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SPORTS

Bret Bielema is dull, and loving it

A review of fan message boards in the wake of Wisconsin's upset win over Ohio State last Saturday reveals an interesting pattern. In praising head coach Bret Bielema for the win, the program's first over a No. 1-ranked opponent since 1981, several fans wrote "I'm not much of a Bielema guy" before giving the coach his due. >More
 Brett Favre, we forgive you!

The Badgers play top-ranked Ohio State on Saturday, after being accused of running up the score (41-23) against Minnesota last week. The Packers are struggling to field a full roster against Miami on Sunday. College basketball practice gets under way this weekend, and the Major League Baseball playoffs are starting to get interesting. >More
 Catch some Rays

With the Milwaukee Brewers once again absent from the slate of playoff teams, many Wisconsin fans are jumping on board Cincinnati's bandwagon, as the Reds are friendly rivals with fans who aren't obnoxious. But the Reds have drawn powerhouse Philadelphia in the first round, which could doom their chances. >More
 Too much football on TV?

The concept behind the Red Zone channel is simple. On Sunday afternoons, when as many as nine NFL football games are being played at the same time, the action on the screen cuts to any game where a team has driven to within the opponent's 30-yard line. If a score is imminent in more than one game, the channel cuts from one to the other in rapid-fire succession. The pace can be frenetic, and a split screen is often used. >More
 Players have to behave

The to-do over the alleged harassment of Mexican television reporter Ines Sainz in the New York Jets locker room last week has reached the point where male sportswriters are suggesting, if not openly saying, that Sainz was asking for the hooting and catcalls by dressing inappropriately. >More
 Isthmus on the isthmus: Quizzing Badger football tailgaters (video)

Ben Reiser and Jason Joyce put Wisconsin Badger fans to the test before Saturday's game against Arizona State to see how well they know their football. >More
 Here come the Sun Devils

Arizona State, which invades Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday afternoon, represents Wisconsin's first nonconference opponent from a BCS conference since Washington State came to town to open the 2007 season. Since then, the likes of Citadel, Cal Poly and Wofford have shown up on the Badgers' slate of opponents. A lot of fans don't even know where those schools are located. >More
 Isthmus on the isthmus: Scenes from Ironman Wisconsin 2010 (video)

Triathletes took over downtown Madison over the weekend for the 2010 Ironman Wisconsin. This video captures scenes from the course and finish line. >More
 Return of the Veer?

Remember the Veer? It was the offensive (both definitions apply) formation favored by former Wisconsin football coach Don Morton, who compiled a 6-27 record from 1987 to '89. Many Badger fans believe the Veer has gone the way of the leisure suit, but an offensive scheme remarkably similar to it will be on display at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday, when the Badgers host San Jose State. >More
 Twitter reveals secret lives of Badgers

Last month, Boise State football coach Chris Peterson, whose team is ranked in the top five by coaches and media, announced that he had banned his players from using Twitter during the season, calling the social media tool a distraction. No word yet on whether Peterson is also banning girlfriends, postgame keg parties and midterm exams. >More
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