Badger Bits: Today is the Day Before the Rose Bowl

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The anticipation...

This is a lull. This is the period between one major holiday and another major holiday, and you're not sure how much work you should be doing or whether it's polite to ask.

This is awkward, but only because you know it shouldn't be. You're a professional and you do your work well, sure, but there's a reason that deadline is after New Year's. The other guy is thinking the same thing you are, but to mention it would break the mystical bond that makes goofing off okay as long as no one says anything and stirs your guilty conscience.

This is boredom. This is nervous boredom. This is nervous boredom boiling over into frustration. You want to say more but you've said everything.

"We'll see, that's why they play the game."

That's how every conversation ends.

"Just gotta hope for the best."

Your own words are annoying.

"I think Barry is going to inspire the guys."

Yeah, sure. That could be, but men of science look at the numbers and say Stanford should win by a reasonable, Stanford-y amount like five points. But--welp!--you never know.

This is the day before the Rose Bowl. There is nothing left to do except wait for the thing to happen. Yes, it hurts.

LINKS:

Gary Andersen will be on the sideline for the Rose Bowl.

Badgers comment on facing a true 3-4 defense.

Rule of Tree gives a great listen on the Stanford O vs. Wisconsin D.

I'm disappointed the sea captain angle wasn't developed more, but otherwise you should read this thing on James White and the Barge.

Great article from Tom Mulhern on Saturday about a offensive power struggle between Matt Canada and Bret Bielema.

Mike Bruesewitz gave Wisconsin a lift versus Samford.

You have time to kill, so read Chris Brown's latest thing on the pistol offense.

Laff Riot from Saturday.

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