-E-C, where the “E” apparently now stands for “Excuses.” Thought Big Ten
Many people already know that Purdue is “Astronaut University.” Twenty-three of its graduates took part in spaceflight missions, and Neil Armstrong is among its distinguished astronaut alumni. But there’s a lot more to know when it comes to Purdue graduates’ contributions to space exploration. Here are five interesting facts that aren’t widely known: 1. The moon landing wasn’t Neil Armstrong’s only pioneering achievement. In addition to being “one giant leap for mankind,” the moon landing was a culmination of sorts for Armstrong’s long, distinguished career in space exploration. The Purdue grad joined the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) —
At 8 p.m. ET tonight on BTN/BTN2Go, we are replaying Michigan State’s memorable 37-31 win over Wisconsin in the 2011 Big Ten football season. This game will be remembered by one simple word: “Rocket.” That is the name Mark Dantonio tabbed Keith Nichol’s game-winning Hail Mary catch to top Wisconsin and knock the Badgers off from the ranks of the unbeaten. After Montee Ball punched in a game-tying touchdown run with 1:26 remaining in the contest, Michigan State got the ball back and had one last shot to win it. With four seconds left, MSU quarterback Kirk Cousins heaved a
So, the much-scrutinized and analyzed Ohio State quarterback position just drew into greater focus now that Braxton Miller is moving to receiver, news SI's Pete Thamel broke late Thursday night.