Friday, August 27, 2010

Stanley cup shows up in Madison

While many Badger fans count the days until football season starts, a taste of hockey came to the Kohl Center in the middle of August. Adam Burish, the Madison native who helped Wisconsin’s men’s hockey team win the 2006 national championship, came home with an even more impressive piece of hardware Wednesday: The Stanley Cup.
Burish won the Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks, claiming the trophy after Patrick Kane’s overtime goal in game six of the Stanley Cup Finals. Each player from the championship team is given a day with the Cup, and Burish spent the first part of his signing autographs in Madison as hockey fans waited in long lines for a few moments up close and personal with the prized trophy.
Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves, who coached Burish on the 2006 title team, said having the Cup in Madison was a great way to build interest in the game ahead of the upcoming season.
“It brings hockey to the forefront right now in August, and I think that will permeate through the whole community,” Eaves said. “It just kind of compounds and produces more interest in the game, especially for young people.”
Burish’s time with the Cup began when it arrived from Roseau, Minn., where Blackhawk forward Dustin Byfuglien spent some time with the trophy in his hometown. From there, Burish took the Cup to the Eagle’s Nest in Verona, Wis., a rink he said was very important to him.
It is great to see former Badgers honoring where they came from.  GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Two More Badgers make preseason watchlists.

Badger senior wide receiver David Gilreath and sophomore linebacker Chris Borlandwere both named to preseason watch lists for major college football awards, it was announced Tuesday.

Gilreath was named to the watch list for the inaugural Paul Hornung Award which is given to the most versatile player in major college football, while Borland is up for the Dick Butkus Award which is presented to the top linebacker in the country.

The Hornung Award list was created based on 2009 statistics and expectations for the 2010 season. Gilreath is one of 48 players on the list, which will be whittled down to 10-15 finalists at the end of the regular season. A winner will be announced in early January.

A preseason second-team All-Big Ten selection at punt returner by Phil Steele and Athlon Sports, Gilreath has gained over 4,000 all-purpose yards in his three-year career. In 2009, Gilreath gained 615 yards on kick returns, 177 on receptions, 117 on punt returns and 75 on rushes. The school's record holder for kickoff return yards in one season, Gilreath has averaged 104.8 all-purpose yards per game in 39 career contests.

Borland was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and a first-team freshman All-American in 2009 after starting each of the final six games for UW. He recorded 54 tackles, 10.5 TFLs and 5.0 sacks while ranking third in the Big Ten in both forced fumbles (5) and fumbles recovered (3).

It is great to see Badger players getting the accolades they deserve.   GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Montee Ball Getting ready for Football

It wasn't exactly a horror-film compilation, though there were scenes that made Montee Ball want to cover his eyes.
Five times during the offseason, the sophomore tailback for the University of Wisconsin football team sat down and watched, from start to finish, a DVD distributed to him by running backs coach John Settle that consisted of each of Ball's 98 carries during his freshman season.
The clips were shot from video cameras located in the end zone, giving Ball a clear view of how each play developed. It was a good learning tool, even though there were times Ball wanted to reach into the screen and smack himself on the helmet.
"It's the worst," he said earlier this week. "You make a move inside, and then when you watch on film and you see daylight. You could have scored a touchdown going outside with it."
There was plenty for Ball to be happy about from his true freshman season. As a backup to Big Ten Conference Offensive Player of the Year John Clay, Ball finished with 391 rushing yards and four touchdowns despite not making his season debut until Week 5 at Minnesota. The highlight was a 31-28 victory at Indiana in which Ball, who took over after Clay left the game because he felt sick, finished with 27 carries for 115 yards and two touchdowns.
But Ball's film study confirmed to him that he left some yards on the field in 2009. Ball averaged 4.0 yards per carry, gained three yards or less 56 times — or 57 percent of his total attempts — and was stopped for a loss 16 times, or about once every six carries.  
Lets hope Montee can become the next John Clay.  GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Badgers ranked 12th

The University of Wisconsin will open the college football season just outside the top 10, at least in one poll.
The Badgers were ranked No. 12 in the USA Today Preseason Top 25 coaches poll released today. They were the third-highest Big Ten Conference team behind Ohio State (No. 2) and Iowa (No. 1).
UW, which ended last season No. 16 in both the USA Today and the Associated Press poll, came in just ahead of Penn State (No. 14), the only other Big Ten team in the top 25. Future Big Ten member Nebraska will open the season at No. 9.
Defending national champion Alabama is No. 1 atop the preseason coaches' poll.
Boise State will begin the season ranked No. 5. The Broncos, like Alabama, finished last season 14-0. They beat TCU in the Fiesta Bowl.
The Crimson Tide got 55 of 59 possible first place votes. The other four went to Ohio State, which is No. 2 in the newspaper's ranking.
It is great to see the Badgers ranked near the top ten right out of the gate.  GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Bielema not in favor of 9 game conference schedule

University of Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema touched on a variety of newsworthy topics in an interview Monday with local media at the annual Big Ten Conference Football Media Days.
Minutes after hearing commissioner Jim Delany say it’s likely the Big Ten will go to nine conference games in the near future, Bielema probably voiced the opinion of the coaches when he said:
“I know one conference that did it is the Pac-10 Conference and they’re trying to do everything they can to get out of it. Maybe we ought to look at history.”
The biggest argument Bielema has against it is the imbalance created by having half of the teams with five conference home games and half with four.
“In this conference, a home game is a tremendous advantage,” Bielema said. “Years you have five versus years you have four, I bet you would be a dramatic difference.”
Bielema didn’t seem to mind that Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor was tabbed by the media as the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, even though UW junior running back John Clay returns after winning the award last year.
“I’m glad it was (Pryor),” Bielema said. “John’s got enough things on his plate, with Heisman talk.”  
It is going to be very interesting how the Big Ten expansion will affect the Badgers.  I hope we will still have seven games a year at Camp Randall.  GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!