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Memorial toughs it out

Minutes after leading the Madison Memorial boys basketball team to the 2009 state championship last March, coach Steve Collins was already thinking about 2010. "We talked about it in the locker room just now," he told me on his way to the bus. "I've learned that with kids, you've got to plant the seed early." >More
 More teams, less thrilling

Currently, the NCAA Division I men's college basketball tournament fields 65 teams, accommodating 31 conference champions and 34 at-large bids. The whole thing lasts three weeks, with two rounds played each weekend. It is, aside from the Super Bowl, the nation's biggest sporting event, with diehard fans pitting their picks against those from people who don't know a screen-and-roll from a box-and-one. >More
 Defense buoys women Badgers

On March 15, the Wisconsin women's basketball team, now 20-9, will likely receive its first NCAA tournament bid since 2002. It will be the Badgers' first trip to the "big dance" under seven-year head coach Lisa Stone, named the Big Ten Coach of the Year by her peers this week. Expect Stone to receive huzzahs during this weekend's Big Ten tournament in Indianapolis. >More
 High drama at the Palace

More than at any other Madison high school, East hosts basketball games that are community events. You're likely to spot all sorts of characters, from Harmony Bar owner Keith Daniels to musical satirist Peter Leidy, exhibiting their East Side Pride at the gym affectionately dubbed "The Palace." But East's allotment of 600 tickets for tonight's tilt against Madison Memorial sold out in 20 minutes on Monday, and it didn't take Memorial students much longer to scarf up theirs, leaving none for the general public. >More
 Worst. Olympics. Ever.

Over the weekend, I sat on my couch wat-ching NBC's broadcast of the Winter Olympics featuring moguls skiers...sitting on a couch of their own. After each run, NBC spent significant camera time on the reactions of these world-class athletes awaiting their scores while reclining comfortably at the base of the hill. >More
 Getting a bead on the Badgers

It was fun to browse Twitter and fan message boards after the Wisconsin men's basketball team beat Duke on Dec. 2. The nationally televised game had Badger fans living in Asia exchanging virtual high fives with UW alums in New Jersey. >More
 The Saints come marching in

I happened to be in New Orleans in the summer of 2001 for the jazz funeral of Ernie K-Doe, the Big Easy native whose song "Mother in Law" briefly topped the Billboard charts 40 years earlier. I stood in front of a bank on Canal Street, sweating through my shirt in the mid-July heat, sipping a can of Dixie beer offered by a white-haired gentleman in an immaculate seersucker suit. >More
 Hockey Badgers face key stretch

The Wisconsin men's hockey team thought last weekend's series against then top-ranked Denver was huge, but tying and beating the Pioneers only increased the importance of this week's trip to Duluth. The Bulldogs (16-9-1 overall) lead the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. >More
 Why Vikings fans are full of dread

In recent weeks, a common question for Packers fans is whether they'll be rooting for or against Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings in the playoffs. Opinions vary, but there's one area of general agreement: Vikings fans are arrogant. >More
 Wisconsin laments the loss of Jon Leuer

The UW Sports Medicine staff announced Monday that junior forward Jon Leuer fractured his left wrist in the Purdue game last Saturday and would be out indefinitely after undergoing surgery. Soon the fans who post on the Badger Nation message board were attempting to analyze the prognosis, talking about FOOSH (Fall On Out-Stretched Hand) injuries and scaphoid bones, and attacking each other's medical credentials. >More
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