After a rough season-opening series, which saw a highly touted Wisconsin men's hockey team take just one point from Colorado College, the task of starting the 2009-'10 season well will not get any easier. The Badgers must now leave the friendly confines of the Kohl Center and head to the intimidating environment of Minnesota State's Verizon Wireless Center to take on the Mavericks Friday and Saturday.
What isn't there to like about Boise State? It plays on a blue field, runs loads of trick plays and has the potential to turn the college football world on its head by eventually breaking into the BCS title game usually reserved for teams from the top six conferences and, perhaps, Notre Dame.
When I would watch the NBA playoffs last spring, one of my favorite parts of the coverage was the ""wired"" segments from TNT and ESPN in which the networks would show three or four clips, mostly of head coaches yelling at their players or talking strategy with them during a timeout.
On Friday, the Wisconsin volleyball team (4-4 Big Ten, 9-8 overall) traveled to West Lafayette, Ind., where they lost to the Purdue Boilermakers (3-5, 11-8) three sets to one. They then packed their bags for Bloomington on Sunday, where they sneaked by the Indiana Hoosiers (3-5, 14-8) three sets to two.
The Wisconsin men's soccer team has been looking for a lucky break. There have been plenty of scoring chances, but Wisconsin never seemed able to make the most of them.
After having the task of facing two tough Big Ten foes in No. 19 Ohio State and Penn State, the Wisconsin women's soccer team ended its final weekend at home with ties against the Buckeyes (3-1-1 Big Ten 10-2-2 overall) and the Nittany Lions.
For the first four games of the 2009 season, Wisconsin quarterback Scott Tolzien looked like a bona-fide Big Ten star quarterback. For the last three, however, Tolzien has looked the part of a first-year starting quarterback facing elite competition for the first time in his college career.
The Wisconsin men's hockey team took one point out of its opening weekend, losing 3-2 to Colorado College Friday night and working to a 1-1 draw in the series finale Saturday. The Badgers played most of the weekend without their top center, senior Blake Geoffrion, who left Friday's game in the first period with a concussion and did not play Saturday.
In the last two seasons, the Badgers have not been quite able to shake off their first loss. In 2008, the team fell three more times after its first defeat, and in 2007 it followed its first setback with a 31-0 trouncing at the hands of a middling Penn State team.
The Wisconsin men's soccer team needs an offensive boost. During their game Wednesday night against UW-Green Bay, the Badgers had plenty of opportunities but were unable to find the back of the net. They will be looking for more opportunities to arise when they travel to Evanston, Ill., for a Big Ten matchup against Northwestern at 7 p.m Saturday.
Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter have infiltrated practically every part of our society, sports coverage included. To date, Facebook holds more than 300 million active users worldwide, while Twitter receives roughly 55 million users per month. It comes as no surprise, then, that not just fans and organizations, but also athletes and coaches have begun participating in this trend.
Athletic departments of power-conference universities, including Wisconsin, are often criticized for scheduling overmatched opponents early in the year. That certainly will not be the case for the Badger men's hockey team this season. Wisconsin jumps right into conference play, hosting Colorado College this weekend to open its rigorous 2009 campaign.