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A cold November leads into cold start for December

December 1st, 2014 at 11:53 am by under Weather

12-1-14 morning lows

Low temperatures this morning dipped down into the single digits this morning, with wind chill values ranging from -10 to -20 degrees. It was a truly frigid way to start the month.

Thankfully, the lows this morning weren’t anywhere near record values. Green Bay’s low of 5 degrees was still a full 15 degrees above the record of -11, set back in 1893.

But the cold weather wasn’t anything we haven’t become accustomed to over the course of this November, which just concluded on Sunday. It was a little bit closer to re-writing some record books.

november temp comparison

Green Bay ended up with the 5th-coldest November on record with an average of 28.5 degrees over the course of the month. It’s about 6 degrees cooler than usual.

Thankfully it was still a few degrees warmer than the coldest November on record, which was in 1951.

And the one bit of good news about this cold snap today to start December is that it doesn’t look to continue for much longer. Temperatures should rebound to near 30 for Tuesday, and by this weekend we could be seeing highs back up into the 30s.


Week 3 B1G Ten Picks

September 16th, 2011 at 3:28 pm by under Sports

Two solid weeks in the books in the Big Ten season and a very interesting Week 3 lies ahead.  Here are my picks!

Saturday:
(17) Ohio State vs. Miami (FL)
Penn State vs. Temple
Pittsburgh vs. Iowa
S.E. Missouri St. vs. Purdue
(7) Wisconsin vs. N. Illinois
Washington vs (11) Nebraska
South Carolina St. vs. Indiana
Miami (OH) vs. Minnesota
Northwestern vs. Army
Arizona State vs. Illinois

Upset Special:
(15) Michigan State vs. Notre Dame

Blowout Game:
Eastern Michigan vs. Michigan

Season Record: 28-8


Badgers in the NFL Draft

April 20th, 2011 at 12:08 pm by under Sports

Wisconsin defensive tackle J.J. Watt (99) is seen before the first half of an NCAA college football game against Northwestern Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

After a banner year for the Wisconsin Badgers football team, which came oh so close to a win in the Rose Bowl, a number of players are now looking to the next level.  Six players, in my opinion, at least have a chance of getting drafted when then NFL Draft kicks off on April 28th.  Here’s a breakdown of where I think they might land.

J.J. Watt – Defensive End:

What a player.  There’s not a team in the NFL that wouldn’t want a player like J.J.  His motor is endless, yet he’s not just a motor guy.  He’s talented, he’s smart, and he has a nose for the football.  He just seems to be a part of every play.  Whether he’s knocking down a pass, sacking the quarterback, or even blocking a kick, Watt was one of the biggest impact defensive players in the country.

Projection: 1st Round, 18th overall, to the San Diego Chargers

Gabe Carimi – Offensive Lineman:

One of the best offensive linemen in the country.  The 2010 AP All-American and Outland Trophy winner (best offensive lineman in the country), was probably the best pass blocking lineman in the country.  He’s big, strong, and maybe most importantly, athletic.  And just like his defensive counterpart Watt, Carimi is incredibly smart both on the field and in the classroom.  He likely won’t be the first or second offensive lineman taken, but you can count on Carimi being a staple of any offensive line for the next 10 years.

Projection: 1st Round, 22nd overall, to the Indianapolis Colts

Lance Kendricks – Tight End:

One word.  SLEEPER! Comes from a long line of great Badgers tight ends over the last five years including Travis Beckum (Giants) and Garrett Graham (Texans). The 2nd -team All-American has had a number of injury problems but his talent is unquestionable.  Had the Badgers been more of a pass-friendly offense, Kendricks could’ve been the top tight end in the country.  Needs to become a little better blocker to be a good pro, but the guy can get open and has great hands.  He’ll probably drop further in the draft than he should, but whoever takes a chance on him won’t be sorry.

Projection: 3rd round, 80th overall, to the Jacksonville Jaguars

John Moffitt – Offensive Lineman:

Joined his offensive lineman counterpart Gabe Carimi on the 1st-team All-American list.  He’s not nearly as athletic as Carimi, but don’t sleep on how quick this 314-pound beast can be.  He started 42 of 45 games in a Badgers uniform and is poised to start for a very long time in the NFL.  The only thing that drops Moffitt in this draft is that athleticism.  Is he gonna be able to hang with the top-tier defensive linemen play after play in the NFL?  Probably not right now, but give him some time. Moffitt, like the rest of his Badgers teammates, is a very smart and coachable player.  Let’s see what a little time in the league can do for him.  I think he could be a steal in the fourth round.

Projection: 4th round, 131st overall, to the Green Bay Packers

Scott Tolzien – Quarterback:

Tolzien is a tough one.  You want to think there is potential for him in the NFL, and there very well may be.  But right now he’s nothing more than a backup.  Tolzien obviously played in a very run-oriented offense at Wisconsin, so it will be interesting to see how he responds in a more balanced attack.  Tolzien can play from under center as well as in the shotgun.  He’s a tough kid that’s willing to take a hit, unfortunately his courage is not always rewarded.  His mediocre arm-strength is definitely a cause for concern.  He just seemed to make too many unforced errors, even when things appeared to be rolling at times.  I do think he gets drafted though, and I strongly believe he can make a roster.  Let’s give him a few years, you never know with a guy like Scott, you just never know.

Projection: 6th round, 199th overall, to the Kansas City Chiefs

John Clay – Running Back:

Oh what could’ve been for John Clay.  It’s not how we all expected it to end for the bruising running back.  Arguably one of the best backs in program history, leaves the Badgers quietly after his junior season for the NFL.  If Clay is at any other school he probably returns for his senior season.  But with the emergence of Montee Ball and James White, the John Clay era in Madison rightfully came to and end.  He would share carries and probably have his draft stock fall even further than it has.  But, that’s not to say I’ve given up on Clay.  I still think there’s some potential and a fresh start in the right situation could be a game-changer.  He’s still a darn good back and has some size and athleticism to make defenders think.  But there are obviously some questions.  Can he stay healthy?  Can he stay committed?  I hope he can, because big John can still be a player, I have no doubts.

Projection: Undrafted free agent

Here’s a look at my 2011 NFL Mock Draft.

Here’s a look at a Badgers Photo Gallery.


Big Ten Tournament Preview

March 7th, 2011 at 2:20 pm by under Sports

First things first, let’s take a look at the bracket:

Couple things stand out:

Michigan State the #7 seed: This is the same Spartans team that was ranked #2 in the NATION in the first Associated Press poll of the season.  MSU is anything but a lock to get in to the NCAA tournament unless they can find a way to beat Iowa in the opener and then Purdue on Friday.  One win might get them in, but if they fall to the Hawkeyes, the NIT is the only championship they’ll be playing for this season.

Michigan/Illinois: Definitely the best second day match-up no matter what happens on Thursday.  The Illini are safely in the tournament but the Wolverines have a lot left to play for.  They’ve won six of their last eight and have jumped squarely onto the NCAA tournament bubble. In fact, a win over Bruce Weber’s boys probably secures them a spot.  Would be quite the story for this Michigan team that was expected to finish at the bottom of the conference.

Team to watch: Wisconsin

The Badgers are coming off of a drubbing against top-ranked Ohio State.  Of course the Buckeyes made 14-15 3-pointers against the Badgers, but this is the time of the year when the Badgers start to struggle.  Bo Ryan always finds a way to get his program to the top of the regular season standings, but come tournament time it’s a different story.  The Badgers can probably earn up to a 3-seed in the NCAA tournament if they were able to come out on top this weekend in Indianapolis, but if they were to lose to a team like Penn State (who they lost to earlier in the season) they would likely end up a 5-seed.  The Badgers live and die by the “3″ and come tournament time that’s a dangerous way to play.  But Jordan Taylor is a calming influence at the point and the kind of leader you want during March Madness.

Player to watch: Zack Novak, Michigan

We just talked about it, Michigan has to win.  And if the Wolverines are gonna do it they’re gonna need their emotional leader to play better.  Novak is no question the heart and soul of this Wolverines squad, but he has struggled as of late.  In their last four games he shot only 3-26 (12%) from the field, all of which were 3-pointers (3-17, 18%).  He’s only scored in double digits once in his last nine games and that was a 10-point performance against league-worst Indiana.  That’s not gonna cut it come tournament time.  Michigan is too young to make any kind of run without help from their veterans. If Novak plays well, they’ll get the win they need to make it to the big dance.

Predictions:

Thursday:

#9 Minnesota over #8 Northwestern; #7 Michigan State over #10 Iowa; #6 Penn State over #11 Indiana

Friday:

#1 Ohio State over #9 Minnesota; #5 Illinois over #4 Michigan; #2 Purdue over #7 Michigan State; #3 Wisconsin over #6 Penn State

Saturday:

#1 Ohio State over #5 Illinois; #3 Wisconsin over #2 Purdue

Sunday:

#1 Ohio State over #3 Wisconsin

NCAA Tournament Berths:

Ohio State, Purdue, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State