On Wisconsin

Mid week last week my phone starts going crazy.  Text messages are coming in like crazy.  First one, then another, then another.  Then people started calling me.  It was something pretty crazy.

All this because Bret Bielema left Wisconsin to go to Arkansas.Barry

As time went on and more reports came out, it was pretty clear that Bret needed to leave to get out of Barry’s shadow.  I think we can all agree to that.  You never want to be the next replacement after someone like him, you want to be the next next replacement.  In a few cases it works out well, just look at the QB situation in Green Bay.  That has seemed to work out pretty well although the departing circumstances were just as bizarre and weird.

Lets jump straight to the replacement.

Bucky has been a team that has won about 90 percent of the games they were suppose to win and lost about 85 percent of the ones they were suppose to lose.  Problem is that this will never get Bucky to the next level and to attract top talent and become a consistent Top 10 team.

So what do they need to do?

Remember when Lovie Smith was hired by the Bears in 2004?  His very first press conference he stated that his 1st goal was to beat the Packers.  As a season ticket holder, I want the coach to get up at his 1st presser and say loudly and proudly to the press that the 1st goal is to beat the Buckeyes.

Deep down everyone knows that for the next 5 to 10 years that you will need to beat Urban to win the Big 10 (or Big 14 or whatever it will be called).  Beat OSU and you will be the champ.  Be the champ and more student/athletes will come to Madison.

Getting Ready for the Rose Bowl

Put the Bucky flag up this afternoon.  It is a flag with Bucky Badger on it.  Then Michelle told me that the 1993 season Rose Bowl was on 620AM.   That game was played on January 1st, 1994.  Then it started getting me fired up for tomorrows game, and I started getting ready.

JS Rose Bowl Paper
Badger Coasters

I put today’s JS Rose Bowl section downstairs next to the remote which will control the big screen TV tomorrow.  Then I had to start getting the rest of the stuff ready.

Back to Back

Coasters and cups are out.

((As a side note, TMJ is not going to play the second game of the back to back Rose Bowl Victories against Stanford.  The 86th ever Rose Bowl.))

Then I got the remote for the TV out, and checked the Big Ten Network to see what they were going to be showing today and tomorrow.  Noted that they were going to show the 1999 Rose Bowl against UCLA.  Set the DVR to record that in HD to watch as some pregame entertainment.

Started thinking about what to wear.  So many Badger clothes, but I think I paired it down to these.

2011 Rose Bowl Clothes

Game ON!

2010 in Review – Second Half

Columbus Install

The second half of 2010 started with the end of Girl Scout Day Camp at Camp Winding River in Neosho, followed by one day to sleep in and then a trip to Little Muskego Lake for the 4th of July festivities with friends.  2nd year in a row we have been there and the water ski show never disappoints.  Team Bedalov also accompanied me to an install in Columbus, Indiana.  It turned out to be a relaxing vacation between two long drives.

20th Season Begins!

August means one thing in our house.  Start of the High School Swim Season.  Season #20 started and thus my extra free time gets cut down dramatically.  However, Michelle and I did sneak a weekend away to go see one of my favorites swimmers get married.  Mel and Mike tied the know in Illinois.  Preparation for school was well underway.

Anna-6th Grade

September did mean school was starting.  Anna was making a big step and was going to start middle school.  But not only that, she was was going to attend the STEM Academy.  She is being challenged and enjoys the environment.  Luke is in third grade and working hard to score really high in Math and Spelling.  It also marked a time where Michelle was going back to work.  She started working 6.5 hours a day at Bethesda as a LD Aide.  She really enjoys working with the kids.  And it makes me proud that she has found something that she feels good about in a work setting.

Luke-3rd Grade

We also made the tough choice in leaving our church and we started attending St. Luke’s Lutheran in Waukesha.  It was one of the hardest decisions Michelle and I have made together.  The kids love it at St. Luke’s and are active in the choir and hand bells.  Michelle even joined the choir.  Sorry Joanne 😦 My guess is that sometime in 2011 we will take the new members class and join.  And as an added bonus it is right across the street from Taco Johns!!!!

October was more swimming and weekends filled with football.  I took my brother to the Bucky vs Brutus game at Camp Randall.  Lost my voice on the opening kickoff return for a TD and is was mass chaos the rest of the game.  The WNKM Swimming and Diving team did a fund raiser for Breast Cancer Awareness and designed an awesome t shirt. We raised close to $300 but already have plans to make it bigger and better next season.  And, this cannot be over looked, Michelle won the fantasy baseball league for the second straight year behind the strength of her new boyfriend, Albert Pujols.

Camp Randall

November had the conclusion of the swim season, and the team had the best finish in about 10 years and was rewarding to the student/athletes and to myself.  Learned a great deal this season.  We also had our first ever, Bedalov/Badger Weekend, with hopes of doing it again in the future.   Hockey game on Friday night followed by a football game on Saturday.  Bucky scores 10 touchdowns in the kids first ever game.

Bedalov/Badger Blast

And that brings us back to December.  Kids are antsy for Christmas to start, the tree goes up, weekends filled with watching football, getting eliminated from the Survivor Pool in Week 14 after last years Week 17 debacle, fantasy football wrapping up, Michelle concluding her first fantasy football season, sending and receiving Christmas Cards.

Looking forward to 2011!!