Last week, it was college football’s turn to kick off its season. This week, it’s the NFL’s turn. [ MORE: Polls: Pick Week 2 winners | Q&A: Wes Lunt | Big Ten Mailbag | Power rankings | Bowl projections | Player rankings ] The 2015 season gets started Thursday night, when former Michigan quarterback and defending Super Bowl champ New England host Pittsburgh. Before the season kicks off, I wanted to take a look at former Big Ten players listed on active rosters, according to NFL.com‘s team pages. In all, there are 188 former Big Ten players, not including Maryland,
If football season is nearing kickoff, it must be time for the latest Madden NFL player ratings. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section ] Released Tuesday, Madden NFL 16’s ranking is Big Ten-heavy at the top, featuring two of the game’s top four players, while another is tied with six players for the No. 5 spot. Former Wisconsin defensive lineman and current Houston megastar J.J. Watt earned one of the game’s three 99 ratings, along with New England TE Rob Gronkowski and Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers, to pace the Big Ten. Ex-Iowa offensive
Someone finally had Frank Kaminsky try his hand at playing “Frank the Tank” from Old School. [ MORE: Frank Kaminsky interviews Will Ferrell ] In a recent CBS video, Kaminsky, the former Wisconsin star and 2015 first-round pick of the Charlotte Hornets, recited some of Will Ferrell’s top lines from the popular film. Kaminsky received plenty of help from former Wisconsin teammate Sam Dekker in the video, in addition to several other NBA rookies. Watch the full video in the tweet above.
Victor Oladipo sure seems to be enjoying his time working out with the United State’s Basketball Men’s National Team in Las Vegas. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section! ] Earlier this week, the former Indiana star and current Orlando guard hit this shot in practice. In an intrasquad scrimmage Thursday night, Oladipo showed off the athleticism that helped make him an All-America in 2013. From the top of the key, the former Hoosier crossed over Michael Carter-Williams, drove the lane and threw down a one-handed posterizing dunk. As good as the ankle-breaking crossover and
Some of the world’s greatest basketball players are in Las Vegas for the USA Basketball Men’s National Team minicamp. [ MORE: Like this story? Check out our full Gone Viral section ] One of those players is former Indiana star Victor Oladipo, who just finished his second NBA season with the Orlando Magic. On Tuesday, Oladipo, always one with the flair for the dramatic, hit a backward shot from the opposite side of the floor. It was all net, too. Can’t say we’re really surprised. We saw Oladipo provide no shortage of crazy highlights during his Indiana days, although most
Jeremy Langford and Adrian Amos are ready to make a name for themselves as NFL rookies. BTN.com web editor Sean Merriman has the full story inside this post.
So awesome seeing this unfold today. #Titans RB David Cobb meeting his idol Eddie George @dcobb27 @eddiegeorge2727 A post shared by Audra Martin (@audra.martin) on Jul 28, 2015 at 3:58pm PDT David Cobb and Eddie George have a few things in common. [ MORE: Like this story? Check out our full Gone Viral section ] They both played running back, while wearing No. 27, in the Big Ten, and they both were drafted by the Tennessee Titans franchise. On Tuesday, Cobb, the former Minnesota running back, met George, his idol and the 1995 Heisman Trophy winner. Watch the meeting of
The man former Purdue coach Danny Hope used to call "Superman" was busy trying to save the world Wednesday night. Ryan Kerrigan, the ex-Purdue standout, had a role in "Sharknado 3."
Kyle Schwarber is showing the baseball world what the Big Ten knew years ago. The former Indiana star catcher and 2014 Big Ten tourney MVP can swing it, mash, rake, whatever you want to call it. Schwarber hit the game-tying and game-winning home runs in the Chicago Cubs’ 5-4 extra-inning marathon win Tuesday night at Cincinnati. Watch both longballs in the GIF above. He finished the night 4-for-6 – a triple shy of the cycle – with four RBI. Impressive stuff. Even more impressive: Schwarber, in his first 11 games, is hitting .410 with three home runs, 10 RBI, 10
Former Ohio State guard Shannon Scott helped lead the San Antonio Spurs to the Las Vegas Summer League championship on Monday. [ MORE: Get all of our coverage of Big Ten professionals ] Scott went for two points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals in the Spurs’ 93-90 victory over the Phoenix Suns. In seven games in Las Vegas with San Antonio, Scott averaged 5.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.1 steals. Scott won the title, but one-and-done Indiana star Noah Vonleh highlighted ex-Big Ten stars in action, averaging 17.3 points and 8.5 rebounds in six games. Here’s