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Mike Fiammetta

Managing Editor

Editor of Bucky's 5th Quarter since September 2012. After four years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, including two as the sports editor of the nation's largest independent student newspaper, The Badger Herald, I'm furthering my passion for college sports with SB Nation. I've also worked for MLB.com as an associate reporter covering the Washington Nationals in 2012, as well as InsideFootball.com covering the New York Giants during the 2011 Super Bowl season. My work has been found on the websites of the New York Times, ESPN and MLB.com. You can find me on Twitter @mikefiammetta.

MOST RECENT POSTS

Melvin Gordon named to ESPN's preseason All-American team

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Melvin Gordon has made yet another preseason media All-American team. After making CBS Sports' on Wednesday, Wisconsin's star running back made ESPN's on Thursday. Other Big Ten representatives include Iowa offensive tackle Brandon Scherff, Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory, Ohio State defensive tackle Michael Bennett and Michigan State punter Mike Sadler.

2014-15 UW basketball schedule released

The latest sign that this summer's vanishing before our eyes: Wisconsin's full basketball schedule for 2014-15 was released Thursday night.

Jackson's career over; some starters announced

Gary Andersen met with media Thursday evening and provided a surprisingly large number of updates.

Bo Ryan does the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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I imagine there are quite a few non-Wisconsin fans who've wanted to chuck ice water at Bo Ryan for a while now, so hopefully they enjoy this. And while we've now reached the point where even the most kindhearted gestures of charity and fundraising are no match for the never-ending slew of Internet Content, this Ice Bucket Challenge is getting posted, if for no other reason than to hear that hilarious OOOAWWWW sound Bo makes when he gets duped by the confetti (right around the 25-second mark).

NJ.com: Goldy Gopher is the Big Ten's best mascot because... 'Caddyshack'?

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Sure, this is a Wisconsin blog, and we're supposed to have this reaction. But Goldy Gopher is the Big Ten's best mascot? Really? Bucky is ranked 10th out of 11 mascots here, which doesn't even really matter much. I'm just trying to figure out how an "adorable" mascot that reminds someone of a 34-year-old movie garners the top spot. And I like "Caddyshack," probably even more than the average fellow. Like all things wonky from Jersey, I blame Julie Hermann.

NRG Stadium putting down turf for Wisconsin-LSU

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Here's our built-in excuse in the event things don't go well in Houston: it was the damn turf! Sarcasm aside, this makes sense considering how much the Texans (the building's main occupants) have invested in the field. It is kinda weird they play two days before the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff and then their next game (the regular-season opener) doesn't come until Sept. 7, but again, this is understandable.

Wisconsin linebackers expect to be healthy for LSU

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Thursday's Badger Bits include links on Wisconsin's banged-up linebackers expecting to be healthy for the season-opener, Corey Clement continuing to impress, UW dolling out a lot of money for...

Wisconsin backs out of home-and-home with Washington

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Buried in a release from Washington announcing a pair of home-and-homes with BYU and Michigan is the fact that Wisconsin has backed out of its own series with the "other" UW. The statement reads: "... due to conflicts with its Big Ten Conference schedule, Wisconsin was forced to cancel its two games with the Huskies, previously scheduled for 2018 and 2021." As Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel points out, the Badgers have four Big Ten home games in 2018 and five in 2021.

Melvin Gordon makes CBS Sports' All-American team

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CBS Sports released its preseason All-American list Wednesday, including Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon as one of two running backs alongside Georgia's Todd Gurley. Only a first team was released, so Gordon is the only Badgers representative. The other Big Ten players are Iowa offensive tackle Brandon Scherff, Ohio State defensive tackle Michael Bennett and Iowa defensive tackle Carl Davis.

LSU also undecided on quarterback

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While Wisconsin grapples with the choice of starting Joel Stave or Tanner McEvoy, LSU is dealing with a similar situation.

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