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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
 Bret Bielema's Badgers

To know Bret Bielema, one also needs to know Prophetstown, the west central Illinois farming hamlet the University of Wisconsin football coach once called home and still regularly visits. Like other small cities, Prophetstown is slowly ebbing away, squeezed by the strip mall commerce of nearby bigger cities like Sterling and Rock Falls. There, big-box stores and supermarket chains drain precious dollars from miles around. >More
 Premature Pack elation

Back in May, Sports Illustrated's Peter King listed the Green Bay Packers atop his pre-preseason power rankings. And even though King had Chicago in the 2010 Super Bowl and ranked New Orleans 24th a year earlier, this was enough to prompt many of his fellow pundits to predict that the Packers will be playing in Dallas on Feb. 6. >More
 The Mallards' serious side

For as much goofy fun as a Madison Mallards baseball game can be, with its bat-spin races and all-you-can-eat-and-drink party deck, the club still has the primary goal of winning. We were reminded of that this week when the Mallards decided to can manager C.J. Thieleke, who compiled a 230-178 record over six seasons. >More
 After six years, C.J. Thieleke will not return as Madison Mallards manager in 2011

After failing to qualify for the Northwoods League postseason playoffs for the second consecutive season, the Madison Mallards announced Tuesday they were not renewing manager C.J. Thieleke's contract for the 2011 season. >More
 Of golf and morality

When Phil Mickelson won the Masters back in April, beating rival Tiger Woods by five strokes, the temptation to turn the victory into the story of a family man defeating a sleazy philanderer proved too much for some. As Mickelson celebrated with his wife and mom, both of whom are fighting breast cancer, CBS's Jim Nantz declared it "a win for the family," a treacly spin on his designation of Woods' 1997 Masters title as "a win for the ages." >More
 It's not over till it's over

Last Wednesday afternoon, minutes before Isthmus went to press, the Milwaukee Brewers were mired in the late innings of a 10-2 loss at the hands of the Cincinnati Reds. An editorial decision was made not to update the team's win-loss record, as listed in Scoreboard and this column, rather than assume the loss and risk an embarrassing inaccuracy. >More
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