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Garded Optimism: Podcast Episode I

Introducing the first episode of Garded Optimism, A Wisconsin Badgers basketball podcast. Now on iTunes—subscribe here!

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As the Wisconsin Badgers basketball season lingers right around the corner, myself (Curt Hogg) and Kyle Ashauer came together to begin Garded Optimism, which is a punny name for a podcast about Badgers basketball.

Follow the show on Twitter @GardedOptimism, as well as the co-hosts @CyrtHogg and @KAAshauer. You can also e-mail the show with questions/rants/comments at

Thanks for listening in!

Episode 1 on SoundCloud

0:30: Introductions

1:35: Brad Nortman!

2:45: Illinois haiku (

4:20: Badgers media day

6:20: Newcomers and potential impact

8:15: Vitto Brown, super sixth man?

11:25: Aaron Moesch, The Mustachioed Wonder

12:35: Talking about Pritzl/Van Vliet again

13:55: Redshirting for 2016-17

19:00: Khalil Iverson plays for the Brewers, briefly

19:40: Additional quotes from media day

20:45: Aaron Craft, friend of the podcast

21:10: Ethan Happ and defensive tendencies

22:25: Mis-Happs

23:50: 500 threes a day

25:10: Prototypical Bo Ryan Big Men™

26:55: Ethan Happ Fan Club

29:00: Red/White Scrimmage

30:50: Cousy & Ashauer watch lists

32:20: Hayes’s and Koenig’s social activism

39:25: NCAA and Pay for Play?

45:55: One big preseason question

An alternate logo (before @Rubie_Q revamped the podcast’s graphic design department):