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Defense eager to prove itself in spring game
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Defense eager to prove itself in spring game

Spring will be in the air at Camp Randall Stadium Saturday as the Wisconsin football team officially takes the field for the first time in 2010 for the annual Cardinal and White scrimmage. Nearly five weeks have passed since the Badgers opened their spring practice sessions, and suffice it to say, the players have been chomping at the bit to give fans a sneak preview of a team expected to contend for a Big Ten title and Rose Bowl berth in the 2010 season.


Ready to roll
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Ready to roll

The Wisconsin Badgers were a well-oiled machine in the 2009 season. There were certainly some kinks along the way, but for the most part, many would call a 10-3 record and bowl win over Miami a successful year.


Gimmick of novelty hockey games needs to come to an end
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Gimmick of novelty hockey games needs to come to an end

After the Camp Randall Hockey Classic, there was a wave of excitement, harkening to the glory of the sport outdoors in more expansive arenas. It wasn't the first exhibition of its kind as Fenway Park, Ralph Wilson Stadium and Wrigley Field have all played host to similar events.


Four ways to make the spring scrimmage relevant
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Four ways to make the spring scrimmage relevant

There's a reason no one on campus goes to the spring game. It's boring. It's just a practice. The starters on offense go out and run over the second-team defense, then the defensive starters go out and shut down the second-team offense. Guys like Scott Tolzien, John Clay and Nick Toon will go out there and have huge days against inferior competition.


What to expect in the spring game (hint: not much)
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What to expect in the spring game (hint: not much)

A lot of people might go into this year's spring game wondering what they will see on the field at Camp Randall Stadium—will it be a gritty battle for starting positions between teammates? Will it replicate the atmosphere of Camp Randall on a fall Saturday? Will it give us a preview of how the Badgers will perform in the Big Ten?


Jets' offseason moves downplay draft, could pave way for success
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Jets' offseason moves downplay draft, could pave way for success

When I became a columnist last fall, I swore I would avoid blabbering about my hometown teams back in New York at all costs, knowing no one out here really cares about them. But with what the New York Jets have been doing this spring, ignoring them is becoming impossible. With the moves the Jets have made since losing to Indianapolis in the AFC title game last January paired with what they did before the season, it becomes apparent that this team could be changing the landscape of the NFL offseason.


Boston College's speed overwhelms Wisconsin
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Boston College's speed overwhelms Wisconsin

DETROIT—Between bowl games against the SEC and basketball matchups with Michigan State, Wisconsin fans grow tired of the comparison and the notion that Badger sports are more ""grind"" than ""go."" But the men's hockey team has been an exception this year, combining a physical style of play with dynamic athletes and top-tier talent. In Saturday night's national championship contest, however, Boston College put a level of speed on display that UW just could not keep up with for a full 60 minutes.


Badgers were unbeatable at times, but inconsistency doomed title run
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Badgers were unbeatable at times, but inconsistency doomed title run

One period through Wisconsin's 5-0 loss in the national title game, I could only think one thing: We've seen this team before. After 20 minutes of hockey, with Boston College holding a not-insurmountable 1-0 lead, it was clear that if this version of the Badger hockey team stuck around, the program would not see its seventh national title this year.


Badgers rout RIT, will face BC in title game
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Badgers rout RIT, will face BC in title game

DETROIT—On paper, Wisconsin looked a lot like the first two teams that Rochester Institute of Technology knocked out of this year's NCAA tournament, hailing from a power conference and possessing top talent, hockey tradition and championship aspirations.


Many getting carried away with Huskies' win streak
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Many getting carried away with Huskies' win streak

They are being compared to the likes of the Jordan-era Bulls, the undefeated 1972 Miami Dolphins and even the UCLA basketball dynasty of the 70s. No, I'm not talking about the Patriots of the past decade, the late 90s Yankees, or any other great team—it's not even a men's squad. It just so happens that the latest reign of dominance in sports belongs to the UConn Huskies women's basketball team.



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