Something stuck out to me that was said by UW head football coach Bret Bielema after the Badgers took revenge on Northwestern last Saturday. Bielema described his team’s overall attitude as “loosey-goosey,” and spoke of the Badgers’ propensity for joking around at team meals.Bielema capped his point by saying, “It’s a no-nonsense group, but in the same aspect, they’re full of nonsense.”That’s a fun way of looking at things, and I found this particularly fitting when watching the MLB playoffs the rest of that day.That night, the guys on FOX wouldn’t shut up about how Paul Lo Duca and Shawn Green were relishing the chance to exact revenge on the Los Angeles Dodgers team that so foolishly traded them away.The New York Mets were described in a Sports Illustrated article as a fun-loving folk, with Lo Duca earning the nickname “Captain Red Ass,” for whatever reason. Anyway, the Mets swept that series Saturday night over a much more serious Dodgers clubhouse.The better example, however, came earlier that day. The New York Yankees were gloriously shoved out of the AL playoffs again, for the sixth straight year since winning the Series in 2000. I’ve gotta say, this thing has become an annual celebration.There aren’t many things more thrilling than seeing countless camera shots of depressed Yankee faces in the finishing innings of their season. A-Rod stunned and confused, Randy Johnson crying on camera and Joe Torre looking like he’s sitting at his virgin daughter’s wedding to Wilt Chamberlain. Either that or he’s passing a stone.I will say that I am glad Joe Torre is back for another year with New York. Firing him would have been a step in the wrong direction for Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and his legion of fans. It wasn’t Torre’s fault for the early loss, and the players have said that.I actually feel bad for Torre — immature journalism led to three days of unnecessary hell for him and the Yankees organization. Lou Piniella, who was allegedly handpicked to succeed Torre, said he never even talked to Steinbrenner. Embarrassing reporting by the New York Daily News; somebody over there needs to lose his or her job.But I’m not going to wax poetic on the demise of the Yankees. I’m actually tired of picking on them, you’re tired of reading about them and there are more pressing matters at hand.Let’s talk about the Detroit Tigers.The 14 minutes or so after the Detroit Tigers wrapped up the series victory over New York was a truly gratifying experience. Watching Jim Leyland embrace “Pudge” Rodriguez in an emotional moment … the Tigers carrying Leyland, their manager, off the field … the players grabbing champagne from the clubhouse and running back onto the field, spraying fans and high-fiving them for their support … Kenny Rogers pouring a bottle of bubbly all over a security guard on top of the Yankees dugout.How could anyone not enjoy this stuff? Even Yankees fans, if they could for a moment get past the fact that their team just lost, might be able to feel good about watching the underdogs bask in their glory.Here’s the funny thing, though … underdog? The Tigers? Wait a sec, weren’t these chaps the best team in baseball for 95 percent of the year?Yes, it’s true. The $80 million Tigers, for all their success this season in being the best team in baseball, looked very much like a team that had no intentions of beating the $200 million Yankees. It was truly an enjoyable event watching this team celebrate what they — and the world — may have thought impossible 10 days ago.My favorite story about the Tigers is the revival of Kenny Rogers. Last April, I wrote a column describing the game of musical chairs that is MLB, in which I recounted the journeyman pitcher’s tumultuous route through the Major Leagues. Rogers’ travel log includes nine different stints on six unique ball clubs (three stays with the Rangers and two with Detroit’s current opponent, the Oakland Athletics).After defeating another former employer, the Yankees, in Game 3, Rogers was reduced to tears over how emotional he was in pitching one of the greatest games of his life against arguably the most dangerous hitting lineups of all-time.A guy who has been in the public’s negative eye since June 2005 for striking a cameraman poured out his heart and soul when he hurled seven-and-two-thirds scoreless innings against New York, setting up the Tigers’ big win in Game 4. It certainly was one of the more touching moments of the series, watching Rogers react after such a colossal feat.The Tigers’ effort during the series, and their emotions after winning it, proved two innovations in Major League Baseball. They won the ALDS by having the better team — as opposed to sporting the nine most talented individual baseball players — and then they won America’s hearts by proving that even professionals can act like kids who show how much they purely love the game.Baseball, a team sport? Not what we’re used to with baseball, but Detroit — along with the past two defending champs, the 2005 White Sox and 2004 Red Sox — have officially changed the norm, if nothing for more than one night.And the Tigers acting like they won the World Series when they’ve still got two series to win in order to win the title?Maybe it’s not such nonsense after all.Aaron is a sophomore who can’t believe the college hockey season is finally here. Even better, the first round of midterms has come and gone. You can contact him at email@example.com.
After a convincing 2-0 triumph over Loyola University Chicago Monday night, the University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team has won consecutive games for the first time this season.The Badgers took an early lead over the Ramblers and never looked back. Less than 20 minutes into the game, UW freshman Grace Bahr put Wisconsin on the board first after an assist from the veteran senior midfielder Micaela Powers. The score was the first of Bahr’s collegiate career.The second and final goal of the game came from junior forward Sydney McGinnis in the 29th minute, giving the Badgers a two-goal advantage before the half.With the win, Wisconsin improved to (3-2-3 overall) and secured the team’s second road victory this season before they begin conference play against Ohio State University later this weekend.Women’s soccer: Redemption on team’s mind after heartbreak of 2015Between Sept. 20 and Oct. 24, 2015, the Wisconsin women’s soccer team did not lose a game. After tying once Read…On the other hand, Loyola Chicago’s search for a win continued as the Ramblers fell to (0-5-2). Loyola Chicago has now lost five of their last six, and have been outscored 13-4 during that stretch.The Badgers have received help offensively from young and old alike so far this season. After the team’s 2-0 win over the Ramblers, the Badgers’ scoring contribution is now equal among upperclassmen and lowerclassmen.Powers has recorded two scores and McGinnis has added a single goal to the effort. While freshmen Bahr and Dani Rhodes combined with sophomore Emily Borgmann for a total of three scores as well.This game finally allowed Wisconsin to pass the two-goal mark this season after exposing the Ramblers’ defense. A feat that may seem surprising for a team that currently averages more than 6 shots on goal per game of 18.1 shots per game total.Women’s soccer: Badgers return to Madison for short homesteadThe Wisconsin Badgers women’s soccer team returns home this weekend from a tough California road trip in which they faced Read…Rose Lavelle — expected to be Wisconsin’s main offensive threat this year — is still chasing her first goal of the season. But she recorded her second point of the year on an assist to McGinnis in the 2-0 victory.One positive constant for the Badgers this season has been redshirt junior goalkeeper, Caitlyn Clem. Clem has played every minute of this season (800) in the net for Wisconsin, while recording 30 saves, four shutouts and a .857 save percentage. Her most recent shutout came against South Dakota State University last week, when the Badgers defeated the Jackrabbits 1-0.The Badgers kick off their Big Ten schedule this Friday, Sep. 16 at 7 p.m. when Wisconsin returns home to host Ohio State.
March Madness 2019: Auburn’s Bruce Pearl addresses last-second foul call vs. Virginia March Madness 2019: 5 stats to explain Texas Tech’s improbable run to national championship game Texas Tech coach Chris Beard is excited his team will have a chance to play one more game.The Red Raiders took control early in the second half and fought off a late Michigan State run to come away with a 61-51 win in their Final Four matchup at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. They’ll face Virginia in the title game Monday. Texas Tech will be playing for the National Championship on Monday night! pic.twitter.com/y37XdwNImR— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) April 7, 2019“I’m just really happy for these guys,” Beard told reporters at his postgame press conference. “We knew we weren’t going to out-tough Michigan State, but we wanted to try to match their toughness. … We had some big-time individual performances when we needed it most.“Nothing but respect for Michigan State. We’re excited to live another day and get to play Monday night.” Related News HAVE. A. NIGHT!Matt Mooney was red hot for the Red Raiders! 🔥#FinalFour | @TexasTechMBB pic.twitter.com/kY6AmAM0GI— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) April 7, 2019“(Mooney’s) obviously very, very talented,” Beard said. “But the thing that really impressed me tonight was just his courage, just to be able to make those big plays and want to be in those moments. … Matt had the courage to step up and take those shots. He’s making plays on both ends. I loved his poise tonight. He’s a special player.”Culver chipped in 10 points but was just 3 of 12 from the field. Virginia and Texas Tech will both be playing for the first championship in program history. The Red Raiders had never reached a Final Four before this season.“Why not us?” Beard said when asked about reaching the title game. “We’ve got good players. We’ve got a great university. We play in arguably the best league in the country. We won the Big 12 regular season title. We’re a good team. We’ve got good players.“I think we deserve to be here, as do a lot of other teams. You’ve got to get fortunate, but we did. I’m looking forward to coaching these guys on Monday night.”Texas Tech led by 13 with a little less than 10 minutes to play. But, over the next seven minutes, the Spartans cut into their deficit and made the score 52-51 on an Aaron Henry layup.HERE COME THE SPARTANS! 😱@MSU_Basketball | #FinalFour pic.twitter.com/v5eV9ruca3— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) April 7, 2019Jarrett Culver, however, answered with a jumper and the Red Raiders scored the game’s final nine points to pull away.“We just cleared our minds and showed some poise and just said, ‘Hey, this is all we could ever ask for,’” Beard said about Texas Tech’s response. “On the first day of practice, this is what we prayed for and hoped for, and here it is.”Texas Tech guard Matt Mooney carried his team offensively for much of the night. He finished with a game-high 22 points and connected on four of his eight 3-point attempts to lead the Red Raiders to the victory.