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NFC playoffs are more provocative with Russell Wilson and Robert Griffin III

Throughout last Sunday's game between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings, fans and commentators were chuckling about how Chicago Bears fans were, very temporarily, rooting for the Green and Gold to evict the Vikings from the NFC playoffs. Unfortunately for them, but to the benefit of the sport, Minnesota won and the Bears, along with their moody quarterback Jay Cutler, will have an extended off-season. >More
 The Rose Bowl pits Wisconsin against a similarly physical Stanford team

On New Year's Day, the best and most appropriate day for overdosing on college football games, Wisconsin will appear in its third straight Rose Bowl. That noteworthy accomplishment will be somewhat tarnished by the fact that the Badgers have lost five games this season and managed to sneak into the prestigious game (the "granddaddy of them all") largely because Ohio State and Penn State, which finished ahead of them in the Big Ten standings, were ineligible for postseason play. >More
 Stop yer bellyachin', Packerland

After every Chicago Bears football game, 670 AM "The Score," a Chicago sports talk station, airs a show breaking down the game and taking calls. The signal is crystal clear in Madison, and you can practically hear the spit hitting the microphone, particularly after the Bears lose to the Green Bay Packers, which has happened six straight times. >More
 More Majerus, less Bielema

When Rick Majerus died on Dec. 1, I searched through my disorganized podcast archives and made sure to back up a few featuring interviews with the legendary basketball coach. Majerus was a wonderful conversationalist, and listening to him on the radio could keep me sitting in my car long after I arrived at my destination. I learned something about basketball every time and often something about traveling or dining in addition. >More
 Isthmus on Bielema: Seven seasons of fun with the former Wisconsin football coach

In his seven seasons at the helm of the Wisconsin football program, Bret Bielema was certainly scrutinized more by other media outlets. But our coverage of the coach was always directed more at the casual fans, those unlikely to hang on every folksy sentence and clumsy cliche. But we've generally avoided taking shots at Bielema, sometimes going so far as being supportive and even celebratory. >More
 Barry Alvarez takes the wheel: With Bielema gone, Wisconsin's athletic director moves to calm anxious fans

At his Thursday press conference, Barry Alvarez provided quite a bit of subject matter for sports radio and Badger fan message boards to chew over the rest of this week and well into next. >More
 Hoops, Big Ten style

With six teams currently ranked in the top 20 of the Associated Press poll, the Big Ten looks like the toughest conference in men's college basketball this year. But thanks to some pretty weak nonconference scheduling, we won't really know how good these teams are until they start playing each other in January. Wisconsin fans get to see five of those teams -- all but Indiana -- play at the Kohl Center. >More
 Fans, commentators, players react to news of Bret Bielema leaving Wisconsin for Arkansas

Once news broke Tuesday afternoon that the University of Wisconsin was losing its head football coach to Southeastern Conference also-ran Arkansas, interested parties took to social media in a hurry. >More
 UW-Madison is part of the college sports dollar dash

Back in January, when UW-Madison announced plans to construct an "athletic village" at Camp Randall, consisting of a training center and academic facility on the north end of the stadium, associate athletic director Justin Doherty explained why in simple terms. "We need to do it because it will help us remain competitive," he said. >More
 Welcome, squash

Damon Bourne is used to hearing the stereotypes about squash: That it's a country-club sport, exclusive to wealthy Ivy Leaguers and corporate executives. "It's probably not an unearned reputation," says the owner of Madison Squash Workshop, which hosts a professional women's tournament at its south-side facility next week. >More
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