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Photos from practice No. 2 in Tampa

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Practice No. 2 photo gallery

Badgers, Tigers hook up for post-practice activities

Hospital visit photo gallery


When practice ended for Wisconsin and Auburn on Saturday, players from the two teams got together to visit patients at nearby Tampa General Hospital. Representing the Badgers were Sam Arneson, Josh Harrison, Rob Havenstein, Warren Herring, Jake Keefer, Leo Musso, Joel Stave, Eric Steffes, Derek Watt and Konrad Zagzebski.

The players spent about an hour at the hospital, posing for pictures, signing autographs and passing out Outback Bowl souvenirs.

Tampa Bay Lightning game photo gallery


About 60 Badgers then headed took the quick walk from the Westin Harbour Island over to Amalie Arena to watch the Tampa Bay Lightning take on the Carolina Panthers. Three Badgers, James McGuire, Jack Russell and Derek Straus were selected to participate in an on-ice shooting contest during the second intermission. Despite being decked out in their brand-new hockey-style Wisconsin sweatshirts, the Badger trio fell to their opponents from Auburn.

Sunday, the Badgers were back on the practice field. The rest of the day included watching the Packers take on the Detroit Lions with the NFC Central on the line and another joint team outing with Auburn, this time at Splittsville, a local bowling-themed restaurant with actual bowling alleys. There are rumors of another competition tonight, so hopefully the Badgers can exact some revenge.

For all the insight on the Badgers' bowl week in Tampa, follow @BadgerFootball on Twitter or the BadgerFootball Instagram account.

Also be sure to check out BOWL CENTRAL if you are heading to Florida for the game.

Badgers get to work



Photo Gallery: Outback Bowl Practice

Sunshine and 80-degree temperatures greeted the Badgers on their first full day in Tampa. And what better way to work off the hundreds of pounds of food consumed last night at the Outback Steakhouse Team Dinner than by practicing for 90 minutes in the hot sun.



Following a Saturday morning consisting of breakfast and position meetings, the Badgers made the short drive from the team hotel to the University of Tampa. The 16-period practice started around noon local time and included about a 20-minute scrimmage session.

"It was a good work day," head coach Barry Alvarez said. "I wanted to have a little scrimmage so guys could get their pads set, and get back into the flow of playing physical football after having some time off. I thought we accomplished that and the guys had a lot of energy."

A number of former Badgers who are living in the Tampa area came out to practice, including John Hall, Jason Maniecki, Kenny Stills and Jerry Wunsch. They each addressed the team afterwards, talking about how special it was to be a Badger and how proud they were of the current team's accomplishments.



Following practice, a group of about 10 Badgers, including tackle Rob Havenstein, defensive tackle Warren Herring, quarterback Joel Stave and fullnback Derek Watt were off to Tampa General Hospital to visit some sick kids. Tonight, about 60 members of the team will make the short walk to Amalie Arena to watch the Tampa Bay Lightning take on the Carolina Hurricanes. James McGuire, Jack Russell and Derek Straus are tentatively scheduled to take on three members of the Auburn Tigers in a contest during the second intermission. Check back to the blog tonight for video.

For all the insight on the Badgers' bowl week in Tampa, follow @BadgerFootball on Twitter or the BadgerFootball Instagram account.

Also be sure to check out BOWL CENTRAL if you are heading to Florida for the game.

Badgers touch down in Tampa



Travel Day Photo Gallery

It's officially bowl week!

A day that began for the Badgers at 9 a.m. with some light conditioning and a quick lift at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, ended with a terrific Outback Steakhouse Team Dinner in Tampa at around 7 p.m.

Returning from a brief 72-hour break for the Christmas holiday, the Badgers began filing into the locker room at the McClain Center around 7:30 a.m. By the time 9 a.m. rolled around, the players were shaking out the cobwebs with some light running and lifting. At 10:30 a.m., the buses rolled, heading to Dane County Regional Airport.

Despite a little bit of a delay that resulted in some added time in the Madison airport, UW's plane touched down at Tampa International Airport at 5 p.m. As you can see from the photo gallery, some of the upperclassmen were able to ride in style, taking advantage of the many amenities afforded on the Boeing 747-40.


Because of the delay, the Badgers wasted little time, heading right from the airport to the A La Carte Event Pavilion for the Outback Bowl Welcome Dinner. Between the Badgers and their Outback Bowl opponent, the Auburn Tigers, the two teams combined to eat almost 5,000 pounds of Outback Steakhouse food. That included 750 pounds of sirloin steak, 750 pounds of chicken and 900 pounds of ribs. Also consumed were almost 400 pounds of Steakhouse Potatoes, 1,600 coconut shrimp and, of course, 160 bloomin' onions. Needless to say, no one went home hungry.



With dinner ending around 7 p.m., the Badgers were finally able to check in to their hotel, the Westin Harbour Island, at around 7:30 p.m. Saturday will bring the Badgers' first practice, followed by a visit to the children's wing of Tampa General Hospital.

Be sure to follow the Outback Bowl 2015 blog for all the happenings in Tampa. Also be sure to check out BOWL CENTRAL, especially those Badger fans heading to Florida for the game.

Your home away from home in Tampa

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Badger fans traveling to Tampa for the Outback Bowl are invited to utilize a service provided by Wisconsin Athletics to make your bowl trip a more pleasant experience.

The Wisconsin Athletics Bowl Central Fan Information Center is your home for answers to many questions that may arise during your bowl experience. The Fan Information Center will have the latest schedules and updates about fan events including UW Band performances.

While the Wisconsin Athletic Ticket Office is the primary source for ticket-related information, the Bowl Central Fan Information Center will serve as a secondary outlet for those with ticket-related questions.

The Bowl Central Fan Information Center will be located at the Westin Harbour Island Hotel. Fans are invited to stop by during our office hours for answers to your questions as well as the latest news and updates regarding bowl events.

Fans may call anytime for recorded news and updates. In addition, Email and text messaging can also be used to get answers. The latest updates will also be posted at BOWL CENTRAL.

Bowl Central Fan Information Center - a service of Wisconsin Athletics

Office Hours:

Tuesday, Dec. 30: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 31: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Located at:
Westin Harbour Island Hotel
725 South Harbour Island Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33602

Phone or Text Message: 608-520-1010 Email: uwbowlcentral@athletics.wisc.edu

General Visitor Information from Visit Tampa Bay:
(813) 223-1111 or (800) 44-TAMPA
Info@VisitTampaBay.com

Wisconsin Athletic Ticket Office Hours in Tampa Bay

Office Hours:
Wednesday, Dec. 31: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Located at:
Westin Harbour Island Hotel
725 South Harbour Island Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33602

Gameday Will Call - Thursday, Jan. 1
Raymond James Stadium - Gate D
10:30 a.m. - Halftime

*Times listed are eastern

Heading to Tampa?

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Are you among the thousands of Badgers fans heading to Tampa for the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1? Then we've got some great info for you.

Badger fans from across the nation are invited to several fan events in conjunction with the 2015 Outback Bowl.

Clearwater Beach Day
Tuesday, Dec. 30 - 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Hilton Clearwater Beach
400 Mandalay Avenue
Clearwater Beach, Florida
Tickets: FREE, no ticket required
Join the teams, their marching bands and cheerleaders as they enjoy the sun and beaches at the Hilton Clearwater Beach next to Pier 60. This fun day includes live music, skydivers, a tug-of-war and other contests, plus plenty of food and festivities.

Wisconsin Outback Bowl Pep Rally
Tuesday, Dec. 30 - 6 p.m.
Channelside Bay Plaza
615 Channelside Drive
Tickets: FREE, no ticket required
Get ready for the big game with the UW Band, Spirit Squad and of course, Bucky Badger. Show your Badger spirit at the official Outback Bowl Pep Rally.

Battle of the Bands at Busch Gardens
Wednesday, Dec. 31 - TBD
Busch Gardens
10165 N. McKinley Drive
Tickets:Numerous ticket packages available at buschgardens.com
Enjoy a performance by the UW Band, UW Spirit Squad and Bucky Badger as they compete against the Auburn Band and Spirit Squad. Following the performance, stick around and enjoy the many attractions at Busch Gardens.

New Year's Eve Parade and Band Blast
Wednesday, Dec. 31 - 5:30-8 p.m.
Seventh Avenue - Ybor City
Tickets: FREE, no ticket required
The parade will feature floats and fifteen marching bands including the UW Marching Band. A "Battle of the Bands" between Wisconsin and Auburn will follow the parade.

Badger Huddle at the Outback Bowl
TICKETS TO THIS EVENT ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE
Thursday, Jan. 1 - 9-11:30 a.m.
Location: Outback Bowl Corporate Village -- Look for the WAA tent
Across the street (Dale Mabry Hwy) from Raymond James Stadium in the soccer fields at Hillsborough Community College
Before the Outback Bowl kicks off, get your kicks at the official Wisconsin pre-game party.

Times are EASTERN. Dates, times and locations of events are subject to change without notice.

Badger fans headed to Tampa are encouraged to visit BOWL CENTRAL for the latest updates on fan events associated with the Outback Bowl.

Badgers break for the holidays



Head coach Barry Alvarez (we get to use that term for about another week) and the Badger football team held its last practice in Madison on Tuesday morning. UW practiced for about an hour and 15 minutes inside the McClain Center before the travel squad did some conditioning. The team then exchanged holiday greetings and departed on a mini three-day break before reconvening in Madison on Friday morning.

"We're trying to get them healthy right now but I've been pleased with how they practiced," Alvarez said. "It's fun for me overseeing it. It's humbling when the kids ask you to do it, they want you out here. That's why we all do it ... because of our student-athletes."

There is an interesting dynamic for Alvarez this time around that he hasn't been faced with in his Hall of Fame career; coaching his grandson. Redshirt freshman safety Joe Ferguson is a contributor on special teams and in some sub packages on defense for the Badgers.

"Joe doesn't want anyone to know I'm his grandfather," Alvarez joked. "And I respect that. But it's kind of fun."

Alvarez also told a story of the family having Christmas dinner the other night and Joe calling him "coach" for the first time.

"I thought that was pretty cool, "Alvarez said.

Ferguson, a Madison native, won't have to travel far now that the Badgers have a couple days off. But there are a number of players taking advantage of the time off to get home for the first time since fall camp started in early August.

Sophomore cornerback Sojourn Shelton is one of a handful of players from Florida taking advantage of the opportunity to fly home and then meet the team in Tampa on Dec. 26. Shelton hails from Ft. Lauderdale, about a four-hour drive from Tampa.



Junior fullback Derek Watt's family lives less than an hour from Madison but he was one of the players scurrying to the airport after practice. He had to catch a flight to Houston where his brother, J.J. (you may have heard of him), was hosting the Watt family Christmas. Thankfully he and backfield mate Corey Clement were able to make it to their gates on time.



UW also packed the equipment truck Tuesday as it was scheduled to begin its journey to Tampa in the afternoon. The team is scheduled to depart Madison on Friday at 11:30 a.m. CT and arrive in Florida at 3:30 p.m. ET. Friday's first activity is the Outback Steakhouse Team Welcome Dinner. Bloomin' Onions for all!

Be sure to follow along with our Outback Bowl 2015 blog for all the news and inside info as the Badgers prepare to take on Auburn on Jan. 1.

Hey friends!

 Sadly, I'm writing this post while wearing my dad's old sweatshirt, which means the trip to the Bahamas is over and we are back in the frozen tundra.

Last week was nothing short of unforgettable and we returned with tanner skin, full bellies and thankful hearts. I have to admit that spending Thanksgiving on an island threw me off. I had to keep reminding myself that it was thanksgiving, normally by telling every American that walked by "Happy Thanksgiving!" It was a jam packed trip with activities, experiences, and sites we will never forget.

Since there were so many neat things to do and see, I decided to make a video of everything I documented. It seemed much more efficient, and honestly it gave me a reason to use iMovie. But before you watch the movie, here are a few things we are thankful for this Thanksgiving:

--Our amazing families that give us never-ending support, especially the ones who made the trip to the Bahamas with us. We love y'all more than you know (even when we don't show it)

--Our coaches and teammates that keep us laughing everyday

--The kind and gracious Bahamian people who let us use their gyms and schools for our games

--Coffee, because while getting up at 6 a.m. to watch the sunrise every day was beautiful, it was also exhausting

--Paddle boards, because they provided Wednesday afternoon's entertainment (well actually it was Malayna, Cayla and my horrible attempts to paddle board that really got the people going)

--The hilarious and kind dolphin trainers who let us meet, hang out and even kiss some of God's most beautiful creations (and our guy Buddy, for letting us act like fools on his boat)

--Last but most certainly not least, Teddy, our joyful, serenading tour guide/bus driver

And without further ado, I give y'all a Badger Thanksgiving!

Love, Shannon

Badger Thanksgiving

Nurse's Notes: Thanksgiving in New Hampshire

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Happy Thanksgiving Badger Fans!

Last weekend we drove up to St. Cloud, Minnesota for a road series against the Huskies. We were able to come together and grab two wins before heading back to Madison for this week of practices.

Our team has a lot to be thankful for as we're back in action today and Saturday in New Hampshire for some out of conference competition.

We're taking on the Wildcats for the first time in two years and we have a lot of family that has been able to make this trip so everyone's very excited. I hope everyone has a happy and healthy Thanksgiving weekend and make sure you check out the Black Friday deals.. I hear women's hockey tickets are only $1 for our series against North Dakota next weekend!

Until next time!

~ Sarah

Below is a letter sent to the team from the coaching staff this week:
I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving this week.  When we think about what we're most grateful for, working with all of you every day, and coaching at Wisconsin is pretty high up.  Of course we love our families, spouses, and kids, but it's an amazing thing in life to have a vocation.  When you're lucky enough to have a job that you truly enjoy, it's special.  If you're passionate about what you do, who you get to help and inspire, and how you can use your gifts and talents to make others' lives a little better, it's easy to get up in the morning. 
As you're all working on your degrees and studying for finals, I hope you're fighting to create a life that makes you and those around you happy.  I hope you're studying and sacrificing now, so that you can spend your days doing something that you love, being good at it, and helping people along the way.  It's a privilege to work here at UW Madison.  It's fun teaching a game that has opened so many doors for us, and created so many memories and stories in our lives.
Coach Schneider, Coach Dow, and I, have all enjoyed working out with you this fall, watching you push yourselves in the weight room, in conditioning, on the field and in the classroom.  Even if the treadmill sprints, lunges and abs make us want to throw up, we're proud watching all of you dominate the workouts!  We're looking forward to watching all of you maximize your talent this year, as you grow as young people, and learn to lead. 
Thank you for taking a leap of faith and joining the Badger Softball Family.  I know it's not always easy, but you're working to do something special and become something special.  Right now, playing softball is your vocation, being a student-athlete is your calling.  I hope it brings you a great deal of pride to tell people you're a Wisconsin student-athlete, representing the Big Ten!
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