It's hard to hate Madison, Wisconsin. While the conference is made up of some of the most iconic scenes in college football, Madison is special. Just ask Scott Van Pelt of ESPN, it seems as though he is being paid under the table by the tourism bureau the way he waxes poetic about the charms of the city.
While the lakes, the beer and the brats make for a unique experience in the heart of Wisconsin, the football teams have seldom been "special." The program can even be called great, or that it has had flashes of brilliance. But the teams of yesteryear have rarely donned the mantle of being a "special" team.
It takes something more than recruiting and winning to draw out the sparkle in the eye of the alumni. Five players this year are destined to solidify the 2011 Badgers in Wisconsin lore and record books.