April showers may bring May flowers, but mid-March brings football back to Madison.
The Wisconsin Badgers will hit the field on March 17 to begin the yearly ritual that is often little more than knocking off the rust from a long winter layover. While the intensity of the practices lacks the urgency of an impending game, it does provide some insights into the next generation of players.
Regardless of its potency, Wisconsin fans are clamoring for some taste of football since suffering another Rose Bowl loss. Position battles will heat up. New stars will introduce themselves.
Even though wins and losses are collected in the fall, the 2012 season officially begins in the spring.