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Reasons to root for Seattle
The Seattle Seahawks probably feel like they're at McDonald's, because they must be lovin' this. Nobody is paying attention to the Patriots' NFC opponent in Sunday's Super Bowl XLIX; Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman's elbow simply can't compete with New England quarterback Tom Brady's balls. >MoreThe 'Super Bowl' of climbing competitions
For the past two years, Madison climbing enthusiast Jeremy Hemberger watched the American Bouldering Series National Championships streamed live from the City Auditorium in Colorado Springs, Colo. Sooner or later, he thought, he would travel west and compete. >MoreHow about them high school teams?
By now, you may have recovered from witnessing arguably the most improbable NFC Championship victory in NFL history. But discussions of how the Green Bay Packers squandered a 16-0 halftime lead over the Seattle Seahawks and lost in overtime, 28-22, will continue long into the offseason. >MoreLocal alt-country artists breathe new life into classic Stones album
Matt Earley first heard the Rolling Stones' classic 1972 album Exile on Main St. at age 19, and it quickly became a go-to record for him. This week, the 45-year-old vocalist, guitarist and ukulele player for Madison's Americana string band Winn Dixie will lead the "Exile on Willy St." project -- a who's-who of the city's alt-country music scene -- in a one-time-only, front-to-back reworking of the 18-song double album now regarded as one of the finest records in rock history. >MoreThe Packers look to the future
Can we please stop talking about the Ice Bowl now? The Green Bay Packers beat the Dallas Cowboys, 26-21, in an NFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday that garnered all sorts of comparisons to the NFL Championship Game at Lambeau Field on Dec. 31, 1967. >MoreFEED Kitchens is attracting users, but has plenty of room for more
Tammy Markee-Mayas knew she could make a better veggie burger -- one packed with organic sweet potatoes, raw walnuts, fresh chickpeas and jalapeño and savory spices. She would market them under the name IGo VeGo Hand-Crafted Vegan Burgers and sell them in a food cart during the summer. All Markee-Mayas needed was someplace to make and package her burgers. >MoreNearly all of Wisconsin's sports teams came up short in 2014
My mother, who isn't even a sports fan, claims she's unable to watch the Green Bay Packers on television if the point differential is less than 14. I've tried watching games with her; the tighter the score, the more stressed she gets until she finally leaves the room. >MoreDrummer John O.Reilly stays busy making music with Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Drummer John O.Reilly may have one of the coolest jobs in rock. He's spent the past dozen years touring each November through early January with one of two traveling versions of the holiday rock-opera extravaganza Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and he's gigged with everyone from Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow and Blue Oyster Cult to Yoko Ono and the late Richie Havens. >MoreIs Steel Panther a novelty band or parody band?
The four aging, heavily made-up men in Steel Panther look like the bastard offspring from an unholy union of Poison and Mötley Crüe circa 1989. They write over-the-top hair-metal songs ripe with melody, muscle and machismo, fearlessly creating an amalgam of that maligned era's sound and embracing all its excesses and debauchery. >MoreWisconsin Badgers football fan fatigue
Anyone who watched Ohio State pound Wisconsin 59-0 in Saturday's Big Ten Championship game might have noticed something else, too: Buckeye red appeared to trump Bucky red in the stands at Indianapolis' Lucas Oil Stadium. >MoreThere's still hope for the Milwaukee Bucks
The next time you go to East Towne or West Towne mall, take a look at what people are wearing. You'll notice plenty of Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers sweatshirts and jackets, and probably even a few diehards (like me) donning a Milwaukee Brewers cap or T-shirt. >MoreBo Ryan holds court
Astute observers of the University of Wisconsin men's basketball team might remember a handful of games when coach Bo Ryan wore a red sport coat. One of those times, his mother, Louise, happened to be watching on TV. "After that game, my mom told me, 'I wouldn't wear that again. It makes you look like you're parking cars,'" says Ryan. >MoreWhat's up for Wisconsin men's basketball in the 2014-15 season?
As the University of Wisconsin men's basketball team shoots for a 14th consecutive NCAA Tournament bid and a second straight trip to the Final Four this season, Badgers coach Bo Ryan faces an impending age problem. >MoreWhen sportsmanship trumps winning
For all the value we place on "sportsmanship," the line separating a rule violation from a show of respect for an opponent is blurry. And sometimes, that just doesn't seem fair. >MoreNew WIAA rules give suburban schools a better chance at state football titles
The state high school football playoffs opened last Friday night with 224 teams competing in seven divisions. A couple of new and significant organizational changes are in place this year, including one that allows the highest-seeded teams to host games through the quarterfinals. This resulted in first-round games at DeForest, Madison La Follette, Marshall, Middleton, Monona Grove and Waunakee. >More