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Why the Oregon Ducks will beat the Wisconsin Badgers in the Rose Bowl

Badger backers say this Wisconsin team is not from the old Big Ten, where coaches thought a forward pass meant asking the barmaid out for bratwurst. That may be true, but these Badgers have not seen a passing game like Oregon rolls. Darron Thomas has not been asked to win many games, but he may have to win the Rose Bowl. Wisconsin ranks as one of the best pass defenses in the country, but it rang up most of those numbers against weak passing teams. >More
 The Rose Bowl pits pro-style Wisconsin against Oregon's evil spread-option attack

The Rose Bowl is one of the great venues in sports. Those who have been fortunate to attend the annual college bowl game played there will describe the magical moment when the setting sun bathes the San Gabriel Mountains, looming over the stadium's rim, in a golden glow. From their seats, fans must choose between ogling the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape and keeping their eyes on the gridiron below. >More
 Give football fanatics what they want

Football fanatics of all stripes agree: The NFL's RedZone channel -- available to cable and satellite subscribers -- is a runaway success. Footage hops from game to game on Sundays in an attempt to broadcast every single touchdown, most of them live. It's a great example of the most prominent sports league delivering to its couch-bound fans exactly what they want. >More
 The UW-Whitewater way: Warhawks return to Stagg Bowl riding 44-game winning streak

We arrived in Whitewater for last Saturday's NCAA Division III semifinal football game between the Warhawks and St. Paul's University of St. Thomas in a car bearing Minnesota license plates, so it wasn't surprising when we were approached by a fan of the home team almost immediately. >More
 The Tebow effect

A couple weeks ago in this space, I discussed statistics for rating quarterbacks and how they justify the considerable hype heaped upon Aaron Rodgers. One might argue that the greatest appeal of pro football lies in watching quarterbacks like Rodgers throw touchdown passes, and the quarterback rating is a good indication of the game's most entertaining players. >More
 Anthony Lamarr updates 'We're Smelling Roses' for 2012, rhymes Abbrederis

Anthony Lamarr, along with Cascia Films, has released a 2012 version of his popular "We're Smelling Roses" hip-hop tribute just days after the Badgers beat Michigan State for the Big Ten title. >More
 Bucky's still in it

Wisconsin finished the 2008 college football season with a 7-6 record after being trounced by Florida State in something called the "Champs Sports Bowl." Since then, the Badgers' record is 31-7, including 1-1 in bowls. No other team in the Big Ten has 30 wins over that span, not even the traditional heavyweights like Ohio State (29-9) and Michigan (22-15). Currently top-ranked Louisiana State is just one game better (32-6). >More
 Quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers, by the numbers

ESPN has dubbed this the Year of the Quarterback, because apparently the most celebrated position in sports doesn't get enough time under the spotlight. When can we expect the Month of the Defensive Tackle? Week of the Punter? >More
 Kids sports and sexual abuse

A couple years ago, I was recruited to help coach my son's football team, which is sponsored by a Catholic church. Before the season started, my fellow coaches and I were required to complete a church program called Virtus, which entailed spending a few hours going over the telltale signs of childhood sexual abuse and what to do should any become evident. There were also stern warnings about never being alone with a child and permission to view with suspicion those adults who seem to be looking for those opportunities. >More
 The cult of Joe Paterno

When you walk the charming streets of State College, Pa., and the Penn State campus, it's clear that Nittany Lions football isn't just a pastime there, it's what drives the community and university life. Images of "JoePa" are everywhere, particularly in the windows of the college bookstore, where you can buy life-sized cardboard cutouts of coach Joe Paterno. >More
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