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Thankful for the Wisconsin Badgers Athletic Programs' Unparalleled Success


It’s Thanksgiving, there is snow on the ground and on this day when we share thanks, we should all take a moment to appreciate Wisconsin Badgers athletics. We should truly appreciate what we have to root for.

Of course this day is meant first-and-foremost for gathering around family and good food but the Badgers feel kind of like family, too – don’t they?

It’s not a trivial feeling, albeit them only being college sports teams. It’s the self-esteem of the state of Wisconsin and the world class university that represents it.

The Badgers are the top university in the country at the moment when all three major sports are looked at in their current rankings. Are you thankful for that?

I bring this up today because as we sit here today preparing for our Thanksgiving meal all three major sports teams are currently ranked in the top-15 in the country.

Can another university boast that?

No. Not one.

At this moment Wisconsin Football sits at No. 15 in the nation, Wisconsin Basketball is ranked No. 10 in the nation and Wisconsin Hockey has the No. 12 ranking nationally.

Wow. Talk about unparalleled success.

Of course we are all thankful for the football program and the success it’s achieved since Barry Alvarez took over as head coach in 1990. Gary Andersen looks like a coach worthy of building on that success beyond what Bret Bielema achieved in his seven seasons as head coach.

The basketball program has been a beacon of consistency and has sustained great success in the past 20 seasons between Dick Bennett and Bo Ryan at the helm. Ryan has put Wisconsin basketball on the map by going to the NCAA tournament every year since he took over in 2001.

But don’t forget about the hockey program either! Head coach Mike Eaves, who took over in 2002, has kept UW a top-notch hockey program and even helped the Badgers take home their sixth national championship in 2006.

I am thankful for many things in my life; family, friends, health, hobbies and a plethora of other things. But one of those things is the current and sustained success of the Wisconsin Badgers’ three major sports programs.

This isn’t a flash in the pan either, these programs have been dominant for years and are all set up to continue that trend onward into the future.

I think all of us Badger state natives can all be thankful for that. Keep on, Wisconsin.

Enjoy overeating Bucky faithful, it’s a good time to be a UW fan.

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