On Thursday night’s season debut of “Tailgate 48,” hosts Julie Alexandria and Jason Fisher kicked off their eight-week excursion across Big Ten country in Madison, Wis. The pair gave Big Ten fans an all-access pass to the traditions, pageantry and gameday excitement in and around Camp Randall Stadium for last week’s much-anticipated Nebraska-Wisconsin battle. During their 48-hour tour of the campus, Alexandria and Fisher caught up with Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne, AD Barry Alvarez and hoops sensation Jordan Taylor. Watch the interview with Dayne now and see Taylor’s sitdown in this post.
So, apparently, Michigan State watched The Waterboy last Friday night as part of Mark Dantonio’s weekly tradition of team movie night, and the next day Spartan Denicos Allen just so happened to go out and pull off his best Bobby Boucher impersonation. Like Sandler’s character in the movie, Allen leaped a blocker on his way to sacking the quarterback. Check out the two plays in this post.
On last week’s Step Into My Office, our Mike Hall sat down with Michigan coach Brady Hoke and the week before that it was Minnesota coach Jerry Kill. At 9 p.m. ET tonight on BTN, Hall takes you behind the scenes with Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema. Hall, who can be found on Twitter, @BTNMikeHall, filed a couple bonus Web-only video clips from his visit to Madison. He also wrote a little about what it was like to hang with Bielema, whose perfect Badgers have a bye week before hosting Indiana on Oct. 15. Watch one clip now and see Hall’s comments below.
As if 1-4 Indiana didn’t have enough on its plate with perfect Illinois coming to town Saturday, there’s this: Nick Turner and two other players quit the team Wednesday. Turner, a redshirt sophomore, had been moved from running back to safety two weeks ago, although he did receive his first carry of the season last week against Penn State. Sophomore running back Antonio Banks and redshirt freshman defensive lineman Marlandez Harris also quit the team this week, making it six Hoosiers who have left the program in the past two weeks. Read more about the losses on IndyStar.com.
For no particular reason, I got to thinking today about the best/coolest sporting event/moment I have witnessed in person. The first thing that came to mind was being at Wrigley Field for Game 7 of the 2003 NLCS. The prospect of watching the Cubs celebrate a long-awaited World Series berth right in front of me made this night extra special, and it only got better when my favorite player, Kerry Wood, drilled a three-run home run. We all know how that game turned out, though. No need to open old wounds. That said, see my Twitter followers’ answers in this post.
In Thursday morning’s “Big Ten Blast,” Kara Lentz reports on Ohio State losing wide receiver Verlon Reed for the rest of the season after he tore his ACL in last week’s loss to Michigan State. Read about the injury here. Lentz also highlights the conference’s latest Big Ten Field Hockey Players of the Week. Read more about the honorees here. Tonight on BTN, catch “BTN Live” at 8 ET, one hour later than usual. Have you voted in the show’s Week 6 polls? Do so now. After that, at 9 ET, Mike Hall sits down with Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema on “Step Into My Office.” Watch bonus clips from the show.
Wow. So, it seems like Wisconsin is pretty good. I don’t normally focus the Numbers on teams that aren’t playing this week because, well, then what would I talk about the next week? But, it seems reasonable to make at least a minor exception here.