Five reasons Wisconsin Badgers fans should move on from the ASU fiasco


Joel Stave mad

Almost exactly a year apart, 2012’s Fail Mary and 2013’s Wisconsin Badgers officiating snafu will haunt the minds of diehard Wisconsin sports fans.

Here’s a video of what went down last night if you missed it.

It’s difficult to decide which one is worse  because they both contain an extreme incompetence for the game of football and the acting referees assumed no accountability at the time of the call.

We could go on and on about what happened in the desert last night, but let’s make a list of exactly why Badgers fans need to look to the future instead of dwelling on things they cannot change.Chris Borland vs. ASU

1.) LB Chris Borland immediately following the game had the right kind of attitude. “I don’t think this is something that anyone has ever been a part of. But what’s done is done. This won’t affect our practice Monday and it doesn’t change our goal. We can still be Big Ten champions.”

Additional postgame video from Dez Southward and Joel Stave (courtesy of Badgers youtube channel).

2.) While Borland and the rest of the Badgers players were mature enough to move on, the Bielema family is still not ready to do that. Does anyone see what’s wrong with this picture?

3.) While not the exact same situation, Gary Andersen had a gut-wrenching loss last season. His Utah State team missed a field goal at Camp Randall that they should have made and do you want to know how he and his team responded to that? Only with a 9-1 record and a convincing 41-15 victory over Tulsa in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

Here are Andersen’s comments following the tough loss. (also courtesy of Badgers youtube channel).

4.) Your team has Melvin Gordon, arguably the most exciting player in college football. The sophomore has a 60+ yard run in four of his last five games. How about them apples?

5.) With upcoming games against the likes of Ohio State, Northwestern and BYU who are a combined 8-1 on the season, the Badgers will have ample opportunity to prove what kind of contender they are on a national stage.

What are you most looking forward to in the rest of Wisconsin’s schedule? Let me know by commenting below.

Nick Grays is a senior writer at the Sports Bank where he covers the Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers. He also enjoys sharing Fantasy Advice and pretends to be a Golf expert from time-to-time. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here or visit his blog Nick Knows Best. If social media is not your thing, shoot him an email at grays@uwalumni.com.

Images obtained from ESPNWisconsin.com and Official Badgers Facebook page.

Comments

  1. Think LOGICALLY says:

    Nick,

    Your write up makes no sense. Why is this the officials’ fault?? 1) The Wisconsin QB did NOT take a knee.
    2) The Wisconsin QB did NOT hand the ball to the official (which better coached players know to do if you want to run hurry up).
    3) The ASU players SHOULD have been confused about the status of the ball.
    4) If anything, ASU got screwed because they should have been awarded the ball because of a FUMBLE.
    5) The NCAA rule states you cannot “clock” the ball with less than 3 seconds.

    ASU should be complaining, not Wisconsin.

  2. Think before you type says:

    Think “LOGICALLY”,

    1) The Wisconsin QB did NOT take a knee.
    -Except he dd; try actually watching videos and looking at pictures-
    2) The Wisconsin QB did NOT hand the ball to the official (which better coached players know to do if you want to run hurry up).
    -Right, he should’ve picked the ball up and tossed it at the official to have him put it right back where it was, wasting time-
    3) The ASU players SHOULD have been confused about the status of the ball.
    -Only if they were deaf or didn’t know what a whistle blown after a play means-
    4) If anything, ASU got screwed because they should have been awarded the ball because of a FUMBLE.
    -First, see my response to your first error. Second, what would’ve changed had they been awarded a fumble? DO you think they would’ve thrown a hail mary to add six points to their lead (which would’ve necessitated a CLOCK STOPPAGE on tthe change of posession)?
    5) The NCAA rule states you cannot “clock” the ball with less than 3 seconds.
    -There was WAY more than 3 seconds left when this fiasco started-

    The point here is that Wisconsin will now fall down (or even out) of the rankings because of this when they almost certainly should’ve won this game by 1 (which still may have led to a much smaller drop due to margin of victory against an unranked team).

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