8.26.2009

Five great moments I'll never forget: Lange

With our brand new forum for all things sports in the state of Wisconsin, we here at the tap thought we'd give you some insight into who we are. What better way to kick off a new site than with five moments in Wisconsin sports that we will never forget? Each of our writers will be sharing their top five moments and we'd love to hear yours too.

So here are my top five moments in my Wisco sports history.

5. Ron Dayne sets the NCAA Rushing record.

Any Badger football fan remembers vividly when Ron Dayne set the NCAA record for career rushing yards. This would se
em like a copout choice but as far as major sports moments go in the state of Wisconsin this has
to be one of the biggest. Why did I choose it? Because I had the good fortune to be there live. It was against the Iowa Hawkeye
s at the end of Dayne's Heisman
season. 68,000 people waving their #33 towels and watching as Dayne tore through the Iowa defense and set the record in the first half of the game.

4. Jon Bryant from the corner.

In 2000 the Wisconsin Badger basketball team made one of the most improbable runs to the final four of any team, ever. While most fans will remember Mike Kelley and the stifling team defense of Dick Bennett's squad as they handled LSU, Fresno State, Arizona and Purdue, I remember something distinctly different, Duany Duany and Jon Bryant nailing three-pointers in the corner against the Boilermakers. Every time Purdue made a run there was Bryant, from the corner with another big trey. And there I was, in my parent's basement (I was 16 at the time) cheering every time.

3. Scott Starks fumble return for a touchdown.

Fast forward to 2004, in a battle of undefeated teams the Wisconsin Badgers are taking on the Purdue Boilermakers in West Lafayette. The game was over, Bucky was out of timeouts and Purdue had the ball on third and short. All they had to do was get a first down and hold onto the ball. Kyle Orton rolls out, is helicoptered and fumbles the ball. Cornerback Scott Starks picks up the ball and runs it into the end zone to give the Badgers the lead and the win. This time I was at a sports bar on the west side of Madison, I was pumped and the bar went crazy. As far as great games in Bucky history, that ranks towards the top.



2. Ryan Braun's homer breaks 26 year playoff drought.

The home run that Ryan Braun hit against the Cubs in game number 162 of the 2008 season is easily the greatest Brewers moment that I've ever been able to experience. With C.C. Sabathia pitching late in a 1-1 game you knew that Brewers would win as long as they could get a couple of runs, you just knew that it could happen. Then up came Ryan Braun with a runner on and he jacked a no-doubter out to left-field. This one I celebrated with my wife in our crappy apartment in Duluth, MN... I seriously doubt that the neighbors had any idea what was going on.

1. Boston College puts a shot off the pipe as time expires.

In 2006, my Dad somehow managed to get a pair of tickets to the Frozen Four and National Championship game played in Milwaukee, at the Bradley Center. The tickets were row YY, which for anyone whose been to the Bradley Center, means we were sitting in the very last row. But it didn't matter, I've been going to Badgers hockey since I was born and I was getting a chance to see them play for a national title. As time would down and Bucky clung to a 2-1 lead, Boston College put the pressure on. With time running out BC put a shot by Badger goalie Brian Elliott, only it didn't go in, it went off the pipe and time expired. An inch to the right and the puck goes in, the game goes to overtime.

But it wasn't an inch to the right. It was off the pipe and out and the Badgers won the National Title in front of a decidedly pro-badger crowd. Amazing does not express what it was like to watch my favorite Badger team win a title live and in-person.


1 comment:

  1. Love the #1. I was at a bar in Minneapolis with a group of Badger fans surrounded by Gopher scum watching that game. It was there I discovered that the phrase "We're national champions" is pretty much the ultimate comeback.

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