Monday, March 30, 2009

Women's Hockey Threepeats as National Champs!!!

The Wisconsin women’s hockey team continues to reap the benefits of stomping No. 3 Mercyhurst for the national title on Sunday. It has been a whirlwind non-stop few days for the Badgers since they returned to Madison late Sunday night. It all started after the game with the ensuing celebration on the ice that led to the locker room and finally to a local Boston restaurant. More than100 fans gathered at Game On next to Fenway Park to welcome the 2009 national champions and celebrate for the next four hours while the team killed time before their scheduled flight back to Madison. When the team landed in Madison at approximately 11:20 p.m., they were greeted by TV cameras and about 25 fire trucks and police cars with their lights bright and the horns blaring. All of the firemen came out to applaud the ladies and then gathered on the ice at The Shell to take a picture (see below). Since the team got home so late, the marketing folks scheduled a homecoming celebration for the team on Monday. The crowd of over 600 cheered the team on as each player was announced and coach Johnson and three seniors talked. The Badgers hung around after the event to sign autographs and take pictures. It goes without saying that it was a bittersweet moment for the seniors. A class that recorded 135 wins, which is more than any other team during that time, and three national championships. The NCAA title game is the only way they knew how to end a season.
Lets hope the Badgers can keep this winning tradition and spread it to other sports at UW as well. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Badgers off to the Big Dance

The No. 12 seeded Wisconsin men's basketball team will take on No. 5 seed Florida State in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament on Friday, March 20 in Boise, Idaho. The Badgers vs. Seminoles game is scheduled to tip-off at approximately 9 p.m. (central) or 30 minutes after the Xavier vs. Portland State game which tips at 6:25 p.m. (central).
The winner of UW’s first-round game will meet the winner of the game between No. 4 Xavier and No. 13 Portland State on Sunday at either 1:20 or 3:50 p.m. (central). Lets hope the Badgers can win a game or two and make things interesting. In fact I might half to think about going to get some Badger Basketball Tickets if they make it happen. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Time For March Madness

March Madness kicks off this weekend and, as a delicious appetizer, the Badgers begin their Big Ten tournament Friday against Ohio State.
Just two years ago, Wisconsin and Ohio State found themselves battling in the Big Ten title game. Now the Badgers head into the tournament as the fourth seed and Ohio State follows as the fifth. The Big Ten enjoyed a significant increase in competitiveness from top to bottom over the last couple months, and every team, especially this year, has a shot at the championship.
The Badgers’ 85-61 victory over Indiana last Sunday showed a surprising outburst of offense, which could prove useful against the Buckeyes. In their only meeting this season, Wisconsin crawled to a 24-23 lead over Ohio State at half and managed to hold them off in the second half, winning 55-50.
Although Wisconsin allowed Ohio State to shoot 55 percent from the field, they managed to keep the Buckeyes’ scoring down. A key to the game for the Badgers was forcing 19 turnovers. Assistant coach Gary Close said they don’t focus on creating turnovers, but heads-up interior defense can put pressure on the other team.
I sure hope Bucky can pull it off on Friday so I have a reason to go to a bar at noon on Saturday. That would make my weekend. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Badgers Beat Michigan

The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team added an important game to its postseason résumé yesterday afternoon in a 60-55 home win against the Michigan Wolverines.
Going into the game, the Badgers were just one game ahead of the Wolverines (8-8 Big Ten, 18-11 overall) in the Big Ten standings with a record of 8-7 in conference play and 17-10 overall. With their win over Michigan, Wisconsin pulled into a tie with Penn State, whom they have swept this year, for the number four spot in the conference.
Despite getting the big win, the Badgers are not thinking about the postseason but solely concentrating on their next opponent, who happens to be Minnesota. If the Badgers can win their final 2 games of the regular season I believe they will secure a bid to the NCAA tournament. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!