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Saturday, March 26, 2005

Early next morning

Posted by: Hammer / 10:21 AM

Early next morning, and it still feels good. Go Badgers!

Sure, Hammer was nervous when NC State couldn't miss from beyond the arc. But the Miller Hos bribed me off my Schell's Caramel Bock with nothing more than a wrist band.

A magic wrist band, as it turns out. The Badgers were down by 9 when the wrist band went on. The Badgers ended up winning by 9. A stunning 18-point turnaround attributable to the wrist band.

And Alando Tucker.

But mostly the wrist band.

Jack had his beans. Hammer has his wrist band. Giants beware!


This is inexcusable:
Then there was Wisconsin and its coach Bo Ryan. To me, he is the most underappreciated coach in America. He gets the most out of his people.

The Badgers got key performances up front from Alando Tucker and Michael Wilkerson. How many times do you see the veterans step up and come through in clutch time.

That's from a Dick Vitale column on ESPN.com. The man's name is Mike Wilkinson. This is the college basketball analyst on the sports network making the mistake. And the mistake is huge. It's not like he spelled a hard name wrong. It's not like typing Farve instead of Favre. Vitale -- who is paid to follow college basketball -- doesn't know Mike Wilkinson's name. Wilkinson is the best player on one of the 8 best teams in the country. He was a unanimous all-Big Ten player. As of Sunday at 1:41 p.m., Wilkinson will have played in more games than any other Badger in school history.

I'm so old I remember when ESPN featured good reporting rather than fast talking spewers of hyperbole who can't be bothered to learn the name of a guy who exemplifies everything Dick Vitale will tell you is great about college basketball. Wilkinson is fundamentally sound. He has already finished his bachelor's degree and is working on his master's. He's a good player who gets the most of his talent. Most importantly, he works as hard as anyone in the game. Vitale will tell you those are the things that make college basketball great, but he can't be bothered to learn Wilkerson's name.

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