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It's Heisman Trophy weekend and for the 15th straight year, a Midwestern football player probably won't walk away with the trophy.
Alabama QB Bryce Young is the odds-on favorite to win the award with Ohio State QB CJ Stroud, Michigan DE Aidan Hutchinson and Pittsburgh QB Kenny Pickett making the trip to New York to serve as bridesmaids.
The last Big Ten football players to be handed Heismans? Troy Smith from Ohio State in 2006 and my man Ron Dayne from Wisconsin in 1999. (A certain newsletter writer was in attendance at the old Downtown Athletic Club for that one. Great night.)
But just because Bama is dominating another college football event doesn't mean we can't have fun with the best individual award in sports.
So let's do things a little differently with today's newsletter.
I've always loved Heisman Trophy. I could recite every winner in my college days after buying a poster with every name. I even had little bits of trivia packed away about each winner.
That brain space has since been surrendered to episode summaries of Bluey and the names of at least 200 independent craft breweries across the country.
But I still have enough useless to put together what I think is a challenging and fun 10-question, multiple-choice quiz about the Heisman Trophy that includes a majority of questions about Midwestern football.
To give this quiz the stiff-arm, click the button below. Readers with the highest score will get their names printed in an issue of Midway Minute next week. (You're all on the honor system.)
Hawks 2, Canadiens 0
Loyola at Vanderbilt (7)
DePaul at Louisville (7, ACC Network)
Arizona at Illinois (4, Fox)
Hawks at Maple Leafs (6, NBCSCH)
Bulls at Heat (7, NBCSCH+)
Bears at Packers (7:20, NBC)
NJIT at Northwestern (3, ESPNU)
News and results
Hawks: Fleury makes history with win No. 500
And it was a 30-save shutout, to boot. The Hawks' 2-0 win in Montreal made Marc-Andre Fleury just the third goalie to hit 500 career wins. He joins Martin Brodeur and Patrick Roy as the only goalies at that mark and he needed fewer games (901) than both to do it.
- Jonathan Toews also scored his first goal of the season and first overall since March 5, 2020. Hopefully this opens some things up for him because the Hawks can't keep scoring just two goals a game.
- Next: The Hawks are in Toronto on Saturday night. Kevin Lankinen will get the start, Derek King said after the game.
Bulls: Derrick Jones Jr. becomes fifth Bull to enter protocols
Saturday's game against the Heat is still more than 24 hours and another round or two of testing away. Billy Donovan might have to go full Norman Dale and insist his four-player team is on the floor. The Bulls used the hardship exemption to sign Stanley Johnson to a 10-day contract on Thursday.
Bears: David Montgomery and Allen Robinson return to practice
Looks like Justin Fields won't be rolling into Lambeau naked, which is good. The Bears are still 12.5-point underdogs at BetRivers.
1. Alyssa Barbieri with six decisions the Bears probably regret now. BearsWire
2. Gene Chamberlain thinks Sean Desai deserves another year as defensive coordinator, even under a new head coach. Sports Illustrated
3. The Bulls are far from the only NBA outfit struggling with the virus. This COVID tracker is a busy place to be these days. CBS Sports
4. Dick Allen's family tells Meghan Montemurro that this year's Hall of Fame snub hurts worse than the one in 2014. Tribune
5. A story about a guy who threw away a hard drive with $500 million of Bitcoin on it and his attempts to recover it from the city dump. No, it has nothing to do with Chicago, but it's one of the better things I've read lately. The New Yorker
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