First off for those who celebrate, a very Merry Christmas from everyone here at B5Q. Please be safe in your travels and enjoy time with friends and family during this holiday season.
For the Wisconsin Badgers, they will spend the holiday in New York City, as they landed in the Big Apple on Sunday and started to take in its sights and sounds. In just a few days, they will face Miami in the 2018 Pinstripe Bowl (4:15 p.m. CT, ESPN).
Wisconsin practiced on Sunday morning then flew out later in the day. The team hit the ground running once arriving in the Empire State with a comedy show but also traveled to Times Square in the evening.
Practice in Madison... ✔️— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) December 23, 2018
Travel to New York... ✔️
It’s bowl week for the Badgers
Got a New York State of Mind pic.twitter.com/mQyvnxdH1B
The Wisconsin State Journal’s Jason Galloway reported the team will also take in other venues in New York City this week:
The Badgers plan on visiting the 9/11 Memorial and One World Observatory on Christmas morning, while representatives from each program will ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.
Galloway’s article states that the Badgers will also visit the Pediatric Cancer Center at Memorial Sloan Kettering on Wednesday.
Jack Coan returns to New York as QB1
From Long Island, it will be quite the homecoming for Wisconsin’s starting quarterback. Head coach Paul Chryst officially declared Coan the starter for the Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 20. Chryst said last Thursday that redshirt junior Alex Hornibrook was dealing with recurring symptoms related to a head injury suffered earlier this year.
Coan holds records in Long Island for career touchdown passes (128) and career passing yards (9,787). He also was named New York Gatorade Player of the Year in 2016 as a high school senior.
The Sayville, N.Y., native spoke with reporters who were in New York City for player availability on Monday, and it appears he has quite the contingency of folks coming to Yankee Stadium to see him play against the Hurricanes.
Coan said he has 48 tickets for the game. Teammates kept approaching him asking if he needed more.— Jason Galloway (@Jason_Galloway) December 24, 2018
#Badgers QB Jack Coan laughed when asked about his dad tweeting the news that he’s starting the Pinstripe Bowl. “I’m not a big social media guy, so I usually don’t even like when he tweets. ... I can’t control him.”— Jason Galloway (@Jason_Galloway) December 24, 2018
Coan said he didn’t know his dad had tweeted about it until his teammates told him. Did Paul Chryst say anything?— Zach Heilprin (@ZachHeilprin) December 24, 2018
“No. I’m glad he didn’t.” https://t.co/Jnfc0AkGvU
Another New York native and Badger, Aron Cruickshank (Brooklyn), appears to have beat Coan out for tickets. This according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Jeff Potrykus:
#Badgers Aaron Cruickshank, from Brooklyn, needed 60 tickets for family and friends. Edges out Jack Coan, from Sayville, who got 48.— Jeff Potrykus (@jaypo1961) December 24, 2018
More Badgers notes
Sometime this week, B5Q will play catch up with Badgers news, a Pinstripe Bowl preview, and where some former Wisconsin players are heading for future destinations. For now, here is something from Galloway and Potrykus regarding right tackle David Edwards and his potential status for Thursday’s contest:
#Badgers RT David Edwards said he’s still unsure if he’s going to play Thursday. Still trying to rest his shoulder and make sure all the strength in his arm is back.— Jason Galloway (@Jason_Galloway) December 24, 2018