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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
 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
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