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 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 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 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 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!


 

Episode 43 - Week 5: A Wonky Saturday with South Florida

Dissecting the Badgers final game on the non-conference slate, Rich and Max break down Wisconsin's 27-10 win over South Florida.  They look at how Melvin Gordon largely look over the game in the 2nd half, how the offensive line took a step back this week, and compare Tanner McEvoy to Badger quarterbacks since the beginning of the Alvarez Era in Madison.  They even find time to reveal the identity behind the @JSComments twitter feed.  

DON'T FORGET TO ENTER THE MESSAGE BOARD TRIVIA CONTEST THIS WEEK!

 

Episode 42 - Week 4: Bowling over Bowling Green

After a record shattering performance against Bowling Green, Rich and Max breakdown the highlights - and significant lowlights - of the blowout victory.  They talk about Melvin Gordon's triumphant day, the importance of Dare Ogunbowale's emergence at running back, the impressive showing by the defense, and even find time to dissect Max's drunken tweets, play some message board trivia, and discuss the finer points of knitting a purse during a football game.  As always, it's an action packed and informative show.  

Message Board Trivia challenge:

Below are four statements.  Three of these were actually made on message boards; one was made up.  Reply in the comments with your guess as to which one is the false one.  The winners get our never ending respect.:

  1. Bart Houston is the type of QB who would just thrive if thrown into the spotlight. Probably the best pure passer on the roster, no fear.
  2. Anyone else a bit disappointed in what we are seeing from Clement so far?

  3. Dare should get 10 touches a game, he shows more explosiveness than Clement.

  4. McEvoy is like Pryor, miller types in that he can throw enough to be a very good qb.

 

Episode 40 - Week 2: Stay Chillin' People

Coming off a solid performance against the Western Illinois Leathernecks, Rich and Max delve into the finer points of the Badgers' 37-3 victory.  They gauge the progress Tanner McEvoy has made as a passer, evaluate Alex Erickson as a receiver, and even sing the praises of the defense.  They even find time for listener mail and play some user submitted feedback from a very special listener!

 

Episode 39 - Everyone Needs to Chill

While it's no doubt been a crazy 48 hours of fallout since the LSU loss, Rich and Max definitely believe it's time for Badger fans to tone down the hyperbolic hysteria.  After putting the LSU game and the rest of the season in proper perspective, they wade into what can only be described as the Joel Stave mess.  

 

Episode 27 - Xs & Os of the Badger Run Game with Space Coyote

Making his podcasting debut, Logan Larson - better known as Space Coyote - joins the BuckAround to explain the fundamental concepts and techniques behind Wisconsin's long-successful rushing attack.  Logan breaks down the difference between zone and power running,   plays Wisconsin likes to run the most, where Corey Clement and Melvin Gordon need to improve most in 2014, and even gives a short preview of the Michigan season upcoming.  He's a man of many talents who helped produce arguably one of the most informative episodes of the BuckAround ever!

 

Episode 26 - Reunited

With Max back, he and Rich talk through Rich's Stave Injury worries, review Wisconsin's monster recruiting weekend, give their thoughts on Gary Andersen as a recruiter in general, and name their 5 most important Badgers for 2014.  

 

Jesse Temple's 25 Most important Badgers for 2014

 

Episode 17 - Spring Practice: The Long Goodbye

After battling technical difficulties for a week, Rich & Max come out firing on all cylinders.  Max expresses his distaste for the selection of B1G night games by ESPN and the Big Ten Network before they grade out the spring (literally!) and Rich identifies where Badgers go to watch their football career die.

 

Episode 16 - Badgers Spring Game with Jesse Temple

Fresh off the Spring Game, Rich and Max are joined by Fox Sports Wisconsin's Jesse Temple who discusses Saturday's game and Spring Practice as a whole.  They talk the quarterback race, the complexion of the defense, and Max's ability to fit into 10 year old clothes.

 

Episode 1 - TCF Bank Stadium Is Cold

In our debut episode, we examine the Badgers 20-7 victory over Minnesota.  Max stressed the surprisingly strong performance of the Gophers while Rich saw the game as the first feather in Gary Andersen's cap as Badger football coach.  We also touched on the B1G title race, the larger BCS picture, and looked ahead to Penn State.