This article titled "Big Ten May Have Made a Very Costly Mistake" by Tom Dienhart of the Sporting News is possibly the most offensive article I have ever seen.
The "gist" of the article is that the same crew that officiated the Illini / OSU game was ultimately suspended for their calls in a (meaningless) Purdue / Penn State Game, and that the fact that this crew was allowed to call the Illini / OSU game meant that, as the title says, the Big Ten may have made a costly mistake, per the IDIOTIC writer.
Why did they make a mistake?
Apparently the win for the Illini was somehow tied to blown calls that would have favored OSU.
The Illini dominate OSU from start to finish... if anything this crew was FAVORABLE to OSU over the Illini. It isn't relevant to me that the dolts and losers that make up the OSU "nation" are upset by the outcome of the game... THEY SHOULD BE. Their #1 team had their rear end handed to them by an unranked opponent, thoroughly dominated from start to finish. They should direct their comments at their coach, and their team, but not the referees, please.
The final, most noxious, element of the article is the thought that:
"Now, the Big Ten will have to be satisfied with getting just one BCS team. The winner of this weekend's Ohio State at Michigan game will go to the Rose Bowl."
Here's a thought, Dienhart - if the Big Ten wants to make money, they will create a network league that extorts money from their own constituents (wait, they already did that).
There is no "Big Ten" that arbitrarily trolls for cash... as Illini fans, we don't care if Ann Arbor or OSU stadiums burn to the ground... we watched with relish as Florida demolished OSU last year.
WE ARE ILLINI FANS...
and the thought that the Illini victory:
1) was caused by the refs
2) was damaging to the Big Ten
Is complete crap.