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Illinois vs. Wisconsin: Nathan Scheelhaase Can't Get High Five from the Referee

Oct 6, 2012; Madison, WI, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase (2) throws during the first quarter against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE
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Adam JacobiBig Ten Football Lead WriterOctober 6, 2012

Nathan Scheelhaase opened up the scoring in Saturday's Illinois-Wisconsin showdown with a 5-yard scamper for the score in the second quarter. Scheelhaase was very happy about this score, and there's nothing happy people like better than a robust high five from a bystander.

And wouldn't you know it, there's a back judge right there! Let's see if he's down to party.

No. This man is most definitely not down to party.

Scheelhaase is astonishingly lucky he didn't catch an unsportsmanlike conduct flag for trying to go up top like that—and Lord knows what would have ensued if he'd have connected. And yet this is still the greatest end-zone celebration we have ever seen.

The only thing that would make this better is if the referee had been like, "Hey, no harm in a mighty high five," and played along. Camp Randall would have rioted. Yes, that counts as "better": We are sowers of discord here, you see, and a stadium burning to the ground over a high five is about as good as it can ever get.


(Terrorist fist jab: Tom Fornelli,

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