After a bit of time off our weekly look around the web returns, yep, it's time once again to sit back with your favorite beverage and see what others have to say about the Badgers football and basketball programs. So, relax and enjoy this week's THIRSTY THURSDAY presented by AMERICAN RETRO BAR NYC - the newest Badgers bar in midtown Manhattan!! Enjoy 25 cent wings, 3$ PBR Tallboys, 8$ Bud Light/Rolling Rock Pitchers during the battle with Purdue and as always don't forget to mention you saw it on WiscoBadgers.com. Let's pop those tops and get to the news, huh?
One of the biggest bright spots in last weekend's loss was LB Mike Taylor. Well, if you know anything at all about him, he's a quite leader who does his talking on the field. It was a really good sign that according to this article, he stepped up vocally in the locker room after the Ohio State game. It's guys like that that will help make a difference in picking up the pieces of this season and salvaging what they can!
My biggest gripe after the loss to Ohio State? The 2nd straight blocked punt from the same location. I was very critical of the coaching staff as it was the exact same type of coverage that was blown in each case. Apparently it may not have been just the coaching, as there is a switch in personnel as well. Guess we'll see if that's the answer this week? I can't remember a time where I'll actually be watching the full coverage of a punt like I will this week, that's for sure.
Another thing is clear to me, and also abundantly clear to Adam Rittenberg of ESPN.com is that the Badgers are painfully close to becoming a national contender, but they need to prove they can win the huge road tests in order to get into that level. Agree or Disagree?
As for the action on the field this week for Bucky? Well both Purdue and Wisconsin are highlighted in ESPN.com's 10 Things to Watch segment on their Big Ten Blog.
Over on the Men's Basketball side, we're climbing ever closer to the start of the season, something I'm eagerly anticipating. Well, ESPN has unveiled their 1st power rankings of the year and Wisconsin comes in ranked #13 overall. SI.com also unveiled their Preseason Power Rankings and Bucky came in ranked #15. It's interesting that a Badgers team not used to getting respect is getting just that despite having ZERO front court starters returning.
Along the respect lines, SI also ranked the top 16 backcourts in college basketball and you guessed it, Wisconsin made the list, ranking #6. It's good to recognize the group as a whole, as all the honors that Taylor is garnering early on have overshadowed teammate Josh Gasser, who played very well as a Freshman starter and could be poised for a huge breakout season this year.
We end the print portion of this week's edition of THIRSTY THURSDAY with a bit of bad news, as the Wisconsin Women's Soccer team was ousted in the 1st round of the Big Ten Tournament in Evanston, IL, thus ending their season.
But I won't leave you on a completely down note, so in that spirit here is a great video for your viewing pleasure below!!