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The Daily

SPORTS

Brewers still face a battle

Two months ago, on July 20, the Milwaukee Brewers were a promising 44-48, 8 1/2 games out of first in the National League Central Division and seven games out of the second wild card playoff spot. On Aug. 20, they were 55-66 and had slid to 11 1/2 games out of the wild card race. >More
 Life is harsh in the Big Ten

In the 1988 football season opener, Wisconsin lost to Western Michigan, 24-14, in front of 38,230 fans. The Badgers' few first downs were greeted by cynical chants of "Rose Bowl! Rose Bowl!" from the student section, whose occupants were much more interested in choreography during the Fifth Quarter than the game itself. "Who gives a shit? We came to see the band!" was another popular chant. >More
 Tale of two receivers

As a Madison East High School basketball and football star, Marquis Mason was as close to unguardable as any athlete I've seen in over 10 years. As a receiver in East's spread offense, Mason would get the ball on a screen pass, toss a defender or two aside and sprint down field. Mason's size, at 6'4" and 225 pounds, meant that few could out-leap him or fight through his stiff-arms to bring him down. >More
 Will the Wisconsin Badgers get to the 2013 Rose Bowl?

With another proven transfer at quarterback, the Badgers are considered favorites to return to a third consecutive Rose Bowl this year, partially because two teams in their division -- Ohio State and Penn State -- are banned from postseason play. Here's an optimistic look at how they'll get it done. >More
 UW's walk-on strategy: Non-scholarship players fuel Badger football

By all accounts, Jared Abbrederis had every right to be upset. An all-state quarterback at Wautoma, he walked on at Wisconsin in 2009, redshirting that season as his family picked up his tuition bills. The deal was if he worked hard and improved to the point where he became a solid contributor, he could earn a full-ride athletic scholarship. >More
 The Brewers can't be saved

Deep into August, the Milwaukee Brewers are 10 games under .500 and 18 games out of first place in the National League Central. A year ago at this time, they stood atop the division, 10 games ahead of St. Louis, which went on to win the World Series. >More
 Win or lose, a drive to Green Bay for a pre-season Packers game can be memorable

A few weeks ago, on a whim, I purchased seven tickets to watch the exhibition contest between our Packers and the Cleveland Browns. The tickets are good, cheap and the game falls on the birthday of my friend Zakk, who has declared himself an Ohio native. I'm convinced that Zakk's first trip to legendary Lambeau will be just as amazing as mine was, igniting a fiery passion for the Packers and the sport of football. >More
 Bret Bielema and the press

A couple years ago, an item in this space razzed Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema not just for his boring public persona, but for sounding like "a big jock raking through a limited vocabulary and coming up with clumps of clichés." >More
 The other Olympics

What's more lame, NBC's coverage of the London Olympics or complaining on social media about that coverage? Apparently, all those participating in the #NBCFail meme expect to see exactly what they want, when they want it, failing to understand that the network's priority is to deliver the biggest possible number of viewers to its advertisers. >More
 Danny Sullivan to the rescue for the Mallards

Sunday night's game couldn't have started much worse for the Madison Mallards and starting pitcher Sam Forkert. Visiting La Crosse led off the game with a home run. The next guy up also went deep. Forkert hit the third guy and then surrendered another home run to the fourth batter. >More
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