Thursday, July 18, 2013

Single Game Tickets For Badgers Football On Sale Monday

Badgers 2013 Football TicketsSingle-seat tickets to five 2013 Wisconsin football games will go on sale Monday morning. Non-conference games at Camp Randall will be included in the sale, as will all away games. It is the first public sale of the season, and the first offered by the school since season tickets in the student section became available in mid-June. The over 12,000 packages in that sale sold in just 2 hours, signaling a strong interest in the team's 2013 campaign.

Tickets to the Badgers trio of inter-conference home games are expected to go fairly quick, as well. Camp Randall sold out 41 consecutive times until late September 2009, and the 80,000 seat stadium is still full more-often-than-not on Saturdays during the season.

The University of Massachusetts kicks off 2013 and Wisconsin's non-conference schedule in Madison on August 31st before Tennessee Tech follows on September 7th. The Badgers most anticipated non-conference match-up at home comes against Brigham-Young University on November 9th. Face value for tickets to these games range from $45 to $65.

Availability of tickets to the team's five away games this season will be limited on Monday. Dates at Big-10 rivals Ohio State, Iowa, and Minnesota have already sold-out through sales from those schools, and tickets will not be available for purchase through the Wisconsin system. Tickets to the team's games at Arizona State on September 14th and at Illinois on October 19th will go on sale, however. Face value is $60 and $49, respectively, for the pair.

Public single-game tickets to the Badgers four home conference games in 2013 will go on sale on Monday, August 5th. Purdue, Northwestern, Indiana, and Penn State will all visit Camp Randall from the Big-10 during the season.
2013 Wisconsin Football Single-Game Tickets On-Sale July 15th
-        31st vs. University of Massachusetts
-        7th vs. Tennessee Tech
-        14th @ Arizona State  
-        19th @ Illinois
-        9th vs. BYU

Monday, July 8, 2013

Badgers Hockey Players Heading To The 2013 NHL Draft

Jedd Soleway NHL Draft
The Wisconsin Badgers were represented for the 16th consecutive year at the 2013 NHL Draft over the weekend. Incoming freshman standouts Jedd Soleway and Grant Besse heard their names called in Newark on Sunday, the 148th and 149th Badgers to be drafted into the league all-time. 76 of those alumni went on to play for teams in the NHL, a rank that the most recent pair of prospects hopes to join soon.

Besse's first chance at a professional career could come in Anaheim. The Ducks took the impressive winger in the fifth round on Sunday, their second pick from Wisconsin in as many years. Forward Nic Kerdiles was selected by the team in 2012.

Besse's high school tenure in Minnesota saw him named Mr. Hockey as a senior. He scored five goals in the state championship game with Benidle-St. Margret's, ending his four years at the school as the fifth leading scorer in state history.

Soleway has had similar success across the border in Canada. Coming-up through various youth leagues, the 18 year old played last season with the Vernon Vipers of the British Columbia Hockey League. He began 2013 in Vernon with five goals and twelve assists, but was traded to the Penticton Vees after 26 games. Soleway didn't skip a beat through the process, however, clocking five points in his first four games with the new franchise. The Phoenix Coyotes took Soleway in the 7th round at 193rd overall.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Badgers 2013 Football Schedule Game By Game Breakdown

Badgers Big Ten Championship Football
The Badgers currently stand as the back-to-back Big Ten Champions, but that doesn’t mean they were that good. Well, in 2011 they were, and that was primarily due to the fact that Russell Wilson was their quarterback, and that was a situation that worked out perfectly for them. But here’s the problem going forward. That sort of situation isn’t real. It only comes along once in a generation, meaning that will never happen again to the Badgers. In 2012, yes they did win the Big Ten championship, but you have to remember this, the division they are in, the two programs which were supposed to be their two biggest obstacles to the Big Ten Championship game, Ohio State and Penn State, were not eligible for postseason play. This year, Ohio State is eligible for postseason play. So what is in store for the Badgers in 2013? Their schedule might give us an idea.

After starting out with two yawners against UMass and Tennessee Tech, the Badgers travel to Arizona State. The game against the Sun Devils will not be an easy task, and there is no guarantee the Badgers walk out of there with a win. After that they come home for Purdue, and the Boilermakers are never to be taken lightly.

Badgers Big Ten Opponents In 2013

Then the big one, and at this point is when the Badgers schedule begins to get “meaty”. Ohio State is off of their postseason ban and hungry to reclaim their place at the top of the Big Ten. I don’t think the Badgers win that game. After that Northwestern, and the Wildcats are a program that just slowly, but steadily, keeps getting a little bit better. They do get a break against Illinois and maybe a break against Iowa, if they are careful and pay attention to detail. At that point the schedule gets a little tough again. BYU comes to town, and this is one of the few teams in the country that could beat up the Badgers are their own game. The BYU game is followed with Indiana coming to town, and this is a program that is getting serious about football quick. They follow that up with a trip to Minneapolis to take on the Gophers, and this is going to be a key season in the rebuilding efforts of Jerry Kill and the Gophers. The Badgers then finish the 2012 season with Penn State coming to town, a game the should win.

So what do I think specifically about the Badgers being able to win a third Big Ten title in as many years? Well, you will have to check back later on this summer to find out.