Is there any realistic way the Wisconsin Badgers can earn a 1 seed?


Bucky

Each and every year March Madness comes rolling along, there seems to be three elite teams who are a lock for a number one seed and a separate group of teams who make it extra hard for the committee to choose a fourth number one seed.

This year the Wisconsin Badgers have entered the fold of those separate group of teams and are battling for the fourth and final top seed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

What exactly needs to happen for them to gain elite status in this year’s tournament?

[Read more...]

Wisconsin Badgers Sam Dekker shouldn’t leave for 2015 NBA Draft


Sam Dekker Slam

Sam Dekker made his debut with the Wisconsin Badgers in 2012 and ever since there has been rumblings of the kid eventually leaving for the NBA.

There’s no doubt he should make the jump to the pros, the questions lie in when he’s ready to make the jump and will his game translate to the next level?

Our resident basketball expert, David Kay, has Dekker going 19th overall in his 2015 NBA Mock Draft. However, I strongly feel that the young forward should stay through his senior year to be the best prospect he can be.

[Read more...]

Badgers Fans should be all in for Ryan Suter in 2014 Sochi Olympics


Ryan Suter Olympics

Americans typically have no problem getting exciting to watch the Olympics which is completely understandable because we have undoubtedly some of the best athletes in the world.

However, what makes Americans the most excited about “The Games,” is when they can cheer on for a local hero.

The state of Wisconsin is in for a treat in the 2014 Sochi Olympics because former Badgers defenseman and Madison, Wis., native Ryan Suter is one of the top dogs on the United State Hockey Team.

[Read more...]

Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco: brutally honest playoff preview


Kaepernick vs. Rodgers

The Green Bay Packers hosting a wildcard playoff game at Lambeau Field seemed impossible to imagine just a month ago.

But here they are, welcoming the San Francisco 49ers in to the frigid cold for a shot at traveling to either Seattle or Carolina for a shot at the NFC Championship Game.

Can quarterback Aaron Rodgers build upon his monumental return by knocking off a 49ers team that has given the Packers all kinds of fits over the past two years?

[Read more...]

Wisconsin couldn’t stop South Carolina in the Capital One Bowl


Connor Shaw Capital One Bowl

Wisconsin had no problem running the ball as Melvin Gordon and James White combined for 250 rushing yards to become the first duo in FBS history to mount 1,400 rushing yards each.

The problem was stopping the South Carolina Gamecocks who did whatever they wanted offensively en route to a 34-24 victory over Wisconsin in the 2014 Capital One Bowl.

Bucky and the Badgers keep reaching significant bowl games, but just can’t find a way to win as they drop their fourth straight bowl contest. [Read more...]

#19 Wisconsin Badgers vs. #9 South Carolina: brutally honest preview


Wisconsin Capital one bowl 2014

Both the Wisconsin Badgers and the South Carolina Gamecocks finished the 2013 college football season a loss away from probable BCS-Bowl births.

Instead they ended up in the Capital One Bowl which is basically a consolation bowl game for two of the best teams in the Big Ten and SEC conferences.

Forget about the non-BCS label and everyone wins when you consider how enticing a match-up between the Badgers and Gamecocks on New Year’s Day is.

[Read more...]

Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears: brutally honest preview


Bears vs. Packers preview

It’s the final week of the regular season and the winner of the NFC North comes down to the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears who have combined to lose 14 games this season.

The Packers are fresh off a disheartening loss at home to the stumbling Pittsburgh Steelers while the Bears are licking their wounds after a 54-11 shellacking courtesy of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Believe it or not, this is what sets up Championship Week from the cold confines of the upper Midwest.

Update: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers will make his return from a broken collarbone.

[Read more...]

Badgers in the NFL: Bills’ Kraig Urbik makes UW proud in week 16


kraig urbik

With the recent rise of the Wisconsin college football program the Badgers in the NFL have had a similar uptick.

More and more guys are beginning to have a splash in the league and the guys over at Pro Football Focus (PFF) have an eagle eye on each one of them.  If you’re not familiar with PFF, you’re living in the stone age of modern football analysis. Here at The Sports Bank, we’re big supporters of what they do, so we’ve oriented our weekly check-up around what they’re saying about Badgers in the NFL.

Badgers in the NFL for week 16 was all about the offensive line. The Buffalo Bills’ Kraig Urbik was truly special in a dominating win over the Miami Dolphins. [Read more...]

Green Bay Packers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: brutally honest preview


Matt Flynn vs. Cowboys

In a stunning turn of events, the beat-up and battered Green Bay Packers somehow control their own destiny in the NFC Playoff picture.

To keep that destiny alive and set-up a possible de facto week 17 playoff game with the Chicago Bears, the Packers have to get through the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lambeau Field.

Will back-up quarterback Matt Flynn and the Packers have enough in the tank to make a magical run or will the Steelers cause the season to come to a screeching halt? [Read more...]

Wisconsin Badgers Melvin Gordon will return in 2014


melvin-gordon

Wisconsin Badgers running back Melvin Gordon has decided to pass on the upcoming NFL Draft and return for his junior season.

Gordon is one of the most dynamic players in all of college football which makes him a hot candidate for the 2013 Heisman, the award given out to the nation’s best player.

“After talking it over with my family and my coaches, I have decided to come back next year,” Gordon said. “I love the University of Wisconsin and feel that there is still a lot of room for growth. Academically, another year in school will help me get closer to completing my degree and on the field I hope to help my team get back the Big Ten championship.”

[Read more...]

Badgers in the NFL: Cowboys Travis Frederick overlooked in week 15


Travis Frederick Shaves With 105.3 The Fan

With the recent rise of the Wisconsin college football program the Badgers in the NFL have had a similar uptick.

More and more guys are beginning to have a splash in the league and the guys over at Pro Football Focus (PFF) have an eagle eye on each one of them.  If you’re not familiar with PFF, you’re living in the stone age of modern football analysis. Here at The Sports Bank, we’re big supporters of what they do, so we’ve oriented our weekly check-up around what they’re saying about Badgers in the NFL.

The talk of the nation was the Dallas Cowboys collapse to the Green Bay Packers, but an overlooked storyline was the play of rookie center Travis Frederick and how he stood out among the Badgers in the NFL.

[Read more...]

Badgers in the NFL: Texans can’t win, but J.J. Watt can


J.J. Watt vs. Jaguars

With the recent rise of the Wisconsin college football program the Badgers in the NFL have had a similar uptick.

More and more guys are beginning to have a splash in the league and the guys over at Pro Football Focus (PFF) have an eagle eye on each one of them.  If you’re not familiar with PFF, you’re living in the stone age of modern football analysis. Here at The Sports Bank, we’re big supporters of what they do, so we’ve oriented our weekly check-up around what they’re saying about Badgers in the NFL.

It’s possible that the weekly Badgers in the NFL should be changed to J.J. Watt’s weekly showcase. That’s how dominant the Houston Texans’ defensive lineman has been despite his team’s NFL-worst 2-11 record.

[Read more...]