Going down to Madison is always a interesting time. This past Saturday I got the opportunity to head down there and tape some highlights of the game against the Michigan Wolverines. During my day at Camp Randall this past Saturday I had many thoughts and observersations while sitting in the back of the endzone and wandering around the facilities. Here's the best of the bunch...
I don't care what anyone says the press box is the best seat in the house. You get the sweet arial view so you can see the whole field, there's a private bathroom and elevator and FREE FOOD. Everyone is on their computers twittering and writing down notes. it's always interesting to talk to other journalists and watch how they react to the game. Did I mention the free food? Plus on Saturday they were honoring the '99 Rose Bowl Championship team and Ron Dayne came up to the Box. It's pretty crazy to be 10 feet away from a legend like him.
He's a true-Freshman and this guy can play. Tate Forcier looked good; he didn't make too many bad plays and seemed to manage the game well. Badgers defensive lineman J.J. Watt said Forcier frustrated the D-line all day because he'd scramble around the pocket and whenever they got a hold of him he'd flip the ball out to a check down; he just keeps the play alive. He's not the biggest guy but he plays big. I think he's got a little Doug Flutie in him. Don’t be surprised to see him on a Heisman watch list in the future.
On the day that they celebrated the '99 team and legendary tailback Ron Dayne the present day running back eclipsed the century mark and looked good doing it. Clay is only a Sophomore and is poised to be the next big runner to come out of the Wisconsin program.
The Wisconsin Marching Band does a lot more than you would think, and they are REALLY good. They do the standard songs before the game and during timeouts, but the band is all over the field during the game. The tuba players march around playing on Wisconsin, the drummers have a little drum line going, they lead "Jump Around" during the 3rd quarter and they play a concert after the game on the field...I just thought they played some songs during the game for the student section. They’re always doing something to give the crowd something to look at. One of the band members even proposed to another one while I was there Saturday. This was weird because all the camera guys had no idea why the crowd was cheering during a timeout.
The Fans are Crazy! Walking to the game there are parties on every corner, people are decked out in red and white and they are going crazy! It's pretty awesome to watch "Jump Around" from the field and whenever the Badgers get a first down the student section yells "first and ten Wisconsin". I can't tell you how many times I saw the sea of red complete different versions of the wave, and then there’s the eat s^$it, f@3k you chant.... ha-ha... that one always makes me laugh.
Yea that's the greatest Wisconsin football coach of all-time just chilling next to the reporters at Brett Bielema's press conference after the game. The Badgers have maintained the Alvarez smash mouth style, running the ball, taking time off the clock and wearing down the defense. and when asked about his running backs having good games Bielema commented how Coach Alvarez established Wisconsin as a school that runs the ball and runs it well and how he hoped they could keep that tradition alive and felt like that's how real Wisconsin football is played. It was a smart move by Wisconsin to hire Bielema replace a legend like Alvarez.
With underclassmen like John Clay and Nick Toon, who is the best wide reciever in the Big Ten, coming back the Badgers are going to have some firepower next year and are sure to make a run at the Big Ten title and go maybe even farther. Bielama can coach 'em up and if they can add a quarterback and maybe add a few guys on defense to replace Maragos and O'Brien Schofield, things are definitely looking up for the Badgers.