As a Wisconsin boy, last nights NCAA Championship game was hard to take, hard to see the guys work so hard and come so far only to fall a few points short of what any Badgers fan felt like they so deserved…a National Championship. Packernation as a whole knows what it is like to come oh, so…close and have to watch another team celebrate a victory wrested from the grasp of its favorite team. For Badgers fans who are also Packers fans…the thought can be discouraging to say the least. But I have a few things to say on this “morning after” to everybody in Packernation. First of all, congratulations are in order to the Duke Blue Devils who claimed the National Title last night. While we didn’t want you to win, the truth is…without your team battling our team on the court, last night’s lights out, foot stomping, screaming, oooohhh-ing, ahhhh-ing, nail biting, fist pumping and heart-rending contest could not have been. I think we all can agree, last night’s NCAA Championship was one hell of a basketball game!
With that said, I want to congratulate the Wisconsin Badgers on the most riveting NCAA tournament that I can remember. For showing perseverance in the face of several halftime defecits, for showing class in the face of defeat, and for being more than just great basketball players…for being the pride of Wisconsin.
Some of you may not have been the most heavily recruited coming out of High School…some of you may have had to work to find your place on this team, some of you will never play NBA ball, but you worked together and put together one of the BEST seasons in living memory and there is ONE title that no one can take away from you and that is that you are the favored sons of the University of Wisconsin Madison and all the people of the state of Wisconsin and beyond salute you for your skill, strength of character, and HEART!
Let the record show that while the Duke Blue Devils may have hoisted a trophy last night…the fans and friends of the Wisconsin Badgers will raise high the Wisconsin “W” FOREVER!
And Go Pack!