Here's this week's Big Ten baseball standings:
This Week's Schedule:
- Indiana at Minnesota
- Nebraska at Michigan State
- Rutgers at Michigan
- Iowa at Ohio State
- Illinois at Maryland
- Purdue at Northwestern
- TCU at Penn State
The two top dogs in the conference meet this weekend at Siebert field in Minnesota. The Gophers did so poorly last season that they didn't even qualify for the Big Ten tournament, so the turn-around this year is highly unexpected. Add to that excitement a milestone, winning his 1200th game, for Minnesota head coach John Anderson.
D1Baseball has the Gophers as the only Big Ten team ranked at #19, while the NCBWA doesn't rank the Gophers, but ranks Michigan at #21 and Michigan State at #30. I think I'll just use D1baseball's rankings (on their front page) from now on even though I think those guys hate the Big Ten. I have no idea what NCBWA voters are looking at.
A big weekend for Nebraska as Keith pointed out earlier this week.
RPIs: (Boyd Nation)
- Minnesota: #23
- Michigan #26
- Maryland #44
- Michigan State #47
- Nebraska #71
- Rutgers #78
- Illinois #80
- Ohio State #97
- Penn State #100
- Iowa #108
- Indiana #131
- Purdue #261
- Northwestern #262
This is a huge weekend for Nebraska because it's on the road against a quality opponent and that means that it's a big chance for them to increase their RPI. The same is true for Indiana at Minnesota, but I don't give a damn about the Hoosiers; they had their recent run and that should suffice for them for a while.
Penn State plays #15 (D1Baseball) TCU this weekend. That's a nice series.
Anderson's milestone victory just part of Gophers baseball's U-turn - StarTribune.com
John Anderson got career win No. 1,200 on Tuesday night, continuing the Gophers' resurgence as the Big Ten season winds down.
Minnesota Baseball: Gophers With First Place Showdown This Weekend - The Daily Gopher
There are 3 remaining Big Ten series remaining for the Gophers who are clinging to a 1/2 game lead on the Big Ten. This past weekend they went down to Illinois and took 2 out of 3 from the Fighting Illini. But the Hoosiers swept Northwestern and have thus set up a 1st place showdown in Minneapolis this weekend.
Maybe I should get to one of these....
U forces out marching show again from TCF Bank Stadium, costing thousands - StarTribune.com
Drum Corps International organizers, told they would have to move the July 16 event from TCF Bank Stadium because of a private football camp run by Gophers coach Tracy Claeys, are crying foul.
Bluntly, I don't think the U of MN runs an organized athletic department.
Believeland: How Purdue is the Cleveland of College Sports - Hammer and Rails
T-Mill was able to screen an advance viewing of the 30 for 30 Believeland, and it shows that Purdue fans are not alone in the universe of suffering.
Huskers' Boyd Epley says it’s more than numbers game - Omaha.com: Big Red Today - Husker Football News, Schedules And Videos
Boyd Epley, Nebraska’s assistant athletic director of strength and conditioning, cautions fans and pundits to remember that a player’s value is measured by a lot more than three or four tests.
This is completely unlike you. You are measured by only one number, and it's on your paycheck.
2016 NFL Draft: Rookie DT Vincent Valentine Might Be the Strongest Player in Patriots History - Pats Pulpit
The Patriots added an athletic defensive tackle to the roster. He's a beast.
WHAT THE FUCK JOE PATERNO
You might have thought things had quieted down, but this news is really an indication that this will NEVER go away for Penn State, and it shouldn't. It shouldn't go away for the rest of us, either, and when I say "it", I specifically mean this:
DO NOT MAKE LEGENDS OF HUMAN BEINGS AND WORSHIP THEM LIKE GODS
because they are not Gods, regardless of whether you'd capitalize that word or not.
This should be the end of the Paterno support, and his statue can be broken down and done away with. Any further debate about the subject isn't debate at all but conversations with a delusional person.
Child told Paterno of sex abuse in 1976, decades before official action | PennLive.com
But it is the Paterno allegation that is eye-popping, because of the unending national conversation and curiosity over how much the late and legendary Penn State coach may have known about Sandusky's actions during their lengthy careers.
Joe Paterno knew Jerry Sandusky sexual abused a kid in 1976, insurer says | Miami Herald
A line in a court order of an insurance case involving Penn State alleges that in 1976, a child approached former football coach Joe Paterno and informed him of molestation by then-defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.
This is all pathetic, sad news. I really don't know how else to describe it. Maybe Sandusky would have been... stopped? Or maybe he just would have molested children somewhere else? We'll never know the answers to those questions because nothing was done in the first place.
We do now know where Penn State will be spending their BTN windfalls; paying Sandusky victims. Maybe that's the best thing possible now.