Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Badger Football has high expectations

badgerfootballhashighexpectations There was the anticipation during spring practice in April that the University of Wisconsin would be getting some national recognition in June when the college football preview magazines went on sale.
When starting quarterback Scott Tolzien was asked about the prospect of lofty expectations for the 2010 Badgers, he said, “The key is to block it out and that’s a hard thing to do when you’ve got guys reading the magazines.”
Here’s a sampling of what they might read:
Lindy’s has Wisconsin ranked No. 6 in the nation in its preseason poll behind Alabama, Boise State, Ohio State, Texas and Florida.
The Sporting News has the Badgers at No. 8; one slot behind Nebraska, which will join the Big Ten in 2011.
Athlon’s has Wisconsin at No. 16, while Phil Steele has the UW at No. 23.
These four publications agree on one thing: Ohio State is definitely the team to beat in the Big Ten.
Lindy’s and The Sporting News have the Badgers finishing second behind the Buckeyes.
Athlon’s has Wisconsin third behind Ohio State and Iowa, while Steele has the Badgers tabbed for fourth behind the Buckeyes, Hawkeyes and Penn State.
I am going to the homecoming game against Minnesota. I just ordered my tickets online. I hope the Badgers are undefeated when I go to the game. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

World Cup Fever in Badgerland

worldcupfeverinbadgerland In the final days of group play at the 2010 Fifa World Cup, Wisconsin men’s soccer head coach John Trask reflected on his many connections to the beautiful game’s premier international tournament.
“This is what we live for in soccer, The World Cup, and to see it being hosted by an African country has made the event that much more inclusive,” Trask said. “It shows the cross-cultural side of the game at its finest.
“I watch as both a fan and a student of the game because tactics are always changing, and to see what new concepts are being introduced is always a priority for this month-long tournament.”
Trask, entering his first season at the helm of the Badgers this fall, has numerous connections to the World Cup, beginning with the American squad. Trask has worked with current U.S. players Oguchi “Gooch” Onyewu, Landon Donovan, Edson Buddle, DeMarcus Beasley and Clarence Goodson.
“While I have many favorite teams and individual players, my excitement grows as I watch players who I’ve worked with represent themselves on the world stage,” Trask said. “Having worked with five U.S. players and seeing our sport grow and how well-prepared these athletes are to compete against the likes of England is quite satisfying.”
The United States, which faced England, Algeria and Slovenia in group play, posted two ties before recording a thrilling last-minute victory on a goal by Landon Donovan against Algeria to send the U.S. squad to the final 16. The Americans earned a 1-1 draw with England and rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie Slovenia 2-2.
Trask has also worked with Ramon Nunez, an attacking midfielder for Honduras, and Ryan Nelsen, New Zealand’s captain. Nelsen played for Trask at DC United, and Nunez was a member of FC Dallas while Trask was an assistant coach with the club.
New Zealand has had success early on in the World Cup. Competing against Italy, Paraguay and Slovakia in group play, the squad tallied its first-goal ever in World Cup action when Winston Reid netted the game-tying goal in the third minute of stoppage time against Slovakia. The draw gave New Zealand its first point at a World Cup after going winless in its 1982 debut. The All Whites also played to a 1-1 draw with defending champion Italy.
“I’m a huge U.S. fan, but seeing Ryan Nelsen and the rest of New Zealand’s squad get a point in the dying moments of their game against Slovakia was awesome as well as Nelsen being named Man of the Match against defending World Champs Italy was truly a special moment ,” Trask said.
Meanwhile, Nunez and his squad from Honduras fell to Chile 1-0 in their opening game and dropped a 2-0 decision to Spain on Monday afternoon despite Nunez providing some great attacking displays for Honduras.
Trask expressed his respect and admiration for all of the athletes competing in the World Cup.
“These are players who are in the prime of their careers and have dedicated themselves to be the best,” Trask said. “To see them live their dreams is what sports is all about.
“I know it’s early doors on the tournament, but favorites are emerging and story lines are being written. I believe the U.S. Team and these players will be part of the history of the 2010 World Cup.” Lets hope USA can roll. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Badger Softball Fires Head Coach

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After three consecutive losing seasons, Chandelle Schulte’s run as head softball coach at the University of Wisconsin is over.
Schulte, who went 99-153 overall and 23-70 in Big Ten play over her five years at the helm, did not have her contract renewed Thursday, as the UW Athletic Board voted not to do so.
Schulte’s only winning season over five years at Wisconsin came in 2007, as the Badgers went 27-20 in her second year as head coach. They were just 6-12 in conference play, however.
The 2010 version of the Badgers improved from the previous two, going 20-31 after back-to-back 15-40 seasons, but it was not enough to earn Schulte an additional year as head coach.
“I appreciate Chandelle’s efforts during her years with us and I wish her well,” UW athletic director Barry Alvarez said in a statement. “We will immediately begin the process of searching for a new head softball coach.”
Schulte was just the second head coach in the history of the program after replacing Karen Gallagher, who resigned in 2005.
In her final season before taking the position at Wisconsin, Schulte earned her 300th career victory as a head coach. She did so at College of Charleston, where she was head coach for four years. During her tenure, the Cougars were 163-82, with one NCAA regional appearance, a conference tournament championship and two regular season Southern Conference titles.
Schulte’s most successful season as a head coach came in 2005, when she led College of Charleston to a school and Southern Conference record 53 wins. The Cougars also had seven players named to all-conference teams while Schulte was named SoCon Coach of the Year.
Lets hope the Badgers can hire a winning coach and turn their fortunes around. GO BUCKY!!!!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Ron Dayne gets ripped off

rondaynegetsrippedoff Ron Dayne's bracelet commemorating his status as a Heisman Trophy winner was one of several items stolen late Saturday night from a home on the southeast side in which the former University of Wisconsin football standout is living.
The burglary netted $40,000 in possessions, including computer equipment, video systems and liquor, according to a report by WISC-TV, which first reported the incident.
Charles Slaughter, who owns the home in the 4200 block of Owl Creek Drive, told police and the TV station that Dayne is his roommate. On the website for Slaughter's business, Slaughter Motorsports, Dayne is advertised as a sponsor.
Dayne's bracelet bears "33," a tribute to the jersey number he wore as a member of the Badgers.
"Ron's bracelet that he got for the Heisman, that's definitely a one of a kind," Slaughter told Channel3000.com.
Police are investigating the incident. Lets hope the police can recover some of the items. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!