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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
 Let's talk about a perfect Green Bay Packers season

A few weeks ago, pundits were wondering if it was too early to mention Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson and the Heisman Trophy in the same sentence, thereby doing exactly that. As it turns out, it most certainly was. But that truth hasn't stopped the same guys from now wondering whether it's too early to talk about the Green Bay Packers, one game shy of the halfway point, finishing the season without a loss. >More
 Prime-time pigskin

Last Saturday's sweater weather made it ideal for college football, so my son and I hopped in the car and headed up to UW-Oshkosh to see the Titans take on UW-Whitewater, a clash between the top two teams in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Whitewater is once again the top-ranked Division III team in the country and looking to "three-peat" as national champs. But Oshkosh is a program on the rise, and Whitewater was lucky to escape Titan Stadium with a three-point victory. >More
 The best and the brightest

Auburn quarterback Cam Newton was easily the most exciting player in college football last year and was rewarded with the Heisman Trophy. But his stop at three colleges in four years -- along with allegations that his family had sought money from recruiters -- made it hard for anyone to refer to him as a student athlete with a straight face. Newton viewed school as a means to get to the NFL, not an opportunity for intellectual inquiry. >More
 Can new coach Bobbie Kelsey turn UW women's basketball around?

Running lines is an age-old college basketball practice tradition. The team lines up on the baseline. The shot clock is set for the time to beat. The whistle blows. And they're off. Players run to the nearest foul line and back to the baseline. Then to the midcourt line and back to the baseline. Next to the distant foul line and back. And, finally, all the way to the other baseline and back. >More
 The Brewers' pitching problem

A baseball cliché you're likely to hear a lot during the playoffs is "good pitching beats good hitting." That is, except when it doesn't. Philadelphia, the team with by far the best pitching in Major League Baseball this season, is still trying to figure out how its staff of Cy Young and postseason MVP winners could have been eliminated by St. Louis in the divisional round. >More
 NLCS roundup: NYT climbs aboard the Brewers bandwagon just in time for a thumping

In two games at home against the St. Louis Cardinals, the Milwaukee Brewers have been outscored 18-12, which makes them lucky to be tied heading to St. Louis for games three, four and five on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. >More
 Pure joy: How the Brewers' playoff run turned a sportswriter into a fan

It was in the middle of John Axford's meltdown in the ninth inning last Friday when I realized why I had become a sportswriter. In the business, all you invest is your time and energy. No loyalties, except to the reader. No passion, except to the story. The result is the result. Just make it quick and be sure to give me something to write about. But not this afternoon and night. >More
 Gimme a G! Sports teams step up to the plate with green initiatives

In sports, as in life, the desired path is always from the minor to major leagues. Yet, in a 21st-century twist, the new stadium housing the Madison Mallards baseball team has reversed that logic. When the team embarked on a $2 million renovation of their stadium in Warner Park, they chose to reuse seats from a couple of major league baseball stadiums, filling up the stands with chairs from the famed Camden Yards in Baltimore, and several rows in left field from Wrigley Field in Chicago. >More
 Enjoy this moment of Wisconsin sports dominance

In case there remained any doubt about which team reigns over Wisconsin in October, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Bob Wolfley erased it on his SportsDay blog Monday. Over what many are calling the most spectacular sports weekend in the state, ever, over twice as many Milwaukee households watched the heavily favored Green Bay Packers play a non-conference game against the Denver Broncos than tuned in to see either of the Milwaukee Brewers first-round playoff games. >More
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