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Badger QB quandary

Gary Andersen has yet to run a practice, call a timeout, or signal in a play as Wisconsin's head football coach, but many are already evaluating his job performance based on the announcement of the 2013 recruiting class. Andersen is being praised for holding on to all but a few of the recruits originally wooed by his predecessor, Bret Bielema, and adding a few of his own. >More
 Marquette's Vander Blue period

Four times this month, the Wisconsin men's basketball squad has failed to score more than 50 points in a game. This feeble offense has prompted coach Bo Ryan to work the postgame press conference like a Borscht Belt comedian. "We're saving a lot of money here at the university because these nets will be around 10 years compared to other gyms, where they last a year or two," Ryan quipped on Saturday after the Badgers beat Minnesota, 45-44. >More
 Ultimate goes pro with the Madison Radicals

It was shortly after midnight last Saturday, and Jadon Scullion was sitting on a bench at Keva Sports Center in Middleton swigging coffee. He, along with more than 60 other guys, were resting up after running sprints and having their vertical leaps measured. In a few minutes they'd divide into teams and play ultimate Frisbee for three hours before staggering home at dawn. >More
 Cheering local sports

Now that the Green Bay Packers' season is over, the spotlight has shifted to other parts of the sporting world. This week, headlines are dominated by cycling legend Lance Armstrong telling Oprah Winfrey about his use of performance-enhancing drugs. >More
 Tough times for Wisconsin Badgers' hoops

Fifteen games into the 2012-13 men's college basketball season, the numbers aren't telling a hopeful story about the home team. >More
 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
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