There’s a certain paradoxical mental state most athletes try to reach when they’re in the thick of competition that seems too elementary to actually be true. When a running back is waiting for the center to snap the ball to the quarterback, a pitcher begins her windup after carefully selecting her next pitch and a hitter takes her last practice swing before stepping into the batter’s box, the last thing they want to be doing is thinking. It’s about trusting their instincts, allowing their studies of the game to become second nature and, perhaps most importantly, leaning on their set of hardened psychological skills that allow them to perform at a high level.
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Alex Erickson, Tyler Marz, Joel Stave and Derek Watt were named to the Hampshire Honor Society Thursday, according to a UW press release.
Madison has always been perceived as a biking community, and as the weather has started to turn this spring, that’s all the more evident, with thousands of bicyclists hitting the network of trails that interconnect most of the city.
On select seats sat a plastic bag containing a pair of cardinal red crew socks with white toes and heels, the word “Badgers” emblazoned on the foot, a depiction of the Madison skyline wrapped around the ankles and a white motion “W” stitched near the elastic band encircling the cuff. Also included in the bag was a small white card with a quote, attributed to Athletic Director Barry Alvarez, that read “This hire will knock your socks off.”
Green Bay, Wis. — After Saturday’s morning practice in Green Bay, Dare Ogunbowale switched out his No. 23 jersey for one with the No. 12 embroidered on it. He wasn’t taking after fellow running back Corey Clement, who has been fluctuating between No. 6 and No. 24 throughout the spring, but rather was expressing his deep and profound love for the Green Bay Packers. His cardinal and white uniform replaced with a white, green and gold one, Ogunbowale proudly displayed his affinity for Aaron Rodgers during the Badgers’ tour of the Packers Hall of Fame at Lambeau Field following their morning session at The Don Hutson Center.
Bobby Dunn’s favorite place to sit in Camp Randall Stadium is Section M. You can get a nice tan up there. On second thought, maybe it’s Section O. Locking your fingers together and contorting your body into a makeshift vowel is pretty cool. Hold that thought—Section E’s the best. You get to sit right behind the Badgers’ bench, close to the dizzying flurry of activity that dominates Camp Randall for seven Saturdays every fall.
Wisconsin will introduce its new men’s hockey coaching staff and women’s basketball head coach this week, according to a Tuesday UW release.
Wisconsin will hold one of its practices at the Green Bay Packers practice facility this spring, according to a Wednesday release.
For the first time since the Joel Stave versus Tanner McEvoy competition began brewing in 2014, the Badgers are working through spring practice without knowing who their starting quarterback will be come fall camp.
Six-seeded Wisconsin and 10-seeded Pittsburgh will meet for the 18th time Friday in St. Louis, Mo., in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The teams haven’t played since 2006, when the Badgers won 89-75 at the Kohl Center when Wisconsin was ranked No. 7 and Pitt ranked No. 2.
On the first day of spring practice Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium, the large Jumbotron standing guard over the student section beyond the north end zone displayed the word “beat” on the visiting team’s nameplate and “USC” in the home team’s spot.
INDIANAPOLIS — After Bo Ryan retired Dec. 15, Wisconsin won its first game with Greg Gard as interim head coach eight days later. Three days after Gard was named its head coach, and two days after he was formally introduced in front of family, friends and his team at a lively Nicholas-Johnson Pavilion, the Badgers fell to Nebraska in their first game in the Big Ten Tournament.
INDIANAPOLIS — On the eve of Thursday evening’s matchup between Wisconsin and Nebraska at the Big Ten Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Cornhusker head coach Tim Miles made a prediction.
Editor’s Note: In advance of Wisconsin kicking off its 2016 spring practice schedule Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium, The Daily Cardinal’s football preview package takes a look at what the Badgers’ focuses will be, positional battles and players to watch. The offense overview can be found here, and the defense overview here.
At the beginning of Kirk Ferentz’s head coaching tenure at Iowa, people were stocking their bomb shelters with Chef Boyardee ravioli to avoid the inevitable catastrophe Y2K would surely wreak on all of humanity. Jim Harbaugh has redefined “Netflix and Chill.” Paul Chryst wears sweatshirts from Walgreens on the sideline, Urban Meyer is the football czar of the North and Mark Dantonio hasn’t slept more than five consecutive hours in his entire life, probably.
UW-Madison’s Office of Legal Affairs and the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics has determined former Badger head coach Bo Ryan did not improperly use university resources over the course of a previously disclosed extramarital affair, and his Dec. 15 retirement was not a result of a university investigation into the allegation, per a Saturday news release.
Perpetuated by celebrity influences, aspirational advertising and the dark, swirling world of social media, the ugly act of body shaming takes shape both within private conversations with friends and very public conversations on the Internet. It’s a sad truth, but it’s one that needs to be addressed because of the incessant nasty comments that have the propensity to invoke anxiety, depression and prolonged issues with self-confidence that can permeate people’s lives.
Following the Feb. 9 departure of defensive backs coach Daronte Jones, head coach Paul Chryst announced Saturday the hiring of former Badger Jim Leonhard to fill Jones’ position.
He’s 6-foot-4,190 pounds and he’s been averaging 3.8 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game this season. Thursday afternoon, sneaking just ahead of the NBA trade deadline, the Chicago Bulls traded Kirk Hinrich, Sioux City, Iowa, legend, to the Atlanta Hawks for a second-round draft pick. Not only did the Bulls brain trust of John Paxson and Gar Forman trade away the man with the 334th-best field goal percentage in the NBA, but they traded away one of my irrationally favorite Chicago athletes of all time.