Episode 66 - Reputation

Returning from their post signing day hiatus, Rich and Max are joined by Travis Wilson of Wisconsin Sports Network on the podcast to learn more about the dynamics of football in the state of Wisconsin. Afterwards Rich and Max discuss the significance of the departure of Thomas Brown and what the potential hire of John Settle means for the future of Badger football.  

 

Episode 65 - National Signing Day 2015 with Evan Flood

Let's be honest. You aren't reading this.  You don't even care what's here.  What you care about is what's INSIDE this podcast.  It's the pure buttery goodness of Evan Flood's recruiting knowledge.  And there is a LOT of it in this epsiode.  Enjoy!

SHOW NOTES:

  • 1:30 Rich is a Phoenix rising from Arizona
  • 6:00 Talkin Crootin with Evan Flood
  • 7:00 What position was addressed best?
  • 9:45 Why is DB always such a challenge?
  • 13:00 How has Arranda's role changed?
  • 16:30 The recruitment of Arrington Farrar
  • 20:30 How did the RB musical chairs "really" play out?
  • 25:30 UW is recruiting RB's at an elite level. Why not OL or TE?
  • 27:30 Who are the players who can contribute right away?
  • 32:30 What happened with the defensive directions?
  • 37:35 What about the WR position?
  • 40:15 Impressions on in state recruiting
  • 43:15 Lets talk Northern Illinois recruiting!!!
  • 45:30 Will Andersen's lasting legacy be recruiting?
  • 50:00 How will Chryst balance in state and out of state?
  • 53:15 What are the strengths of new staff regarding recruiting?
  • 1:00:20 Can Kafentzis start from Day 1?
  • 1:02:30 Listener questions
  • 1:23:20 Let's call it a night
 

Episode 64 - January Potpourri

With Signing Day just around the corner, Rich and Max take a look at Chryst's first few weeks as a recruiter in Madison, what Gary Andersen and Sam Madden's comments about Wisconsin academic standards mean in the bigger picture, and finally - FINALLY - close out the 2014 season with the 2014 Golden Bucky awards.  

SHOW LINKS:

Sam Madden Article on Maize N Brew

Gary Andersen Discusses Wisconsin's Academic Standards

SHOW NOTES:

  • 1:30 Too much to talk about.
  • 9:30 What have we seen from Chryst the recruiter?
  • 21:30 A reader email about Gary Anderson.
  • 25:00 Academics, admissions and Sam Madden.
  • 34:20 Put your tuxes on! It's the Golden Bucky's!!!
  • 35:35 Overall MVP: spoiler... It's MELVIN!!!
  • 36:25 Offensive MVP: where Rich is wrong (Alex Erickson) and says someone besides MELVIN.
  • 38:15 Defensive MVP: Warren Herring
  • 39:55 Unsung Hero: Sam Arneson
  • 41:50 Biggest Disappointment: Rich has Love. Max has Shelton
  • 44:35 Freshman of the Year: Fumigalli for Max and Obasih for Rich
  • 46:00 Offensive Future Star: where Rich (picking George Rushing) mocks Max for the correct answer (Clement).
  • 48:00 Defensive Future Star: Figaro for Max and Sheehy for Rich
  • 50:20 Worst Game: LSU for Max and Northwestern for Rich
  • 53:50 Best Game: it's Auburn
  • 56:00 Play of the Year: Max says Love's jet sweep vs LSU but Rich says MELVIN on 4th and 1 vs Auburn
  • 58:30 That's a wrap on 2014
 

Episode 63 - Paul Chryst: Pitt Head Coach with Paul Zeise

The long promised interview is finally here! Rich and Max are joined by Paul Zeise, sports writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and father of Pitt wide receiver Elijah Zeise, to disect Paul Chryst's tenure at Pitt.  Paul explains the situation on the team when Chryst arrived in Pittsburgh, where he excelled, where he needs to improve in Madison, and what the coach was like during the recruitment of his son.  Paul brings a unqiue perspective to the new man in charge that is a must listen for any Badger fan.  

SHOW NOTES:

  • 3:15 Welcoming Paul Zeise
  • 4:15 Paul's background
  • 5:20 What did Chryst walk into at Pitt? (Spoiler... A disaster)
  • 16:15 The Rushel Shell saga
  • 19:30 How did Pitt's QB's develop under Chryst?
  • 27:00 How did the defense evolve under Chryst?
  • 32:30 Is Chryst plugged in networking wise?
  • 35:30 How much freedom will Arranda have?
  • 38:15 First hand experience regarding Chryst's recruiting
  • 44:40 What role will Joe Rudolph play?
  • 49:00 How did Chryst leave things at Pitt?
     
 

Episode 62 - 2014 Retrospective with Jesse Temple

With the dust finally starting to settle surrounding the coaching change, Rich and Max catch up with official Friend of the Show (his words, not ours) Jesse Temple to reflect on the 2014 season.  Jesse gives his thoughts on the staff's handling of the quarterback situation, why Rich was so wrong about Marcus Trotter place in Dave Aranda's defense, and of course no visit from Jesse is complete without some fashion talk.  There is something for everyone!

SHOW NOTES

  • 2:20 What do we call Jesse Temple?
  • 4:50 Please welcome the incomparable Jesse Temple
  • 5:30 Melvin Gordon is an honest guy
  • 9:00 Who surprised?
  • 13:10 Who underachieved?
  • 15:00 Did this year have more weird storylines than usual?
  • 18:35 Did the handling of the QB set the team back?
  • 25:30 What allowed Trotter to thrive in Aranda's system?
  • 27:15 What happened to the freshmen WR's?
  • 30:00 Was the staff surprised by the scrutiny?
  • 31:45 Did the coach and media dynamic change after the LSU game?
  • 34:20 In hindsight did you see red flags prior to Andersen's exit?
  • 36:45 Summing up the 2014 season and the Andersen era
  • 41:00 Is there a difference in the media coverage of Paul Chryst?
  • 43:40 Listener question... Yep, just one
  • 48:45 Recapping Jesse's predictions
  • 55:00 Good night everybody
 

Episode 61 - Turnover (of the Coaching Variety)

Hot on the heels of the official announcement of the balance of Paul Chryst's first staff as Wisconsin head coach, Rich and Max give their thoughts on the confirmed hires to date, examine the larger implications of the national title game for the B1G, and announce the winners of the 2013 Prop Bet Competition.  Hint: the most handsome host of the BuckAround wins!

SHOW NOTES:

  • 2:45 Impressions of the coaches the Badgers have introduced
  • 6:15 Who did the Badgers get?
  • 15:45 What the Badgers lost?
  • 23:00 Who is the hardest outgoing coach to replace?
  • 28:00 Max is impressed with Ohio St (and other NCG observations)
  • 34:00 How long will Urban Meyer stay at OSU?
  • 40:00 Over/Under recap
  • 1:07:00 Future episode previews
  • 1:10:00 Until next time
 

Episode 60 - Outback Bowl 2015: Gettin' the Bloomin' Onion off their back

The Badgers won their first bowl game in the last five tries, and Rich and Max couldn't be happier.  They wax poetically on the final performance of Melvin Gordon in a Badger uniform, the strong showing from the offensive line, the not so strong showing by Joel Stave, and finish out the season with a tiebreaking Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel comments contest.  Oh, and it looks like the original show title was taken; hopefully this one will suffice.  

SHOW NOTES:

  • 1:15 The BuckAround curse is lifted! The Badgers won a bowl game
  • 4:15 Compare/Contrast Max and Rich's New Years Day
  • 10:15 Let's talk the Badgers bowl game and under appreciating Melvin
  • 14:55 Offensive line's best game of the year?
  • 15:30 Rich's concerns about and during the Outback Bowl
  • 26:00 A vintage Stave performance
  • 31:45 Where does this game fit in the 2014 season?
  • 39:30 Was this an all time Badger game?
  • 45:00 The JS Comments finale
  • 53:00 That's it for the Outback Bowl
  • 57:00 Future episode previews
  • 59:30 It's been fun
 

Episode 59 - Malaise (and other big words)

With Bowl Season upon us, Rich and Max take some time to focus on the Badgers' opponent in the Outback Bowl, the Auburn Tigers.  Rich learns about the bowl from an Auburn perspective with Brandon Marcello of Al.com before they both discuss the perceived general disinterest in the bowl game from the Wisconsin fan base.  The guys also respond to a great listener voicemail, read email from some international Badger fans, and close the show with a request for support (no, they don't want your money, promise!).

 

Episode 58 - A Chrystmas Miracle....well maybe

With the hiring of Paul Chryst made all but official, Rich and Max give - for the first time in a while - differing opinions on the hiring of the Pitt head coach with deep Wisconsin roots.  Max has overcome some of his skepticism in the hire, but Rich lays out why he still has significant reservations.  

 

Episode 56 - Championship Week: Buckeye Road Kill

Because they are gluttons for punishment (and you are too for listening), Rich and Max spend way too much time breaking Wisconsin's stunning 59-0 defeat at the hands of the Ohio State Buckeyes in the B1G Championship Game.  They look at why the defense was basically powerless to stop Ohio State's spread attack, why the offense couldn't move the ball on the ground or through the air, and finally devote some time to the Outback Steakhouse menu.  Cheer up people, there is one game left! 

 

Episode 55 - The B1G Championship with Matt Brown

The Badgers can't go to the B1G Championship game without a preview show, can they? Rich and Max are joined by Matt Brown of Land Grant Holy Land to break down the Badgers' opponent in Indianapolis - the Ohio State Buckeyes.  They talk about the Buckeyes offense in a post-J.T. Barrett world, what OSU needs to do to stop Melvin Gordon, and the path to victory for both teams in Saturday's competition. They wrap things up talking about the coaching search at Nebraska.

 

Episode 54 - Week 14: The 11 Year Itch

Off a 34-24 come from behind victory over arch-rival Minnesota, Rich and Max analyze what the 10th victory of the season means for the Badgers.  They examine the team's ability to come back from an early 17-3 deficit, the adjustments made on both sides of the ball in the 2nd half, deal with a very challenging Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel comment contest, and cautiously deal with the thoughts of, shall we say, a very devoted fan.

 

Episode 53 - Week 13: Another Classic at Kinnick

Rich and Max examine the Badgers 26-24 victory at Iowa this past week. They discuss the importance of putting Joel Stave's performance in full context, if Melvin Gordon had a "Heisman Moment", and why the defense struggled in the 2nd half.  They also celebrate the show's growing popularity while reviewing how not to sound like a stalker when sending the show audio feedback.  

 

Episode 52 - Week 12: Bo Pelini Would Make a Wonderful Father-In-Law

Despite an historic, record breaking performance from Melvin Gordon - and a lively discussion of Gordon's place in Badger history - Rich and Max come away from the Badger win with almost as many questions as they went into the game with. While the defense seemed to answer most questions, what looked to be an underwhelming performance by Nebraska left everyone a little unsure of just how much could be taken from the Badger win. After looking ahead to the Badgers' opponents in the home stretch of the West division race, Max and Rich speculate on what it would be like to date Bo Pelini's daughter.

 

Episode 51 - Week 11: Taking too Much from Purdue

Rich and Max try not to take too much from the Badgers' 34-16 victory over Purdue, but just can't help it, especially when it come to the quarterbacks and the salty defense.  They also offer their thoughts on "Freedom" and roll out the latest from JSComments.  This week's show went a little long, but it wraps up with an intriguing suprise at the end.  Everyone likes surprises, right?

 

Episode 50 - Week 10: Rich Does Rutgers

Returning from a wet and miserable day in Piscataway, Rich gives his take as a visiting fan to High Point Solutions Stadium.  Continuing on the misery theme, Rich and Max talk about the Badgers quarterback play as well but balance that out with some big complements for the defense and special teams.  The show is rounded out with a short preview of the Purdue game in the coming week. 

 

Episode 49 - Week 9: Tickled Pink with a Win over Maryland

Rich and Max relive the glory that was the Badgers' 52-7 trouncing of Maryland.  They look at the multitudes of positives in all three phases of play while still finding time to discuss moving, Max's odd use of the word certain verbiage, and Rich's big plans for the Rutgers game this coming week.  It's a LONG show, but tons to talk about!

 

Episode 48 - The Xs & Os of the Badgers Defense with Space Coyote

With Rich rolling solo this week,  Logan Larson - better known as the Space Coyote - makes his long awaited second appearance on the BuckAround to examine the Badgers on the defensive side of the ball.  He focuses on the strengths and weaknesses of a youthful but athletic defensive line, how the Badgers compensate for a lot of smaller bodies playing at linebacker, and whether or not we are being fair in saying Sojourn Shelton has had a disappointing year thus far.  Logan's first visit over the summer was one of the most popular and his return will not disappoint.

 

Episode 47 - Week 7: A Not So Convincing Win Over Illinois

Despite rebounding with a solid 38-24 win over the Illini, Rich and Max delve into what was a far from perfect performance from the Badgers.  They examine the use of Tanner McEvoy and Joel Stave at quarterback, Sojourn Shelton's rough afternoon, and the breakout performance of Leon Jacobs.  Despite all this they even find time to have an impromptu business meeting before closing out the show.