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Mad Rollin' Dolls Holiday Bout brings Joy to the World -- or Madison, anyway

A bevy of clever seasonal nicknames were tossed around the rink (my personal favorite was a tie between Yule Shoot Your Eye Out and Faggy Pudding), while fans got their photos snapped with the Mall Rabbi, grabbed obligatory beers, and settled in for a festival of fights -- one part naughty, one part nice. >More
 Wringing in the holidays with the Mad Rollin' Dolls

A fresh blanket of snow, neighborhoods bathed in glowing light, packed malls and surly street-corner Santas, a tendency toward heavy drinking and stress-induced fits of road rage... yep, the holidays are here. For many people throughout the world, this evokes images of family, faith, tradition, and ridiculous amounts of consumption. But for a decent chunk of the population -- and for many of us Madisonians -- this time of year means something entirely different: It's time to get subversive. >More
 A Q&A with Jeremi Suri

"My concern, and I think the concern of a number of faculty, is that what's happening is the athletic department is operating as a separate business and it's not contributing back to the university itself." >More
 Whose athletic department is it?

Last Friday's UW athletic board meeting began on a gleeful note until Jeremi Suri, an associate professor of history, turned up the heat on board chair Walter Dickey over a letter signed by Dickey, Alvarez and UW-Madison Chancellor John Wiley on Nov. 2. >More
 Now comes the hard part

Using the term "cupcakes" to describe the first four teams played by the Wisconsin men's basketball Badgers this season would be an insult to soft, quickly consumable treats. >More
 The making of a bad deal

Back on Aug. 2, a warm and sunny afternoon, Bret Bielema and Bo Ryan, respectively coaches of the UW's football and basketball teams, strode into the state Capitol's Senate Parlor for a press conference. Slapping backs, gripping paws and yukking it up with state legislators who seemed thrilled just to be in their presence, the pair took turns looking directly into the camera lens and encouraging Badger fans to call their cable providers and demand access to the Big Ten Network. >More
 An open letter to Barry Alvarez, John Wiley and Walter Dickey...

After eagerly shelling out dough to allow this slick athletic operation to strut its stuff, fans are now being nickel-and-dimed to see the football team on TV, forced to either sign a contract with a satellite company or go to a bar to watch the game. It's like checking into a four-star golf resort in Florida and then having to pay $10 to watch HBO in your room. >More
 Brett Favre, superstar

I recently celebrated what a friend calls my 'Sconiversary, a milestone which officially marks 19 years of residence in Wisconsin, compared to 18 in my native Minnesota. According to this friend, it's a tipping point past which I no longer need to sheepishly root for the Vikings and can unapologetically dub myself a Packer backer. >More
 It's time to board the La Follette football bandwagon

Madison schools typically don't do well in the state tournament. Whereas suburban schools like Verona or Waunakee routinely advance deep into the playoffs, Madison schools, if represented at all, often fall in the first round. But La Follette has now won nine games in a row, many with impressive point totals. >More
 The Dairyland Dolls hit the track one last time in 2007

The leaves are falling, there's a chill in the air, and the skies have turned from blue to gray. And while much of Madison has hung up their running shoes and hunkered down, a group of dedicated, determined, and seriously kick-ass women have been getting up before the cows, working hard, and busting their bodies into peak physical condition to prepare for battle. >More
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