This column begins with some good news and some bad news. The bad news is, baseball season is already more than a quarter of the way through.
They say April power brings May... I don’t know. The first month of baseball is in the books, and what a month it was.
Wednesday Word: ESPN's mass layoffs make financial sense, but will hurt network's quality of journalismBy Jake Nisse | Apr. 26, 2017
The world is shrinking. The Worldwide Leader in Sports, that is. For the second time in three years, ESPN has undergone significant company layoffs, as on-air talent and staff writers are being ousted from the company. After spending billions of dollars in recent years to acquire television rights for the NBA and the NFL, the network has seen its subscriber numbers plummet.
One week into the 2017 MLB season designates the beginning of overreaction theatre. Bravo! Big league and fantasy managers alike will respond to a week of evidence in favor of longstanding trends and principles of smart decision making as they scramble to keep their ships afloat.
With Sunderland nestled firmly in last place of the English Premier League, club manager David Moyes is unsurprisingly under plenty of public pressure and scrutiny. Last week, however, he was thrust into the global spotlight for a different reason. A video of Moyes verbally abusing BBC journalist Vicki Sparks, after a March 18 game, leaked with the 53-year-old responding inappropriately to a question about the added pressure of having the club’s owner in attendance. “You were just getting a wee bit naughty at the end there, so just watch yourself,” Moyes said.
With March Madness now over and the weather starting to warm, Wisconsin fans’ attention can, at least for the time being, switch back over to the football team. The Badgers are nearly two-thirds of the way through their spring practice schedule, which means that the spring game is on the horizon.
Tony Romo recently announced his retirement from football, trading a career on the gridiron for one in the broadcast booth at CBS.
To have the greatest four-year stretch in Wisconsin basketball history end the way it did Friday night feels unfairly cruel and yet, almost heartbreakingly appropriate at the same time. The departing senior class of Nigel Hayes, Bronson Koenig, Vitto Brown and Zak Showalter will hold a special place in Badgers fans’ hearts for years to come given the crucial role they played in the program’s success over the last four seasons.
If you are looking for calm, levelheaded rationalizations as to why Wisconsin maybe deserved to be a No. 8 seed, then you have come to the wrong place.
There are lots of things that can derail the draft stock of an NFL prospect. A poor combine showing, injury issues, and even small hands on a quarterback are often red flags for team scouts. However, nothing embarrases draft prospects more than social media mishaps, which give players unwanted attention and can send them tumbling down draft boards. The most recent example of this occurred before last year’s NFL Draft, as the Twitter account of Laremy Tunsil posted a video of the offensive tackle smoking out of a bong.
“I feel like we can run the table, I really do,” said Nigel Hayes, maybe. Well perhaps that’s a bit of a stretch, but Badgers fans, coaches and players alike all had to let out a huge collective sigh of relief after Wisconsin’s convincing 66-49 win over Minnesota Sunday. The victory snapped a three-game skid for UW and a brutal stretch of basketball where it had lost five of six.
Postseason play is only two games away, and the Wisconsin Badgers look like a team with an identity crisis. A loss to Michigan State—the Badgers’ fourth in their last five games—denied them a tie with Purdue atop the Big Ten standings.
The 500-yard freestyle and the mile are two of the most exciting races in collegiate swimming. The length is long enough where there are constant lead changes, and when multiple swimmers are going stroke-for-stroke near the end and one breaks away, the energy around the pool is electric. When I was watching these races on Big Ten Network during the Big Ten Championships last week, they sure didn’t feel electric.
When Kyrie Irving joined the Road Trippin’ With RJ & Channing podcast last week, listeners were likely expecting the point guard to reflect on his season thus far, talk about the upcoming All-Star weekend in New Orleans or possibly just dabble in the X’s and O’s of basketball. However, what those listeners heard, at least for part of Irving’s time on the show, were some unexpected scientific remarks from the 24-year-old. Irving claimed that the Earth is flat. “This is not even a conspiracy theory," Irving said on the podcast.
Wednesday Word: Social media allows Moesch, Ferris to build following despite limited on-court actionBy Jake Nisse | Feb. 8, 2017
When the Badgers travel to Lincoln, Neb., this Thursday to face the Cornhuskers, Ethan Happ will take center stage on national television.
As little as two weeks ago, it looked like Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan was about ready to lap the field in the Big Ten Player of the Year race. Swanigan has been a double-double machine, is a matchup nightmare for almost any defense and is a bona fide Naismith Trophy candidate.
A day after the Chicago Bulls’ loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday, Rajon Rondo felt compelled to respond to the criticisms levied onto the team by Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade in the wake of the defeat. As detailed in his latest Instagram post, Rondo was apparently incensed that Wade and Butler vented to “the media” after the game, as they criticized the team’s effort and execution vs.
Mondays with Rasty: Wisconsin's latest loss another in long pattern of heartbreaking defeats on the big stageBy Zach Rastall | Dec. 5, 2016
The first rule of Wisconsin sports: Never underestimate the team’s ability to build your hopes up and then proceed to shred your soul to smithereens in new and creative ways. Thus was the case on Saturday night in Indianapolis, when the Badgers built up a 28-7 lead, only to see it slowly dissipate as their secondary seemed to forget how to football.
Around 4:00 p.m. Saturday, all this talk from myself and many others about the different College Football Playoff scenarios that may or may not involve Wisconsin looked like it could be for naught. The Badgers came out extremely flat against archrival Minnesota, allowing the Gophers to build up a 17-7 halftime lead that left the state of Wisconsin holding its breath. Luckily for Wisconsin fans, Minnesota imploded, thanks in large part to quarterback Mitch Leidner completing more passes to the Badgers defense (four) than to his own receivers (two) in the second half.