Hope everyone had a happy and safe Labor Day. I took much of the day to go hiking, so I away from the computer and thus unable to put together Badger Bits.
With the help of Luke, however, we put together a couple of stories from Gary Andersen's weekly presser: one on Andersen and Melvin Gordon discussing what Gordon termed a "misunderstanding" about his second-half availability after suffering a hip flexor injury, and one notebook with everything else including Tanner McEvoy starting again on Saturday and some injury updates.
We also had our biggest FanPost in quite some time, and possible ever: BllBrasky with an open letter to Andy Ludwig.
Onto today's links:
The passing game failures weren't just McEvoy's fault, Andersen said Monday. I agree, and everyone from Rob Havenstein to the running backs and wide receivers said as much.
"It's like a hangover, man," Badgers linebacker Marcus Trotter said Monday. "It's constantly there. It kind of sucks. But you can't really focus on that. When something doesn't go your way, you kind of have to focus on the present and the future. There is a chance that we might not get in the playoffs now because of that.
SB Nation's latest bowl projections have the Badgers in the Peach Bowl vs. East Carolina. That's still a New Year's Bowl, for the naysayers out there. Again, we're just one game into the season.
To the NFL: J.J. Watt is now the league's highest-paid defensive player after reportedly agreeing to a six-year, $100 million deal.