World Series

first_imgIt is November, and I guess the World Series is over.  I lost interest when the Reds lost the wild-card game.  I still advocate playing the season games in a 2-week shorter period of time.  The old timers could play double headers, and they weren’t even making $100,000 a year.  It seems if you make $4 million you have to have more time off.  This pushes the season into late October, and in some years, even into the first of November.  A 2-week shorter season would give 2 weeks of September for playoffs thus eliminating the one game farce that we have now.  This would allow at least a 2 out of 3 first round elimination.  If the Player Association refuses this shorter season, then cut 10 games off of the 162.  I think you will notice that the TV ratings keep going down the further into football season it goes.  I haven’t even mentioned what TV does to this whole system.  That, of course, is a story all by itself.last_img read more

Soccer loses heartbreaker

first_imgWestern Illinois’ Cosimo Patano chose the right time to score his first goal of the season. Patano’s volley in the 48th minute proved to be the game-winner, as the Leathernecks defeated the Badgers 1-0 at McClimon Complex Wednesday night.In a non-conference battle of teams mired in three-game winless streaks, Western Illinois (7-2-1) made its one shot on goal count, while Wisconsin (4-3-2) went 0-for-2 on its shots. Head coach Jeff Rohrman cites that inefficiency as a reason for the loss.“To come away with 18 shots and only really put two on goal — our guys are better than that,” Rohrman said.Even the Badgers’ two shots on goal were weak at best, while Patano’s was a highlight reel-worthy rip into the back of the net. Capitalizing on a UW failure to clear the ball out of the defensive zone, Patano trapped the ball with his chest and released a volley from 30 yards out that goalkeeper Alex Horwath couldn’t handle.“Honestly, I didn’t see it until it was at the six (yard box),” Horwath said of the shot. “The kid hit a rip. He couldn’t have hit it any better.”Seemingly awakened by the goal, the Badgers went on to dominate the better part of the second half, in part because the Leathernecks were content to sit on their lead. Unfortunately, UW’s increased effort was not enough to find the back of the net.“It wasn’t really until their guy hit an unbelievable shot and our backs were against the wall that we picked up the tempo,” Rohrman said. “I thought the last 30 minutes of the game we clearly dominated and just couldn’t get the goal.”That’s not to say the opportunities weren’t there. UW had free kicks from five and 10 yards outside the 18-yard box but were unable to convert and instances of two and three corner kicks in a row that provided no goals. Although they dominated possession of the ball, the Badgers found it difficult to find any room to make runs or get off shots once they got into the Leathernecks’ defensive zone.“I don’t think we executed there as well tonight,” Rohrman said. “But I give them credit. They’re a very well-coached team; they’re very organized. They stay compact; they make it a little difficult. Having said that, I thought that later in the game we did some pretty good things, but couldn’t reward ourselves.”The Badgers’ best chance came in the 65th minute when Bryan Gerster’s header went off the far post and was recovered on the rebound by Western Illinois keeper Stephen Paterson. After another UW header went off the top of the crossbar and over, it seemed futility would be the theme of the night.“It’s absolutely frustrating,” Horwath said. “We haven’t been putting balls away.”After a scoreless first half, it seemed the Badgers were destined for another source of frustration: their inability to decide games in regulation. Five of UW’s eight games have gone into overtime, though Patano’s goal made sure the match ended on time.With UW’s winless streak reaching four games, the Badgers find themselves in a less-than-ideal position with nine games to play.“Our backs are against the wall. We have no choice but to win,” Horwath said.Rohrman acknowledged his team’s morale.“They’re obviously frustrated and a bit disappointed. We’re going to continue to work on it and we know we have a big opportunity and challenge at Michigan State this weekend,” Rohrman said. “Obviously we felt we kind of needed a victory after what’s happened the last couple of weeks, with some disappointing ties and losses. But we’ll rebound.”last_img read more

Kelsey ready to roll with freshmen

first_imgThe Wisconsin women’s basketball team began its season last week with two exhibition wins over UW-La Crosse and Concordia-St. Paul. Head coach Bobbie Kelsey addressed the pair of solid exhibition performances in her weekly press conference Monday.With the preseason schedule finished, attention has now turned to the regular season, where the Badgers will have one of the youngest teams in the nation. UW ranks 20th nationally in terms of least amount of experience. “We’re going to have to play some young ones this year,” Kelsey said. “But that’s how you learn, we’re going to have to roll with it.”Wisconsin did a nice job rolling with it last week, as all five freshmen played in each game.“I was pleased with some of our freshman that really came out and played really well,” Kelsey said. “Especially Nicole Bauman, she did a really nice job for us, and Dakota Whyte as well. Shannon Malone played a lot of minutes.”The Badgers’ first game came against La Crosse Thursday, dispatching the Eagles 90-39 and holding them to just 15 points in the first half. UW’s second opponent, Concordia St. Paul, offered more of a challenge, grabbing 42 rebounds and only trailing by six points going into halftime. However, Wisconsin would pull away in the second half, outscoring the Golden Bears 31-24 for the 60-47 win.In the exhibition game with La Crosse, Whyte led the Badgers with five assists in her 24 minutes of play off the bench, scoring 10 points and swiping six steals.Bauman, the former Gatorade State Player of the Year, is a freshman from New Berlin, Wis. Bauman saw time in both exhibition games and co-led the Badgers along with guard Morgan Paige with 17 points against Concordia, a performance that did not surprise her coach. “I watched Nicole – recruited her the last year and a half,” Kelsey said. “I expected that from her. Like I’ve been saying the whole time, even before she played an official game … I knew she would come in and do those things because Nicole shows those things in practice.”According to Kelsey, Bauman’s confidence has her playing at a level above most first-year players. “In high school, she was a very high energy player, a good scorer. She is not afraid; she doesn’t play like a freshman,” she continued. “Her demeanor and her confidence levels are very high. She almost looks like an upper classman. You wouldn’t be able to tell if you didn’t know who she was. She knows she can play.”Bauman certainly cannot afford to play like a freshman this year. The Badgers face a grueling schedule, one that is considered to be of the nation’s toughest, with road games against Gonzaga and UW-Green Bay. However, while it looks plenty challenging on paper, these games can have an upside as well, according to Kelsey. Especially for a young team like Wisconsin.“We know we’re going to have to battle the whole year,” Kelsey said. “When you play tough teams, it should motivate them to aspire to be the teams you’re playing that go to the NCAA tournament and have won their conferences. We don’t want to schedule soft and expect to play for the Big Ten [title]. We have to play that kind of competition to get ourselves ready for the Big Ten conference schedule because it’s going to be tough as well. I think when you play tougher teams, you give yourself a chance to compete in the Big Ten.”Kelsey presents a valid point when you consider the Big Ten boasts four teams ranked in the preseason AP Top 25: No. 19 Ohio State, No. 18 Nebraska, No. 21 Purdue and No. 8 Penn State.Before UW begins Big Ten play and teams like Gonzaga, they must first open their regular season this Sunday, Nov. 11 at 6 p.m., against Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The game will be a homecoming for first-year Panthers’ assistant coach Janese Banks. Banks played for the Badgers from 2004-08. Banks may not receive a warm reception, however, as the Badgers have dominated the series 21-1 all-time, with the Panthers’ last win being a 78-77 decision in 1992.last_img read more