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Dave Mona’s Vignettes: Wisconsin

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ANYONE WHO KNOWS A BADGER FROM A GOPHER KNOWS THAT TODAY’S GAME RENEWS THE LONGEST RIVALRY IN COLLEGE HISTORY, BUT HOW MUCH DO YOU REALLY KNOW ABOUT TODAY’S OPPONENT.

IN OTHER WORDS, DO YOU KNOW YOUR CRAZY LEGS HIRSCH FROM YOU ALAN THE HORSE AMECHE?

HERE’S A QUICK 10-QUESTION BADGER QUIZ. GET SEVEN OR BETTER AND YOU’VE EARNED YOURSELF SOME CHEESE CURDS AND A LEINIES.

HERE GOES.

  1. 1. AS A PLAYER, BARRY ALVAREZ TEAMS BEAT THE BADGERS 37-0 AND 31-3. WHO DID HE PLAY FOR?
  2. 2. THIS CURRENT MINNESOTA VIKINGS COACH SCORED THE WINNING TOUCHDOWN FOR WISCONSIN IN A 1994 ROSE BOWL VICTORY OVER UCLA. WHO IS HE?
  3. 3. THIS QUARTERBACK, WHO PLAYED HIS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL IN THE TWIN CITIES, HAS LED THE BADGERS TO MORE VICTORIES THAN ANY OTHER QB IN TEAM HISTORY. WHO IS HE?
  4. 4. WHILE WE’RE TALKING ABOUT FORMER BADGER QUARTERBACKS, THIS ONE WAS THE VERY FIRST PLAYED EVER DRAFTED IN THE OLD AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE AND WAS ONE OF THE STARS OF THE EARLY MINNESOTA VIKINGS TEAMS OF THE EARLY 1960S. WHO WAS HE?
  5. 5. CAN YOU NAME THE FORMER BADGER TIGHT END WHO PLAYED THAT SAME POSITION FOR THE VIKINGS IN THREE SUPER BOWL GAMES?
  6. 6. IN 1996 BADGER FRESHMAN RON DAYNE SET A RECORD FOR FRESHMAN RUNNING BACKS IN NCAA HISTORY WITH 1,863 YARDS. THE PREVIOUS RECORD HOLDER ONCE RAN THE BALL FOR THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS. CAN YOU NAME HIM?
  7. 7. JUST FIVE YEARS AGO THE VIKINGS MADE THIS BADGER THEIR FIRST-ROUND DRAFT CHOICE. I WOULDN’T BLAME YOU IF YOU CAN’T REMEMBER HIM. ANY GUESSES?
  8. 8. SOME 36 YEARS AGO THIS MONTH A WISCONSIN RUNNING BACK SET A RECORD WHEN HE RUSHED FOR FIVE TOUCHDOWNS AGAINST THE GOPHERS. DO YOU REMEMBER HIS NAME?
  9. 9. HERE’S SOMETHING A LITTLE MORE RECENT. WHAT IS THE NAME OF THE SONG PLAYED BY THE BADGER BAND BEFORE THE START OF EVERY HOME FOURTH QUARTER?
  10. 10. AND FINALLY, THE BADGER ROUSER, ON WISCONSIN, ONE OF THE GREAT SONGS IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL HISTORY, ACTUALLY FINISHED AS THE RUNNER UP IN A CONTEST TO CHOOSE THE FIGHT SONG FOR WHICH OTHER UNIVERSITY?

 

SO, HOW DID YOU DO?

LET’S TAKE A QUICK LOOK AT THE ANSWERS:

  1. 1. BARRY ALVAREZ PLAYED HIS COLLEGE BALL AT NEBRASKA.
  2. 2. THAT VIKING COACH WHO SCORED THE WINNING ROSE BOWL TOUCHDOWN WAS DARRELL BEVELL.
  3. 3. THE LOCAL PRODUCT WHO TURNED OUT TO BE THE WINNINGEST BADGER QUARTERBACK WAS JOHN STOCCO OF HOLY ANGELS ACADEMY.
  4. 4. DALE HACKBART WAS THE FIRST PLAYER DRAFTED BY THE AFL.
  5. 5. STU VOIGT PLAYED IN THREE SUPER BOWLS WITH THE VIKINGS.
  6. 6. THE RECORD BROKEN BY RON DAYNE PREVIOUSLY BELONGED TO HERSHEL WALKER.
  7. 7. THE VIKING FIRST ROUND DRAFT CHOICE IN 2005 WAS ERASMUS JAMES.
  8. 8. THE GUY WHO SCORED THOSE FIVE RUSHING TOUGHDOWNS AGAINST THE GOPHERS WAS BILLY MAREK.
  9. 9. THE SONG PLAYED AT THE BEGINNING OF THE 4TH QUARTER IS “JUMP AROUND.”
  10. 10. AND THE SCHOOL THAT REJECTED THE MELODY FOR ON WISCONSIN WAS NONE OTHER THAN MINNESOTA WHICH CHOSE TO GO WITH MINNESOTA HATS OFF TO THEE.

SO, MIKE, HOW DID YOU DO?

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