Welcome back after we took a few weeks off of Thirsty Thursday for the Badgers game and the Packers game, both well worthy of a day away from this feature. With being back, we're also proud to introduce our newest sponsor and member of the WiscoBadgers.com family.. American Retro Bar NYC
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Now onto the news around the Badgers and the B1G. Of course with football season heading into week 3 there have been tons of storylines including the return of LG Travis Frederick after a week out with an MCL Sprain. You'll also want to check out our stories on James White and his early season struggles and the lesson in chemistry that Russell Wilson & Co. are showing already.
Outside of our coverage there's a great look at what's driving Nick Toon over at JSOnline. I found it interesting to note that he loves being pushed and doesn't seem to have an issue with a little yelling at him, unlike most WR's you hear of and their "diva" attitudes shutting down the moment they are challenged.
If you pay attention to Wisconsin's recruiting efforts you'll be interested in this story from SI.com that includes some notes on 2012 4 star QB Bart Houston and the 1st game struggles his De La Salle team faced. They were off last week so nothing to report, but are back to action this week and I'm sure we'll have more updates on him as his season progresses.
Moving on to some interesting news and notes around the B1G ESPN.com was full of all sorts of good and bad news. I'll start with the good/bad news, depending on how you take it with this O$U story. I think it's a good step in the right direction that someone who was responsible for the getting players involved in a charity event is taking some responsibility, now if only more Boosters like him would do the same this would be so much better of a landscape.
Last weekend the B1G family got a scare when Jerry Kill went down with a seizure in the later moments of Minnesota's home loss to New Mexico State. It appears, according to this article that Kill may be back as soon as this weekend. That's good news as anyone watching the game on Saturday saw just how scary a moment something like that can be. We wish him a speedy and full recovery, that's for sure.
One final football note for the B1G is that for all the hype surrounding "The Cheaters Bowl" between Miami and O$U, people seem to forget there's an equally big game in Champaign as the Illini take on Arizona State. Illinois is really flying under the radar as Penn State got most of the "3rd" team pub in preseason, well as the article points out, they can stamp themselves on the national picture with a win. I think it can be done, especially in Memorial Stadium, but it won't be easy.
Last piece of Football info comes from our buddy Adam over at Kegs 'N Eggs. He plays some Virtual Simulation Stimulation, and a Badgers score is amongst the crowd, so don't miss it. Some pretty funny stuff there and the Badgers game score is pretty interesting.
Of course Bucky isn't just about football and things are starting to heat up on the basketball side of things. The guys over at SI.com give us a great look at the past 10 years of the "Efficiency Era" here. In this one he breaks down the PG position and 2, yep 2 Badgers are on this list. I won't tell you who, but they land at #4 and #2 respectively.
Outside of Badgers news there is a huge shift in the College Basketball Tournament world involving the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. A move out of MSG and to the new arena in Brooklyn is a great move for the tournament and the new TV deal with Turner Sports is great for the tournament, it will allow them more flexibility and not to be beholden to ESPN is a good thing in my book.
Our last look in around the Badgers involves the Hockey program which starts it's season in just under a month. Andy Baggot of the Wisconsin State Journal tells us about what's been going on with recruiting for next year and beyond and it's really a good update. Things are looking bright for the backline in the future that's for sure!
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