Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Food At Camp Randall | Lots Of Devilish Delights At Badgers Football Games

Food at Camp Randall
Badger fans at Camp Randall have been treated to a number of new additions to the venue's concession menu through the first weeks of the 2013 season. A notable weak point of the complex in the past (though as recently as the team's home opener in August there were complaints regarding lines), the expansion of options is an effort to enhance the experience of Camp Randall say officials. Complimenting the new menus is an increased number of vendors as well.

Levy Restaurants has been at the helm of the project. The award-winning stadium vending supplier is in their first year of a new contract with Wisconsin Athletics, a significant partnership with one of the most successful entertainment and sports venue food specialists. Levy pioneered the in-stadium restaurant, now especially popular in major league baseball, and manages four locations inside the Walt Disney World Resort.

Back in Madison, the company has worked closely with school and Camp Randall staff to debut four new dishes at the stadium this year. A bean based chicken salad has proven to be one of the more popular choices thus far, though the Po Taters Tumble and meat-loaded Bucky's Nachos have suffered no love-loss either.

For the more daring among us, the last addition to the concessions menu can satisfy those not content with just their chicken salad. The daunting Bucky Burger comes on a pretzel bun topped with cheese, pickles, Bucky's secret sauce, and a whole brat.

Back-by-popular demand features have also been reintroduced by Levy's at Camp Randall. No salads on this menu.

Nacho Madness
-        Chips served under sliced brats and cheese curds with nacho sauce, jalapeƱos peppers, salsa, and sour cream on the side.
The Badger Stack
-        An egg McMuffin with a brat instead of a sausage patty.
Pot Roast Sandwich
-        Slow roasted pork served with all the toppings.
Early Badger Bucket

-        For fans whose taste buds know no limits. Included in a party-style bucket are a hot dog, a brat, peanuts, and a large soda.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Anderson, Ball, And Frederick All Start Their New Careers On The Same Weekend

Anderson and Ball
The two most prominent football leagues in the country welcomed a pair of freshman classes this month. The NCAA and NFL began their respective regular seasons over the past two weeks, as did the Wisconsin Badgers and a number of their alumni who are now pros. Nearly 20 individual players debuted in the leagues with ties to the school during the first weeks of the 2013 season.

First-year head coach Gary Anderson introduced 16 true and red-shirt freshman against UMass and Tennessee Tech. Another 29 have yet to see the field, including J.J. Watt's younger brother T.J. Watt. Running-back Corey Clement was the standout of the class during the two meetings, earning a combined 29 carries for 250 yards and three touchdowns. A run of 75 yards was Clement's highlight in Wisconsin's dominating win over the Golden Eagles.

Cornerback Sojourn Shelton also impressed in his inaugural performances with the Badgers. Against UMass, the true freshman recorded an interception, a batted pass, a quarterback hurry, and three solo tackles. He managed another tackle a week later, though sophomore T.J. Reynard took over most of the position duties against Tennessee Tech. Reynard, a transfer from Independence Community College in Kansas put-up a batted pass and four solo tackles that Saturday.

Red-shirt quarterback Bart Houston threw for one completion on one attempt in his debut for the Badgers against UMass. Just two former Badgers made their first appearances in the NFL last week. Montee Ball and center Travis Frederick represented the Denver Broncos and the Dallas Cowboys, respectively, in their team's 2013 opener.

Ball Has Slow Start At Denver

NCAA record holder for most career touchdowns, Ball dominated state headlines going into his much anticipated rookie season in the pros. In was an anticlimactic start, however, as the running-back took just eight carries for 24 yards against the Ravens. He traded duties with fellow running-backs Lance Ball, Knowshon Moreno, and Ronnie Hillman, though quarterback Peyton Manning did most of the work, tying an NFL record with 7 touchdown passes. 5-year veteran Moreno is expected to secure the starting-role in week two, though Broncos head coach John Fox told reporters all four running-backs would play.

Frederick's first night snapping to Tony Romo was a mixed-bag. The first-half saw a poorly-timed exchange and a lackluster effort in blocking sometimes two opposing lineman. He regained his composer in the locker-room at half, greatly improving his stance and effectiveness. 2008 pick Nick Hayden joined Frederick in debuting for Dallas in team's win against the Giants. Hayden will play in the starting tackle spot in-lieu of the injured Jay Ratliff until at least week six, though with three tackles and a forced fumble on Sunday, that playing-time could be extended.

Russell Wilson, J.J. Watt, and Nick Toon all started their sophomore seasons in the NFL over the weekend. All three recorded wins with the Seahawks, Texans, and Saints, with Watt leading a nail-biting defensive charge against the Chargers to allow come-from-behind win. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Badgers First Two Games Were Not A Test | Wisconsin Has Huge Obstacles Ahead

Badgers Football 2013
The Wisconsin Badgers have started the 2013 season with back-to-back shutouts, defeating UMASS 45-0 in week one and Tennessee Tech 48-0 in week two, becoming the first Badgers team in over half a century to post back-to-back shutouts. Yawn.
Not much of a news story there, as these were both Championship Subdivision opponents. I understand that seven such teams beat Bowl Subdivision teams in week one, but none of those Bowl Subdivision teams were as good as the Badgers are, and no, I don’t count Oregon State as a good team.
2012 was basically a free ride to a Big Ten Championship for Wisconsin, as they literally had almost no opposition to get there. That isn’t the case in 2013. There are a number of teams who could get in their way of another trip to Pasadena. The biggest road block is Ohio State. The Buckeyes currently sit ranked third in the polls. Ohio State couldn’t stop the Badgers from winning the Big Ten championship because they simply were not eligible due to their postseason ban. The postseason ban is over now, and the Buckeyes are a strong favorite to win the Big Ten.
Also standing in Wisconsin’s way is Michigan, whose offense ran over a good Notre Dame defense on Saturday, dropping 41 on the Irish. Question with Michigan is the same question that has plagued them the last couple of years, can they defend enough? Another team in the Badgers’ way is Northwestern. The Wildcats have been slowly improving year to year for the last decade, and I believe one of these years they are going to sneak up and snatch the Big Ten title when nobody’s paying attention. Northwestern has always been led by strong quarterback play, and this year is no different as Kain Colter might be the second best quarterback in the Big Ten behind Ohio State’s Braxton Miller.
Another team that would like to have a say in this process in Nebraska, and I guarantee you they have not forgotten about the way Wisconsin embarrassed them last December in the Big Ten Championship game. If Nebraska and Wisconsin meet again, I believe the game will go much, much, differently. At the end of the day, I think the completion for Wisconsin is too strong for the Badgers to win the Big Ten yet again.