Wisconsin basketball is having a rough season this year. Some of it is bad luck. Some of it is rebuilding and reloading. Some of it is the transition from Bo Ryan to Interim Coach Greg Gard. Some of it is…they’re just not that good. However, losing basketball games IS NOT adversity. Losing playing time IS NOT ADVERSITY.Follow paulmbanks
Ask millenial college basketball fans and they’ll tell you what a proud, nationally prominent program Wisconsin basketball is. Since they’re millenials, they’ll likely tell you how “on fleek” the Badgers were these past couple years, and then maybe give you a “shruggy guy” emoticon when you ask them why Badger basketball is so down this year.
Ask (quoting The Simpsons) “cynical members of generation X” what Wisconsin basketball is/was, and they’ll tell you about Dick Bennett and his unique brand of very bland stall ball building the program from absolute nothing into a regional power.Follow paulmbanks
The day after tomorrow is arguably the most important on the college football calendar. Therefore, there’s no time like the present to reflect, analyze and articulate topics within the college football hierarchy. We’ve ranked the top four college football game day experiences in the Midwest.
Remember, this is just for the Midwest- with Notre Dame tops overall.
There’s a reason the College Football Hall of Fame was in South Bend for so long.Follow paulmbanks
The wife of Bret Bielema, Jen Bielema, whose maiden name is Jennifer Hielsberg, inspired the quote of the year this college football season. Following his game on November 14th, the Arkansas Razorbacks Coach said in his post game press conference that he was excited about “hopping on his wife,” before correcting the Freudian slip, to what he really mean to say:
“hop on a plane with my wife.”Follow paulmbanks
The Northwestern football record for single season wins is ten. The mark is shared by Gary Barnett (1995) and Pat Fitzgerald (2008). NU is at 8 right now with two games left, plus a bowl game. So there’s a very decent chance the Wildcats could tie the school record for wins, and an outside chance they could break it.
Oddsmakers aren’t giving them of a chance this week though.Follow paulmbanks
After back-to-back trips to the Final Four, it appears to be the end of an era for the Wisconsin basketball program. During the summer, Bo Ryan announced his 15th season at UW would be his last though that remains somewhat uncertain as Ryan has backpedaled a bit in the past couple months. Under Ryan’s leadership, the Badgers have accomplished an incredible feat by never finishing lower than fourth place in the Big Ten. That streak is in jeopardy this season though as Wisconsin loses four starters from last year’s National Runner-Up squad. [Read more…]Follow paulmbanks
Wisconsin Badgers tailback Corey Clement will be out for the next four-to-six weeks due to sports hernia surgery.
“Corey Clement has been dealing with some issues since before the Alabama game,” Wisconsin Head Coach Paul Chryst said. “He has been undergoing treatment since that time and has seen some progress but not to the point where our medical staff is satisfied. So after consultation with our medical staff, Corey has decided to have surgery for a sports hernia.”Follow paulmbanks
Wisconsin Badgers running back Corey Clement had the runner-up for Big Ten Media Day “quote of the day.” (The winner is Ohio State Linebacker Josh Perry with his metaphor for the OSU-Michigan rivalry) Clement was referencing the 2012 Big Ten title game when Wisconsin SLAUGHTERED Nebraska 70-31.Follow paulmbanks
The Big Ten East division is the NBA Western Conference. The Big Ten West division is the NBA Eastern Conference. The Big Ten East is the English Premier League. The Big Ten West is the Championship. The Big Ten East are the New York Yankees. The Big Ten West are the Staten Island Yankees. Well, I’m exaggerating a bit, especially on that last one, but you get the idea.Follow paulmbanks
You know the Wisconsin football drill. Really strong and really fat guys clearing out huge spaces of open field for really talented, speedy tailbacks. Rinse and repeat. Always repeat.
Exit Melvin Gordon, Rob Havenstein and Kyle Costigan. Time to step up for Corey Clement, Tyler Marz and Ray Ball. Wisconsin will once again over-power opponents by pounding the ball. In the words of Spandau Ballet, “I know this much is true.” What’s questionable about this team is quarterback Joel Stave and the passing game. Yes, it’s a new coaching regime, the third new coach in four seasons, but that’s not a cause for concern.Follow paulmbanks