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Money Isn't Everything In Sports....Really

by Tom King

It may seem that money drives everything in the world of sports these days. Huge contracts...lavish luxury suites at new stadiums...exhorbinat ticket and concession prices...athletes decked out in bling that could feed a family of four for years. But once in awhile there comes a situation where money didnt drive what happened. I give you Wisconsin football coach Gary Andersen. It came to light yesterday that Andersen had been contacted and interviewed by the Cleveland Browns for their vacant head coaching job. Now many college coaches would jump at the chance to head to the NFL...more money bigger stage etc etc etc. But Andersen, who had just finished his first year in Madison said no...and not only said no...did not try and parley the offer into a bigger raise at his current job. His $100,000 raise that did come was part of his original contract. Andersen told Athletic Director Barry Alvarez about the offer and his decision to stay. Alvarez said that good coaches will always be appoached for other jobs and is glad he decided to stay. I think most Badger fans are too.


The Wisconsin Rapids hockey team came into Marathon Park last nightand upended Wausau West 3-2 keeping the Warriors from winning the Valley Confernce title outright. It was the first win for Rapids over West since 2007. If both teams win the regualr season finale on Thursday they would tie for the title. Rapids hosts Wausau East and West plays Stevens Point at Marathon Park.


No gold medal for Shaun White. White was going for his 3rd straight gold in the half-pipe snowboarding event in Sochi. He botched a landing on a tough jump and finished fourth. the gold went to Iouri Podladtchikov, the inventor of the jump called the YOLO that brought White down..


The US curling teams are in trouble. The women have yet to win and the men finally got a win earlier today over Denmark. No such trouble in hockey...the women are 2-0 and the men get started tomorrow against Slovakia.


Songs  Of The Day (from my I-pod)

Misty Blue-Wilma Burgess(1964) a top 5 country single for the lady signed by top producer Owen Bradley to try and replace the late Patsy Cline. This song would later be a hit for Lorrie Morgan and a 70's soul hit for Dorothy Moore.



Mr. Sandman-Chordettes (1954) a bit of pop fluff from a group of young ladies from Sheboygan Wisconsin. I guess Liberace was the only rhymne they could find for Pagliacci