We’ve got a busy weekend coming up in Badger athletics. Volleyball is home twice, including Friday night against No. 1 Penn State. Our own No. 1-ranked team, women’s hockey, has a two-game series here against second-ranked Minnesota. Men’s hockey has its home-opening series against the Golden Gophers, too. There’s the Homecoming football game on Saturday against Illinois. And men’s soccer hosts Penn State on Sunday. Those are just the home events.
Before all of that gets started, however, I’m going to make a stop over to the Wisconsin Historical Society on Thursday at 7 p.m. Terry Frei, author of “Third Down and a War to Go” will be speaking and signing books.
Terry’s story of the 1942 Wisconsin football team that included Badger legends like Elroy “Crazylegs” Hirsch, Pat Harder and Dave Schreiner came out in 2005 and has remained on the radar screen of football fans ever since. It’s not just a book about football. It’s a book about the lives of the players on one of Wisconsin’s greatest teams and how those lives were altered to varying degrees by World War II. Among the players on that team was Frei’s father, Jerry.
There is now a revised and updated paperback version that includes a new foreward by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Madison-based author David Maraniss. If you like football and American history, I think you’ll find it a pretty good read.