Maryland freshman Kevin Biondic earned himself a #BTNStandout vote after making an outstanding play in Thursday night’s Big Ten Tournament game against No. 1-seeded Illinois. [ MORE: Watch more #BTNStandout plays ] Holding onto a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the seventh inning with no outs, Biondic robbed Illinois’ David Kerian of what looked like a sure-bet hit into right field. “That’s a play that can win a team a Big Ten Tournament,” said BTN’s Kevin Kugler following the grab. The incredible play stopped Illinois from getting a lead runner on base, and in return, Maryland held the Illini
Day 2 of the 2015 Big Ten Baseball Tournament was filled with excitement, highlighted by Maryland's 2-1 win over Illinois, which put an end to the Fighting Illini's 27-game winning streak.
Surely, you’ve seen the Derek Jeter play where he makes the catch in foul territory and flies into the stands. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tourney page | Watch #BTNStandout plays ] Michigan State third baseman Mark Weist made a Jeter-esque play Thursday afternoon in the Big Ten tournament. Only, Weist’s marked the final out of the game. In an elimination game, to boot. With two outs in the top of the ninth inning, moments after the Spartans erupted for six runs in the bottom of the eighth to take the lead, Weist tracked a fly ball to his
Ryan Krill had a dozen home runs entering Thursday afternoon’s elimination game in the 2015 Big Ten Baseball Tournament. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tourney page | Watch #BTNStandout plays ] No. 13 was the biggest, and arguably longest, of the season. Krill demolished a go-ahead grand slam to deep right field in the bottom of the eighth inning to help No. 5 Michigan State rally past No. 8 Nebraska, 9-7. The blast, Michigan State’s first grand slam of the season, was part of a six-run eighth that saw the Spartans erase a four-deficit. Watch the video above or
Wednesday night was all about David Letterman, and for good reason. It was the final “Late Show with David Letterman,” this after two-plus decades of making America laugh every weeknight at 11:30 p.m. ET on CBS. Taking Letterman’s place, of course, will be Stephen Colbert, a 1986 graduate of Northwestern’s School of Communication. Well, on the final show, before saying good-bye for one last time, Letterman wished the Northwestern grad the best of luck. “I’m very excited,” said Letterman in the video above about Colbert. “I think he’s going to do a wonderful job, and I wish Stephen and his
Northwestern is coming off back-to-back 5-7 seasons after going to five bowls in a row. It’s time for the Wildcats to get back on track. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s 2015 schedule analysis posts ] Pat Fitzgerald—who is entering his 10th season at the helm of his alma mater–will have one of his most talented teams yet in his efforts to restore NU into a contender, but questions loom on offense at quarterback, wideout and along the line. Plus, the schedule is filled with hurdles. Here is a detailed look at Northwestern’s to-do list, which features eight bowl
Matt Painter has announced that Caleb Swanigan (“Biggie”) has signed his Big Ten tender and joins the Purdue recruiting class of 2015.
NFL.com has a couple of nice lists. One is of the Top 15 Heisman contenders for 2016. Hello, Ohio State quarterbacks. The other is of the Top 15 defensive players. Hello, Joey Bosa. *** Dan Duggan of NJ.com posed five questions for Rutgers football prior to spring ball. Now, he answers them. Question No. 1 was if a quarterback would emerge. And, of course, none did. *** The great Marc Morehouse of the Cedar Rapids Gazette took a look at trophy runs, in which teams rush to an opponent’s sideline to seize a trophy after winning a game. I hope
Inspired by their experiences in college and elsewhere, these Pathfinders are passing by the typical, well-trod career paths and blazing their own trails. We’ll explore the unconventional approaches these Big Ten alums are taking to work. A conventional — if also comfortable — career seemed to be in the cards for Milosz “Milo” Pierwola. The Rutgers alum had put in three years as an attorney, spending most of his time at a desk, and everyone around him believed he was doing quite well for himself. There was just one problem: He was completely miserable at work. So, he quit in
What an opening day of the 2015 Big Ten Baseball Tournament. We had no shortage of highlight-reel plays in the first four games, highlighted by Nick Day's walk-off home run.