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A New Philosophy In Madison

by Tom King

New Badger football coach Gary Andersen might be surprised to realize that he is borrowing a philosophic idea from the noted deep thinker...The "Nature Boy" Ric Flair. The pro wrestling star espoused the idea that 'in order to be the best...you have to beat the best". If Wisconsin wants to contend for National Championships and be able to compete with SEC teams in big bowl games...they are going to have to play and beat them in the regular season. They have already added Alabama to the schedule in 2015...and now it looks like they are close to adding LSU . Word is the Badgers and Tigers would face off at Reliant Stadium in Houston to open the 2014 season and then meet at Lambeau Field at a later date. I understand that both teams might be leery about playing a game at the others team home stadium...and I also understand the TV people would love a college game at Lambeau...but it sure would be great to play that game at Camp Randall. To me it;s just not the same when you move a college game off-campus. But I do love the fact that Wisconsin has decided to get rid of the weak sister non-conference games. Sure they will lose to these good teams some of the time...but if you're program is going to improve and also be recognized in the National Title hunt it was a move that had to be made.

Chicago advances in the NHL. It looked for a time that the team with the best regular season record would be going home but they have rebounded nicely and will now face the defending champions in the Western Conf Finals. Pittsburgh and Boston will square off in the East.

I hope the rain moves out of here today. I was looking forward to heading out to Wausau West today for the baseball regional game between West and Everest. It promises to be an excellent pitching matchup between Josh Nielsen and Jordan Huehnerfuss. Elsewhere Stevens Point, Newman, Pacelli & Rapids Assumption are playing for berths in the State Softball Tournament...and the State Boys Tennis tournament begins today in Madison. The Wausau East squad is there.

Songs Of The Day   (from my I-pod)

Love Stinks-J. Geils Band (1980) The band had enjoyed a bit of success through the 70's and this was the last album before they really hit it big in the 80's

Love The One You're With-Stephen Stills (1970) the hit from his first solo LP "Stephen Stills" which in my opinion is an underrated classic. Filled with great music including solid guest stints from Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton (listen to Clapton & Stills duel on "Go Back Home")...if you don't have this album in your collection...fix that right now!