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Party on, Packers fans

As I stood near the Majestic Theatre's bar and watched people exchange high fives, dance, hoot, holler and, in some cases, just sit and grin, I couldn't help but wonder why the NFL would want to shut such a gathering down. >More
 Go, Packers, go!

You'd think it'd be kind of fun to watch this Saturday's Green Bay Packers game against the Seattle Seahawks on an enormous screen with a few dozen fellow fans. >More
 Madison Gay Hockey hits the ice, rings in the New Year

They're here, they're queer, now get on the ice and get ready for some serious hockey. On Sunday night, the members of the Madison Gay Hockey Association played their last games of the year at the Madison Ice Arena, though five events remain in the season. The match-ups were between the six league teams: Dyno-White vs. the Killer Bees (3-2), the Skyhawks vs. Gang Green (3-5), and Mulan Rouge vs. the Blue Flames (2-0). >More
 More nonsense than ever

When former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell recently revealed the result of his investigation into the use of performance-enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball, he ensured it would be the year's biggest sports story, topping anything achieved by any team or athlete. >More
 Mad Rollin' Dolls Holiday Bout brings Joy to the World -- or Madison, anyway

A bevy of clever seasonal nicknames were tossed around the rink (my personal favorite was a tie between Yule Shoot Your Eye Out and Faggy Pudding), while fans got their photos snapped with the Mall Rabbi, grabbed obligatory beers, and settled in for a festival of fights -- one part naughty, one part nice. >More
 Wringing in the holidays with the Mad Rollin' Dolls

A fresh blanket of snow, neighborhoods bathed in glowing light, packed malls and surly street-corner Santas, a tendency toward heavy drinking and stress-induced fits of road rage... yep, the holidays are here. For many people throughout the world, this evokes images of family, faith, tradition, and ridiculous amounts of consumption. But for a decent chunk of the population -- and for many of us Madisonians -- this time of year means something entirely different: It's time to get subversive. >More
 A Q&A with Jeremi Suri

"My concern, and I think the concern of a number of faculty, is that what's happening is the athletic department is operating as a separate business and it's not contributing back to the university itself." >More
 Whose athletic department is it?

Last Friday's UW athletic board meeting began on a gleeful note until Jeremi Suri, an associate professor of history, turned up the heat on board chair Walter Dickey over a letter signed by Dickey, Alvarez and UW-Madison Chancellor John Wiley on Nov. 2. >More
 Now comes the hard part

Using the term "cupcakes" to describe the first four teams played by the Wisconsin men's basketball Badgers this season would be an insult to soft, quickly consumable treats. >More
 The making of a bad deal

Back on Aug. 2, a warm and sunny afternoon, Bret Bielema and Bo Ryan, respectively coaches of the UW's football and basketball teams, strode into the state Capitol's Senate Parlor for a press conference. Slapping backs, gripping paws and yukking it up with state legislators who seemed thrilled just to be in their presence, the pair took turns looking directly into the camera lens and encouraging Badger fans to call their cable providers and demand access to the Big Ten Network. >More
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