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What's good about kids football

When my son decided to stop playing soccer in fourth grade in favor of football, I was disappointed. I grew up playing both sports and found the subtle approach of the Norwegian dad who oversaw our soccer team preferable to the in-your-face barking of our football coaches. I loved the soccer routine, complete with the sideline socializing over coffee on Saturday mornings and seeing the kids become more confident as their skills developed. But it always bugged me that the team rarely strayed from a hierarchy with the fastest, most athletic kid at the top. >More
 Football as a major

Revelations surfaced last week that a booster entertained University of Miami football players with lavish yacht parties, nights out at strip clubs and gifts of cash and jewelry. This comes not long after Ohio State coach Jim Tressel was forced out after it emerged that he covered up for some of his players who had traded jerseys and other swag for tattoos. These scandals have renewed the perennial argument over whether college athletes should be paid. >More
 The T Plush days of summer

Don't believe the front page of the Wisconsin State Journal's sports section, dominated as it is by football news these days. The Brewers, not the Packers or Badgers, are the best and most important sports story in the state this month. The Crew are 11-2 in August, have won 18 of their last 20 games and sit seven games ahead of St. Louis in the National League Central standings with six weeks left to play. >More
 Books for Bielema

At his press conference Sunday afternoon, Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema talked about reading the influential business book Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don't, by Jim Collins. "A lot of people settle for being good and get complacent and accept being at a level that's better than everybody else," Bielema said, summarizing the book. >More
 Top ducks

Madison Mallards president Vern Stenman knows he's spouting a sports cliché, but he goes ahead anyway. "I'll say it. I think we're playing our best baseball at the perfect time," he tells me Monday night, just a couple hours before his team would win its sixth straight, taking down division-leading La Crosse in 10 innings to move within a game and a half of first place. >More
 Colleges in the cable business

Four years ago, the Big Ten Network, in partnership with Fox Sports, launched promising 24/7 coverage of conference games, along with some of the academic goings-on at the member institutions. Those who doubted whether the venture would succeed were proven wrong, as the conference recently announced that each member school will receive $7.9 million in shared revenue from the network this year, up from $6.5 million in 2010. >More offers literate sports commentary, an ESPN website named after legendary sportswriter Grantland Rice, launched just over a month ago with much fanfare as the latest brainchild of Bill Simmons. >More
 Milwaukee Brewers win in the TV ratings

Earlier this week, Sports Business Journal reported that the Milwaukee Brewers are among the top five Major League Baseball teams this season in terms of local television ratings with a 6.90. Of all the television households in the Milwaukee area, nearly 7% have tuned in to a portion of a Brewers game so far this season. >More
 U.S. women's national team in the hunt for a third World Cup

Before this week, the most indelible image of women's soccer in this country was Brandy Chastain pulling off her jersey after defeating China in the 1999 Women's World Cup. But Heather O'Reilly's goal and subsequent celebration against Colombia in last Saturday's World Cup match have a good shot at taking over that position. >More
 Russell Wilson: UW's big man on campus

Fans of Friday Night Lights will remember the character Ray "Voodoo" Tatum, a star quarterback who transferred to Dillon, disrupting the team's chemistry and nearly destroying the Panthers' playoff chances in the show's first season. I was reminded of Voodoo while reading about big-shot quarterback Russell Wilson transferring to Wisconsin this week. >More
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