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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
 Hyping Madison East vs. Madison Memorial with a thrilling preview video

The following video, posted to YouTube this week by "maxamillium02," seeks to hype Saturday's basketball game with thrilling footage of Madison's top players accompanied by a dramatic score. >More
 Madison's nicest ice

The sound of blades on ice echoes off the houses surrounding Westmorland Park on Madison's west side. Holiday lights twinkle through the branches of the park's massive oaks as Ken Wiesner, Tom Jefferson and Dave Blouin painstakingly shovel loose snow and ice from the park's hockey rink. >More
 Playoffs could Pack a punch

On Nov. 8, the mood in Packerland was dire. Green Bay had just lost to previously winless Tampa Bay, 38-28, blowing the 11-point lead it held with 12 minutes to go. The Packers stood at 4-4 while the Minnesota Vikings, now featuring a guy named Brett Favre, were 7-1. >More
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