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Today in Tampa: Hockey and bowling



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.

Badgers + Packers = everyone wins!

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

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