So here we are. 7-2 (4-1) in a season where we've had injuries at literally every position on the roster. A transition year with a new coach (albeit a familiar coach) and a young team... and yet, 7-2. That's actually pretty damn impressive when you consider everything that's gone wrong so far.
My excitement for this team is increasing. Something about them gutting out wins despite being in shambles is kinda fun. Like the German sub in U-571 that was all messed up, but the Americans took it over and kept battling on it and eventually sank a giant German destroyer with it after Trigger drowned while fixing the leak in the torpedo system. Out with the Remember The Titans season metaphor, in with the U-571 season metaphor. WHAT MOVIE THAT'S ON HBO EVERY WEEK IS NEXT?
PS - OMG, Trigger from U-571 was SMALLS from The Sandlot? That's amazing. And a few years ago he was arrested because he headbutted a cop after he was told he was too drunk to get on an airplane? You just never know where the internet is gonna take you.
CHICAGO BADGERS: Afternoon game, and don't look now but we're running out of gamedays. I'll preach now what I preach often: take advantage because while a game against Maryland might not be very exciting now, you'd murder for a 2:30 gameday party come January.
BIG TEN FEAR RANKINGS
1) Ohio State, 8-0 (4-0). I feel like Minnesota/OSU SEEMED like a huge game before the season. I can see that. But it's gonna be a rough one on Saturday night for the Gophers. Primetime, woof.
2) Michigan State, 8-0 (4-0). And your other primetime game in the B1G this week? 3-6 Nebraska fresh off a loss to Purdue hosting MSU. It's a good night to be drunk and not care about football.
3) Iowa, 8-0 (4-0). As I'm writing this, "The Voice" episode of "Seinfeld" is on - hands down my #1 episode. I say that as someone who is probably as good at Seinfeld trivia as anyone you know. But it's a perfect episode: vintage Costanza (scooping water from Jerry's glass/Play Now rebellion), Jerry actually funny (HELLLLOOOOOO LA LA LAAAA), Kramerica/Darren the intern, PUDDY. It's got it ALL.
PS - The dean at Darren's school has the most outrageous hair:
PPS - "Mr. Thomassulo picked the WRONG MAN to hire because he was fake-handicapped!" George once again proving he is the core of this show.
4) Penn State, 7-2 (4-1). Speaking of which, the first 3-4 seasons of Seinfeld are terrible. That's a fact.
5) Wisconsin, 7-2 (4-1). Alright, hoops quickie: if you don't know Ethan Happ by now, you need to. He redshirted last year, so he's got a year in the program battling Frank, Sam, and Nigel. He only redshirted last year because... we had Frank, Sam, and Nigel. There simply wasn't enough playing time to go around. This year, he will be UNLEASHED. I fully expect him to content for the Big Ten Freshman of the Year award, and he will be our third option after Nigel and Bronson.
Beast in the post, good size, good footwork... only going to get better and better as he gets more experience. Remember the name. #HappForHeisman
6) Michigan, 6-2 (3-1). I didn't watch the game, but apparently Minnesota's interim coach had an ominous debut. I don't blame him - clock management is HARD. Ignore everyone on Twitter ripping coaches for not using their timeouts correctly (I do this too): it's WAY different to be on the sidelines while all of that shit is happening and every second counts. Not easy.
7) Northwestern, 6-2 (2-2). A co-worker went to a Northwestern volleyball game this week and we were talking about places to eat in Evanston. We discussed the standard go-to's (Buff's, Edzo's, Mustard's Last Stand), but she heard about one I've never heard of named Bat 17. Two things we need to know:
The pretzel bun on this burger looks like a crown and they HEAVILY endorse onion strings (the best shit in the world). And:
8) Indiana, 4-4 (0-4). Blah blah blah, I'm surprised they haven't accidentally won a game yet in the conference.
9) Minnesota, 4-4 (1-3). Michigan catches a huge break getting Minnesota on their interim coach. So annoying.
10) Illinois, 4-4 (1-3). The Wisconsin Hangover: had nothing in the tank after giving us their best shot. We buttered them up for Penn State like Bania riding Jerry's coattails.
11) Maryland, 2-6 (0-4). The other night I ate one of those Midnight Milky Ways and I legitimately convinced myself it was healthy because it had dark chocolate in it. Red meat gives you butt cancer, but dark chocolate probably balances it out. Gotta start eating dessert after every burger so I can live forever.
12) Purdue, 2-6 (1-3). OMG PURDUE
Rutgers) Rutgers, 3-5 (1-4). They are... who we thought they were.
14) Nebraska, 3-6 (1-4). LOL purdue! YOU LOST TO PURDUE!
RANDOM MUSIC WE'RE DIGGING HARD THIS WEEK
I like good buildups and intros, so this is right in my wheelhouse. No lyrics for the first 40 seconds. Perfect. I'm not even sure if this song ever gets to a chorus; it's just awesome the whole time doing its own thing.
MATCHUP TO WATCH
Brandon's Undivided Attention To Football vs. Brandon's Unrelenting Desire To Shift To Hoops Season. I'm not being fair to the football team. As I mentioned, they've been pleasantly good at winning games despite a multitude of injuries. And now they're getting their horse back for the home stretch - so things are really trending up. But... all of this uncertainty about Bo Ryan's future has me soaking up every drop of UW hoops. Every. Single. Drop. And it's not like I wasn't already a freak who was a little too obsessed with Bo's teams - it's just in overdrive now. Any season could be his last, and there's zero guarantee that we'll be a great/elite program once he's gone.
I'm going to live in the now and be grateful for what he's done. No matter when he leaves, he's been a goddamn wizard.
THIS WEEK'S GAME IN HAIKU
Shh. Did you hear that?
Squeaking shoes on the hardwood
Bo Ryan is back
Everyone knows take one means take three. That's accepted loss in the trick or treat industry, like Potbelly writing off a million free cookies every year that the employees give to customers after fucking up their sandwiches. But for this monstrous witch to come in and just clean them out? Gimme a freaking break, and while you're at it find a new costume, preferably one that involves a large brown sack being thrown over every inch of your body.
Hey Shin Lim, don't know how to break it to you but you might be a witch. There's no other way to explain all the voodoo he just displayed. I have very little idea how he did pretty much anything in this trick. By 'very little idea', I mean I'm absolutely befuddled.
Why don't I watch this show? I loved magic as a kid, and apparently I still love getting my brain jimmies twisted by ungodly slight of hand. In fact, let's do another one:
I studied this one for an hour and was able to figure out how he swaps in the 'sealed' deck in Penn's hands (is that Penn or Teller?). But I will never in a million years figure out how he got that 7 of diamonds back in there. That's absurd.
Magic is so awesome.
Why do golf courses always serve the best food? Is it just because you're tired and hungry (and probably drunk) and you just wanna sit down and CHEW? Not sure, but I'm going to open a chain of golf course clubhouse style restaurants with a fake 18th hole to look out over while you eat, and I'm going to be a BILLIONAIRE. Golf attire REQUIRED.
They simply do not work. Don't waste your time.
#WinningUgly #KeepWinning #WinningUglyBeatsLosingPretty THE PICK:
WISCONSIN 29, Maryland 6