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When hockey gets too big

In early February, Wisconsin's hockey team played on a specially constructed rink in the middle of Camp Randall Stadium. It was a neat gimmick that drew 55,000 fans, many of whom have fond memories of playing hockey under the stars on frozen ponds as kids. >More
 Bucking expectations

John Salmons debuted at guard for the Milwaukee Bucks in Detroit on Feb. 19. He led the team to a 91-85 win that night with 19 points and made three of six from three-point range. The Bucks went on to win their next six games, and now have won 17 of their last 21. Salmons has led the team in scoring 10 times, twice eclipsing 30 points. >More
 A Brewers fan, fresh off spring training, breaks down the 2010 roster

The possibilities are endless for a baseball junkie's favorite team when the season record is 0-0, and I'm no different: My prediction for this year's Milwaukee Brewers season record is, as always, 162-0. >More
 Expecting more from Wisconsin men's hoops

Following this Sunday's humiliating 87-69 loss to Cornell in the second round of the NCAA men's basketball tournament, Badger fans divided into two camps. One is proud of this year's team for finishing near the top of the Big Ten standings and winning in the tourney's first round. Pundits predicted a .500 record or worse this year and the Badgers overachieved, they feel. >More
 Madison Memorial advances to state title game... again

Until we hear otherwise, let's just work under the assumption that Madison Memorial's boys basketball team will be playing in the state high school championship game at the Kohl Center every year, okay? >More
 Memorial toughs it out

Minutes after leading the Madison Memorial boys basketball team to the 2009 state championship last March, coach Steve Collins was already thinking about 2010. "We talked about it in the locker room just now," he told me on his way to the bus. "I've learned that with kids, you've got to plant the seed early." >More
 More teams, less thrilling

Currently, the NCAA Division I men's college basketball tournament fields 65 teams, accommodating 31 conference champions and 34 at-large bids. The whole thing lasts three weeks, with two rounds played each weekend. It is, aside from the Super Bowl, the nation's biggest sporting event, with diehard fans pitting their picks against those from people who don't know a screen-and-roll from a box-and-one. >More
 Defense buoys women Badgers

On March 15, the Wisconsin women's basketball team, now 20-9, will likely receive its first NCAA tournament bid since 2002. It will be the Badgers' first trip to the "big dance" under seven-year head coach Lisa Stone, named the Big Ten Coach of the Year by her peers this week. Expect Stone to receive huzzahs during this weekend's Big Ten tournament in Indianapolis. >More
 High drama at the Palace

More than at any other Madison high school, East hosts basketball games that are community events. You're likely to spot all sorts of characters, from Harmony Bar owner Keith Daniels to musical satirist Peter Leidy, exhibiting their East Side Pride at the gym affectionately dubbed "The Palace." But East's allotment of 600 tickets for tonight's tilt against Madison Memorial sold out in 20 minutes on Monday, and it didn't take Memorial students much longer to scarf up theirs, leaving none for the general public. >More
 Worst. Olympics. Ever.

Over the weekend, I sat on my couch wat-ching NBC's broadcast of the Winter Olympics featuring moguls skiers...sitting on a couch of their own. After each run, NBC spent significant camera time on the reactions of these world-class athletes awaiting their scores while reclining comfortably at the base of the hill. >More
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