In the aftermath of Wisconsin's thrilling, 34-31, overtime win over Auburn in the Outback Bowl, much was written about the Badgers' collective performance, especially that of Outback Bowl MVP, running back Melvin Gordon.
- SI.com - Three and Out: Wisconsin tops Auburn in OT of Outback Bowl thriller
- ESPN.com - Barry Alvarez, Melvin Gordon help Badgers bounce back in Outback Bowl
- YahooSports.com - Wisconsin runs wild, notches overtime Outback Bowl win over Auburn
- BTN.com - Best of Outback Bowl: What a bounceback win for Badgers!
- CBSSports.com - Bowl Bits: Wisconsin 34, Auburn 31, OT (Outback Bowl)
- FoxSports.com - Badgers kick away bad taste from last month, previous bowl losses
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Gordon, Gaglianone lead Badgers to overtime victory in Outback Bowl
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - UW offensive line overcomes maladies in Outback Bowl victory
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Barry Alvarez's gambles pay off big for UW in Outback Bowl
- Wisconsin State Journal - UW halts bowl losing streak
- Wisconsin State Journal - Barry Alvarez instills in players his old-school will to win
- Wisconsin State Journal - Kyle Costigan's gutsy performance 'how legends are made'
- Wisconsin State Journal - With a chip on his shoulder, Melvin Gordon finishes with flourish
Happy New Year's y'all! I'm sitting in an Evanston, Illinois, hotel room watching the Randy Moss 30 for 30 documentary, with a big ol' bottle of water. Crazy exciting New Year's Eve right? I know my New Year's Eve isn't typical of a 20-year-old college kid but never the less, I'm still extremely grateful for my quiet evening in Evanston. 2014 was a year that deserves a quiet evening and one last entry.
Personally, this year felt like a lifetime condensed into 365 days. I feel like I learned lessons that some people never get the opportunity to learn.
My AAU teammates and one of my close friends was killed in a car accident on June 3. She was the friend and teammate we all dream about. Our days on this earth are simply not promised and I vowed to never step on the court again without playing for her. However, after my second knee surgery in July and months of still being in pain, I made the decision to step away from the game for a while and focus on getting myself healthy.
If any of y'all know me, you know how hard this decision was for me to make. My mom and a very long conversation at the most hipster coffee shop in Madison, taught me that not even the game I love is worth risking my health for the rest of my life. The amount of pain I push through does not define how much I love my team and this game. In the meantime, I've had to find ways to encourage my team off the court. That, my friends, is a process still in the making but I will say, I am learning every day.
As for the team, this year was one
of trials, but more importantly, perseverance.
Our team's record with injuries seems to be a constant theme, but I would argue the more remarkable theme is our relentless fight. Within the last year I have witnessed these players beat teams with a roster of 15 with our seven players. Despite the injuries, we always find a way to fight until the buzzer, and for that I am always proud to be a Badger.
We ended the year beating Michigan at the Kohl Center. Needless to say, the trials were more than worth it. As we head into the Big Ten season and the New Year, we are ready to reap the successes that the trials of 2014 prepared us for. We are a veteran team with a veteran mind set that is stable and unwavering. 2015 is going to be one to not only remember, but one to witness.
Thanks for the support, the love and the memories Badger fans! We can't wait to see what 2015 has in store for us!
Happy New Year friends!
Photo Gallery: One Last Practice
Rain in the Tampa area forced the Badgers inside for their final practice of the season, a spirited and productive session held at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, the home of the Tampa Bay Rays. It also kept the team from its scheduled appointment at Clearwater Beach for the annual Outback Bowl Beach Day.
That rain did not keep Badgers fans from turning out to show their support, however, as many in red and white made their way to Channelside to enjoy a performance from the UW band and spirit squad, as well as some words of thanks from seniors Rob Havenstein and Marcus and Michael Trotter.
- Photo Gallery: Badgers at Busch Gardens
After working through a short practice at the University of Tampa on Monday, the Badgers had the chance for some fun at Busch Gardens. Players from both Wisconsin and Auburn had the opportunity to enjoy the theme park, with a small group getting some inside access to the Falcon's Fury ride and a safari experience that included feeding the giraffes.
Giraffes and me pic.twitter.com/fFsl1Am9ep— Joe Ferguson (@joeferg5) December 29, 2014
Splitsville Bowling photo gallery
The week has started a little slowly for the Badgers in the score column. So far, in the two official Outback Bowl competitions, UW has come up short. Luckily the only score that counts is the one from the field on Thursday. Senior WR Kenzel Doe has a theory on that.