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A Super Bowl reading list worthy of Packers fans, casual and hardcore

There are hundreds of stories about which team is better at the zone blitz, which quarterback has the better "pocket presence" or whatever. Here are some articles from Super Bowl week that are actually fun to read. >More
 Green Bay Packers talking points for Super Bowl XLV

Green Bay Packers football has never been merely a pastime in Wisconsin. Some refer to it as a religion, but the number of churches that schedule services around kickoff each Sunday indicates it's much more serious than that. Still, some among us don't tune in live to Mike McCarthy's weekly press conferences, pore over Peter King's weekly Monday Morning Quarterback columns or rearrange our replica jerseys in numerical order. >More
 Ben Roethlisberger's bad behavior

Last March, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was accused of, but not charged with, sexually assaulting a 20-year-old woman in a Georgia nightclub. The documents released by investigators chronicle a night of, at best, boorish behavior. In refusing to press charges, the woman's attorney said her client was concerned about intrusive attention that would come from a trial. >More
 The end of NFL football?

Enjoy your postseason run, Packers fans. The NFL might take an extended leave of absence this off-season. The league's collective bargaining agreement between the owners and players is set to expire on March 3. If a new agreement isn't reached by then -- and there's been little movement -- players could be locked out. Some believe a work stoppage could stretch into next fall and lead to canceled games. >More
 NFL overtime rule changes game

Last weekend brought three tremendous NFL playoff games and one relative stinker. The only disappointment other than Baltimore's blowout win over Kansas City was the absence of overtime games, and thus no opportunities to see the NFL's new playoff overtime rule in action. >More
 Green Bay Packers need big D

Much attention is being paid to the quarterback match-up in Sunday's Wild Card playoff game (3:30 p.m., Fox) between Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers and Philadelphia's Michael Vick. It's a good story, particularly because allegedly reformed dog killer Vick is in the midst of a redemptive season. He and Rodgers own the fourth- and third-best quarterback ratings in the NFL. >More
 Best Badgers ever? Rose Bowl win would secure legendary status for 2010 squad

When the Wisconsin Badgers football team takes the field at the Rose Bowl on Saturday, it will have a chance to claim the unofficial title of the best squad in the program's history. A big win against third-ranked Texas Christian University could lead to a final ranking of number two nationally, the best for a Badger team in the Bowl Championship Series era. >More
 The Madison Memorial Spartans' tough road

The Madison Memorial boys basketball team features five Division I college prospects: seniors Miles Chamberlain and Tre Burnette, juniors Jamar "Popcorn" Morris and Junior Lomomba, and sophomore Brendan Ortiz. Even with Chamberlain and Morris inactive due to injuries, the Spartans are ranked fourth in the state after a 6-1 start. The team's only loss was to Milwaukee King -- an uncharacteristic 57-35 offensive dud -- in Milwaukee on Dec. 11. >More
 Brett Favre: Sports donkey of the year

Sports Illustrated recently named Drew Brees the 2010 Sportsman of the Year. Brees, who led the New Orleans Saints to their first Super Bowl title last February, is a worthy choice, an example of a champion who refuses to define his life by on-field achievements alone. >More
 Big Ten conference unveils new logo, division names

Upon adding Nebraska as a twelfth team, the athletic conference has redesigned its logo and split the conference into two divisions: Leaders and Legends. >More
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