The college newspaper farewell column—recognizable by the 800 words it spends saying goodbye to people readers have never met and reminiscing over an office where they’ve never been—is a pointless beast. And yet, each spring, we find ourselves at this point as graduating seniors get ready to move on.
A little more than six years ago, the Wisconsin men’s hockey team transformed Lambeau Field into a hockey venue, skating to 4-2 win over Ohio State in an outdoor game no one who saw it will soon forget. Then, in 2010, the Badgers moved the Kohl Center’s atmosphere a few blocks up Dayton Street, topping Michigan in the Camp Randall Hockey Classic.
The story starts with a sandwich bag that “brims with weed.”
A little more than a year ago, I had the chance to see a film called “Not Just A Game: Power, Politics and American Sports.” It’s a documentary co-written by Dave Zirin, a sports columnist and writer for the progressive magazine The Nation, in which Zirin takes on the conventional wisdom that sports and politics are inherently separate entities, and challenges the notion that athletes should stay away from taking political stances.
DULUTH, Minn.—The Wisconsin women’s hockey team ended its drive for back-to-back national titles Sunday having played one of its best games of the season, battling back from an early deficit and keeping up in an NCAA final against Minnesota that sped along at break-neck pace.
DULUTH, Minn.–For the second straight year and fourth time in program history, Wisconsin players erupted in cheers at the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Banquet Saturday as one of their players received the highest individual honor in women's hockey. This time it was junior forward Brianna Decker receiving the coveted award, joining Sara Bauer (2006), Jessie Vetter (2009) and last year's winner, Meghan Duggan.
Around this time one year ago, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team found itself getting ready for a NCAA semifinal matchup against Boston College at the Frozen Four, where both teams knew that after stellar seasons they were just two wins away from a national championship.
With a national championship and the highest individual honor in collegiate women’s hockey up for grabs, this coming weekend has the potential to be the high-water mark for Brianna Decker’s career. As the junior forward gets ready to lead her team into the NCAA semifinal Friday afternoon against Boston College, she is also one of three finalists for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award given to the most outstanding player in the game.
Something great happened at the Daytona 500 a few weeks ago.