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Packer's Perspective: Help us Fill the Bowl

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Russell Wilson's special wallet

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Russell Wilson's exploits on and off the field, both as a Badger and a Seahawk, have been well documented. He made numerous visits to the American Family Children's Hospital during his time in Madison and is a regular visitor to the Seattle Children's Hospital. ESPN chronicled how one such visit turned into a special relationship and earned Wilson a unique keepsake.


What they're saying: Badgers in Super Bowl XLVII (Friday)

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Badger Blog: Finding inspiration

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In this week's Badger Blog, head coach Yvette Healy talks about the inspiration the team gets from playing in Madison.


With one week to go until we open the 2014 softball season, the team is focusing on getting better, and enjoying the journey. It's been a cold snowy winter in Madison, yet everyone on campus seems happy and optimistic, especially the softball team. Maybe it's the excitement surrounding Super Bowl Sunday, with former Badger favorites Russell Wilson and Montee Ball leading the way, or the fact that we can watch basketball, hockey and wrestling compete on campus in the winter. The fact is, there's inspiration all around us: from the success of Wisconsin volleyball competing in the national championship game this fall, to basketball, hockey and wrestling being ranked in the top-10 and top-25, there are some amazing Badger athletes training all around us in the weight room, on the ramps and in the field house.

One of our players said, "It's easy to be inspired when you're living a life that you love." What's not to love about Madison? It's such an amazing town! So many universities are in cities that you'd never visit unless you were looking at that school. But Madison is a tourist hotspot and family destination. People from all over the country want to see what all the excitement is about. This might be one of the healthiest, happiest towns I've ever seen. Families here are so outdoorsy. You see kids sledding, ice skating, skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing and jogging, regardless of the temperature. If you can love your life and community when it's cold and snowy, and you're practicing indoors, imagine how much better everything gets when spring sets in, and you can get out on the field, bike trails and lakes.

Win season tickets with the Super Badgers Challenge

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Anyone who has watched the Super Bowl has played the games: who will win the coin toss, how long will the national anthem take, who will score the first touchdown? With all the Badgers connections in Super Bowl XLVIII, we're putting a UW spin on it. And the best part is, if you answer all 10 questions correctly, you could win a pair of season tickets for 2014.

How many rushing yards will Montee Ball have? Will Russell Wilson throw a TD pass? Will Chris Maragos or O'Brien Schofield make a tackle? If you think you know the answer, take the challenge.

If no one gets answers all 10 questions correctly, the person with the most right answers will win a pair of tickets to a home game of their choice. Good luck!

What they're saying: Badgers in Super Bowl XLVII (Thursday)

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As we creep closer to kickoff, the spotlight on Seahawks' QB Russell Wilson starts to become bigger and bigger. ESPN.com has three stories about the former Badgers star and The New York Times penned a profile as well. The Chicago Tribune is well aware of the UW theme in Super Bowl XLVIII and Barry Alvarez tells ESPNWisconsin.com what makes Rose Bowl winning QB Darrell Bevell a great coach.

-- Chicago Tribune - At Super Bowl XLVIII, it's 'On, Wisconsin' indeed
-- ESPN.com - The adoration of Russell Wilson
-- ESPN.com - Seattle QB plays for two generations
-- ESPN.com - Russell Wilson's kindness leaves mark
-- New York Times - A Standout Who's Easy to Miss
-- ESPNWisconsin.com - In his blood: Darrell Bevell was born to coach
-- St. Louis Post-Dispatch - From Wentzville to Super Bowl for Montee Ball
-- Lake County News Sun - Schofield will play important role in Super Bowl, even if he doesn't play at all

'Varsity' Magazine is out and has complete coverage of the Badgers in Super Bowl XLVIII.

We talk to 2009 team captain Chris Maragos about his incredible journey. It starts as a high school troublemaker and transitions to a walk-on wide receiver at Western Michigan. After that didn't work out, a bit of luck and perseverance turned him into a walk-on safety at Wisconsin and later an honorable mention All-Big Ten choice. His NFL path has been just as winding, from undrafted free agent, to out of a job, to special teams force. Among familiar faces with the Seahawks, he plans to savor this experience.





UWBadgers.com senior writer Mike Lucas caught up with Montee Ball, who touched on a number of topics, including his first text message from Peyton Manning, how he overcame his early season fumbling issues, and his advice to Melvin Gordon as he was trying to make a decision very similar to the one Ball had to make.

We asked a number of Badger student-athletes and coaches how they would spend Super Bowl Sunday. Which coach had to pass on tickets to the big game? Where is the football team gathering to watch their former teammates? Find out here.

You can subscribe to 'Varsity' Magazine here or download the iOS (http://go.wisc.edu/VarsityiOS) or Android (http://go.wisc.edu/VarsityDroid) App.

Complete Super Bowl XLVIII coverage in 'Varsity' Magazine

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'Varsity' Magazine, the official digital magazine of Wisconsin Athletics, comes out tomorrow with its Super Bowl XLVIII preview issue. It features an exclusive feature story on Chris Maragos' rise from transfer walk-on, to team captain, to Super Bowl participant as well as Montee Ball's thoughts on playing with Peyton Manning and Melvin Gordon's decision to return to the Badgers. Also included is our complete coverage from Tuesday's Media Day, where we caught up with all five Badgers participating in Sunday's game.

'Varsity' Magazine is emailed to subscribers every Thursday morning. It is also available via mobile app for either iOS (http://go.wisc.edu/VarsityiOS) or Adnroid (http://go.wisc.edu/VarsityDroid) devices.

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What they're saying: Badgers in Super Bowl XLVII (Wednesday)

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Media Day is in the books and the focus is starting to narrow in to what will actually happen on the field Sunday. One the Seattle side, that means much of the glare turns to Russell Wilson. For the Broncos, Montee Ball's emergence over the latter part of the season has helped balance the offense.

The Voice: Anderson makes most of his time in the mix

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In the Wisconsin men's basketball record book, the bio information on junior center Evan Anderson begins with the following words: "Humble and hard-working Wisconsin product."

That is an excellent description of the 6-foot-10, 245-pounder from Stanley. Perhaps it helps explain why Anderson's teammates get so excited when the big man checks into the lineup and makes a few things happen.

The former standout from Eau Claire North has played in about half of the Badgers' games this season, averaging a bit more than three minutes per outing. Last Saturday at Purdue, Anderson logged seven minutes. Seven very important minutes, in the Badgers' 14-point victory. His teammates loved it.

"He got mobbed more than anybody after the game," said UW associate head coach Greg Gard. "They understand not only that seven minutes he contributed, but how he has had to work to get to that point."

"It was great to be able to go out there and help my teammates," added Anderson. "It was really important to me."

"I was able to box out (A.J.) Hammons. I believe that was his third foul (it was). That was a key to have him on the bench the rest of the first half."

I think the players and coaches appreciate Anderson so much because they know this game is anything but easy. At times, he can be very tough on himself. So a few weeks ago, when Anderson got some run late in the game against Illinois and nailed a three-point shot against the Illini, players popped out of their chairs to cheer him on.  

When he gets on the floor in the guts of a game and does a lot of the little things well, it means even more.

"I thought he did a great job of staying within himself," said Gard. "He just went in, set good screens, was physical. He did a great job of blocking out and getting the over-the-back call on the third foul (on Hammons).

"He has bought into the program. He has never complained. He keeps working."

While nobody wants to get too carried away about one game, perhaps last Saturday's effort at Mackey Arena can serve as a confidence boost for Anderson. This is his fourth year in the program, and he believes experience can help him help the program.

"Being here and doing every little thing that we do," he said. "We spend a lot of time behind the scenes that people don't see. Lifting, running, all that in the summer. The experience is just great ... and we put in a lot of work."

And when that work is rewarded, it tends to make a good competitor want to keep grinding away. Nobody has questioned Anderson's competitive nature. Enough players have run into one of his haymaker screens in practice to know he can be a tough man to move. Rest assured Anderson's teammates were more than happy to see an opponent get a taste of what the Badgers deal with every day in practice.

Like most teams in the country, the Badgers would love to see continued growth off the bench. Freshmen Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig are doing a very solid job. Recently fellow freshman Vitto Brown started to get some work with the regular rotation. Duje Dukan has shown he is capable of providing a boost as well.  

Yet there is always room for more competition. While nobody is making any bold predictions, it was fun to see Evan Anderson get in the mix. As the always difficult Big Ten season rolls on, there is no doubt coach Bo Ryan will happily accept some more depth. You just never know when it will be needed.

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