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Is the NFL ready for Michael Sam?

Michael Sam instantly became the most famous football player in America after coming out as gay Sunday, three months before he was expected to be picked in the NFL draft. What happens next is anyone's guess. >More
 What's wrong with Wisconsin men's hoops?

The memories are so clear. Mere weeks ago, the Badger men's basketball team was humming along, everyone was contributing, and Bo Ryan's world appeared as beautiful as Tuscany in springtime. Fans and writers, yours truly included, rushed to lay rose petals at the players' feet. >More
 Manning up for Super Bowl XLVIII

Ah, the Super Bowl. Everything that need be said about this bloated corpse of a one-day miniseries is baked into the name itself: an adjective that no one but sales reps and preteens use without irony, and understated punctuation with Roman numerals. >More
 Are the Milwaukee Bucks losing on purpose?

Here's a bit of fun trivia about your favorite professional basketball team: "Da Bucks" is an anagram of "suck bad." Sure, that's mean-spirited and Milwaukee is an easy target right now, so it's probably better to hew to the facts. >More
 UW men's hockey on a roll in 2014 Big Ten season

The Wisconsin hockey team's sweep of eighth-ranked Michigan last weekend could prove just the tonic to end the quiet that's blanketed the program in the past month, and for that matter the last few years. >More
 Green Bay Packers will win the NFL hurt index

It happened again Sunday. The Packers' defense hadn't been on the field more than three or four minutes of their wild-card playoff game against San Francisco when two starters left with knee injuries. Cornerback Sam Shields went down first, followed closely by linebacker Mike Neal. >More
 Packers: Out of miracles?

Sure, our only responsibilities as fans are to watch the games sitting on our fat butts and drinking, but this was an exhausting year to follow the Packers. They didn't just back into the playoffs; they fell off a mountain into the playoffs and hit every boulder on the way to the chasm floor. >More
 Wisconsin Badgers vs. South Carolina Gamecocks in the Capital One Bowl

Make no mistake, the Capital One Bowl is a big game for Gary Andersen. The Badgers' first-year football coach was enjoying a nice honeymoon in Madison until the season finale at Camp Randall, when UW looked listless and sloppy in a loss to Penn State. >More
 Bo Ryan's hoops for the holidays

Ah, the holiday cheer was pouring in from all directions last weekend. Congratulations to the UW volleyball team, which advanced to the NCAA Final Four after winning its regional in Champaign, Ill. A tip of the hat goes to the Packers, who improbably stayed in playoff contention after a second-half comeback in Dallas that defies facile description. >More
 Mad Rollin' Dolls kick off their 2013-14 season of roller derby action

If you walked into the Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center for the roller derby last weekend, your first impression might have been that the playing track was missing. If so, you're old. The banked oval of the '70s is long gone from most venues, as is the campy, comic-book version of the sport that many of us remember as professional wrestling on roller skates. >More
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