Episode 74 - Spring Practice Capstone

With spring practice officially in the rear view mirror, Rich and Max pause to reflect on what's been learned about the team over the past 15 practices. They give their impressions on the offensive line, what they saw out of the backup quarterbacks, and what they thought about the inexperienced linebackers.  They close the show with a larger discussion of Paul Chryst as a recruiter and what can be learned from his approach thus far.  

SHOW NOTES:

  • 2:00 The exercise of making people uncomfortable
  • 4:15 Kicking it off with a listener speak pipe
  • 5:30 Wisconsin's top concern... The offensive line?!?
  • 13:35 Rich wants to talk quarterbacks
  • 17:15 WR's are better than we thought... Maybe?
  • 24:00 Moving to the DL
  • 28:45 TJ Edwards is a player
  • 31:45 Another speak pipe message?!? Just kidding.
  • 34:15 Dare vs Deal
  • 37:30 Seriously, another speak pipe message.
  • 42:00 Crootin with Chryst
  • 55:00 Listener emails
 

Episode 73 - Spring Wrap up with Jesse Temple

Rich & Max are joined by Fox Sports Wisconsin's Jesse Temple to draw Wisconsin's 2015 spring to a close. Jesse gives insights on UW's offense and defense and what he saw from Paul Chryst's first spring practice at head coach. And of course, hair and men's fashion.

 

SHOW LINKS:

Gordon Motivated by not Becoming a 1st Round Bust 

SHOW NOTES:

  • 1:20 Hobby talk
  • 4:20 New Home Owner Jesse Temple
  • 5:20 Back up QB battle
  • 8:55 The RB situation and Deal vs Dare
  • 11:30 Listener question and a discussion about the WRs.
  • 17:30 Is the Wisconsin OL a concern?
  • 20:20 Status of the DL
  • 22:40 Are the LB's actually a strength?
  • 24:40 Wisconsin Defense 2015: More Pressure and Stuff
  • 26:20 Tanner Talk
  • 28:30 The Best Question
  • 31:45 Who will return the kicks?
  • 33:15 The coaching staff and the media
  • 38:50 Prop bets
  • 46:30 MELVIN Gordon's honesty
  • 52:15 Wrap up
 

Episode 72 - Media Relations

After taking a week off (OK, a week and a half!) Rich and Max return to discuss the latest developments in spring practice.  They look at the depth at running back, the questions at wide receiver, and the pronunciation of Alex Hornibrook's name.  They close the show with Rich's theory on why the Badgers have had such a "quiet" spring.

 

SHOW NOTES:

  • 2:00 Maxwell Brusky: Podcast Superstar
  • 5:30 Spring practice... Just kidding. It's rambling. Mikey Dudek is the new Iowa.
  • 9:30 We are #TeamDare and other RB talk.
  • 16:15 Alex Hornibrook is strong out the gate.
  • 20:45 Weekly (semi-weekly) McEvoy talk and the WR's.
  • 26:00 Sojourn Shelton rebounds.
  • 29:10 Paul Chryst is NOT a quote machine.
  • 40:30 Good night.
 

Episode 71 - Spring Mid-Terms: 2015 Edition

Making his annual spring practice pilgrimage to the BuckAround, B5Q's Luke Mueller joins the podcast to give Rich and Max an update on what he's seeing with Paul Chryst's Badgers this spring.  He breaks down the progression of the quarterbacks, if Dare Ogunbowale can be the #2 running back, and what the new faces at inside linebacker bring to the table.  He even finds time to give some hot punting takes!

SHOW NOTES:

  • 1:30 We are the Giving Tree
  • 3:30 Can YOU help with the archives?
  • 6:00 Return of the Jedi, Luke Mueller
  • 8:05 Bart Houston looks solid. Not at punter…at quarterback!
  • 11:45 Compare and contracts Alex Hornibrook and Austin Kafentzis
  • 14:15 Let’s talk Dare, Deal and Kinlaw
  • 18:55 Who will catch the ball?
  • 23:30 New coaches getting Settled…get it?
  • 27:50 The Lines
  • 35:10 Inside Linebackers: what do we have here?
  • 40:55 Trezy…I think, and the last line of defense
  • 46:50 Punting. It’s not pretty folks.
  • 50:15 Why the lack of story lines?
 

Episode 70 - Spring Practice Potpourri

Returning from a two week hiatus, Rich and Max give their thoughts on Spring Practice thus far. They discuss Chryst's handling of the quarterbacks, whether Tanner McEvoy will play wide receiver (Rich kinda whiffs on this part), what inside linebacker is going to look like, and the strange way the relationship between the athletic department and Badger football media works.  They close out the show with a brand new segment that EVERYONE is going to be talking about! 

SHOW NOTES:

  • 1:20 Max's article and Twitter handles
  • 4:00 And now for something new and exciting... Well not no, but later in the show
  • 7:05 Let's talk about spring practice and the lack of drama
  • 10:45 Stave is our quarterback
  • 15:30 recurring Tanner McEvoy talk, now with more WR
  • 18:25 Inside LB's, wherein Rich explains the sort feature to Max
  • 25:55 Austin Hudson's transfer and keeping things hush-hush.
  • 31:50 A listener question and advanced sorting.
  • 43:05 Return of the MAC (discussion).
  • 46:00 Max's Minute(s)
  • 1:04:40 One last question
 

Episode 69 - Spring Practice Preview

Basketball? Who needs basketball! Rich and Max ring in the beginning of spring practice with their thoughts on what can be learned about the team over the next month. The look at the myriad of questions on offense, where there are concerns on defense and manage to talk about Iowa nine times over the course of the episode. Spring practive primers: "There are many like it, but this one is ours!"

SHOW NOTES:

  • 1:44 Iowa geography and outdated discussions of The Bachelor
  • 3:16 Buckaround's spring coverage is different
  • 5:36 Let's talk about Tanner McEvoy. He's fast enough, he's big enough and gosh darn it people like him (at other positions).
  • 12:46 Quarterbacks, a competition? Who's number 2?
  • 18:46 WR's development
  • 22:45 Who will step up on OL? Max sneaks in Iowa discussion.
  • 27:41 Let's talk defense. inside LB's, Jeremy Patterson and the secondary.
  • 34:20 PUNTERS!!!
  • 39:55 Slot WR Can Jazz Peavy be this year's Rob Wheelwright (have more than one catch)?
  • 41:30 Closing thoughts
 

Episode 68 - Way Too Early Depth Charts: Defensive and Special Teams Edition

Wrapping up what they started last week, Rich and Max take a stab at projecting the 2015 defense. They look at some of the new starters at defensive line and linebacker and agree that the secondary looks very crowded with the potential additions of Tanner McEvoy and Natrell Jamerson, but first take time to examine the significance of how the John Settle hire was rolled out.  

SHOW NOTES:

  • 1:30 A series of apologies
  • 4:00 How the University introduced Coach Settle
  • 12:10 The defensive line
  • 22:20 The linebackers
  • 33:00 The defensive backs
  • 44:45 Kicking and punting and returning
  • 50:00 Player acquisition, player development and player deployment... Boom.
  • 56:30 That's a wrap
 

Episode 67 - Way too Early Depth Charts: Offensive Edition

Buckle up people because it's officially here! The doldrums of the pre-spring practice off season has arrived and Rich and Max have officially set sail for conjecture land with their  depth chart projections for the 2015 season. With a striking amount of agreement between them they are able to put together a consolidated depth chart for the two of them while still finding time to discuss killer whales, arm wrestling, and Billy Dee Williams 

SHOW NOTES

  • 1:30 We're in the mood to talk
  • 6:50 RB: Clement followed by others
  • 14:20 FB: Where we have agreement
  • 20:00 TE: A lot of familiar faces... And some new ones
  • 33:15 OL: The position group with the most question marks
  • 46:00 WR: Who will be opposite Erickson?
  • 56:45 QB: It's gonna be tough to unseat Stave
  • 1:03:00 Farewell from conjectureland
 

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.