Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Badgers head to the NFL

While most outgoing Badgers have played in their final competitive football game, at least three members of the 2009 Wisconsin football team have the chance to play professional football in the National Football League, as tight end Garrett Graham, defensive lineman/linebacker O’Brien Schofield and safety Chris Maragos have hooked up with NFL teams.
Graham was the first Badger to come off the board in the draft, selected by the Houston Texans in the fourth round, the 118th overall selection. Schofield was also a fourth round pick, taken by the Arizona Cardinals with the 130th overall selection. Maragos went undrafted, but was snatched up by the San Francisco 49ers as a free agent shortly after the last name was called Saturday.
In 2009, Graham caught 51 passes for 624 yards, both good for second-best on the team for Wisconsin. He also led the team in touchdown receptions with seven, on his way to earning All-Big Ten honors in 2009 and 2008, being named to the first team by the media
.Graham’s 16 career touchdown catches rank fifth in school history, and his 121 career receptions for Wisconsin place him sixth all-time. Graham is also 11th in school history with 1,492 career receiving yards.
As a member of the Texans, Graham will reunite with former Badger and Pro-Bowler Owen Daniels. Graham was a freshman when Daniels was a senior at UW.
It is great to see Badger players in the NFL, too bad no one went to the Packers. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

2010 Badger Football Schedule

Here is the 2010 Badger Football Schedule:
Las Vegas, Nev.
vs. San Jose State
Camp Randall
vs. Arizona State
Camp Randall
vs. Austin Peay
Camp Randall
at Michigan State *
East Lansing, Mich.
vs. Minnesota (Homecoming) *
Camp Randall
vs. Ohio State *
Camp Randall
at Iowa *
Iowa City, Iowa
at Purdue *
West Lafayette, Ind.
vs. Indiana *
Camp Randall
at Michigan *
Ann Arbor, Mich.
Lets hope the Badgers can make a run at a BCS game this year. I was looking for some tickets this season and I found a great website: www.badgertickets.com. I hope to see you all at Camp Randall this fall. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Spring Football Flop

Kickoffs were nonexistent, some scores counted for double and the quarterbacks looked more prepared for a Christmas party than a football game, wearing green practice jerseys over their cardinal or white jerseys.
Yes, Saturday’s spring game was just that — a spring game. However, despite the final score reading 33-11 in favor of the Cardinal (first team plus key reserves), very few Badgers were happy with the day’s offensive production.
“We need to be better than that in the fall,” starting quarterback Scott Tolzien said. “It’s good for us to have a setback like that, as long as we use it to our advantage to realize that there’s a sense of urgency here and we gotta have a great offseason to move forward.”
While the negative attitude may seem exaggerated given the date of the game, both the Cardinal and White squads had lackluster days on the offensive end, particularly in the red zone.
Starting at the 30-yard-line to prevent injuries on kickoffs, the Cardinal managed only two field goals on its first two drives and ended the first quarter up 6-0.
In the second, Tolzien led the first teamers down the field for a touchdown on a two-yard Montee Ball touchdown run. The sophomore was starting in place of John Clay, who has been held out of all spring practices after offseason ankle surgery.
“I feel that we got beat on the line of scrimmage. I feel like I could have made better reads too,” Ball said. “I got a lot of work to do and I’m taking pride in it over the summer.”
The Cardinal would score again shortly before halftime, this time on a seven-yard run by Ball. The first team managed only five more points in the second half, though, three on another Philip Welch field goal and two on a safety.
Lets hope with all the returning starters that the Badgers can turn it around come fall. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Badger Offense is ready to Rock N Roll

The Wisconsin Badgers were a well-oiled machine in the 2009 season. There were certainly some kinks along the way, but for the most part, many would call a 10-3 record and bowl win over Miami a successful year.
That was last year, though, and while many faces remain the same, 2010 presents a new team.
“You have to remember that it’s a new season and it’s a new team and we have new goals and there are new challenges,” senior offensive lineman John Moffitt said.
Moffitt and the rest of the offensive line will be responsible for protecting a Wisconsin attack that looks very similar to the 2009 team. Returning for the Badgers are senior quarterback Scott Tolzien, as well as the reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, junior running back John Clay.
For his part, the Wisconsin offense will rely on Clay to deliver a performance at least as dominating as he had in the 2009 season. Last year, Clay led the Big Ten and ranked eighth in the country with 1,571 yards—an average of over 116 yards per game— and scored 18 rushing touchdowns.
But once again, 2009 was last year, and 2010 will pose different challenges for Clay, who will be under pressure to defend his Big Ten honor.
“I just [have to] motivate myself... [and establish] some goals and try to achieve more as a team perspective than my own individual goals,” Clay said.
Clay is currently recovering from an offseason ankle surgery and has missed the entire spring practice schedule while on crutches, but will be ready to return to action in June for conditioning. In fact, Clay said his recovery is ahead of schedule.
I think the Badger Football Team will do well this year with all the offensive fire power they have. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Badgers fail to show up for National Title Game

During Wisconsin’s NCAA Tournament run, senior forward Blake Geoffrion several times responded to positive moments for his team by looking forward and saying, “job’s not done yet.”
And Saturday night they left that job of winning a seventh national title in school history unfinished.
The No. 2 Badgers suffered a 5-0 loss at the hands of No. 3 Boston College at Ford Field, ending the season a win short of their ultimate goal. The Eagles hamstrung the UW attack, and their junior goaltender John Muse made sure any good Wisconsin chances went for naught.
“I just didn’t think we had our best effort in terms of being sharp,” Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves said. “It just didn’t seem to be our day, but that doesn’t take away from what Boston College did.”
The opening was reminiscent of the 2006 title game matchup between the two teams, as BC took a first-period 1-0 lead. Senior center Ben Smith received a pass in the slot on the power play, faced Wisconsin netminder Scott Gudmandson and snapped a wrist shot through the five hole.
Wisconsin won that previous title game, scoring one in the third and one in the fourth to take a 2-1 lead. But this time, the Badgers got grade-A scoring chances, Muse was there to shut the door. I hate to say it but the Badgers played awful as far I am concerned. Lets hope we can make a run at it again nex year. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Badgers crush RIT to advance to National Championship

Just days before the Badgers played their first Frozen Four game a few players said that it would be natural to be a bit nervous in the opening moments on such a big stage.
But when the puck dropped not a single player in Cardinal and White seemed to have the slightest case of nerves. Instead they simply dominated.
Wisconsin keyed its 8-1 win over the Rochester Institute of Technology with a scorching start and near picture-perfect execution of its offensive philosophy. The early burst of energy helped carry them past the Tigers and into Saturday’s title game.
“It was one of our emphases to get off to a great start, and we wanted to just take time and space away quickly and see how they would handle it,” Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves said. “We did what we needed to do, and we were able to get an early lead ... getting a good start was paramount.”
The Badgers came in waves in the first two minutes, throwing the puck into the corners and simply outracing RIT to establish possession.
Wisconsin completely controlled the puck for the first minute-and-a-half, from the initial seconds to the moment when senior forward John Mitchell banged home the first UW score on a rebound.
The onslaught continued as the Badgers kept pushing and generating scoring chances (lighting the lamp for a second time). Despite only holding a 10-6 lead in shots, they held complete control through the period and ultimately through the game.
Lets hope the the Badgers can take it to Boston College and win the National Championship. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Badgers are headed to the Frozen Four

Ben Street knows it. Mike Eaves and Brendan Smith do too.
The Wisconsin men’s hockey team has had a charmed season in making its run to the Frozen Four — and possibly the program’s seventh national title. Lots of little things happened that added up in a big way: players staying, opportunities to play in big games and maybe most importantly, a lack of injuries.
“It’s not wood, but it will do,” Street said with a chuckle, as he tapped the practice rink boards in reference to the Badgers’ health this season.
Aside from senior tri-captain Blake Geoffrion missing a game early in the season and a two-game series at Michigan Tech at the end of February, Wisconsin has been lucky to avoid the injury bug. The fact he was able to return from the concussion with no ill effects is a big reason the Badgers are one of the last four college hockey teams standing, as the Brentwood, Tenn. native had two goals and three assists in Wisconsin’s two West Regional games.
“Any coach will tell you that you need a little bit of lady luck on your side, and having good travel and having people that are healthy makes a big difference,” Eaves, UW’s head coach said.
“The biggest thing I think is people not getting hurt,” Smith said. “That comes along in the season when your top players go down and it really affects — because somebody else has to step up and maybe they don’t do the exact same job.”
WCHA tournament champion North Dakota knows the pain of injury — the Sioux lost former All-WCHA defenseman Chay Genoway to head injury in November and UND struggled until a second-half surge.
In addition to staying injury free, the Badgers have also stayed, well, for lack of a better term, the same team. UW’s seven-man senior class is the Badgers’ biggest since the groups that won it all in 2006 and fell one overtime goal short of the Frozen Four in 2007.
Lets hope the Badgers can win another National Championship. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Mike Eaves May be the Coach of the Year

Mike Eaves of the University of Wisconsin has been selected as one of 10 finalists for the Spencer Penrose Award, given annually to the top coach in NCAA Division I men's hockey.
The list of finalists for the award, presented by the American Hockey Coaches Association, includes the coaches of all four teams at the Frozen Four: Eaves, Enrico Blasi of Miami (Ohio), Wayne Wilson of the Rochester Institute of Technology and Jerry York of Boston College.
Eaves was runner-up to Blasi in 2006 for the award, marking the only other time he was nominated. No UW coach has ever won the award, which is celebrating its 60th year.
To be a finalist for the award, a coaches must either be voted Coach of the Year in his conference or take his team to the NCAA Frozen Four.
The Spencer Penrose Award is named in honor of the former Colorado Springs benefactor who built the Broadmoor Hotel Complex, site of the first 10 NCAA hockey championships.
The 2010 winner will be announced after the Frozen Four and presented at the American Hockey Coaches Association banquet on May 1 in Naples, Fla.
If he wins the award it will be great for Wisconsin. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!