Parity is good. Sorry, NBA

Parity in sports is a good thing. But when you throw in millions and millions of dollars, though, it makes it hard to do. Watching the NBA and NHL playoffs to compare, it’s evident which league is closer to that feat.

Two years ago the New Jersey Devils were in the Stanley Cup Finals, the Nashville Predators and Phoenix Coyotes were both in the playoffs.

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Heck, the Florida Panthers and Washington Capitals were even in it. None of those teams made it this year while the New York Rangers are playing for their first Stanley Cup since 1994.

I’m not going to list the NBA playoff teams, but the top teams were pretty much the same (Miami, San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Indiana).

In the NHL, things are different. Yes, the Kings and ’Hawks are the last two champions and they were in the Conference Finals for a second straight year. However, the variety of teams playing for a title differs yearly because of the grueling season and post-season.

Two years ago the New Jersey Devils were in the Stanley Cup Finals, the Nashville Predators and Phoenix Coyotes were both in the playoffs. Heck, the Florida Panthers and Washington Capitals were even in it.

Both the NBA and NHL seasons are far too long, but the effort level in the NBA doesn’t show night-in and night-out.

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A 66-16 record is impressive for the Heat in 2012-13, but the same year the Blackhawks went 36-7-5. Even in a shortened season, that is more impressive with all the variables of a hard-hitting hockey season (i.e. travel, injuries, etc.). Those are all present in the NBA, but with just eight players playing, it’s not quite the same.

Now, add in salary caps and things get bonkers. The NBA salary cap into account, which exceeds $58.679 million for a team of 12 players (plus one for an inactive player) with the luxury tax even higher than that at $71.7 million, and you can see why its easier to buy a team.

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh have a combined salary of about $56 million in the 2013-14 season, and the roster payroll exceeds $80 million (the Blackhawks are spending $66 million this season on the whole roster).

 

The cap in the NHL is similar at about $60 million (with allowed spending set at $70.2 million). But teams have to suit up 18 skaters and two goalies, so spreading out contracts is necessary to build a complete team. With that money, teams have to pay 20 active players, so it’s tough for a team to establish an all-star team, and thus, makes the competition more equal and exciting.

Roster turnover is a major factor for a lot of NBA teams. Teams don’t commit to signing a player for longer than seven years, and they rarely make it the full seven years. The NHL has contracts of 10+ years, with Duncan Keith and Marian Hossa signed for 12+ years.

While winning four straight Eastern Conference championships is impressive, a hockey team can’t maintain the same caliber play by paying exorbitant amounts of money for four years of three players.

The Blackhawks made one heck of a run with Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith and Corey Crawford. In a great seven-game series against a Los Angeles Kings team – which had extra motivation after 2012-13 – the dream of a repeat died.

But yes, it will be Miami and San Antonio in the finals for a second-straight year. Yay…nothing more fun than watching the geriatric Spurs play ball.

As a sports writer, parity makes things more fun. While it is fun to watch a truly great team dominate every year, it seems like a shame that a team like Miami can use the ‘rent-a-LeBron’… and Bosh strategy to get ahead. It didn’t work in their first year, but they were close.

So what’s next for LeBron? Will he stay or go to the highest bidder again in 2014-15? My guess is he leaves. The storylines for the 2014-15 NHL offseason will be much more low-key. There’s no big LeBron-type storyline.

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Why? Because there is more of an emphasis on maintaining teams, developing players and making the team better. Not by making headlines signing a hapless defender that can score 40 points a game.

In such a money-first age of sports, I like seeing parity because teams retain players through that team-first mentality. League and team revenue plays a part in that and perpetuates the problem.

If you have never watched the hockey or the NHL, give it a try and you will see why parity is a good thing for sports.

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Buckeyes overcome Nebraska lead to advance to B1G Tournament semis

INDIANAPOLIS – With 59 seconds to play, the Ohio State Buckeyes and Nebraska Cornhuskers were in a back-and-forth game that was tied 63-63.

LaQuinton Ross drove to the basket, picked up his dribble and used what looked like three steps to stop. No traveling violation was called. Instead, Husker forward Terran Petteway got called for his fifth foul, effectively ending his team’s Big Ten Tournament, 71-67.

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Terran Petteway shows his disappointment in the Huskers’ 71-67 loss to OSU on Friday

Ross went on to hit both free throws to give the 67-65 lead. On the Huskers’ next possession, Shavon Shields was called for a travel that basically ended the game.

The call was surprising considering Ross’s travel was more obvious.

The calls weren’t the only reason the Huskers lost, though. One main issue was the second half collapse by a Nebraska team that came into the tournament on the heels of a 77-68 upset of Wisconsin.

The Huskers battled hard and were up by as many as 18 points at the 13:45 mark in the second half but couldn’t hold on.

Down the stretch, OSU inched closer at the free throw line (14-for-23) and in the paint, hitting 10 of their 11 second half shots (25-for-55 in the game).

The Buckeyes also got closer, getting a key 3-pointer and block from sophomore Amadeo Della Valle to cut the Huskers’ lead to 63-61 with just under three minutes to play. Della Valle scored 12 points in 21 minutes on 3-for-7 shooting.

Ross led the Buckeyes with 26 points and 13 rebounds, shooting 9-for-18 from the field.

Terran Petteway led Nebraska with 20 points on 6-for-14 shooting before fouling out.

Given that Nebraska beat the No. 12 Badgers, a top-50 RPI team in Lincoln last week, they should be in the NCAA Tournament. However, a win in the Big Ten Tournament would have been helpful.

Ohio State will face off with Michigan (25-7) in the semi-final round tomorrow. In their last meeting, the Wolverines beat the Buckeyes 70-60 in Columbus.

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4 Things We Learned from Super Bowl XLVIII

Even in this pass happy, offensive league, defense still wins championships

Peyton gets hit as he attempts a pass in Super Bowl XLVIII. Credit: Google Images

All season long, the Seahawks highly touted defense did their thing.

The NFC West was tough, but the ‘Hawks escaped with just two division losses. After crushing the 49ers in their first bout, they continued that winning-streak up to week 5 in Indianapolis before dropping their first game 34-28.

During that streak, and throughout the course of the season, the Seahawks did not overpower teams.

Sure, they had big wins against teams like Jacksonville (45-27) and Minnesota (41-20). Most of their wins were hard-fought, grind-it-out battles in the trenches.

While Seattle’s defense was dominant, with the likes of Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor and Co., statistically, it wasn’t No. 1 across the board. Turnovers, and pressure, which can be un-measurable to a point, made all the difference. The Seahawks recovered 17 fumbles and had 28 interceptions, which added up to a +20 turnover margin.

Even with just mediocre offense, those numbers are good enough to make any team a contender.

The moment that made the vision of a Super Bowl win against a potent offense like the Broncos possible was when the Seahawks faced off against the Saints at home and dominated 34-7.

Facing off against a powerful offense led by Drew Brees, Seattle’s front seven put so much pressure on him he was forced to make poor decisions all game long. They continued that dominance in the playoffs as well.

So, in the battle of No. 1 offense versus No. 1 defense, defense wins. What a shock in this offensive era of football we are in.

The best team, not the best player, usually wins the Super Bowl

Peyton Manning is still a first ballot Hall of Famer despite the pounding he and the Broncos endured on Sunday night.

Manning could only do so much. Denver set out to do what it did all year: rely on its pass-heavy offense to demolish the other team and hope their defense could hold its ground.

From the get-go, it was pretty obvious the Broncos were not prepared and were easily rattled when the first snap of the game went for a safety. Overall, the Broncos’ game plan was lackluster, which put the entire team in a bad position to begin with.

Shallow crossing routes and a pass happy play selection was not going to get it done against a secondary that dares teams to throw the ball. The Broncos put no thought into trying to get an offensive balance by running the ball, and by the time they did, it was too late. Ball and Moreno ran for a combined 18 yards on 11 carries.

Teams that beat the Seahawks this year, like the 49ers, Cardinals and Colts, had some semblance of a running game. San Francisco running back Frank Gore ran for 110 yards in their week 14 win, while Trent Richardson and Donald Brown combined for 93 yards on 24 carries in week 5.

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The “Legion of Boom” proved they were the best team. This is a season fans should be happy with the outcome of the game (and could’ve been either way). Why? Because the best team all season won the game.

Seattle was undoubtedly the best team from week 1. Finishing the season 16-3, they had the top defense and a pretty powerful offense from September to February.

They didn’t just sneak into the playoffs after getting hot in the final few weeks of the season like many teams have done in the last 5 years (i.e. the ’07 and ’11 Giants, ’10 Packers, ’09 Cardinals and perhaps the ’13 Ravens).

With the running game of Skittle-swilling Marshawn Lynch and a playmaking Russell Wilson, the Seahawks offense put up some points this season, which was enough to take them places.

A super blowout was overdue.

It’s been almost 11 years since the Super Bowl Champion’s margin of victory was more than 12 points. The last team to blowout their opponent was when Jon Gruden’s ’03 Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Oakland Raiders, 48-21.

Before the 43-8 game last night, the largest margin of victory for any team winning the Super Bowl was in 1990 when San Francisco did it to – you guessed it – the Denver Broncos, 55-10.

Blowouts are nothing new, especially in the big game. There have been plenty of blowouts in the past, though, like when San Francisco beat San Diego 49-26 in 1995. In fact, since the Super Bowl Era started in 1967, there have been over 12 wins of more than 21 points (this is assuming 21 points, or a three touchdown win is considered a blowout).

Could the number of blowouts be because of the two week break in between the game and the AFC/NFC Championship games? Or could it be the fact that some teams just crumble under the pressure of their one chance to bring home all the glory?

Even though the game may not have been the most entertaining in recent years, it was still a good game from the standpoint of the best team getting the ‘W’.

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Incomplete Defeat

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MADISON – A little over eight seconds remained on the clock. Wisconsin had to drive the length of the floor and make a field goal in order to stop the bleeding.

Wisconsin made history in the 59-58 loss to No. 24 Ohio State at the Kohl Center on Saturday, a third-straight at home for the first time under head coach Bo Ryan.

Traevon Jackson mishandled the ball and was forced to pass to Sam Dekker for a desperation three that he missed long. Ball game, and more problems for a team that hasn’t been able to solve their problems in a historic fall from grace.

The groove the offense was in in the second half made it look like Wisconsin (17-5, 4-5 Big Ten) would be able to hold on. However, missed opportunities down the stretch continued the woes at home and in conference play.

“There was opportunities,” said senior Ben Brust. ‘We didn’t take advantage of them and they got their chance. After we didn’t, they took advantage to keep themselves around at the end of the game. Ultimately, we’ve got to do better.”

After a 13-for-15 performance from the free throw line in the first half, it didn’t look like free throws would sink the Badgers. Clicking from the get-go, Wisconsin’s shooters didn’t miss a shot in the first six minutes, going 4-for-4 from the field and 6-for-6 from the line. A game after shooting an unheard of 26.3 percent, Wisconsin shot 9-of-20 from the floor.

“I thought defensively we did a pretty good job,” said Ryan. “We had them guessing at some things and taking some tough shots.”

Holding a lead and capitalizing early wasn’t the problem for the Badgers. It was getting the next score in the first half to put the game away early.

“There were definitely a couple times we were up six, seven with the ball and we just couldn’t get that next bucket,” guard Josh Gasser said. “We couldn’t get that next stop. We had a few turnovers, a few missed open looks, and they made some plays that kept them in it.”

Wisconsin had a plethora of multiple-possession leads in the first half that it failed to expand upon.

One of those times was after the Badgers took an 18-10 lead just eight minutes in. Wisconsin’s largest lead – like many throughout the game – would not last, as Amedeo Della Valle got a 3-point play on the next Buckeyes’ possession.

Wisconsin held a slight 33-29 lead in the half and got an offensive jolt off the bench from Nigel Hayes when they needed it.

“I saw Nigel out working, who’s outworked everybody on the team,” Ryan said of the Ohio State native who chose UW over Ohio State. “He does it without talking about it.”

Hayes finished with 17 points, shooting 6-for-7 from the floor (5-of-5 in the second half), but Wisconsin stopped going to the freshman after taking a 51-44 lead and without Hayes, the offense struggled.

When he was on the floor, Wisconsin’s possessions went through Hayes in the post, which opened up passing lanes for Wisconsin’s shooters. For the second-straight game, Wisconsin could not capitalize on their attempts, hitting below 20 percent on 3-point field goals. Hayes returned from the bench a few minutes later and after his final jumper made the game 51-44, the freshman missed four free throws down the stretch. Hayes shot 5-for-11 from the free throw line on the game and is shooting 57.3 percent on the season.

“I missed more free throws than I made and that’s a big problem,” Hayes said. “I mean, getting there is not the problem. I just need to start making the shots so I can help the team.”

“It’s all mental,” added Hayes, who has been told his body-language changes once he misses a free throw. “I have to take that upon myself and have a short-term memory (at the line).”

As a team, the Badgers finished 19-for-29 at the line for the game, costly in a one-point loss that could have turned their fortunes around.

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2014 Packers need to add talent, depth on D

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The 2013 Green Bay Packers started the season with high hopes, and rightfully so. Drafting highly-touted running back Eddie Lacy in between a few defensive players, like Datone Jones and Micah Hyde, while adding much-needed help to the offensive line (David Bakhtiari).

All of those additions looked like they could do enough to replace Charles Woodson and make a defense that was mediocre better (ranked 11th in yards per game and 16th in points per game with 21).

However, things basically got worse this year, for a few reasons.

The chief problem with the Packers’ defense this season, aside from injuries, was the inability to get pressure on the quarterback which in turn exposed weak secondary.

*These are not the only players who struggled, just a few that came to mind.

M.D. Jennings – The secondary’s problems could all start with him. Remember him? You know, the safety that intercepted did not knock down Russell Wilson’s pass in Seattle.

Jennings, because of the loss of Nick Collins a few years ago, somehow won the starting job. And throughout the season, he proved to Packers fans and teams across the NFL why he did not deserve to be a starter.

He could not cover when asked to and his tackling, which is something safeties HAVE to do, was porous. Jennings was consistently on the ground when attempting to tackle backs and receivers, as well as getting caught chasing open receivers down field.

Jennings finished with 74 tackles, but a lot of those were because he of big plays from opposing receivers and running backs. It’s a good thing his contract ends this year. He should not be retained, and if he is, it should be a low-end deal.

B.J. Raji – He is also a major factor for the Packers’ woes. Raji was drafted in the first round by the Packers for good reason. He was a big body that could plug up the middle and cause chaos in the running game. Since the 2010 season and his famous pick-six against the Bears, Raji has fallen off the map.

Raji had 17 total tackles this year although being completely healthy. Yes, a defensive tackle in a 3-4 is meant to eat up blockers so linebackers can make most of the tackles, but Raji was not even doing that.

He was consistently blocked by one lineman and got little pass rush on the quarterback, shown by his 0 sacks in 2013. Raji has not been the same in his last three seasons he’s recorded just three sacks, all of which were in 2011. Before that he had 7.5 total sacks in his first two years.

Wth the two thumb injuries to Clay Matthews, Raji and Johnny Jolly needed to step up in the middle to fill the void. Raji did not accomplish that, and now that he’s a free agent, I don’t know how much money (if any) the Packers are going to throw at him. Ted Thompson would be wise to keep him but make his contract more of an incentive-based one.

A.J. Hawk and Brad Jones – Both linebackers were also at fault this season. Jones and Hawk proved this season why zone defense is ineffective without pressure on the quarterback. In many situations that those two were asked to defend the middle of the field, and in most of those situations, both of them were seen chasing after the receiver in their area.

Hawk led the team in tackles as he should in the 3-4, but his coverage weakness was exposed by teams early and often. The Lions and Reggie Bush ran circles around Hawk, as well as the rest of the defense. Despite some stops against the Bears in their two matchups, Matt Forte also broke free often on runs and passes against Hawk.

Jones had just received a pretty substantial raise from the Packers following the 2012 season. After seeing poor tackling and positioning from Jones on many occasions, especially in the blowout in Detroit, I’m perplexed as to why.

Jones finished second on the team in tackles (84) to Hawk, as he should, but again, many of his tackles were made after huge gains.

If the 2014 Green Bay Packers are going to beat a team like the San Francisco 49ers one thing is for sure, the draft is going to need to be dedicated to finding sound defensive players.

However, just using the draft will not be and has not been good enough. The last big free agent move Green Bay made was signing Woodson. How did that work out? Hmmm. So, this year there will be some players that will be available in free agency.

Here are a few that could be available…

1. Henry Melton, DT (CIN)

2. Greg Hardy, DE (CAR) – He will most likely be re-signed by the Panthers after a dominant season, however he’ll have a high asking price.

3. Sean Phillips, OLB (DEN) -Phillips is 32, but he’s a wily veteran that could get a two-year deal somewhere, so why not Green Bay?

4. Brent Grimes CB (MIA) – Grimes is one of the best available free agents on defense.

5. Aqib Talib CB (NE) – Talib will probably be the second most coveted free agent defensive back this off-season.

6. Jim Leonhard SS (BUF) – I think of any safety, Leonhard would want to come back to the state he played college football in.

Aaron Rodgers and the offense will always keep the Packers in games, but without a defense that can come up with the crucial plays (especially the dropped interception late on Sunday from Hyde), another title in Titletown is not possible.

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Jefferson County Board of supervisors approves 2014 tax levy

JEFFERSON, Wis. The Jefferson County Board voted on many items of the county’s new budget on Tuesday, the most important being the details of a new highway shop on the current location of Countryside Home.

Little more spending

In 2013, the budget was $24.9 million. The budget for 2014 was set for $25.1 million by the board with a zero levy cap, meaning it cannot increase more than $150,000 this year, according to County Board Chairperson John Molinaro.

Some of the services the Jefferson County offers include the parks department and its maintenance, and the highway department.

Jefferson County’s total spending next year will amount to about $83 million, most of which will be spent on government programs, like the Police Department, the Department of Transportation, Human Services and other mandated programs.

The addition of the highway station is not one of those programs. The new station will house city plows and other necessary equipment, Molinaro said.

The highway shop will cost about $1.2 million total. Molinaro said the county added $1.1 million to the bond issue to repay themselves for Countryside Home’s demolition.

The new building will be between 85,000 and 100,000 square feet, and it will have a large, heated storage room for 60 percent of the city’s vehicles, like snowplows and other heavy equipment. The storage room is vital for the building, Molinaro said.

“That’s imperative for us because, when you’re out plowing roads and its 20 below zero and you bring that equipment into the facility,” he said. “If you put it in cold storage, the next morning you can’t run the machinery.”

The highway station also will include a welding shop, a mechanic bay and office space with a meeting room that will be used for training for the Highway Department. The board also voted to add a power washing facility to wash plows and other vehicles faster than their current methods.

Molinaro said the deal is essentially finished and the city is in the process of dismantling the old Countryside Home building, which should be finished by mid-January.

No ‘muddying’ the bond issue

The board eliminated adding other departments and expenses to the bond that would detract from the original issue, the highway station.

“We decided early that, in order to get the highway facility done, that that should be a standalone bond issue and not to add on all of these other issues because it complicates the decision,” he said.

The Parks and Sheriff’s departments were just two of the four departments that wanted to be added to the issue, Molinaro said.

“Do you go along with the highway bond issue because it’s got $10 million tacked on for all this other stuff? It’s kind of the way the federal bond issue works… We’re trying not to make those same kinds of mistakes by putting everything in one big wad.”

The County Board accepted the bond issue, the next step is to find a county representative to oversee the project.

Other issues talked about at the meeting…

  • The board had $1.1 million in capital improvements that are to be paid outside of the levy. This includes replacing furnaces and air-conditioners in city buildings.
  • The Police Department will now not be getting new police vehicles until they reach 250,000 miles (100,000 more than in previous years).
  • Parks Department supervisor Greg Torres tried to remove the addition of a 9-hole, Disc Golf course at Carlin Weld Park for $10,000, but the motion failed.
  • The board did not remove an amendment for a $13,000 water well at Garman Nature Preserve.
  • The board also kept the purchase of a $40,000 groomer/drag to plow the trails for cross-country skiing in the budget.

 

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Wisconsin defeats BYU, improves to 7-2

Chris Borland was all over the field in his return  Saturday.

Chris Borland was all over the field in his return Saturday.

MADISON Moving the ball downfield at breakneck speeds was BYU’s M.O.; a high-powered, up-tempo offensive attack that relied on running plays at a rapid pace to confuses defenses and lead to breakdowns.

But considering Wisconsin’s defense had already handled an up-tempo attack in the Arizona State heat and a talented, quarterback-drive offense at Ohio State, a Badgers’ unit allowing only 15.0 points per game was adequately prepared for the pace of play in a 27-17 victory Saturday afternoon.

“We practiced about twice as fast as the game today,” said senior linebacker Brendan Kelly. “In practice, it’s probably much harder than the game.”

With the defense retooled by the return of injured linebacker Chris Borland and defensive end Tyler Dippel, Wisconsin (7-2) stifled the BYU offense for 17 points and 370 yards (178 in the fourth quarter) on 81 offensive plays.

“I thought our pressure on the quarterback was good,” head coach Gary Andersen said. “The adjustments were good. We were able to get Chris (Borland) freed up a little bit on some rushes.

“The pace was a nonfactor, and that was huge for us. So there wasn’t confusion. There wasn’t guys running around and looking to see what was going to happen and where we were going.”

Borland returns

Borland had basically missed the last two games with the hamstring injury he sustained against Illinois on Oct. 19, but showed no lingering effects in a 13-tackle, two-sack performance that was full of creating pressure on the backfield against BYU quarterback Taysom Hill.

The dual-threat quarterback and the no-huddle spread offense was nothing Wisconsin hadn’t seen before, so the keys in practice were to fix past mistakes.

The results were evident, as Hill – who averaged 105.1 rushing yards per game – was limited to 53 yards and 3.1 yards per carry.

“We got some wrinkles ironed out over the course of the week, just learning from our past mistakes from those games,” Kelly said. “Overall we went out there today and showed what we can do against an explosive offense.”

The trouble for the Badgers had been stopping the quarterback runs. With four quarterback hurries and eight pass breakups, the defense made Hill uncomfortable from the start, evident by his air-mailed pass that fell into the arms of safety Tanner McEvoy on the Cougars’ second drive.

“That was a big play,” Andersen said. “I hope he would have got the pick because it was like it was lobbed up in a softball game, so hit it out of the park … I think he’s getting more confident in breaking his angles and reading the quarterback’s eyes, and he’s getting more confident in his tackling ability.”

“He’s such a graceful and natural athlete that,” added Borland of McEvoy. “He’s made it look easy and it’s not. It’s amazing that just a few months ago he wasn’t playing the position.”

Hill only completed 19-for-41 with 207 yards and two touchdowns, but the Cougars averaged only 4.6 yards per play, the fewest since the season opener.

“As far as the scheme, I think coach Aranda and the staff did an awesome job,” Borland said. “We really controlled the game for the majority of it. Slipped up a little bit late, but we contained the quarterback, which was huge.”

Red zone defense

After allowing only three field goals in four trips during last week’s 28-9 win at Iowa, Wisconsin held BYU to only two trips in the red zone.

While it allowed a touchdown on BYU’s second-to-last drive, the Badgers’ defense held late in
the first quarter, as safety Michael Caputo hurried a third-down pass that forced a field goal to keep the lead at 7-3.

The stop came on the 13th play of the 67 yard drive at Wisconsin’s 13 yard-line. Wisconsin has allowed just nine touchdowns on its opponents 23 red zone attempts this season (39.1 percent).

“We were confident with the red zone matchup,” Borland said. “They struggled in that aspect of the game and that’s one of our strengths as a defense. That’s kind of a common thread with spread teams – when it gets compact they can’t spread you out as much.”

Other notes from the game.

  • With the 147-yard performance, James White moved from 8th to 5th on the Badgers’ all-time leading rushers list with 3,522
  • Safety Tanner McEvoy made his first career interception in the game, but still thinks of himself as a quarterback. Andersen said the team will reassess that situation in the coming weeks.
  • Despite the interception and a few early missed passes, Joel Stave finished with a 71% completion percentage, going 23-for-32 for 196 yards. He now has 16 TDs and 8 INTs on the year.
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Current MLB playoff standings and predictions

With only 1/3 of the season remaining, let’s take a look at who is in the running to make the playoffs.

These are based on their current standing, but are subject to change, obviously.

Let’s have some fun.

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Stop the Braun overreaction

Yes, Ryan Braun made many mistakes, but what else do the Brewers have to do to get past this? Continue reading

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The Milwaukee Disappointments

Disappointment. This year has been exactly that for the Milwaukee Brewers, even though the team seems to be similar to the talented one that lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2011 NLCS.

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