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The Daily

SPORTS

Football follies as injuries mount for the Packers

Last Sunday's game between the Packers and Vikings was a sterling example of everything that's alternately wonderful and maddening about the NFL. >More
 Encouraging signs for the 2013-14 Badger men's b-ball season

It's a testament to the prosperity of UW basketball under Bo Ryan that fans don't give a second thought anymore to the Badgers making the NCAA tournament. Of course they will. Likewise, it's a given that the Badgers will finish among the top four in the always tough Big 10, regardless of any weaknesses they might show in November. >More
 Time to gloat over Bret Bielema and the Razorbacks

Enjoy the sweet schadenfreude, Badgers fans. Year one of the Bret Bielema era is a smoking disaster across the river in Razorback land. I don't have room here to document all the atrocities, so I'll start with the obvious: Bielema's starting quarterback, sophomore Brandon Allen, does not appear to be the answer. >More
 Wisconsin Badgers in a BCS bowl -- really?

Late last week I was grazing through the online sports sites and noticed that football writers were already making BCS bowl projections. At espn.com, Mark Schlabach was predicting a Sugar Bowl match-up of South Carolina and...Wisconsin? His fellow soothsayer, Brad Edwards, had UW in a BCS bowl as well " the Orange, against Florida State. >More
 Will the Milwaukee Bucks stop here?

When last we saw the Milwaukee Bucks, they were being chew-toyed out of the NBA playoffs by the Miami Heat. The eventual champs demonstrated during a four-game sweep in April that they could switch on and off at will and dominate an inferior team whenever they felt like it. >More
 Fear the Red Sox beards

Ah gawd, it's the Sawx and Cawds in the fackin' World Series! That's right, Boston and St. Louis are squaring off for the baseball championship of planet Earth. As Eddie Izzard once pointed out, "It's impressive in a world event for America to win so many years." >More
 The Packers are still on track in the NFC North

Six weeks into the NFL season, things are looking good for the Packers, other than the usual luck with injuries. For starters, Green Bay has a running game this year, which tempers the loss of receivers James Jones and Randall Cobb and makes the offense more formidable as the weather turns colder. >More
 Badger women's hockey on a season-opening roll

The UW women's hockey team, which quietly has fashioned one of the tidiest sports dynasties in the Midwest, opened its regular season last weekend with a pair of victories at LaBahn Arena. >More
 MLB's 2013 post-season starting with a whimper

Baseball's regular season ended Sunday, so you might have expected to tune into sports radio the next morning and hear some analysis of the upcoming playoffs. How much will the absences of Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier affect the Dodgers against Atlanta? >More
 A good year for hater baseball and football fans

Somewhere within the febrile mind of the common sports fan lies a primitive area " occasionally called the lizard brain " in which not only must our favored teams win and prosper, but hated others must be pounded at every opportunity. The object of scorn is often a rival; sometimes the target has spurned our affections and moved on (hi there, Bret and Jen). More often, though, it's a team whose sin is winning too much. >More
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