The year started out in sunny Pasadena, California (1-1-13) where our Big Ten Champion Badgers took on the Stanford Cardinal in the 99th Rose Bowl. Unfortunately Bucky lost its third straight Rose Bowl, by the score of 20-14.
As far as the 2013 regular season, injuries plagued the Green and Gold, and came to a head in week 7 when QB Aaron Rodgers went out with a broken collarbone. The Pack pieced together enough to give themselves a chance for the playoffs…which they did, when emerging from the tunnel in Chicago (12-29-13) in the regular season finale was #12. The Packers won in dramatic fashion defeating the Bears, and made the playoffs.
As far as the Division I Mens Basketball Teams…Marquette went 14-4 and won the Big East earning a #3 seed in the NCAA Div I Basketball Championship. Buzz and company went on to defeat Davidson, Butler, and Miami, before falling to Syracuse in the Regional Finals 55-39.
Bucky finished 4th in the Big 10 with a 12-6 record which was good enough to also punch their ticket to “Big Dance” in March. Unfortunately they were upset by Mississippi 57-46 in the second round.
UW-Green Bay went 18-16 overall, and 10-6 finishing tied for third in the Horizon League Conference.
UW-Milwaukee moved back on campus to the Klotsche Center from downtown at the U.S. Cellular Arena. The Panthers suffered one of their worst seasons in recent memory going 8-24 and 3-13 in the Horizon.
In the NBA, our Bucks finished their season 38-44, which was good enough for the 8th seed in the East. The post season was short lived, as the “Milwaukee Five” were swept by the Heat in the first round.
The Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL posted a 41-28-0-7 record, also made the playoffs, that were short lived.
Our MISL Indoor Soccer team, the Milwaukee Wave lost in the semi finals to Missouri.
The Milwaukee Brewers were able to catapult the “Dominican Duo” to the Mid-Summer Classic in New York. Carlos Gomez, and Jean Segura, didn’t have a hand in the out come of the All-Star Game, but both got in the game. A week later 7-23-13 the “house of cards” came down as Brewer star outfielder Ryan Braun was suspended for the remainder of the season as a result of the Biogenesis investigation. The Crew went on to post a 74-88 record in the National League Central, a division that sent 3 of it’s 5 teams into the post season.
As far as those good ole boys of NASCAR, Wisconsin native Matt Kenseth came in second in the Sprint Car Series standings, while the other Wisconsin notable Paul Menard finished 17th.
Happy New Year!
Let’s get 2014 off to s good start with some positive winning mojo as the BADGERS take on the GAMECOCKS January 1st in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, FL.