Good Guy/Bad Guy with the Wisconsin Badgers QB battle

Joel Stave Badgers QB Battle

Three different quarterbacks started for the Wisconsin Badgers in 2012 and the very same situation could arrise in 2013.

Last year it was Danny O’Brien (has since transfered to a D2 school) who beat out current Badgers Joel Stave and Curt Phillips for the role of starting quarterback at the end of fall camp.

This time around, Stave and Phillips try to fend off a talented junior college transfer, Tanner McEvoy, in what’s supposed to be a revamped offense that’s not short on playmakers.

Here’s a look at all three candidates and a good guy/bad guy perspective for each:

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Takeaways from Gary Andersen’s press conference at Badgers Media Day

Gary Andersen Badgers Media Day

As August begins, so does the contemplation of eager football fans who are willing to cling to any significant news they can find in regards to their favorite collegiate team.

Wisconsin fans can kick back and enjoy because there was a lot to learn from the Badgers Annual Media Day at Camp Randall on Friday afternoon.

It all begins with Head Coach Gary Andersen’s press conference, lets take a look at the highlights with a slight reflection. [Read more…]

Wisconsin Badgers Football: How they could go 12-0 or 0-12

wisconsin badgers 12-0

The Wisconsin Badgers enter the 2013 season in a very unique situation; they’ve won three straight Big Ten Championships but yet have an entirely new coaching staff.

Head Coach Gary Andersen leads a staff with one of the most talented rosters in America as Wisconsin returns 12 starters (six on defense and six on offense) and an eye towards the future.

Let’s take a look at each of the Badgers’ 12 opponents and talk about how they could beat them or lose to them.

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2013 Big Ten Football Power Rankings: Hip Hop MCs Edition

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Can’t leave Big Ten football alone the game needs me. Notorious B.I.G. once said that he raps about the ghetto because that’s what he knows. And…”if I worked at McDonald’s, I’d be rapping about Big Macs and fries.”

You write and talk what you know and live. And I know Big Ten football. We’re still a ways away from Big Ten football media days. Well, less than two weeks now. The preseason is indeed here, time for some WAY TOO Early Big Ten football power rankings

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Wisconsin Badgers 2013 NFL Draft Rewind

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Who knew that the University of Wisconsin would become one of the best factories for NFL prospects, it’s surely come a long way in the last twenty years.

The Badgers nine top-75 picks over the last three years are as many as Ohio State, Nebraska and Michigan combined. The only two schools in the nation with more top-75 picks over that span are Alabama (13) and LSU (12).

Here’s what I thought of each of Wisconsin’s three picks in the 2013 NFL Draft:

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Wisconsin’s Montee Ball a perfect fit for the Denver Broncos

NFL: Combine

With the 26th pick in the second round (58th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos made a long-life dream come true when they selected Wisconsin Badgers running back Montee Ball.

Montee Ball grew up idolizing the Broncos as a small kid, particularly running back Terrell Davis (1998 MVP and two-time Super Bowl champion).

“It’s a dream come true,” Ball said. “I’ve been a Broncos fan since the age of seven, and now to be a Bronco, is something very special.” [Read more…]

Wisconsin Badgers football spring game essentials

camp randall spring game

A new era begins in Madison when the Wisconsin Badgers host their annual spring game on April 20th. Head Coach Gary Andersen takes over the only team in the nation to win it’s conference each of the past three seasons.

Andersen headlines a staff full of new faces challenged with inputting a new system with an intent to sustain the rich success the Wisconsin Badgers have enjoyed over the past decade.

Your first chance to catch them live at Camp Randall will be next Saturday when the Big Ten Network broadcasts the game at 4:00 PM CT. [Read more…]

Ugly basketball dooms but doesn’t define the Wisconsin Badgers

Ben Brust, Jared Berggren

Wisconsin’s worst of fears were confirmed on Friday afternoon when Ole Miss pulled the cliche-but-common 12/5 upset in a dramatic 57-46 win over the Badgers.

The Badgers uncharacteristically lost the turnover battle, 11-to-9, and shot an atrocious 25.4 percent from the field.

Many felt Ole Miss was a borderline tournament team and the most publicized player in this year’s Big Dance has unfortunately been the polarizing Marshall Henderson who willed himself to be the top-scorer with the an inefficient 19 points on 6-of-21 shooting.

Considering the way the Badgers performed, it’s not farfetched to say it was the worst tournament loss of the Bo Ryan era, but one dark day shouldn’t define what Wisconsin did in 2012-13. [Read more…]

Wisconsin Badgers knock off top-seeded Indiana and improve resume in the process

Bo Ryan B1G Ten Tourney

Wisconsin Badgers forward Ryan Evans had the game of his life while leading the Badgers with 16 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four blocks in a 68-57 win over the top-seeded Indiana Hoosiers.

The Badgers had an underwhelming end to the regular season with a home loss to Purdue and a needed buzzer-beater to fend off lowly Penn State. Yet, they’ve taken the United Center by storm and are one win away from winning the Big Ten Tournament in a year the conference reigns over the college basketball world.

After beating Indiana for the 12th straight time and holding the Hoosiers to a season-low 56 points, Wisconsin’s head coach Bo Ryan said it best:

“There are just things in this game where no matter how you try to explain them, they defy explanation or reason.” [Read more…]

Wisconsin’s Ryan Evans goes with the unorthodox jump shot free throw

Ryan Evans at the line

In an attempt to improve his woeful free throw percentage, Wisconsin Badgers starting forward Ryan Evans decided to change up his free throw shooting style a bit.

Channeling former NBA pros Hal Greer and Rick Barry, Evans decided to take a step back from the charity stripe and throw up a jump shot.

On the two occasions he was at the line in a 77-46 drubbing of Nebraska, he went 2-of-2 and will most likely make the permanent switch to the jump shot free throw. [Read more…]

A great day for Soldier Field Hockey

Soldier Field Hockey

Since opening on October 9, 1924; Soldier Field hockey happened for the first time in its storied history. 52,000 lucky fans got the chance to be a part of the experience as CCHA rivals 12th-ranked Notre Dame and third-ranked Miami of Ohio began the festivities.

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Bret Bielema’s slight shot at Wisconsin is telling for the school and the Big Ten

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Arkansas’ new head coach, Bret Bielema, has been anything  but shy in regards to expressing his feelings on almost anything via twitter.

The former Wisconsin Badgers head coach has increased his online activity ten-fold since moving to Fayetteville and doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon.

It’s obvious that Bielema hasn’t completely moved on from his former job, evident from petty fights with disgruntled Badgers fans, but not all of his thoughts are random twitter fodder.

Some of his tweets accurately reflect why the Big Ten currently resides so far behind the nation’s mecca of college football, the much-hated Southeastern Conference. [Read more…]