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Badger Bits: The Beginning of the 'Real' Offseason for Wisconsin Football

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Spring practice has come and gone, so the Badger football discussion significantly dies down until fall practice commences in August.

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Sports are very cyclical. They go through nearly the same 12-month cycle every year' with the exception of events like the Olympics and the World Cup.

Personally, this is always one of the tougher stretches of the annual sports cycle. With Wisconsin basketball behind us and spring practice over for the football team, UW sports take on more of a "backseat" role for the next few months. Sure, there's the NFL Draft along with the NBA and NHL playoffs for the next couple months, but while I love watching the playoffs, they don't quite match my excitement for Badger sports. There's of course plenty of MLB action for months to come as well, but there's always a longing for UW football during the dog days of summer.

Don't get me wrong, I'm still excited to watch the NBA and NHL playoffs and baseball throughout the course of the summer, but reading content all over the Internet has me craving for the start of the fall practice and the season opener in August.

Regardless, the conclusion of the spring game marks the beginning of this "down period" for Wisconsin football. Although it's still only April, football season can never start soon enough.

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Miss the UW Spring Game? Catch some of the highlights and interviews here on BTN.com.