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Attanasio discusses horrible start

Apr 21, 2015 -- 6:53pm

The future of post-game celebrations?

Apr 13, 2015 -- 8:30am

By DREW OLSON
dolson@espnwisconsin.com

I don't know about you, but I'm pretty tired of Gatorade showers and shaving cream pie celebrations.

I applaud the Miami Marlins for their originality in the "slam dunk send-up."

This was a fun twist on a tired ritual. Kudos, Marlins...

 

 

Wisconsin Sports Awards nominees

Apr 10, 2015 -- 8:31pm


Former Wisconsin running back Montee Ball is nominated for a 2014 Wisconsin Sports Award as College Athlete and Athlete of the Year.

Badgers, Warhawks lead WSA nominations

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (April 10, 2015): Good Karma Brands announces the nominees for the fourth annual Wisconsin Sports Awards, presented by American Family Insurance. The Wisconsin Sports Awards, which will honor achievement in 2014, will be held May 7, 2015 at The Beacon KOHLER Communications building in Kohler. Nominees, which are determined by a Blue Ribbon Panel of sports journalists and executives, are listed below:

High School Football Player of the Year

Zack Baun, Brown Deer High School
Alec Ingold, Bay Port High School
Troy Laufenberg, Waunakee High School

Girls High School Basketball Player of the Year

Allie LeClaire, Green Bay Notre Dame High School
Arike Ogunbowale, Divine Savior Holy Angels High School
Gabrielle Ortiz, Racine Prairie High School

Boys High School Basketball Player of the Year

Henry Ellenson, Rice Lake High School
Kevon Looney, Milwaukee Hamilton High School
Diamond Stone, Whitefish Bay Dominican High School

College Coach of the Year

Tim Coghlin, St. Norbert – hockey
Lance Leipold, UW-Whitewater – football
Pat Miller, UW-Whitewater – basketball
Bo Ryan, University of Wisconsin - basketball
John Vodenlich, UW-Whitewater – baseball

Homegrown Player of the Year

Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls
Joe Thomas, Cleveland Browns
J.J. Watt, Houston Texans
Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Jordan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals

College Athlete of the Year

Durell Busby, UW-Milwaukee – track
Melvin Gordon, University of Wisconsin – football
Frank Kaminsky, University of Wisconsin – basketball

Keifer Sykes, UW-Green Bay – basketball

College Team of the Year

St. Norbert College hockey
University of Wisconsin basketball

UW-Whitewater baseball
UW-Whitewater basketball
UW-Whitewater football

Professional Athlete of the Year

Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
Jonathan Lucroy, Milwaukee Brewers
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

Coach of the Year

Steve Jones, Kimberly High School– football
Jason Kidd, Milwaukee Bucks
Mike McCarthy, Green Bay Packers
Duke Roufus, UFC
Bo Ryan, University of Wisconsin – basketball

Player of the Year

Henry Ellenson, Rice Lake High School
Melvin Gordon, University of Wisconsin – football
Frank Kaminsky, University of Wisconsin – basketball
Jonathan Lucroy, Milwaukee Brewers
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

American Family Insurance Dream Team of the Year

Green Bay Packers
Germantown High School – basketball
Kimberly High School – football
University of Wisconsin – basketball
UW-Whitewater – football

The Wisconsin Sports Awards will be televised as a one-hour special to air throughout the state in the weeks following the event. Follow @WISportsAwards for updates, photos and news, and please use #WSA or #WisconsinSportsAwards when discussing the Wisconsin Sports Awards.

The calls that don't get made...

Apr 05, 2015 -- 9:24am


It doesn't appear that Nigel Hayes "beat the clock" on this putback in the national semifinal game Saturday night in Indianapolis.

By DREW OLSON
dolson@espnwisconsin.com

Kentucky fans are steamed that the referees in last night's national semifinal game did not call Wisconsin for a shot-clock violation on Nigel Hayes' putback with 2 1/2 minutes left in a game that was tied.

Based on the photo above, they may have a point.

However, Badgers fans can also ask "Why wasn't this a 'Flagrant 1?' "

The bottom line: officiating may have been shaky at times, but it didn't decide a terrific game.

 

Bo Ryan takes Kenny Smith to school

Mar 29, 2015 -- 9:34pm
 
 
I thought Charles Barkley was the comedian on the CBS/TNT/TBS "March Madness" set.
 
Kenny Smith gave him a run for his money during the halftime interview with Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan and center Frank Kaminsky.
 
You can watch the clip to see what I'm talking about, but Ryan seemed stunned when asked about changing his style to a more up-tempo, high-scoring approach.
 
I think Kenny was confusing the Dick Bennett era with the current Badgers' team, but I can't speak for him. It was just a dumb question, and I'm guessing -- had the setting been different -- Bo might have turned up the sarcasm to 11.
 

Middleton's jumper beats the buzzer

Mar 24, 2015 -- 10:27pm

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ESPN Wisconsin staff

Here is a look at pivotal victory for the Bucks, who stunned Miami by battling back from a 14-point deficit in the final 6 minutes. The final sequence will earn a place on the team's season highlight film.

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