Visit to McCarthy's Hometown...........Kenny Mayne

Friday, February 29, 2008

Free Agency is on......Favre Still Undecided

Packer Nation knows the game by now. The annual question every offseason for the past 4 or 5 years is will he or won't he retire? Favre admitted at the Pro Bowl, where he was accepting an award rather than playing, that he would be deciding very soon. But now Free Agency is upon us, and Favre is still not speaking.

This year there was the hoax that he was retiring, and the stories about him being upset that Ted Thompson had not contacted him. We only hope he comes back, but furthermore, we only hope he decides soon.

Badgers Stomp Sparty 57-42

The #10 Badgers rolled last night to a 57-42 victory over the #15 ranked Michigan State Spartans. With two games to play, UW sits a half-game ahead of Purdue and Indiana. The Badgers play Penn St. and Northwestern, putting them in a good position to win or at least tie for the Big Ten Championship.

The Badgers were led by Senior Brian Butch, putting up 16 pts and was 4 of 6 from 3pt land. The Badgers only committed 1 turnover the entire game. That 1 turnover was by Joe Krabbenhoft as head came down with a rebound, put the ball on the floor, and had it stripped away. It truly is amazing for any team to have so few turnovers, and is quite an accomplishment.

The Badgers also held Michigan State star Drew Neitzel to 3 pts, going 1-10 and only hitting (1) 3-pointer. Michigan State, which entered the game shooting a Big Ten-best 48.7 percent from the field, finished at 34.5 percent en route to their second-lowest scoring output of the season.

Photo Credit: Steve Apps - State Journal

Favre Retirement Hoax

This webpage was shown as breaking news yesterday on An employee mistakenly released the story, which created a media up-roar. The Packers released a statement apologizing for the mistake. Most media outlets pre-write big stories to release them ASAP. I'm sure this story was written 5 years ago!!!! Click on the picture for a larger view.

Just to be clear, BRETT FAVRE HAS NOT RETIRED.......YET!!!

Packers Make a Move as Free Agency Begins - Corey Williams Traded

Free Agency began last night and the Packers already have made a move. They shipped recently Franchised DT, Corey Williams to the Cleveland Browns for a 2nd Round pick. The Browns' pick is 56th overall and the Packers have the 60th pick in the 2nd Round. Cleveland now does not have any first day picks, giving up their 1st and 3rd picks last year to Dallas to get QB Brady Quinn.

Including the 30th pick overall, the Packers have three draft picks in the first 60 and have the kind of ammunition that could vault them into the first half of the first round if they can find a trading partner. GM Ted Thompson has never traded up in a draft and could also choose to stay put and reap the benefits of what is considered a deep and talented draft.

The Packers now have Ryan Pickett, Johnny Jolly, last year's 1st Round pick Justin Harrell, Collin Cole, and Daniel Muir at DT. After the move, the Packers still have good depth at DT, but Jolly most likely won't be ready for training camp, still recovering from last season's shoulder injury that landed him on IR.

The Packers also made a few other moves, signing the team's two restricted free agents, Collin Cole and halfback Vernand Morency. Cole (second round) and Morency (third) have been tendered by the team as restricted free agents. Cole's high tender means that he's very valuable after the Packers agreed to ship Corey Williams to the Cleveland Browns. Another team would have to give up a second round draft choice to sign Cole which would seem unlikely.

Green Bay also signed tackle Joe Toledo, who was released by Miami on Feb. 12. Toledo missed all of last season with a foot injury and all of 2006 because of a knee injury.

"Joe's a guy that our scouts had scouted him in college (at Washington) and liked him quite a bit," Thompson said. "He's had a run of bad luck injury-wise in Miami, but we thought he was worth taking a look at."

Monday, February 25, 2008

It's That Time of the Year Again: Brewers Spring Training Begins

The snow keeps falling here in record numbers for most of Wisconsin, but our hometown team, the Milwaukee Brewers are heading to sunny Arizona for Spring Training.

There are some interesting story lines this year for the Brew Crew: What type of player will Eric Gagne be and can he fill the shoes of recently departed Franisco Cordaro? Who will play CF while Mike Cameron serves his suspension: Tony Gwynn Jr., Gabe Gross, or Gabe Kapler? Can Ben Sheets stay healthy and will this be his last year with the Brewers (Contract year)? How will Bill Hall & Ryan Braun handle their position changes?

Saturday was the first full-squad workout and Thursday Feb. 28th the Exhibition season begins. Many writers have picked the Brewers to win the division and others at least have them contending with rival the Chicago Cubs.

Their is a lot to be excited about for the Brewers. Last year Ryan Braun had a huge year and earned National League Rookie of the Year, not even playing a full season. Prince Fielder was an MVP candidate, and bashed 50+ HR's. We had 4 players on the NL squad All-Stars. The Brewers are a young and up-and-coming team with a bright future. Lets hope the Brewers can improve on a great 2007 season that fell just short of the postseason.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Packers "Tag" DT, Williams

The release of Bubba Franks earlier this week made some cap room for the Packers to slap the "Franchise Tag" on DT, Corey Williams. By tagging Williams the Packers will pay him $6.363 million for a one year tender, or the average of the top ten paid defensive tackles in the NFL.

Other teams can sign Williams but would have to give up two first-round picks if the Packers didn't match the offer. That price is far too steep for any team to sign Williams. Green Bay will try to sign Williams to a multi-year deal sometime in the next few months. If a deal is not reached, then Williams will hit the open amrket next year.

The Packers already have about $25 million in cap sap prior to the move. By releasing Franks and his $4+ million salary, it made the $6+ million due to Williams not as significant.

Look for the Packers to actually make some noise in Free Agency. There's been talk already of a few FA and the Packers interest. Those players are: Alge Crumpler (TE), Alan Faneca (OG), Brendon Ayanbadejo (LB), Ryan Lilja (OG), Ruben Brown (OG), T.J. Duckett (RB), and Trent Dilfer (QB) just to name a few.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Packers Release Bubba Franks, Green Bay on Alge Crumpler's radar

In a not-so-surpirsing move on Wednesday, the Green Bay Packers released 8 year vetern Bubba Franks. Franks production had slipped over the past few years and was due to make $3 million in base salary and $500,000 in a roster bonus.

Franks made the Pro Bowl 3 straight years from 2001-2003, but his play slipped each year, making him a blocking only TE for the past few years. With the release of Bubba, it leaves incumbent starter Donald Lee, Troy Humphrey who spent 2007 on IR with a broken leg, and Ryan Krause, who had sounded off on not returning to the Green & Gold at the end of the season.

The Packers now have a need going into the 2008 draft. The "Best Player Avialable" apporach that Ted Thompson prides himself in, now turns to an actual position in need, TE. This year's TE crop includes USC's Fred Davis, Notre Dame's John Carlson, and Missouri's Martin Rucker. Davis & Carlson are projected as late 1st to 2nd round picks, and Rucker a 3rd to 4th round prospect.

Last year the Packers passed on two talented TE's in the draft: Greg Olson (Chicago Bears 1st Rd) and Zach Miller (Oakland Raiders 2nd Rd). This year the Packers will have to add some depth to the position either through the draft or free agency.

No TE's this year really stand out in Free Agency. Guys like Eric Johnson (Saints), Ben Hartstock (Titans), Ben Utecht (Colts), and recently released Alge Crumpler (Falcons).

Crumpler is probably the most interesting FA this year. He's a 4 time Pro Bowler but was limited to 14 games with a knee injury. Among the teams on Crumpler's radar are Green Bay, Buffalo, Detroit, Seattle, Carolina, Tampa Bay and Tennessee.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Badgers 2008 Recruiting Class

Eriks Briedis

Position: DT.

Vitals: 6-foot-5, 265 pounds.

Hometown: Miami (Country Day High School).

Scouting report: No 67 defensive tackle nationally by Second-team all-state and first-team all-Miami Dade as a senior. Missed sophomore season with injury. Team captain as junior and senior. In eight games as a senior, had 89 tackles and five sacks.

Primary recruiter: Dave Doeren.

Bielema's take:"Eriks is a unique story, his dad is from Germany, his mom is from Venezuela, I believe he came here in sixth grade, has been at this small private school, K-12. Just tremendous upside, really big, rangy, can run well."

Jake Byrne

Position: TE.

Vitals: 6-5, 250.

Hometown: Rogers, Ark.

Scouting report: No. 10 ranked player in Arkansas and No. 44 tight end nationally by Named to Northwest Arkansas Super Team and first-team all-state. Already enrolled.

Primary recruiter: Bob Bostad.

Bielema's take: "His father is from Wisconsin. His grandfather still lives here. They came in during the fall and took in a Badger game and went to a Packer game the next day. He's got a natural affection for Wisconsin."

Kevin Claxton

Position: DB.

Vitals: 6-2, 195.

Hometown: Lauderdale Lakes, Fla. (Boyd Anderson).

Scouting report: No. 50 DB in Florida by Honorable mention all-county as a senior, when he had 72 tackles and seven interceptions. Team captain as junior and senior.

Primary recruiter: Doeren.

Bielema's take: "I told him he had high expectations. I signed three players out of Boyd Anderson and all of them are in the NFL right now. Great potential, big, tall, rangy safety that competes very well, does a great job closing. Doesn't mind contact either."

Marcus Cromartie

Position: DB.

Vitals: 6-1, 175.

Hometown: Mansfield, Texas (Timberview).

Scouting report: No. 43 DB nationally by Top 100 players in Texas. First-team all-district as a senior. Changed schools after Hurrican Katrina as a sophomore and didn't play. Two-year totals of 116 taqckles and five interceptions.

Primary recruiter: Kerry Cooks.

Bielema's take: "He's actually a displaced Hurricane Katrina player that went to school in Texas. We 're really excited about him at the corner position. Has set a school record in the 200 (:21.77) at a prominent high school in the Dallas area."

Jake Current

Position: OL.

Vitals: 6-4, 280.

Hometown: Troy, Ohio.

Scouting report: No. 39 overall and No. 4 offensive lineman in Ohio by Ohio High Magazine. No. 25 nationally by as guard. Same high school as Shane Carter. Already enrolled.

Primary recruiter: Bob Palcic (now at UCLA).

Bielema's take: "We'll try him either at the center or guard position. A neat thing about Jake, he was actually named All-State Ohio at all levels, he plays at a smaller school, but was able to earn that (honor)."

Zach Davison

Position: DE.

Vitals: 6-4, 235.

Hometown: Waukee, Iowa.

Scouting report: No. 3 player in Iowa and No. 53 defensive end nationally by Elite all-state team. Team captain as a senior. Career totals: 130 tackles, 18.5 sacks and 11 TFLs.

Primary recruiter: Mike Hankwitz. (now at Northwestern).

Bielema's take: "Another camp player, didn't know a lot about him, came in and impressed us with what he did on both sides of the football. He plays both ways, actually had more honors and more recognitiion from the recruiting sites as a defensive player. We'll just get him into camp, get him into our summer program and see what does best."

Antonio Fenelus

Position: CB.

Vitals: 5-9, 175.

Hometown: Boca Raton, Fla.

Scouting report: Ranked among top 150 CBs nationally by First-team all-state as a senior. Career totals: seven interceptions, 159 tackles and 803 rushing yards.

Primary recruiter: Doeren.

Bielema's take: "Antonio does a great job of playing the football, plays both offense and defense. We're going to start him at the corner position; extremely fast, he's pretty strapped up, pretty well put together. Very talented football player who's got a motor and a lot of energy."

Chris Garner

Position: OL/DL.

Vitals: 6-5, 315.

Hometown: Augusta.

Scouting report: First-team all-conference defensive lineman and second-team all-conference offensive lineman as junior and senior.

Primary recruiter: Bostad.

Bielema's take: "A guy that jumped out in camp, just the way he came in, we had a lot of top recruits in from across the country and we liked the way he competed and got after people."

Leonard Hubbard

Position: LB.

Vitals: 6-1, 230.

Hometown: Springfield, Ill. (Sacred Heart Griffin).

Scouting report: No. 19 middle linebacker nationally and No. 19 player in Illinois by Second-team all-state. Career totals: 357 tackles, seven sacks, 756 rushing yards and 15 TDs. Four-time team captain.

Primary recruiter: Randall McCray.

Bielema's take: "Does a great job (with) vision and seeing things. A guy we'll use at the inside mike (middle). Those guys, there aren't a lot of them out there. Really feel he has the ability to be a good player for us, to come in and challenge and compete right away."

Shelton Johnson

Position: DB.

Vitals: 6-0, 175.

Hometown: Carrollton, Texas (Hebron).

Scouting report: Ranked among top 125 safeties nationally by All-area top-100 player and all-district as a senior. Team won class 4A division II state title as a sophomore.

Primary recruiter: Cooks.

Bielema's take: "Another DB, that will probably play corner or safety for us, get him in here, see what he can do."

Dex Jones

Position: FB.

Vitals: 6-1, 220.

Hometown: Lombard, Ill. (Montini).

Scouting report: No. 22 player in Illinois by and No. 32 strongside linebacker nationally by First-team all-conference and all-area as senior and junior. As a senior, 60 tackles, with six sacks. Also rushed for 889 yards on 77 carries. Team captain as junior and senior. Three-year letterwinner in football and track, and four-time letterwinner in basketball. First-team all-conference in basketball for three years.

Primary recruiter: McCray.

Bielema's take: "We brought him into camp and matched him up against some of the better linebackers and defensive ends. He did a great job the first week; we weren't sold, 100 percent ... he came back the second week and did a tremendous job. We're excited to see a fullback that has the ability to block but also the ability to run the football as well."

Brendan Kelly

Position: DE.

Vitals: 6-6, 230.

Hometown: Eden Prairie, Minn. (Holy Angels).

Scouting report: Fifth-best player in Minnesota by and No. 33 in the nation. Had 104 tackles and 15 sacks as a senior. Same high school as former UW quarterback John Stocco.

Primary recruiter: Bob Bostad.

Bielema's take: "We saw him early, just liked the way he ran. He's tall and skinny ... we just have to get him in the program here with coach (John) Dettmann and give him the chance to put on a few pounds. Problem is, if he turns sideways, you can't see him."

Peter Konz

Position: OL.

Vitals: 6-6, 300.

Hometown: Neenah.

Scouting report: No. 30 offensive lineman nationally and No. 3 in Wisconsin by First-team all-state offensive and defensive lineman. Team captain as a senior. Played both ways and totaled 34 tackles and 10 QB sacks in career. Three-year letterwinner in football and two years in basketball and track.

Primary recruiter: Bostad.

Bielema's take: "Figured, at first, we'd start him on the offensive line, but he plays both ways. ... We really liked his athleticism, the way he handled himself. He's got really good, quick feet, uses his hands well, is able to get off blocks and make plays."

Anthony Mains

Position: DE.

Vitals: 6-6, 225.

Hometown: Naples, Fla. (Golden Gate).

Scouting report: No. 16 DE nationally and No. 84 player in Florida by Naples Daily News Player of the Year as a senior. Class 3A player of the year. Career totals: 169 tackles, 42 TFLs and 19 sacks. As a senior, had 101 tackles, with 25 TFLs and 10 sacks.

Primary recruiter: Doeren.

Bielema's take: "Tremendous upside, really does a good job of getting off the football, using his hands. Really excited about getting him in the program."

Dan Moore

Position: DT

Vitals: 6-2, 280.

Hometown: O'Fallon, Ill. (Joliet Junior College).

Scouting report: Was redshirted in only year at Eastern Illinois. No. 94 JUCO player nationally by Second-team all-conference, with 40 tackles, 11 TFLs and eight sacks, as a sophomore. Has two years of eligibility remaining.

Primary recruiter: McCray.

Bielema's take: "Does a great job of getting to the football on film and what we've seen from the early days of winter conditioning, he's got a good motor, is in fairly good shape and is definitely very, very thick individual."

Brad Nortman

Position: P.

Vitals: 6-3, 215.

Hometown: Brookfield (Central).

Scouting report: No. 4 kicker nationally by First-team all-state as punter. Had 24 punts with 39-yard average, with 13 inside the 20-yard line. Also conference defensive co-perimeter player of the year as a linebacker.

Primary recruiter: Bostad.

Bielema's take: "Came onto the scene a year ago at a kicking camp out in Las Vegas, where he vaulted to the top of the charts as a punter. We feel he'll be able to come in and give us immediate competition at the punting position."

Curt Phillips

Position: QB.

Vitals: 6-3, 215.

Hometown: Kingsport, Tenn. (Sullivan South).

Scouting report: Tennessee Gatorade Player of the Year, and No. 7 dual-threat quarterback nationally by Ranked No. 109 player in the nation by PrepStar. Career totals: 5,418 passing yards, 3,788 rushing yards and 115 TDs (64 rushing, 51 passing). Senior year included 2,263 passing yards, 1,885 rushing yards and 57 TDs.

Primary recruiter: Paul Chryst.

Bielema's take: "Does a tremendous job throwing the football, as well as running the football. If you walk in and talk to the people in his high school, (they) talk a lot about his athletic ability and his strengths on the football field, but even more about the things he does off it."

Joe Schafer

Position: OL.

Vitals: 6-5, 285.

Hometown: St. Paul, Minn. (Cretin-Derham Hall).

Scouting report: No. 4 player in Minnesota and No. 37 offensive lineman nationally by First-team all-state. Team captain as a senior. Same high school as Kim Royston. Three-year letterwinner in football and track, two years in basketball. National Honor Society member.

Primary recruiter: Bostad.

Bielema's take: "Joe could play all positions for us up front, a guy that comes from a good program, has been coached up very, very well and has had a lot of success. We're excited to get another player from Cretin."

Devin Smith

Position: DB.

Vitals: 5-11, 185.

Hometown: Coppell, Texas.

Scouting report: First-team all-state as a senior. Career totals: 17 interceptions, 155 tackles, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

Primary recruiter: Cooks.

Bielema's take: "I like the things he does from the aspect of competing and challenging for the football. He's got gifted athletic ability, but you'll see him come after the football. Some kids will sit back and wait for those things to happen."

Erik Smith

Position: RB.

Vitals: 5-11, 192.

Hometown: Chicago (Bolingbrook).

Scouting report: No. 17 player in Illinois and No. 72 running back nationally by First-team all-state. Career totals of 3,100 yards rushing, 470 yards receiving and 32 TDs. Team captain as a senior. Rushed for 1,400 yards and 13 TDs as a senior.

Primary recruiter: McCray.

Bielema's take: "Bollingbrook has been known for several years for top tailbacks. ... A lot of players out of Bolingbrook have stayed within the Big Ten. We're excited to get one up here."

Michael Taylor

Position: LB.

Vitals: 6-2, 205.

Hometown: Ashwaubenon.

Scouting report: No. 5 player in Wisconsin and No. 39 weakside linebacker nationally by First-team all-state. All-area player of the year as a junior. First-team all-conference punter and kicker as a junior. As a senior, had 103 tackles, including four TFLs, two sacks and four interceptions. Four-year letterwinner in football and wrestling, placing third in state as a sophomore. Honor roll all four years.

Primary recruiter: Bostad.

Bielema's take: "Probably one of our guys we're most excited to see. Don't know if we had a guy who impressed us more last year after having him in camp and seeing what he can do athletically. He's willing to hit people."

Tyler Westphal

Position: DE.

Vitals: 6-6, 240.

Hometown: Menasha.

Scouting report: No. 7 DE nationally and top-ranked player in Wisconsin by First-team all-state, with 76 tackles and nine sacks as a senior. Career totals: 222 tackles and 28 sacks. Coached by his father, Brad.

Primary recruiter: Bostad.

Bielema's take: "He was one of the first commits, but we were even more excited in the month of December, where we were around some of the coaches that coached him at an all-star game nationally and were just raving about the motor and his ability."

T.J. Williams

Position: WR.

Vitals: 6-0, 180.

Hometown: Kenosha (Bradford).

Scouting report: Ranked as No. 7 player in Wisconsin and top 125 receivers in nation by Second-team all-state as a senior. Career totals: 52 receptions, 821 receiving yards, 10 TDs. Alan Ameche Award nominee. Finished third in 400 meters at state track meet as a junior.

Primary recruiter: Bostad.

Bielema's take: "We had him in camp, he turned in probably the best camp time in my two years here as head coach, just flat, raw speed. ... He's just kind of faster than everybody else in Kenosha. No offense to Kenosha."

Kevin Zeitler

Position: OL.

Vitals: 6-4, 285.

Hometown: Milwaukee (Wisconsin Lutheran).

Scouting report: No. 3 player in Wisconsin and No. 39 offensive lineman nationally by Played on state championship team as a senior. First-team all-state. Three-year letterwinner in football, two times in wrestling and once in track.

Primary recruiter: Bostad.

Bielema's take: "Here he'll play guard. He really became a hot prospect over the summer, every camp he went to, he basically got an offer. We really like his size, his strength, he's also a phenomenal wrestler."


Jordan Bergmann

Position: OL.

Vitals: 6-6, 280.

Hometown: Slinger (Kettle Moraine Lutheran).

Scouting report: First-team all-conference as a senior and two-year letterwinner.

Robert Burge

Position: OL/DL.

Vitals: 6-7, 305.

Hometown: Holmen.

Scouting report: First-team all-region and first-team all-conference as senior with 28 tackles, including nine tackles for losses.

Chris Cromwell

Position: OL.

Vitals: 6-3, 305.

Hometown: Milwaukee (St. John 's Northwestern Academy).

Scouting report: First-team all-conference and all-county as a senior. Started every game in four years. Smythe Scholar.

Bradie Ewing

Position: RB/FB.

Vitals: 6-1, 212.

Hometown: Richland Center.

Scouting report: No. 16 player in Wisconsin by and Wisconsin Preps. First-team all-state. Career totals: 509 carries for 3,911 yards and 41 TDs.

Rick Wagner

Position: TE.

Vitals: 6-7, 262.

Hometown: West Allis (Hale).

Scouting report: Ranked as No. 9 player in Wisconsin by Wisconsin Sports Network. Had 39 receptions for 900 yards and six touchdowns as a junior.

Story from Wisconsin State Journal by Tom Mulhern

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

UW QB Recruit Gives the Badgers Something to be Excited About

UW doesn't get the Blue-Chip QB prospect. They never land that big name QB recruit. But this year could be different.

The Badgers have 23 known commitments and the one fans and recruiting analysts seem most excited about is quarterback Curt Phillips, from Kingsport, Tenn., who is already enrolled at UW.

ESPN Scouts Inc. has Phillips, 6-foot-3 and 212 pounds, as the second-highest ranked player in UW's class, behind defensive end Tyler Westphal of Menasha, who ranks No. 147 on its top 150 national list.

"I think (Phillips) is one of the true sleeper prospects in this class," said Tom Luginbill, National Recruiting Director for ESPN Scouts Inc. "Not only can he run it, he can throw it. He's got great size.

"I think this is the prospect, in this class, people are going to wonder, 'How did we miss on that guy?' ''

Phillips set a prep record in Tennessee with 4,008 yards of total offense as a senior. He completed 63.9 percent of his passes (161 of 252) for 2,115 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also ran 238 times for 1,868 yards and 39 TDs. He led Sullivan South to a 12-2 record, losing in the state semifinals.

That's the kind of quarterback the Badgers may not have been able to attract before opening up the offense in recent years under offensive coordinator Paul Chryst, who recruited Phillips.

"A lot of people have the perception Wisconsin's offense is just hand the ball off to the running back and let him run," said Jeremy Crabtree, the national recruiting editor for

"It's not a school that's known for going out there and throwing the ball around. We 've seen them open it up a little bit more here and utilize the quarterback. That's why it allowed them to go out there and get a pretty good quarterback in this year's class. "

Another Tebow?
Phillips, who was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in Tennessee, is ranked as the No. 7 dual-threat quarterback in the nation by Crabtree agrees with other recruiting analysts who think Phillips might be better than his ranking.

"Curt Phillips is one of the most under-ranked and under-valued kids, by a lot of people, in the Southeast," Crabtree said. "When you watch him on film and you watch everything he brings to the table, you can see why Wisconsin jumped in on him early.

"This is a good get. It's going to fit more and more with what they 're wanting to do with their quarterbacks."

The player Phillips is most often compared to is Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, a comparison Sullivan South coach Stacy Carter does not back down from.

"He's not as big and strong as Tebow right now," Carter said. "Of course, he's young. But he benches over 300 (pounds) and he does some stuff like that.

"In some ways, he's got more sheer running talent than (Tebow) does. But he's a quarterback, before anything, don't get me wrong. He's a thrower, before everything. That's just kind of a bonus with him, running the football."

Carter is still mystified how Tennessee let Phillips get away. The Volunteers showed interest but were in the running for higher-rated quarterbacks and didn 't offer. The Badgers liked what they saw and Phillips committed last summer, when his only other offers were from Kentucky, Duke, East Carolina and Middle Tennessee State.

Article courtesy of Tom Mulhern from Wisconsin State Journal
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"The Pick" REVISED

Got a few pictures sent to me of Brett Favre's famous "Pick". Published one of them showing just about everyone but Driver open a few posts below. Here's a look at the picture a second beofre the other one was taken. It just goes to show you how fast this game is and how a millisecond can make a huge difference.

Here's about 1 second later. Driver was CLEARLY open, was just a bad pass and Webster had time to jump the route.

Marquette Falls again to Louisville

The last time these two teams faced off, Louisville handed the Golden Eagles a 40 point loss. This time around was no different. Marquette shot a terrible 32% from the field, leading to another loss 71-57. Marquette star, Dominic James did not start and came off the bench, suffering from the flu. James played 18 minutes scoring 8 points and was visibly gased.

"We gave them too many easy baskets from the start," Crean said. "We didn't make enough shots. Where we've got to grow up in a hurry is when you're not making shots, you still have to come down and be locked in to what you're doing defensively. Our talking tonight reached an all-time low. That can't be."

"When you take good shots, you keep Marquette out of transition," said Louisville coach Rick Pitino. "That was the focal point of the game."

The road doesn't get any easier as the Golden Eagles travel to Notre Dame on Saturday were the Irish have won 33 straight games at home.

Photo/MaryJo Walicki

Friday, February 1, 2008

Big W for UW

The Wisconsin Badger #13 hosted the Indiana Hoosiers #11 at the Kohl Center last night. Indiana brought two of the league's top-three scorers in freshman guard Eric Gordon and senior forward D.J. White. White scored a game-high 22 points and Gordon added 16, and it was the 13th-ranked Badgers who walked away with a 62-49 victory over the No. 11 Hoosiers in a game watched by an energized sellout crowd of 17,190 and broadcasted in primetime on ESPN.

"I thought our guys did a great job," Badger coach Bo Ryan said. "D.J. is going to get some buckets. They didn't shoot it well, we didn't shoot it well. But I really liked our defensive effort of trying to get them to take shots that they weren't quite as comfortable with.

"But I'll bet when I look at the tape that they had guys wide open a few times because we helped and then didn't recover properly and they just didn't knock the shots down. I've got to be real honest. I have a feeling when I do the evaluation I'd like to see us cover the shooters maybe a little better, but if the ball's not going in, people forget. But coaches don't forget."

"In critical situations, I thought Wisconsin was better than us," Hoosiers coach Kelvin Sampson said.

And there was no Badger better down the stretch than the 6-7 Krabbenhoft, who grabbed four offensive rebounds over the game's final five minutes — all of them resulting in second-chance points.

The first resulted in a Marcus Landry free throw with 4:44 to play that made it 51-43. Krabbenhoft tipped in a missed 3-pointer by sophomore guard Jason Bohannon with 3:52 to go that provided the Badgers with a 53-45 lead.

His rebound of a missed jumper by Trevon Hughes wound up resulting in a pair of free throws by Hughes with 2:43 to play that pushed the UW lead to 55-45.

And the last of his six offensive rebounds resulted in another pair of free throws by Hughes with 1:21 that made it 59-47.

"In life there are just some people that come and give a great effort every day. And that's Joe," Ryan said. "Sometimes the results maybe can look varied, but the energy will never vary. He just plays hard and plays smart and he's a big reason why we can (win) a game like this."

Krabbenhoft, however, made a point afterward to mention another big reason UW came away with a victory.

"Defensively is where we won the game tonight," Krabbenhoft said. "That's what we hang our hat on."