Author: drewpakenham

I'm a huge Wisconsin sports fan that currently resides in Kansas. I spent the first 22 years of my life in Wisconsin and will always follow those teams very closely! I'm also a big golf and esports fan.

It’s that magical time of year again. It is The Masters! The weather is getting warmer, the grass is turning green and the trees are close to blossoming. For some, it’s just considered Spring. For us crazed golf fans, it’s considered Masters season. The first major of the year, held at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, is the most iconic of them all. Between the course itself and the deep history, it’s the key major for all professional golfers. The Experience Every year, 90 or so of the best players in the world arrive at Augusta National to play…

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Over the next several months, there are going to be a lot of articles written, videos made, and podcasts recorded regarding the direction the Green Bay Packers should go in for the 2022 season. After multiple heartbreaking playoff losses and an all-in approach in 2021, the Packers are at a fork in the road. Before anything happens leading up to the new league year, they will be around $40,000,000 over the salary cap. This was always going to be the consequence of pushing back contracts to return the vast majority of the team that barely lost to Tampa Bay in…

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The Badgers are continuing to add depth through the transfer portal. On Thursday, they received yet another commitment from CB Cedrick Dort out of Kentucky. He is the third corner added this offseason, joining Justin Clark from Toledo and Jay Shaw out of UCLA. Meet Cedrick Dort With the Badgers losing every starter from last season’s secondary, these additions are definitely needed. Dort is a grad transfer, so the Badgers are getting a player with quite a bit of experience. He has proven to be better against the run as opposed to passing. However, he is two years removed from…

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Wisconsin Badgers coaches headed west and have returned with some much-needed transfer players from UCLA. With their entire starting secondary and all but one receiver moving on due to expired eligibility or NFL aspirations, the Badgers used the transfer portal to add depth and potential in both positions. Jay Shaw – CB Cornerback Jay Shaw is the big get here – which isn’t to diminish the value of the other player that will be discussed shortly. With both Wisconsin’s starting corners gone, adding the third-highest graded corner in the Pac-12 last year is huge. His numbers don’t jump off the…

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The Badgers lost an important piece of their coaching staff on Monday. Offensive line coach Joe Rudolph is heading to Virginia Tech. There has been some debate amongst fans as to whether or not the loss is actually a bad thing. Many believe it’s not, as Rudolph called plays in 2020 and we all remember how that went. With that said, he was also the run game coordinator and an associate head coach. What are the Badgers losing? The Badgers are losing a key part of their coaching staff as Rudolph was their offensive line coach, run game coordinator, and…

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The Packers are a lock for the playoffs this year with a 12-3 record and 2 games remaining on the schedule. They’re also closing in on locking up the number 1 seed and getting a first round bye. Even though 14 potential wins and a first round bye makes this team sound dominant, there are definitely some teams that could give the Pack more trouble than others. Wild Card Round Even though the odds are in favor of the Packers to get a first round bye and skip this round, I’d still like to look at what matchups could be…

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The start of the Wisconsin men’s basketball season has been better then even the most optimistic followers could have predicted. With a win over 12th ranked Houston, handing Texas A&M their only loss of the season and beating a solid St. Mary’s team, Wisconsin has overachieved so far this season. So far, their only blemish is a loss to a Providence team that is currently tied for 1st in the Big East while Wisconsin played without their best player. No matter how you spin it, this team has exceeded expectation and projections. This team has shown enough promise that we…

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The 2021 Milwaukee Brewers filled their fan base with excitement and optimism heading into the 2021 MLB Playoffs. Unfortunately, things did not go as planned and they were ushered out by the eventual World Series champion Atlanta Braves (as is the case most years the Brewers make the playoffs). Looking ahead to 2022, the Brewers are set to bring back the vast majority of impact players from last years team.  Avisail Garcia and Eduardo Escobar are the main two free agents not expected to return. With very few holes to fill and the team ready to take the next step,…

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What's next for the Badgers?

As fans of the Badgers, and let’s be honest, Badgers basketball as well, we know heartbreak all too well. To an extent, we should be happy that we’ve had opportunities to be heartbroken, as it means there have been multiple close calls with serious triumph. With the football team, in particular, greatness has always seemed to be just out of reach. At first glance, there aren’t many positives from this season after six games. As an occasionally emotional badgers fan myself, it isn’t easy to look at the program holistically. Once you do it, though, you realize there is plenty…

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