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Badgers get motivational speech from Tommy Lasorda

I just returned from the Home Depot Center where the Badgers wrapped up their second practice here in California.

The team went for 22 periods in full pads under beautiful conditions. The sun was shining brightly all day and temperatures hovered between the mid-60s and low 70s. Linebacker Culmer St. Jean (from Naples, Fla.) said it wasn't hot at all, while running back John Clay (from Racine, Wis.) remarked that he could use a breeze or something.

Head coach Bret Bielema said the practice was similar to that of a normal Tuesday. It was a longer practice where the players were expected to up their effort. The team went through normal scout work, while also practicing on special teams and other phases of the game.

The highlight came at the end of practice though, as the Badgers were greeted by special guest speaker, Tommy Lasorda. The former manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers spoke to the team for about five minutes sharing anecdotes and offering advice. His biggest piece of advice to the guys was to execute. If they executed, Lasorda said, they should have success.

And Lasorda should know, he's spoken to the Badgers' previous three Rose Bowl teams, sporting a 3-0 record.

The players are on an organized team outing tonight but are back at it tomorrow.