Episode 122 - The Golden Buckys: 2015 Edition

The end of 2015 - from a BuckAround perspective - is here. Rich and Max hand out their post season awards and close the book on the season that was, but not until they reveal the results of the prop bet competition with friend of the show Andy Schaaf and discuss possible reasons behind the mysteriously quiet (and long!) search for a new defensive coordinator

SHOW NOTES

  • 1:30 Putting 2015 in the rear view
  • 5:00 Recapping the Over/Unders with the illustrious Amos Schaff
  • 16:15 Host Over/Under champ? Max
  • 19:00 WHY is there no DC yet?
  • 21:45 The Golden Buckys
  • 23:15 MOP: Ray Ball... Just kidding it's Schobert
  • 25:15 Offensive MVP: Rich: Dare Max: Erickson
  • 29:00 Defensive MVP: Rich: McEvoy Max:Caputo
  • 32:15 Unsung Hero: Obasih
  • 34:30 Freshman of the Year: TJ Edwards
  • 37:45 Future Star, Offense: Rich Benzschawel Max: Ingold (NIU bias)
  • 39:15 Future Star, Defense Rich: Sagapolu & Dixon Max: Jamerson
  • 43:00 Biggest Disappointment: Rich: Figaro Max: Clement
  • 45:00 Worst Game: Rich: Iowestern Max: Northwa
  • 45:45 Play of the Year: Rich: Wheelwright one hander Max: Rafa's 2nd chance FG
  • 49:30 Game of the Year: USC
  • 51:45 Coach of the Year Rich: Gilmore Max: Aranda
  • 56:00 The end of the #questforfun
       

Episode 108 - Week 8 Illinois Wrap Up: Max Spends the Day in a Stranger's Windowless Van

Rich and Max break down the Badgers win at Illinois – including the quarterback non-controversy that “developed.” They also talk about how the near-historic rash of injuries to each teams’ players affected the game. Finally, Max shouts out a fan of the show – who wore a BuckAround t-shirt to the game – and the merits of RVs at a tailgate.

SHOW NOTES

  • 1:30 No champagne in the BuckAround
  • 3:15 Max saw a cat in a BuckAround shirt
  • 4:45 Rich plans his Maryland trip
  • 6:30 A new intro?!?
  • 9:30 Down goes Stave...
  • 15:45 What changed when Houston came in?
  • 21:00 An epic post game interview, bro
  • 22:30 Why was Erickson always open?
  • 28:00 Illinois' DL had NFL bodies and NFL abilities
  • 29:45 Was the defense different without Goldberg?
  • 33:00 Rich offers fashion advice... And wants all the kids off his lawn
  • 34:15 Chris Orr saw less time
  • 35:00 Where will Badgers turn without THE Darius Hillary in '16?
  • 40:30 Sahil, who is not going to College Park, wonders if Caputo is having less impact
  • 44:45 UR Players of the Game
  • 51:00 Max's stories from Champaign
       

Episode 101 Week 4 Review: Hawaii - J Leman is Coming for your Soul!

Wrapping up non-conference play, Rich and Max review the Badgers' convincing 28-0 win over the Rainbow Warriors of Hawaii. They discuss the dominant performance of the defense, the solid effort in the ground game, and he up and down afternoon through the air. Let be honest here. This is all just a prelude for Max to lose his mind in the Iowa preview in episode 102.

SHOW NOTES

  • 2:00 Meetup with Max near Camp Randall
  • 5:45 Recapping Hawaii
  • 6:15 A look at the secondary
  • 15:00 Not much to discuss with the front 7... Which is a good thing
  • 16:15 A look into the future at LB
  • 18:30 The inverted wishbone is back!!
  • 21:00 Rich has concerns
  • 23:30 Alec Ingold means 4 years of Northern Illinois references
  • 26:15 The OL looks better
  • 29:15 Talking about the throw game
  • 40:00 Jazz' hands on punt returns
  • 45:00 J Leman stares into your soul
  • 46:00 Drew Meyer and the Shanks (album coming to stores soon)
  • 49:00 UR player of the game
  • 51:15 Were there big games in the B1G?
       

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 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 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 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 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 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 41 - Week 3: Taking on the Critics

Coming off the bye week (and into Bowling Green game week) Rich and Max address their past criticisms of Marcus Trotter and Alex Erickson (aka #Abbrederickson). They also discuss the Badgers frightening lack of depth at running back, the future of Joel Stave, what the larger meaning of a convincing win against Bowling Green would be, and even find time to indulge Max's MAC fetish for a solid eight minutes.  

       

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 38 - Week 1 LSU: Backing off the Ledge

Coming off the Badgers' disappointing 28-24 defeat to LSU, Rich and Max discuss what shifted the balance of the contest despite Wisconsin amassing a 24-7 lead early in the 3rd quarter and find a few encouraging signs in an otherwise heartbreaking loss.  

NOTE: Connor Sheehy was incorrectly credited with a sack on the show; it was in fact Jake Keefer

       

Episode 12 - Spring Practice Primer

With Spring Practice only days away Rich & Max tackle some of the less discussed aspects of spring practice (what does Michael Trotter's playing time tell us about the future of Badger football) as well as some of the bigger topics as well but not before spending way too much time breaking down the relative merits of the month of March.