Episode 91 - Fall Camp Update with Jason Galloway

The season is less than 2 weeks away! As the Badgers enter the home stretch of fall camp, Rich and Max are joined by Jason Galloway of Madison.com. They discuss the growth of Joel Stave, how the offensive line is shaping up, and how the defense is taking shape. To open the show, the guys catch up with Dave Bartoo, creater or the College Football Matrix, to get a sense for how he thinks the Badgers' season will play out and what to expect from Paul Chryst. 

Patience Grasshoppers, the season is almost here!

SHOW NOTES

  • 2:00 Rich is obsessed with Iowa
  • 6:00 Welcome back Dave Bartoo, creator of the CFB Matrix
  • 6:15 What is the CFB Matrix?
  • 8:30 How does the Matrix view Chryst versus Andersen?
  • 13:00 What about Aranda staying?
  • 14:45 How will the B1G play out?
  • 16:45 Where to find the CFB Matrix
  • 19:30 Just when you thought Rich was going to be negative...
  • 24:45 The one and only Jason Galloway of Madison.com ... It's a website
  • 26:15 Is there anything other than injuries happening at Fall Camp?
  • 28:15 Talking Stave and the throw game
  • 30:30 How is Stave's chemistry with the WR's?
  • 31:30 McEvoy will be a WR... Why?
  • 33:00 What is McEvoy's best position?
  • 34:00 All you need is Love? (Spoiler: you need more)
  • 35:15 Will Trezy see the field?
  • 37:00 Who will return kicks?
  • 38:30 Is/Should the OL be a huge concern?
  • 40:30 Did Ball miss his chance to lock up a OG position?
  • 42:45 The DL looks good
  • 44:30 Is the ILB depth real?
  • 46:15 Dare vs Deal
  • 48:00 The TE position
  • 50:00 Who is a written off player that will emerge?
  • 52:00 Could UW make the playoff with one loss?
  • 57:00 The 2nd Annual Over/Under prop bet pod is on deck!
 

Episode 79 - Spring Scouting Report with Space Coyote

Making his 3rd appearance on the show, Logan Larson (a.k.a. Space Coyote) returns to the podcast to dissect the Badger spring game. He handicaps the backup quarterback race, evaluates the talent available at wide receiver, has high hopes for the defensive line and explains why Leon Jacobs is one of his breakout stars for 2015. All the while fending off Max's best efforts to turn this podcast into a preview of Illinois. 

SHOW NOTES:

  • 1:30 It's all Badgers tonight
  • 6:00 Making his THIRD appearance... Logan Larson aka the Space Coyote
  • 7:00 All B1G breakout team starting... Wait for it... Joel Stave
  • 12:00 The competition for the backup QB
  • 19:45 What's the Deal with Taiwan?
  • 24:45 Some surprise standouts on the OL
  • 30:15 Are UW WR's going to be awful?
  • 32:10 TE's appear solid
  • 33:45 Is the DL the most improved unit on the defense?
  • 37:45 Let's talk about Leon Jacobs... A lot.
  • 46:20 Will the defense perform better against top offenses?
  • 55:00 Where for art thou Austin Kafentzis? (spoiler: it's Nevada)
 

Episode 76 - Off Season Freak Out

It may be May, but Rich and Max have no shortage of Badgers news thanks to the announcement of Austin Kafentzis' transfer out of the Wisconsin program.  They discuss his rapid fall from favor, what this means for depth, and how this may in fact be a sign of health in the program.  They also, with some help from some really strong listener submissions, tackle their bold predictions for 2015.  They both feel like this is Stave's year while spending lots of time talking about - what else - punting.

SHOW NOTES:

  • 1:15 Rich has the constitution of a butterfly
  • 2:30 The podcasting gods give the... The Austin Kafentzis saga
  • 23:00 The Guy at the Top: The Joel Stave Story
  • 25:00 Bold Prediction Time
  • 25:15 QB Predictions
  • 33:30 Punting Predictions
  • 35:30 Alabama Game Predictions
  • 38:30 Alex Erickson Predictions
  • 41:15 Running Back Predictions
  • 42:45 Tight End Predictions
  • 45:00 Defense and ST Predictions (non punter division)
  • 51:00 Bowl Predictions
  • 54:00 Scheduling Predictions
  • 56:30 Wrap Up
 

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.  

 

Episode 46 - Quarterbacks and Wide Receivers: Where the Badgers are Going and How They Got Here

Given the upheaval at quarterback following the Northwestern loss, a 2nd episode of the BuckAround was inevitable this week.  Rich and Max dive headfirst into the controversy, trying to discern where the choaches are looking to take the program through the remainder of the '14 season and into the future.  They look at McEvoy's future in the offense, if Bart Houston is a viable option as a replacement, and finish the show examining how the Badgers ended up with such a shortage of talent at wide receiver and quarterback.  Controversy always makes for a good podcast!  

 

Episode 45 - Week 6: A Rainy Day in Evanston

Rich and Max sift through the still smoldering embers of the Northwestern game and try to answer the burning questions surrounding UW's offense, specifically a seeming QB controversy and just what's with this offensive line. Also, was the defense really THAT bad? Also, the first winners of the @JSComments message board trivia contest are revealed!