We bashed much in our previous post. Here’s a couple big positives from the game.
James White: he just continues to impress. With Clay and Ball committing to be slow, and not explode through holes, Bielema is right: James White is a great change up. Maybe its time that he be the fast ball and the others be the change up.
J.J. Watt: He played with purpose and commitment. His play was by all accounts superb, statistically a great day for him. He continues to be a great leader. When his time is done here, J.J will have high NFL hopes.
Umm…that’s really it. I’m watching the game now, not good.
Do the Badgers suck? Well…in the pages of this blog, you know my preseason opinion was clearly no. I still feel there are the second best team in the big ten and when the dust settles they’ll play in the BCS series. The better question is what is going on with this team?
- Schedule: Michigan is a good example of a team that can ascend through a competitive schedule. UConn has been a developing program, they opened the big house with some renovations and then they play their historic rival, all while introducing America to the current Heisman frontrunner. Wisconsin on the other hand, opens with a home game 2000 miles away at like 1:00 in the morning in front of a small TV audience on the Versus channel which I didn’t even know existed. They began the game by punching UNLV in the face and then malaise seemed to settle in, they seemed bored and began this disturbing trend of turning it over inside the five. They return to Camp Randall for a early morning game with San Jose State. Only thing most diehards could tell you about SJSU is that Packer James Jones came from that school. No rivalry, no history, a game of little interest, that saw empty seats at Camp Randall. Result? Badgers punch SJSU in the face early, fumble inside their five trying to score and then go into a haze for the next 30 minutes. Bottom line remains, this team won’t have freakish turnovers all year…but they probably will have the ability to punch other teams in the mouth early and hopefully more often. This team seems to play to the level of their opponent—we’ll see how they fare when a more formidable opponent emerges. Their schedule early did them no favors.
- Turnovers: enough said. All ROTQ readers know you can’t turnover the football anywhere and be successful…turning it over where UW has is completely unacceptable.
- Injuries: we haven’t seen the whole UW roster on the field at the same time. Injuries to key players, namely guys like Chris Borland and Mike Taylor haven’t helped.
Prognosis: I think Peter Konz was right earlier this week when he noted that this type of performance will certainly get their attention and the attention of the coaching staff. These foolish mistakes will be corrected, the waning attention span will be stop and we’ll see the type of team we expect this Saturday. I expect ASU to present some intriguing challenges, namely to the secondary…but again this is a PAC-10 team where the defenses are not particularly rugged. UW has always fared well against strong PAC-10 teams, yet alone one in a rebuilding mode. I expect them to really establish their identity in advance of their home tilt with mighty Austin Peay and the forthcoming road trip to MSU and then the big one…hosting OSU. You’ll read it here. This team will be undefeated going into Iowa.
This blog is all about Wisconsin sport and culture. Well, the PGA Championship is in our great state again this week, so let’s talk a little golf. What has gotten into this state when it comes to golf? We are so lucky to have so much amazing golf that is ACCESSIBLE to the public. More often than not, majors are held at private courses, but over the next 10 years, Wisconsin will host 3 majors and a Ryder Cup at public courses. In addition, there have been, and will continue to be Senior and LPGA majors at public courses in WI.
I’ve played all four courses owned by Kohler as well as Erin Hills, site of the 2011 US Amateur and 2017 US Open. All of them…AMAZING. Add The Bull in Sheboygan Falls to the list and you have 6 championship, 4-5 star courses in a 75 mile radius. Name me a state that can say the same thing?
After going all seven days in 2004, I cut it down to five days this year. Look for a PGA preview this week. Who knows, maybe I can get a press pass and get some good info for ROTQ!
Earlier in this blog I wrote about UW’s inability to land elite guards, despite the succcess that UW’s guards have had. At the time, several criticized my knee jerk reaction. Well, let’s pause and review where we are at. UW has moved forward from the Vander Blue experience and has completed its 2010 class by adding a pair of elite shooters from Illinois in Ben Brust (formally of Iowa commit status) and Duje Dukan. Brust and Dukan were late risers. Dukan rose as much as anyone in the 2010 class, he is an elite shooter and offensive performer. I am personally very excited about the prospects of both athletes.
Moving forward: UW has tried repeatedly to land that elusive athletic wing to their fold. They have completed a really good 2011 class which consists of a point guard in George Marshall, a combo guard in Traevon Jackson, a late rising power forward in Frank Kaminsky, and the highest rated player in the class forward Jarrod Uthoff. All of these young men are clearly “Wisconsin People”, they each bring some very exciting things to the program, and as a badger fan, I’m looking forward to them carrying on the Bo Ryan tradition of winning.
Missing anything? Yeah, wing athlete, shooting guard. Where are they? Well, UW certainly tried to land such players. They were in on one of the best in Mychael Henry who eventually decided on Illinois despite UW being in on him the earliest. What has become clear in UW recruiting is that they have a very clear ideal. The people they recruit must be:
- good students
- quality people
- hard working
These are great traits! But unfortunately what has become obvious is that UW will not play the AAU game that so many coaches do. This has probably limited to a degree their ability to land a certain type of player. They will not work with “handlers”, they prefer a certain style of recruitment that doesn’t involve schmoozing on the AAU circuit. What has me perplexed is why they are able to land fine forward and point guard prospects…but that 6-6 wing athlete is absent?
This brings us to JP Tokoto of Menominee Falls. JP is a top 15 player in the class, arguably the best athlete in the class and a player with a world of upside. How will his recruitment go? Where will this wing land? Will he follow Vander Blue, Jerry Smith, Wesley Matthews and others out of UW’s grasp? We shall see. One thing seems obvious if the Tokoto circle wants handlers and AAU coaches to handle things, it seems unlikely that he ends up at Wisconsin.
I guess desperate times call for desperate measures. Most people with minimal intelligence would be able to figure out why these two are available. Surprised Dorsey Levens didn’t get a call. JS-Online story below.
Welcome to our blog, Roll out the Quevedo, our discussion of Wisconsin sport and culture. Join us as we tackle the Packers, Badgers, Brewers, and Bucks. We’re also big fans and active participants in the different aspects of Wisconsin culture, so we’ll hit those topics as well. Remember, it’s not Roll out the Barrell, it’s Roll out the Quevedo. Go Ruben!