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2016-17 Big Ten Bowl Lineup: Word Association Time

From bland to banal to bellcows to (possibly) beautiful, it’s going to be a fun bowl season in the #B1G

NCAA Football: Big Ten Championship-Wisconsin vs Penn State
Getting ready to run into bowl season!
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Leave your own word associations or phrases in the comment thread. Should be a great bowl season for the B1G. Or something.

Some writers picked themes for their quotes. #fancy

Graham Filler: Sports Cliches

MNWildcat: Famous Last Lines

87Townie: Vince Lombardi Quotes

Stew: Water Sobchak quotes, The Big Lebowski

BRT: Lines from Jane Austen novels

ed note: I bolded some of the more inspired efforts. - gf


Fiesta Bowl: OSU v. Clemson

White Speed Receiver: It's not often we get a matchup of two programs that should be in the SEC.

BRT: "I always deserve the best treatment because I never put up with any other."

MNWildcat: And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all.

MrAlnamiasIV: Only three games in OSU's season really mattered: Oklahoma, Michigan and this.

Candystripes: Urban Meyer's future health may be on the line here.

Graham Filler: This is a must-win ball game. It's do or die. Nothing comes easy here.

Babaoreally: Clemson? More like Clemdaughter.

87 Townie: Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.

Stew: Dude, this is a league game, this determines who enters the next round robin. Am I wrong? Am I wrong?


Orange Bowl: Michigan v. FSU

White Speed Receiver: I can't think of a bowl game that has a better collection of fans I'd like to throw heavy objects at.

BRT: "We all know him to be a proud, unpleasant sort of man; but this would be nothing if you really liked him."

MNWildcat: For everything to be consummated, for me to feel less alone, I had only to wish that there be a large crowd of spectators the day of my execution and that they greet me with cries of hate.

MrAlnamiasIV: 2-to1 odds that Harbaugh will still be complaining about the OSU officiating the day before the bowl game

Candystripes: An offensive caricature of a man versus Florida State

Graham Filler: Defense wins championships.

Babaoreally: Mich again? Really?

87 Townie: Show me a good loser and I'll show you a loser.

Stew: Nihilists! Fuck me. I mean, say what you want about the tenets of National Socialism, Dude, at least it's an ethos.


Rose Bowl: PSU v. USC

White Speed Receiver: Congratulations on winning the B1G, Penn State!

BRT: "It is not everyone,' said Elinor, 'who has your passion for dead leaves."

MNWildcat: If I were a younger man, I would write a history of human stupidity; and I would climb to the top of Mount McCabe and lie down on my back with my history for a pillow; and I would take from the ground some of the blue-white poison that makes statues of men; and I would make a statue of myself, lying on my back, grinning horribly, and thumbing my nose at You Know Who.

MrAlnamiasIV: I frigging can't stand Penn State.

Candystripes: No matter who wins, we all lose.

Graham Filler: You know both teams overcame a ton of adversity to get here!

Babaoreally: James Franklin my dear, I don't give a damn

87 Townie: The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.



Cotton Bowl: Wisconsin v. Western Michigan

White Speed Receiver: ROW! ROW! ROW!

BRT: "Have a little compassion on my nerves. You tear them to pieces."

MNWildcat: So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.

MrAlnamiasIV: If Western Michigan wins this, does that make them the fourth best team in the B1G?

Candystripes: Somebody's getting blown out. The question is who.

Graham Filler: No matter what conference they come from, you can tell both teams have the utmost respect for each other.

Babaoreally: PJ Fleck and the Chrystones

87 Townie: The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.

Stew: Those rich fucks! This whole fucking thing... I did not watch my buddies die face down in the muck so that this fucking strumpet...


Outback Bowl: Florida v. Iowa

White Speed Receiver: I can't escape the sneaking suspicion that these teams will go against everything that they've done to this point and somehow, in spite of everyone and everything involved, put together an entertaining bowl game.

BRT: "If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad."

MNWildcat: The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.

MrAlnamiasIV: 14 points as the over/under for total points in this one. And I'll take the under.

Candystripes: This is your reward for #ExtendKirkFerentz.

Graham Filler: It ain't always pretty, but these teams just know how to win.

Babaoreally: I'd like to take this game out back and shoot it.

87 Townie: The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

Stew: You think I'm fucking around here? Mark it zero!


Holiday Bowl: Minnesota v. WSU

White Speed Receiver: OH GOD! BLOOD! SO MUCH BLOOD! BLOOD EVERYWHERE! How did Goldy have that much in him?

BRT: "...when pain is over, the remembrance of it often becomes a pleasure."

MNWildcat: Well, well, let's get on with it...

MrAlnamiasIV: Mike Leach is so California and Minnesota is so Midwestern. What fun!

Candystripes: I've seen better holidays on my calendar.

Graham Filler: I think both teams just need to play within themselves. That's the key.

Babaoreally: Happy Holiday! Here's some Minnesota football!

87 Townie: It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up again.

Stew: Forget it, Donny, you're out of your element!


Music City Bowl: Tennessee v. Nebraska

White Speed Receiver: /plays Rocky Top! /plays Rocky Top again! / plays Rocky Top again!

BRT: "If you are speaking of is of all subjects my delight. There are few people in England I suppose, who have more true enjoyment of music than myself, or a better natural taste. If I had ever learnt, I should have been a great proficient."

MNWildcat: Behind him, across vast distances of space and time, from the place he had left, he thought he heard music too. But perhaps it was only an echo.

MrAlnamiasIV: This should be called the We-Refuse-to-Accept-Our-Second-Tier-Status Bowl

Candystripes: I mean, this might be a good game. Eminently watachable, even.

Graham Filler: Both of these squads have just tremendous upside.

Babaoreally: The Real Music City Miracle

87 Townie: The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender

Stew: Three thousand years of beautiful tradition, from Moses to Sandy Koufax...YOU'RE GODDAMN RIGHT I'M LIVIN' IN THE FUCKIN' PAST!


Pinstripe Bowl: Pitt v. Northwestern

White Speed Receiver: Why?

BRT: "There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere."

MNWildcat: I don’t hate it he thought, panting in the cold air, the iron New England dark; I don’t. I don’t! I don’t hate it! I don’t hate it!

MrAlnamiasIV: No trip to New Jersey during the regular season? No problem for Northwestern.

Candystripes: Been there, done that.

Graham Filler: You can tell both teams truly believe the saying, "There is no "i" in team."

Babaoreally: The Pittstripe Bowl (Northwestern has a stripe on their jersey). (Pitt is named Pitt).

87 Townie: Fuck Pitt

Stew: You're entering a world of pain!


Foster Farms Bowl: Utah v. Indiana

White Speed Receiver: Jesus why?

BRT: "It's been many years since I had such an exemplary vegetable."

MNWildcat: But the sky was bright, and he somehow felt he was headed in the right direction.

MrAlnamiasIV: If this is the Promised Land for IU (two bowls in a row) that makes Kevin Wilson Moses.

Candystripes: I like it.

Graham Filler: Both teams want to send a message today. They really see this as a "statement" game.

Babaoreally: Kevin Wilson once told a fish on land to man up and play as it flopped and died.

87 Townie: We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible.

Stew: You have got to buck up, man. You cannot drag this negative energy in to the tournament!


Quick Lane Bowl: Boston College v. Maryland

White Speed Receiver: No comment.

BRT: "For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?"

MNWildcat: Slowly, very slowly, like two unhurried compass needles, the feet turned towards the right; north, north-east, east, south-east, south, south-south-west; then paused, and, after a few seconds, turned as unhurriedly back towards the left. South-south-west, south, south-east, east.

MrAlnamiasIV: You know you're in the B1G when you're in the Detroit Bowl

Candystripes: You can really tell which one is the Detroit game.

Graham Filler: We talked to the players before the game and you can tell they're carrying a chip on their shoulder. They feel like no one gave them a chance.

Babaoreally: The locals will be taking the quick lane out of Detroit to avoid this game.

87 Townie: I don't think there's a punchline there?

Stew: Fuck it, Dude. Let's go bowling.