We're halfway through the week and the Badger buzz is picking up. Speaking of buzz, I've still got one from Taco Tuesday so let's get to it before I ramble on too much.
Pro sports teams in Wisconsin are considered small market but that doesn't hold true for the UW football program. According to figures from the U.S. Department of Education's Equity in Athletics the UW spent $22.7 million on the football program during the 2008-2009 school year. That's the 8th most in the NCAA and 3rd in the Big Ten behind OSU, the biggest spender in the NCAA at $32.3 million, and Iowa. Fanhouse breaks down how spending translates to on-field performance. Money does in fact buy wins, particularly for the Badgers who have a 42-10 record since 2005 against schools who spent less money on their football programs.
At least on student in Madison this summer is doing something other than delivering pizzas, flipping for discounted drinks at Brats, or going to Open Mic night at the Terrace. The Daily Cardinal gives us five players who will be critical their team's success this year.
Andy Baggot suggests the Big 10 should go to a 10 game league schedule. I don't see that happening mostly because of the BCS implications. Adding a championship game will result in a top tier team having one more loss and an additional league game increases the chances for another loss for a team in contention for a BCS at-large spot.
Yesterday I told you about the former Badgers slated to play in the NBA summer league in Vegas. Marcus Landry could be joining the party. He's on Indiana Pacers rookie-free agent camp roster. Landry was waived by the Celtics in April, missing out on a chance to be part of the longest playoffs of any pro sport.
Kevin Paul at Bleacher Report lists his top 20 NFL prospects in the Big 10. Badgers included on his list include Gabe Carimi (#2), John Clay (#9), and John Mofffitt (#16).
66 days to kickoff.