Monday, February 7, 2011

Big Tentacles: Super Bowl XLV talk, Michigan State, Ricky Stanzi, and (sigh) Tate Forcier

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)

Why is Herky Hawk wearing his Captain America costume from last Halloween?  Maybe because he saw the commercial for the new Captain America movie during Super Bowl XLV. (Yahoo! Movies)

SUPER BOWL XLV RELATED STUFF

Why is Pat Angerer? Maybe because his fellow Iowa teammate and current Green Bay Packer Bryan Bulaga has a shiny new Super Bowl ring and he doesn't? (Albany Times Union)

Big Presence. Sixteen former Big Ten players and nine coaches ties to the conference took part in Super Bowl XLV as either a Green Bay Packer or Pittsburgh Steeler. That included Charles Woodson, Green Bay cornerback and former Heisman Trophy winner from Michigan. (Big Ten Conference official site)

BASKETBALL

Badgered. Michigan State falls to Wisconsin in a 82-56 whipping of the Spartans by the Badgers. (Detroit Free Press)

Fixing a Hole. The key to salvaging Michigan State's dismal season may lie in improvements on defense. (Detroit Free Press)

Bubblicious. Penn State is projected as a twelfth seen in the NCAA Tournament, putting the Nittany Lions in the "last four in" category. (BT Powerhouse)

Still hanging in there. Northwestern's slim hopes of making the NCAA Tournament stay alive with a win over Illinois on Saturday. (Lake the Posts)

FOOTBALL 

Nine to the Combine. America's Quarterback, Ricky Stanzi, leads a group of nine former Iowa players (including himself) to the NFL Combine. It's the largest representation from any Big Ten school this year. (Black Heart Gold Pants)

I'm so 3008. You're so 2000-and-late. Comparing the  projected 2011 Michigan squad to that of the one Rich Rodriguez in his first year as head football coach in 2008. (MGoBlog)

Family Forcier Five. Former Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier is looking at Kansas State, Miami, Washington, Arizona, and Montana as the possibilities where he will tranfer to. (Just Sports & Just Us)

Kudos for Bob Griese. Hammer & Rails continues its excellent series on great Purdue alums by profiling former Boilermaker QB legend Bob Griese, who announced his retirement from the broadcast booth last week. (Hammer & Rails)

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