In a fog-filled Barrymore Theatre Saturday night, an island emerged. A California-bred reggae band, The Dirty Heads, brought the sounds of the West Coast to Madison. Roman Ramirez, better known as Rome, the lead singer of Sublime With Rome, opened the show with a jaw-dropping solo act. He tweeted a couple hours before about how sick he was, but no one had any idea. His vocals were so smooth and drew the crowd in. The best parts of his set were at the tail end when he performed his popular songs “Eighteen,” “Terrorista,” “Seasons” and “White Girls.” The crowd knew every word to all four of these songs, singing as their bodies swayed to the rock beats his drummer and bassist were putting down. Rome’s sound is unique because it’s a mixture of heavy rock beats and reggae guitar riffs, creating a smooth hip-hop sound a crowd can dance to. As if his set wasn’t awesome enough, he slowed things down and played a sick acoustic version of the title song of his EP Dedication that just about brought me to tears.
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The last three days have had their fair share of big moments in the sports world. The NFL Draft was as unpredictable as ever. Steph Curry further cemented his status as one of the best young guards in the NBA against the Nuggets. Washington Wizards center Jason Collins became the first active player in a major American sport to come out as gay.
So I decided to write a mock draft in preparation of this week’s NFL draft. You may be asking, “What qualifies you to write anything on the NFL or football in general? You don’t seem particularly bright, and you probably are ugly.” Well, my only defense to that would be to tell you I have better hair than Mel Kiper, and that covers me on all counts—so take that. Plus most of these “experts” have a worse history of predictions than your local weatherman. So, here we go.
It is easy to get angry when looking at the images in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings. It’s simple to focus on the rage you feel toward the person or persons who would attack innocent runners and bystanders on a citywide day of celebration. If we stop there though, we are doing a disservice to all those who put themselves at risk to help people who they likely had never met, let alone seen, before today.
As the calendar turns over into April, football fans everywhere gear up for what is arguably the most important day of the NFL year: the draft. While free agency has made the practice of building a winner a more expedited process, you can look at the roster of any successful team and see that their corps was put together on a late April day.
With the calendar finally turning the page into April, NFL fans everywhere know that the draft is fast approaching, and if there is an overabundance of one thing on the Internet, it is certainly prognosticators telling us which player will go where and why they will succeed or flop in the pros.
MANCHESTER N.H.—After an impressive run through the WCHA Tournament, the team’s first Broadmoor trophy in over a decade and a spot in the NCAA tournament that nobody could have predicted a few weeks ago, the 2012-’13 Badgers season finally came to an end.
This past weekend, I was asked by a friend—one who is in no a way a fan of any athletics whatsoever—what do I love so much about sports? If I am honest, I didn’t have an immediate answer. I couldn’t put my finger on just what made sports so great. Fortunately though, the Wisconsin men’s hockey team explained it for me.
After earning an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament with three wins in three days in the WCHA Final Five, the No. 14 Wisconsin men’s hockey team (13-8-7 WCHA, 22-12-7 overall) has learned that they will take on No. 5 UMass-Lowell in Manchester, N.H., next weekend.
The No. 4 seeded Wisconsin men's hockey team continued its hot streak Friday, riding three unanswered goals to a 4-1 victory over No. 1 seed St. Cloud State at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul Minnesota.
After facing off four times in the regular season, the No. 14 Wisconsin men’s hockey team will take on No. 8 Minnesota State one more time Thursday in St. Paul, Minn., in the first game of the WCHA Final Five. The Mavericks (16-11-1 WCHA, 24-12-3 overall) swept the Badgers (13-8-7, 19-12-7) back in November, falling 4-2 in back-to-back nights. Wisconsin rebounded, however, taking down Minnesota State with consecutive overtime wins in the teams’ January series off goals by senior defenseman John Ramage. “I think that definitely helps us going into the game, but we’ve been playing playoff hockey the last couple months and we’re just going to need to keep it the same,” junior center Jefferson Dahl said of their previous overtime wins. “There’s a lot of similarities between our team and their team. When we played them early on, we weren’t at our best, but we know it’s going to be a battle like any team in the conference is.” While the game has obvious implications for the rest of the WCHA tournament, it also has further reaching consequences on a national scale. Both teams are fighting for a spot in the NCAA tournament, and while the Mavericks are currently sitting inside the bubble, the Badgers need to win to keep their hopes alive. Wisconsin is coming off a two-game sweep of Minnesota-Duluth in the opening round of the conference playoffs last weekend, while Minnesota State was forced to go to three games before finally taking down Nebraska-Omaha. Despite the extra rest, head coach Mike Eaves is unsure of any advantage that may bring for UW. “I’ve seen teams—when we coached in the American Hockey League—play three games in three nights in three different cities and play their best hockey on the third night,” Eaves said. “We’re not looking at that as ‘We have an advantage because they played three games.’ It’s just, we have to get there and play well.” This will be the first taste of the Final Five for many of the Badgers, having not been since 2010. Despite a lack of experience, though, Eaves does not expect his players to get caught up in the hype of a win-or-go-home type game. “I think there’s general excitement, and being on a big stage is what all athletes have dreamed about,” Eaves said. “This is our 12th-straight weekend [with games on the schedule] so we’ve been playing for awhile, so I think if there is an energy boost we get from being on this stage, that’s a welcome thing at this time.” Minnesota State is led by sophomore forward Matt Leitner, who leads the team with 45 points, and senior forward Eriah Hayes, who has a team-high 19 goals. The Mavericks also posses the No. 4 ranked power play in the country, but after keeping Duluth’s No. 5 power play unit off the score sheet last weekend, the Badgers know what they will be getting into. “We just have to keep working hard,” Dahl said. “[Minnesota State] likes to go cross-ice just like [Duluth] does. Last weekend we did well blocking shots and taking away lanes for them.” With a win, the Badgers would advance to play No. 1 seeded St. Cloud State in the second round Friday. If Wisconsin wants to continue its season past Thursday afternoon, it is going to have to do just that. “I think it’s going to be a classic battle just because it’s two wins each, this is kind of like the rubber match on a big stage,” Eaves said. “Both teams are playing for a lot, so it should be one heck of a game.” Senior center Derek Lee (knee) will travel with the team but will not play this week, and sophomore defenseman Jake McCabe (lower-body) is a game-time decision for Thursday.
After four months of ups and downs, buzzer beaters and heartbreaking defeats, we are finally here. March Madness has finally arrived. But before you toss yet another tear-soaked bracket into the trash following Thursdays opening round of games (yes I still call them opening round games because that’s what they are; Tuesday’s play-in games do not constitute a “first round”), take a step back and look at just how wide open this year’s tournament is.
After earning a win last weekend when it mattered the most, the No. 14 Wisconsin men’s hockey team will host Minnesota-Duluth in a best-of-three series at the Kohl Center this weekend.
Heading into the last weekend of the season, No. 14 Wisconsin has the opportunity to finish anywhere from first to seventh place in the conference as it hosts No. 8 St. Cloud State at the Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum.
The term “March Madness” may be colloquially tied to college basketball, but heading into the last weekend of the regular season, it feels like that phrase was tailor made for college hockey, especially in the WCHA.
A tough loss and a short week of practice apparently had no affect on the No. 16 Wisconsin men’s hockey team (12-7-7 WCHA, 16-11-7 overall) this weekend, as it swept No. 13 Nebraska-Omaha (14-10-2, 18-14-2) on the road.
While it was not lacking in chances, the Wisconsin men’s hockey team could not take advantage of them as they fell to Penn State 3-2 in overtime.
When it comes to overhyped sporting events, nothing takes the cake quite like the NFL scouting combine. What began as simply a series of physical tests for NFL-bound athletes has been transformed by the 24-hour news cycle of the sports media world and their talking heads, desperate for a discussion point.
What started off as a dud could not have finished with a louder bang, as the Wisconsin men’s hockey team (11-7-7 WCHA, 14-10-7 overall) took down Penn State (12-14) 5-0 in the first meeting between the two teams.
Coming off a big win over No. 2 Minnesota in Chicago last weekend, the No. 18 Wisconsin men’s hockey team is returning to Madison to host Penn State in the first ever meeting between the two teams.