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steakbomb
12-01-2014, 08:20 PM
Not trolling here at all. What exactly is the problem with this year's team? Just came across pair wise and records. Not used to seeing the Badgers this far down the pole, so to speak .

burd
12-01-2014, 08:44 PM
Not trolling here at all. What exactly is the problem with this year's team? Just came across pair wise and records. Not used to seeing the Badgers this far down the pole, so to speak .

Combine a bunch of bad bounces with consistently bad officiating and pretty soon you're 57 deep in the Pairwise.

Wisko McBadgerton
12-01-2014, 09:41 PM
Not trolling here at all. What exactly is the problem with this year's team? Just came across pair wise and records. Not used to seeing the Badgers this far down the pole, so to speak .

It was the ice. The ice was too soft.

Gandalf the Red
12-02-2014, 11:26 AM
Eaves plan all along is to win the Big 10 tourney again. Why even waste time talking about PWR? Just need 3 wins at the right time. No reason for hay in the barn this year.

Wisko McBadgerton
12-02-2014, 12:55 PM
I think I did start it, but everyone else was all over it. We wanted to do it last year.

And the year before!

MadCityRich
12-02-2014, 08:05 PM
They kind of had to use canned music this weekend because there were about 8 band members actually at the game. No ****, my friend. I was actually ****ed off that there was barely a band there. At least Lekrone was there both nights. I think I counted about 30 members on Friday night; maybe 20 on Saturday night. What was the problem on Saturday night? Did the 300+ members perform too far from the Kohl Center for more than a handful to get there? Did they work so hard they were exhausted? I lost a ton of respect for the band.

It reminded me of a time many years ago when the Badgers had a couple soft years at the Coliseum. As the Badgers matured and improved, surprisingly :rolleyes:, the band grew in numbers. I'm sure there will be a solid 100+ in the stands Wednesday night.

RE: the game, you can tell these guys are trying very hard. I didn't see any loafing. As another poster mentioned, the frosh are small but pretty quick. This IS the smallest team that I can remember; maybe recruiting is shifting to more faster forwards...........nah.:D

Gurtholfin
12-02-2014, 09:28 PM
I'm sure there will be a solid 100+ in the stands Wednesday night.



Let's hope so. That's an important game.

WiscDC
12-02-2014, 11:16 PM
No ****, my friend. I was actually ****ed off that there was barely a band there. At least Lekrone was there both nights. I think I counted about 30 members on Friday night; maybe 20 on Saturday night. What was the problem on Saturday night? Did the 300+ members perform too far from the Kohl Center for more than a handful to get there? Did they work so hard they were exhausted? I lost a ton of respect for the band.


I was shocked by how few made it to the game, considering they all had to be back in Madison on Saturday, and considering how many band members love the hockey stuff. I guess they just didn't want to do a hockey game after a football game, though there were definitely more the last time that happened (albeit not on Thanksgiving weekend, but they're all back).

ExileOnDaytonStreet
12-03-2014, 06:47 AM
Let's hope so. That's an important game.

Yeah, but Badger fandom being what it is, there'd be 100+ band members in the stands to see Bo's boys take on Nicholls State, and 17,000+ overall.

Gurtholfin
12-03-2014, 08:38 AM
Yeah, but Badger fandom being what it is, there'd be 100+ band members in the stands to see Bo's boys take on Nicholls State, and 17,000+ overall.


That's hardly unique to Badger fandom.

For the millionth time...

Hockey = Niche Sport


Love the continued butt-hurt though.

Gandalf the Red
12-03-2014, 11:36 AM
Love the continued butt-hurt though.

They make cream for that you know.

Gurtholfin
12-03-2014, 12:03 PM
I hate to say it, but it's almost Jan-like the way some bemoan the basketball and football programs and their stature within the sports hierarchy.

UWisco
12-03-2014, 12:34 PM
This might be a weekend that is hit hard in the attendance category. Friday's have been limit as we know and the B1G championship game is at the same time as hockey on Saturday.

ExileOnDaytonStreet
12-03-2014, 12:49 PM
That's hardly unique to Badger fandom.

For the millionth time...

Hockey = Niche Sport


Love the continued butt-hurt though.

How is it butt-hurt? Am I wrong in pointing out that the basketball program has that level of support?

Butt-hurt/Jan Brady would be if I were to say that 9/10 of those people wouldn't bat an eye if Barry axed the hockey program. Which I only sort of believe to be true, and even then in more of a rhetorical way.

Gurtholfin
12-03-2014, 01:33 PM
How is it butt-hurt? Am I wrong in pointing out that the basketball program has that level of support?

Butt-hurt/Jan Brady would be if I were to say that 9/10 of those people wouldn't bat an eye if Barry axed the hockey program. Which I only sort of believe to be true, and even then in more of a rhetorical way.


If you meant your comment in a general sense, my apologies.

Sports hierarchy in this country (and city) is what it is. Typically around here, those that point out "bounceyball" support are doing it from a position of jealousy or inferiority.


I don't get it. I'm a Badger fan. My interests in sports go beyond hockey and well beyond Madison. I enjoy any successes that the 3 major Badger sports have equally and without comparing one to the other or wishing that hockey's would be accepted/appreciated on the same general level as its more popular siblings'. Some seem to struggle with that concept.



Marsha! Marsha! Marsha!

UWisco
12-03-2014, 02:08 PM
Three additional TV games added.

http://www.uwbadgers.com/sports/m-hockey/spec-rel/120314aae.html

Wisko McBadgerton
12-03-2014, 02:13 PM
wishing that hockey's would be accepted/appreciated on the same general level as its more popular siblings'.


While I personally agree with your general sentiment, I'd imagine it's because in the longer view and unlike Jan, who has never been on top of anything, and going back to the late '60s, to sometime in the 90's, BB and FB were always the less popular siblings to Hockey. And for long time Badger hockey fans I suspect it's hard to avoid a certain underlying resentment about that no longer being the case spilling over. Even though most are quite happy to see football and bouncy-ball near the top on the national stage. It's a very weird dichotomy, but I get it.

Gurtholfin
12-03-2014, 02:28 PM
While I personally agree with your general sentiment, I'd imagine it's because in the longer view and unlike Jan, who never been on top of anything, and going back to the late '60s, to sometime in the 90's, BB and FB were always the less popular siblings to Hockey. And for long time Badger hockey fans I suspect it's hard to avoid a certain underlying resentment about that no longer being the case spilling over. Even though most are quite happy to see football and bouncy-ball near the top on the national stage. It's a very weird dichotomy, but I get it.

I get all that and I was in that boat too. I'm 45... I'M A MAN!!! - wait, what?

I'm 45 so my first memories are of the hockey team being the only decent sport on campus. I was happy though when the football and basketball teams got with the program and I've enjoyed the heck out of living here the past 20 years.

The hockey team's current plight is due in large part to their own inability to remain a consistent winner. The fans that used to spend money (and time) on all three sports have probably gravitated towards the surer things.

I can't blame them.


That said, I'll be at the Friday night game against PSU.

Wisko McBadgerton
12-03-2014, 03:24 PM
I get all that and I was in that boat too. I'm 45... I'M A MAN!!! - wait, what?

I'm 45 so my first memories are of the hockey team being the only decent sport on campus. I was happy though when the football and basketball teams got with the program and I've enjoyed the heck out of living here the past 20 years.

The hockey team's current plight is due in large part to their own inability to remain a consistent winner. The fans that used to spend money (and time) on all three sports have probably gravitated towards the surer things.

I can't blame them.


That said, I'll be at the Friday night game against PSU.

Awesome, I'll be watching for the guy emptying his flask on ESPN.

We're pretty close to the same age, but 20 years... you basically came in for all the good times in FB an BB! :p

I mean you missed all the time when Football was so bad, it killed Dave McClain, and Basketball was so bad, it killed Bill Cofield. Sadly, I'm not even kidding...

So hockey filled the void and for a hockey fan it was heaven because it was the focus of a lot of coverage and conversation. But it will never be exactly that way again, even if Eaves wins three NC's in a row. Now I'm not complaining, nor do I wish it was that way again because outside of hockey season it sucked to be a Badger fan. And I love FB and Bouncyball, too. Just sayin' I understand where some folks might be coming from, nostalgia wise.

But in my mind, WI still draws anywhere from 2,500-6,000 more fan per game now then did at what I think of as the peak of excellence and popularity in the early 80's. Or at least that many more get to see a game live, as around 8500+ was all that could jam in to the Coli. Now if we only draw 8k, the sky is falling. Really, we just have more space for fans, rather than fewer fans at games. Although I suppose nostalgia now encompasses even the '00's and the 20-30k more fans we drew than the last two years...

Gurtholfin
12-03-2014, 03:38 PM
Awesome, I'll be watching for the guy emptying his flask on ESPN.

We're pretty close to the same age, but 20 years... you basically came in for all the good times in FB an BB! :p



Oh no. I started paying attention to sports in about 1980, so I was around for the 80's Badgers in hoops and football. I remember the veer offense. :p

Was also around for the 80's Packers! How fun was that!?!?!