That's all this site is about.
Are you frustrated the with the same tired, repetitive coverage of Buckingham U. Badger you see in the media these days? Do you find yourself wanting at the recycled formulaic pieces built around "media speak" by coaches, players, and administrators? Do you want someone to present you with a "less than obvious" story? So do we!
The result? BuckAround. Our goal is to be your first stop for fresh, intelligent analysis and critique of our favorite football team. As it says on the front page it's Badgers News and analysis by one of you: Badger Fans!
So who are we to make these kinds of claims? No one really, just a couple of guys willing to spend 10 bucks a month on a website! But for the curious:
Born and raised outside New York City, I attended UW in the late 90's majoring primarily in Fake IDs and weekends. Having never been exposed to it before, I was blown away by the excitement of big time college football. I witnessed the Badgers make two successful trips to Pasadena, Ron Dayne win the Heisman, and even attended the game that christened Jump Around in '98.
Although I've moved back East my heart is still in Madison on football Saturdays. Distance has only increased my obsession with the squad to sometimes disquieting levels. My wife claims my Russell Wilson man crush is a bit troubling but that's just crazy talk on her part.
We all have posters of him over our beds, right?...Amirite?... Anyone?! OK, forget that last part.
I followed Rich’s footsteps from the same high school in Connecticut to UW-Madison and graduated in 2004. My love affair with the Wisconsin Badgers football team started within the first couple weeks I stepped foot onto campus and experienced the gameday atmosphere, the tradition and the fans. I honestly think there’s no better place in the country to be on Saturday’s in the fall than in Madison.
I work in digital advertising and live in New York City because I think it’s really smart to pay a boat load in rent every month and spend $15 for Bud Lights when I go out. In my spare time, I enjoy playing sports, cooking and spending time with my wife.
Like Rich and Sahil, I made the trek, though much shorter, to the University of Wisconsin because who wouldn't want to go to school in the greatest college sports town in the nation? I am currently a junior and couldn't be more in love with the university. Badger Saturdays. Camp Randall Stadium. Jump Around. It is a tradition that is truly unique in the college football world.
As you might have guessed, I am a huge Badger fan and have been fortunate enough to attend the “Dayne Game” on November 13, 1999 (of course, I remember the date), both upsets of Ohio State in 2002 and 2010 (my dad made us leave at halftime in '02 because it was “raining,” forcing us to miss Lee Evans game-winning touchdown reception), the 2011 and 2012 Rose Bowls and last year's inaugural Big Ten Championship game to name a few.
Other than that, I am just an average college student living out my sports journalism dream.
I am an avowed and confessed junkie for college football in general and Wisconsin Badger football in particular. I graduated UW, Letters and Sciences in '95. In my real life, I'm a litigation attorney and father of two (son, daughter). Originally from Racine, WI, I now reside in the far western suburbs of Chicago.
Jon Arens, Contributing Editor
Jon graduated UW-Madison in 2010 and currently lives in Chicago. As a student, he wrote for a variety of publications in Madison, including the Badger Herald. A proud resident of Mifflin Street back when it actually mattered, he rarely missed a football or basketball game and has the ticket stubs to prove it. Jon has been to almost all of the road stadium and arenas in the BIG, but has seen precious few victories, something that still haunts his subconscious during any road trip. Jon knows exactly when to get to Mickey's Dairy Bar on Sundays, and always brings cash.