August 2010 Archives

'The Voice' with Matt Lepay

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The_Voice_Matt_Lepay_200.jpgAt a recent training camp practice, former Badger standouts Joe Armentrout and Craig Raddatz were in attendance. I mention those names because they were the captains of the 1986 team for head coach Dave McClain. 

Joe Panos visited a recent practice as well. Panos was a captain of the 1993 team that became the first in Wisconsin history to win a Rose Bowl.

The list of Badgers who served as captains is impressive. Pat Richter, Ken Bowman, Mike Webster, Tim Krumrie and Matt VandenBoom to name a few. Others who stood out in the Alvarez Era include Donnel Thompson and Chris McIntosh, who were captains in the back-to-back title seasons of 1998 and 1999.

The list of captains grows by six this year, and to say the least, it is an interesting and diverse group.

Archived Gameday Blog: Women's soccer vs. Cincinnati

Allison Metcalf chronicled all of the action as the Wisconsin women's soccer team took on Cincinnati with the Gameday Blog. Read the archived blog below.

Archived Gameday Blog: Women's soccer vs. UCLA

Allison Metcalf chronicled all of the action as the Wisconsin women's soccer team took on Cincinnati with the Gameday Blog. Read the archived blog below.

Practice Report No. 22

The Badgers practiced for 26 periods on Friday morning in preparation for a mock game that will take place late Friday afternoon.

After practice, head coach Bret Bielema said that the team may get Saturday off if all goes well in the mock game.

Practice Report No. 21

The preparation for UNLV is underway, and the Badgers spent 24 periods on Thursday getting ready for the Rebels.

Badgers choose six to be captains
For the second year in a row, head coach Bret Bielema took to Twitter to reveal Wisconsin's captains for the upcoming season. At 8:28 p.m. last night, Bielema tweeted "Excited to announce our 2010 captains: Moffitt, Carimi, Tolzien, Kendricks, St. Jean, and Valai. All will be great leaders and examples."

When putting the vote to the team, Bielema reminded them it wasn't a popularity contest or an MVP vote.

"It's about the guys that since you've been in this program, you've seen do the right things, not only on the football field but away from the football field or in the weight room," Bielema said he told the team. "I just asked them to think about that when they vote, and I thought our guys did a really nice job."

The number of captains ties for the most in school history, as the 1996, 2001 and 2007 teams each had six (the 2007 team had five permanent captains and a sixth for each game). However, Bielema is not worried, simply saying this is what the team voted for.

"I'm sure if you 10 that would be too many," he said. "I don't create it. It's something they voted on. The two guys on defense, almost every kid on defense voted for those two guys."

Bielema was also pleased that a number of other players received votes, showing him that there are many guys on the team that are looked up to. Specifically, Bielema mentioned J.J. Watt, Aaron Henry, Niles Brinkley, Blake Sorensen, Bill Nagy and Nick Toon as the players that got votes.

Practice Report No. 20

IMG_1451.jpgIt was a short practice for the top two units, going for only 20 periods in half-packs on Wednesday. The younger players, on the other hand, were in full pads and went for about 24 periods, getting extra work in over the final four periods.

Thursday's practice schedule calls 30 periods in full pads beginning at 2:35 p.m.

ESPN announces Big Ten schedule, UW could appear seven times

091202MBB-0215-Ryan.jpgESPN and the Big Ten Conference announced their 2010-11 men's college basketball schedule for coverage on ESPN and ESPN2.

This season, ESPN3.com will simulcast every ESPN and ESPN2 telecast. Conference action will tip off Tuesday, Dec. 28 with Minnesota at Wisconsin at 6 p.m. (CT) on ESPN2.

On average, ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to televise three Big Ten games a week, highlighted by a telecast every Tuesday as part of the popular weekly Super Tuesday Presented by KFC doubleheader that includes games from the Big Ten and SEC. Super Tuesday begins Jan. 11 with Wisconsin at Michigan State.

ESPN or ESPN2 will also televise a Big Ten game every Thursday, beginning Jan. 6 with Northwestern at Illinois, and at least one game every weekend from Jan. 22 to March 5.

Overall, the networks will combine to televise 29 conference games, with Wisconsin appearing in as many as seven of those. The ESPN networks will also carry an extensive schedule of non-conference action.

In March, ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to televise four games of the Big Ten Conference Championship.

Wisconsin's appearances on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3.com (All times Central, Schedule subject to change)
Dec. 28  -  6 p.m.  -  Minnesota at Wisconsin  -  ESPN2
Jan. 11  -  6 p.m.  -  Wisconsin at Michigan State  -  ESPN
Jan. 20  -  8 p.m.  -  Indiana at Wisconsin  -  ESPN or ESPN2
Feb. 1   -  6 p.m.   -  Purdue at Wisconsin  -  ESPN
Feb. 12  -  1 p.m.  -  Ohio State at Wisconsin  -  ESPN or ESPN2
March 3  -  8 p.m.  -  Wildcard Selection (Minn. at NW or Wisc. at Ind.)  -  ESPN or ESPN2
March 5  -  3 p.m.  -  Wildcard Selection (Wisc. at OSU, Ind. at Ill. or Pur at Iowa)  -  ESPN

Complete ESPN Big Ten schedule

Practice Report No. 19

Tuesday's afternoon 30-period practice featured a scrimmage, which marked the final time the team will have live tackling before the season-opener against UNLV on Sept. 4.

Wednesday's practice marks a transition as the team begins to focus in on UNLV. The Badgers will go 30 periods in full pads beginning at 2:30 p.m.

'The Voice' with Matt Lepay

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The_Voice_Matt_Lepay_200.jpgFrom time to time, it never hurts to be reminded that being a sportscaster sure beats working.  For me, those reminders often come from broadcasters I have admired since my early days in the business.  

First, Vin Scully announced on Sunday he will return for another season in the broadcast booth. The 82-year-old Scully has been in this line of "work" for more than six decades, so why stop now? Scully's gift of calling a game and telling a story remain as strong as ever.

What makes him different from most baseball TV announcers is that Scully works alone. Normally I enjoy the banter of the play-by-play announcer and the color commentator. Scully is just fine without a broadcast partner, which is something I don't believe I could say about anyone else. That is no knock of the other baseball voices, as there are many I truly enjoy.

Practice Report No. 18

IMG_1045.jpgMonday marked the fifth and final session of two-a-days for the Wisconsin football team. The team was in full pads for 24 periods inside Camp Randall Stadium Monday night.

The team goes again Tuesday afternoon at 2:35 p.m.

Badgers active on international ice

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Even though hockey is far from most fans' minds in late August, several current and former Badgers recently participated in international hockey action.

Practice Report No. 17

After taking Sunday off for Family Fun Day, the Badger football team was back at it again Monday morning, taking part in the first of two practices scheduled for the day. The team went for 28 periods in full pads.

The Badgers return to the field tonight for a 24-period practice in half-packs.

Practice Report No. 16

IMG_0510.jpgWisconsin head coach Bret Bielema said on Friday night that Saturday's practice/scrimmage would be "big" to him. After two-and-a-half hours on Saturday in full pads in the hot sun, he likely has a good idea as to who will contribute to the team in the 2010 season. Addressing the team afterward, he said there was great competition on the field, and they'll have great film to work with.

The team doesn't practice on Sunday, but it will still be at Camp Randall Stadium to take part in Family Fun Day.

Practice Report No. 15

The high temperatures from Friday morning's session were washed away by a cool rainstorm on Friday night, forcing the Wisconsin football team inside the McClain Center. The team practiced for 18 periods in spiders (helmets/light shoulder pads) as a reward for their strong morning practice, as well as in preparation for Saturday's practice and scrimmage.

"One of the things we did earlier was we said that if they practiced well this morning, we were going to give them a break this evening," head coach Bret Bielema said. "We put them in spiders, and it's amazing how if you give them a little break like that, how good they feel.

"I thought there was good tempo out here today. We practiced certain situations, especially end-of-game."

The team hits the field at 2:35 p.m. tomorrow afternoon for a 30-period practice in full pads.

Howard Moore named UIC head coach

Moore_Howard_Blog_100820.jpgWisconsin men's basketball assistant coach Howard Moore has been named head coach at UIC, the university announced Friday.

Moore leaves the Badgers after five seasons on head coach Bo Ryan's bench, where he was part of three of the five winningest seasons in UW history. He was part of five NCAA tournament appearances in his time as a UW assistant and helped the Badgers claim the Big Ten regular-season and tournament titles in 2007.

"I couldn't think of a better choice to be the head coach at such a fine institution like UIC than Howard Moore," Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said. "His work ethic, integrity and genuine concern for helping student-athletes puts him in an elite category of college coaches.

"He is an excellent teacher and tactician of the game. Hopefully the people of Chicago will see the results of his hard work shortly."

Blog: What they are saying

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The Wisconsin women's soccer team was featured in two great articles this week. Read up on your favorite women's soccer team before they take on the Green Bay Phoenix tonight at 7 p.m. at Aldo Santaga Stadium in Green Bay, Wis.

Practice Report No. 14

Aug20_morning 052.jpgThe warm temperatures continued Friday morning, but the Badgers rose to the challenge and had a spirited practice for 30 periods in full pads.

It was the first of two practices on Friday as the team goes again tonight in spiders (helmets/light shoulder pads) at 7:30 p.m.

Evans helps Americans stay perfect

Evans_Ryan_Blog_100820.jpgRyan Evans' teammates on the Wisconsin men's basketball team are hoping the sophomore's winning ways carry over to the Badgers' upcoming season.

Evans completed a five-game tour of Europe with the Global Sports Academy Team on Thursday with a perfect 5-0 record.

After scoring wins over two Belgian teams to kick things off, Evans' crew beat the Grevenbroich squad in Germany, 99-80, on Wednesday. Evans had 13 points in the win.

They then made the trip to Dusseldorf, and the American team downed Herten on Thursday in an 81-79 win that included eight points from Evans.

From there, it was back to Belgium and a matchup with the Gembo team on Friday. The Americans closed out their trip in convincing fashion with a 113-72, with Evans chipping in 11 points.

Over the five-game trip, Evans averaged 9.2 points per game. He and his teammates, all college players, were scheduled to return to the U.S. on Friday.

The squad was coached by Illinois assistant coach Jay Price. Updates - including some great photos - are available on his Twitter page: @CoachJayPrice.

Practice Report No. 13

After a couple days of cool, comfortable weather, the high temperatures were back on Thursday afternoon as the Wisconsin football team practiced for 30 periods in Camp Randall Stadium.

The Badgers return to two practices on Friday, first at 9:15 a.m. in full pads and then again at 7:30 p.m. in half-packs.

Practice No. 1 in Pictures

Take a look as the Wisconsin men's soccer team began its 2010 preseason training camp on Thursday. Photos from the Badgers' second of two practice sessions to kick off the season are posted to UWBadgers.com.

Practice Report No. 12

118.JPGThe Wisconsin football team went for 24 periods Wednesday night, completing its 12th practice of fall camp and crossing the halfway point in the process. The team went with half-packs after going with full pads earlier on Wednesday.

The Badgers are back to a single session tomorrow, going full pads for 30 periods at 2:35 p.m.

Practice Report No. 11

The first of Wednesday's two practices is complete as the Wisconsin football team completed 28 periods in full pads.

The Badgers go again tonight at 7:30 p.m. for 24 periods in half-packs.

Practice Report No. 10

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It was a full pads-practice for the Wisconsin football team again on Tuesday afternoon as the Badgers practiced for 30 periods outside in Camp Randall Stadium.

The team is back with two practices on Wednesday, first at 9:15 a.m. and then again at 7:30 p.m.

Evans' European tour off to 2-0 start

Evans_Ryan_Blog_100817.jpgWisconsin sophomore forward Ryan Evans' tour of Europe with the Global Sports Academy Team is off to a strong start.

Evans and his nine teammates are 2-0 so far on their international trip, having scored a pair of wins in Belgium last week.

The Americans opened with a 76-65 win over St. Jan on Saturday, with Evans chipping in six points. An 86-80 win over Zolder followed on Sunday, with Evans dropping in eight points for the U.S. squad.

A day of rest was slotted in Monday, with the team spending the day touring London.

Three more games are on the slate for Evans and his squad, beginning with a contest against Grevenbroich tonight in Germany. Wednesday brings a game against Herten in Desseldorf, followed by a return to Belgium to face Gembo on Thursday.

The team is set to return to the U.S. on Friday.

In between, the group will have toured Bruges and Brussels in Belgium, London in England, and Dusseldorf and Cologne in Germany.

The Global Sports Academy squad is being coached by Illinois assistant coach Jay Price. Follow @CoachJayPrice on Twitter to get the latest news about the team from Price.

'The Voice' with Matt Lepay

The_Voice_Matt_Lepay_200.jpgAs Hall of Fame-caliber sportscaster Bob Costas has noted, the sports television industry has evolved from an eavesdropper to something much larger.

As an example, he cites the wonderful 1976 season of Detroit Tigers pitcher Mark "The Bird" Fidrych  He was a national sensation not just for being good, but also for being extremely animated on the mound.  He would talk to the baseball. He would sprint to his shortstop and congratulate him on making a nice defensive play. Simply put, he did things one normally did not see on a baseball field.

Costas is of the belief that Fidrych would act that way regardless of whether the game was televised.  Remember this is 1976, and many games were not on TV, so it is hard to argue with Costas' opinion.

Practice Report No. 9

The Wisconsin football team practiced under the lights in Camp Randall Stadium for the second time this fall on Monday night, completing a 24-period session right around 9:30 p.m. It was the second practice of the day after going for 28 periods in the morning.

"I thought the guys had some good preparation," head coach Bret Bielema said. "We had a double-day today so we were able to get some corrections in the morning and come back under the lights."

The team is back to just one practice on Tuesday afternoon at 2:35 p.m.

Practice Report No. 8

Defensive_Line_8_16.JPGAfter taking Sunday off for Media Day, the Badger football team was back out on the field Monday morning for the first of two practices on the day. The team was in full pads as they went for 28 periods outside in Camp Randall Stadium.

The team goes for another 24 periods on Monday night at 7:30 p.m. in half-packs (shoulder pads and helmets).

Practice Report No. 6

Saturday morning saw the Wisconsin football team embark on its sixth practice of the 2010 Fall Camp. It was a more extensive practice as the team spent the majority of its time in scrimmage situations with live referees in attendance. The No. 1 and No. 2 units each took part in roughly 40 plays.

"I really thought they competed," head coach Bret Bielema said of his team's play. "The offense had some success; defense had some success. We scrimmaged in the red zone, both good and bad, so there's a lot of learning out there."

The team practices again Saturday night at 8:15 p.m. before having Sunday off for Media Day. Check back to UWBadgers.com tomorrow for complete coverage of Media Day.

Practice Report No. 5

The Wisconsin football team went full pads for the first time in fall camp on Friday, unfortunately rain pushed everything inside for the 25-period practice. It was coming down hard outside, but the team got in its two-hour practice as a lead up to tomorrow, where the team will practice twice in the same day for the first time this year.

Saturday morning's practice will be highlighted by a scrimmage with live contact. That session begins at 9:15 a.m., while Saturday night's practice is set for an 8:15 p.m. start.

Practice Report No. 4

Kendricks_TD_Catch_Fall.jpgAs temperatures stayed in the upper 80s and low 90s for the fourth day in a row, the Wisconsin football team completed their fourth practice of 2010 Fall Camp on Thursday. The Badgers were in half-packs (shoulder pads and helmets) for the second day in a row as they took part in 30 periods of work.

The team will suit up in full pads for the first time tomorrow. Practice is set for 2:35 p.m. again.

Practice Report No. 3

After spending the first two days of practice in helmets, the Wisconsin football team took it one step further by donning shoulder pads for its third practice of 2010 Fall Camp on Wednesday. The team practiced for 30 periods outside in Camp Randall Stadium in the scorching heat.

The players are out again on Thursday at 2:35 p.m. in half-packs for the fourth practice of the fall.

Practice Report No. 2

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Practice No. 2 of Fall Camp 2010 is in the books as the Badgers completed 28 periods of helmets-only football outside in Camp Randall Stadium. The players kick it up a notch tomorrow as they go half-pack for the first time this season on Wednesday at 2:35 p.m.

'The Voice' with Matt Lepay

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Please allow me to begin this blogging season with an "I'm feeling old" moment. It hit me last week at the annual Big Ten Media Days and Kickoff Luncheon.

This will be my 23rd season covering University of Wisconsin athletics (17th as the football play-by-play announcer). Twenty-three years, which means chances are good that when I started in Madison, few if any current players were even born.

Thank goodness for Mike Lucas, who has been in this racket for more than 40 years. OK, maybe I don't feel quite so old yet!

Practice Report No. 1

The 2010 football season is officially underway for the University of Wisconsin football team as the Badgers held their first team practice of the season on Monday afternoon inside Camp Randall Stadium.

The heat was sweltering as the players went helmets-only for 28 periods. "They were popping around and flying around and giving it their best," head coach Bret Bielema said of the team's first practice. "But the part that we emphasize is that everyone feels good on day one, day two and day three, but if we take care of today it makes day 30 that much better. We can't jump to that date but we have to understand the process and continue to take care of every day."

The 2010 season starts today!

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As morning rains gave way to afternoon sun, Fall Camp 2010 officially kicked off Sunday at 3 p.m. when the Badgers gathered in the McClain Center for a meeting with the UW Compliance Office. That was followed by a team meeting to go over the plans and expectations for fall practice. Team dinner was at 5:30 p.m. with another team meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. to do over offensive and defensive goals.

The last word from Big Ten Media Days

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Courtesy of who else but Jay Valai. Valai was moonlighting for the Big Ten Network, carrying around a flipcam and interviewing other attendees. The finished product is now up on BigTenNetwork.com.


Badgers in the NFL Update

Before the weekend starts, here are some links to articles involving former Badgers now in the NFL.

Badgers debut at No. 12

The preseason edition of the USA Today Coaches Poll is out, and the Wisconsin football team finds itself at No. 12 to begin the 2010 campaign.

The Badgers, who finished at No. 16 in last year's final poll after going 10-3, are among four Big Ten teams ranked among the preseason top-15. That's the most of any conference in the country.

Joining the Badgers in the rankings are preseason Big Ten favorite Ohio State at No. 2, Iowa at No. 10 and Penn State at No. 14.

Defending BCS champion Alabama starts the season at No. 1, with the Buckeyes, Florida, Texas and Boise State rounding out the top five.

Friday morning links

We'll start off with a couple links on the Badgers and then move on to some articles about former Badgers now in the NFL.

Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes about new UW defensive backs coach, Chris Ash and how he's doing his best to motivate his players.

Today's position preview on Madison.com is the defensive line.

Valai's offseason and position previews

Jay Valai was interviewed by Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and told him about his off-season.

Read: UW safety Valai had 'great off-season'

Also, Madison.com is continuing its position previews for the 2010 season. Now up are tight ends and offensive line.

Old Spice Classic bracket unveiled Thursday

2010 Old Spice Orlando logo.jpgThe Wisconsin men's basketball team already knows where it will be Nov. 25-28, but the Badgers will learn Thursday just who they will face when they head to Orlando, Fla., for the 2010 Old Spice Classic.

The tournament will announce its bracket at 12:30 p.m. (CT) Thursday on ESPNEWS, making its pairings known along with the announcement of brackets for seven other early-season events.

The eight-team field for the Old Spice Classic, which enters its fifth year, was announced in May.

Along with the Badgers, the field features four other 2010 NCAA Tournament teams in Cal, Notre Dame, Temple and Texas A&M, as well as Boston College, Georgia and Manhattan.

Each of the teams will play three games in four days as part of the event, which is held at the Milk House on the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort.

Also being announced Thursday are the brackets for the 2K Sports Classic, 76 Classic, Cancun Governors Cup, EA Sports Maui Invitational, Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic, O'Reilly CBE Classic and Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

Big Ten Media Days: What they're saying

More than 400 media members were credentialed for this year's edition of Big Ten Football Media Days, meaning a wave of preseason coverage has swept over the Internet.

Look for some of the pertinent headlines to come out of Chicago after the jump...

Links and more links

The 2010 Big Ten Media Days and Kickoff Luncheon has ended, but here are some links surrounding Wisconsin football.

Overheard at Media Days

CHICAGO, Ill. -- A few words from the coaches and the commissioner of the Big Ten, all of whom took the stage inside the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place as part of the opening day of the 2010 Big Ten Football Media Days on Monday.

Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delaney on the possible rebranding of the conference:
"I think the Big Ten is the Big Ten regardless of the number."

Delaney on the Big Ten going to a nine-game conference schedule:
"I think that would be really helpful to us. I think there's a consensus among our athletic directors to do that."

Delaney on a potential Big Ten championship game:
"I expect there to be a championship game in '11, December of '11."

Lam-Feist, Vermeulen help Whitecaps to W-League title game

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United Soccer Leagues

Wisconsin sophomore Monica Lam-Feist (Surrey, British Columbia) and former Badger Amy Vermeulen (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan), who finished her career in 2005, competed for the United Soccer League's W-League title on Saturday in Santa Clarita, Calif.

Links from the Web

We've been pretty busy here with day one of the 2010 Big Ten Football Media Days and Kickoff Luncheon, but I'm taking a little time here to share some links from over the weekend and today.

FC Milwaukee's season ends

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WPSL Website | Complete Semifinal Recap

After an impressive run for the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) National title, the FC Milwaukee Nationals fell 2-1 to the Boston Aztec Breakers Reserves in the WPSL National Semifinal game in Richardson, Texas, on Saturday and Tied the Oklahoma Alliance FC on Sunday.

In its first season with the WPSL, the Nationals boast Wisconsin junior Laurie Nosbusch and sophomores Alyssa Vogel, Lindsey Johnson and Joana Bielefeld. Despite falling to Boston Aztec, Nosbusch, who captains the Nationals, scored the team's lone goal to make the score 2-1 and prevent a shutout.

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