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Packers run for their lives

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy was worried about an uninspired performance last Sunday due to an imminent week off and a lackluster opponent in Arizona. He expressed his concern with this entertaining, metaphor-mixing quote. "Any time you're on a long journey," McCarthy said in an interview with Milwaukee's WTMJ radio, "you have that one pit stop in the middle of the trip, when you can see the light at the end of the tunnel, you take your eye off the ball." >More
 Wisconsin golf courses expand offerings with footgolf

The concept of footgolf is so simple, it's hard to believe the sport hasn't been around for decades. Instead of hitting a tiny white ball into a small hole with a club, you kick a soccer ball into a large hole with your foot. According to Nelson Ennis, the director of the Wisconsin FootGolf League, the sport was invented in 2009 by some Dutch soccer players. >More
 Do Lance Armstrong's good works mitigate his cheating?

When the subject is cheaters, linking Lance Armstrong (who stands accused but not convicted of using performance-enhancing drugs while winning seven Tours de France) with disgraced baseball legend Barry Bonds is unavoidable. Of course, Bonds' accomplishments, which include the record for most career home runs, benefited only Bonds. Armstrong's success directly fueled the Livestrong Foundation, which has raised a reported $500 million benefiting cancer awareness and patient services. >More
 High-decibel youth coaching

Mr. Fuglesten coached my elementary school's football teams in the days before youth sports were largely privatized. Without assistants, he marshaled 18 boys of varying athleticism, employing healthy amounts of shouting and sarcasm. But he seemed to go out of his way to avoid cursing, preferring "gosh dangit!" as his default exclamation. >More
 How good should the Pack be?

After five games, the Green Bay Packers are 2-3 with a strong "yeah, but" factor due to the referee fiasco in Seattle in week three. Regardless, few would have predicted even a 3-2 record for the Packers at this point. After poring over statistics, rankings and box scores, I have no idea what any of it means, and I'm immediately skeptical of those who insist that they do. >More
 Wisconsin Badgers football's QB quandary

When I approached Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave at media day and asked him to make the case for being named the team's starter, he pulled off the difficult trick of projecting confidence without sounding arrogant. "I think I'm a pretty good natural athlete," the Greenfield native said. >More
 Big Ten football's losing streak

The week before the Big Ten conference football season begins is generally not a time to schedule tough opponents, which is why Wisconsin hosted UTEP instead of, say, Alabama or Southern Cal. Still, the Badgers had all they could handle from the mighty Miners, pulling out a 37-26 victory. Wisconsin lost to the only BCS opponent on its nonconference slate, getting outclassed at Oregon State in the second week of the season. >More
 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
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