Great Parking Spot
The sideline was filled with dignitaries, including Ron Dayne, Travis Beckum, Owen Daniels, Suzy Favor-Hamilton, the 1999 Rose Bowl champion team, and Charissa Thompson dressed in a not-so-sideline-reporterish outfit. The Badger sideline had its usual 100-member red and white clad football squad that has performed well in 2009. On the visitor sideline was…well, the team from Ann Arbor, Michigan that wears maize and blue. Rumor has it they were the Michigan Wolverines.
Wisconsin defeated Michigan 45-24 on Saturday before a rather quiet crowd of 84,000. To be honest, aside from the tuba player proposing to his trumpet- playing girlfriend in the 4th quarter (she said yes), the stadium had the ambience of an early-September non-conference game. Don’t get me wrong…the Badgers played well over the final 2 ½ quarters and there were a number of entertaining plays. However, I found myself reflecting on past powerhouse Wolverine teams that came into Camp Randall in games that turned into giant taffy pulls. This Michigan team will be better next year, but they just aren’t very good this year.
Nick Toon looked great, as did O’Brien Schofield. This team has heart, something missing from last year’s Wisconsin Badger football squad. Next week’s Northwestern game has major bowl implications, and Wisconsin may well find themselves playing on New Year’s Day with a win.
Perhaps most notable about our Saturday Badger experience was our parking spot. Arriving relatively late in Madison, a gentleman waived us in to park on his property. He had us park in his garage, told us he would shut the garage door for the game, and instructed us how to get back in the garage if we needed to leave early…all for $20. No, I did not help myself to anything in his garage refrigerator. I need to find this guy next year.