Check out the photos at the bottom of the page and email me with any questions, comments or ideas - firstname.lastname@example.org. Here is a photo of some of the players out fishing.
7:30 p.m. ET
Another day, another dinner. After having the afternoon off, the team and travel party were invited to the Outback Bowl Welcome dinner (catered by who else but Outback Steakhouse). Both teams, head coaches and athletic directors were present for the dinner as both ADs and head coaches accepted a gift from the Outback Bowl.
Everyone was treated to salads, bread, Bloomin’ Onions, chicken, steak, ribs, green beans and chocolate cake for dessert. (Don’t be too jealous).
The players are free for the rest of the night. Tomorrow brings a full day of events. There is a breakfast at 7:00 a.m. for players from both teams, practice and a visit to the local children’s hospital all on tap for Thursday, followed by a Tampa Bay Lighting hockey game at nearby St. Pete’s Time Forum.
Hope everyone has a good night, and make sure you check back tomorrow for another fun-filled day of Badger Football.
4:05 p.m. ET
Just went out behind the hotel to meet up with a few amateur fishermen from the UW football team. QB James Stallons (Macomb, Mich.) went to a local bait and tackle shop to buy a rod, some 20-lbs test fishing line and shrimp to use as bait. Stallons, who is pictured alongside Dustin Sherer, Tyler Donovan, Shane Carter and David Gilreath, was out looking to hit the trophy fish.
After hanging out with them for about 25 minutes and not even getting a bite, I called it a day and decided to spend some time poolside. (Don’t get me wrong I love to fish, but I wasn’t going to sit around all day waiting for these guys to catch something). I guess that’s why they call it fishing, not catching.
In about two hours, we will all head over to the Tampa Convention Center to have some Outback Steakhouse at the Outback Bowl team welcome dinner.
3:15 p.m. ET
After getting back to the hotel I was able to upload some photos onto the blog page from today’s practice. Hope you all enjoy.
Rode up the elevator with freshman return specialist David Gilreath and he mentioned that he was about to head out and do some fishing. I’m going to go meet up with him behind the hotel to see if he catches anything. Photos and more from that will be posted next.
1:00 p.m. ET
Sorry for not getting a post up earlier today, but there wasn’t really anything going on here in Tampa. Now that the holiday is over, it is time to get back to business and the team did just that.
The players had breakfast from 9-10 followed by meetings and getting taped for practice. The buses left the hotel at 11:15 en route to Thomas Jefferson High School on the west side of Tampa. It took about 15 minutes to get to the high school and the players were set in two locker rooms (one for offense and one for defense).
Special thanks to Thomas Jefferson High School for the great work they did getting ready for the team and allowing us to use their facility for the week. Other thanks goes out to Terry Schlatter, Mark Peeler and Terry Calloway for the outstanding job they do prepping all the equipment and player’s gear each and every day. Tomorrow you will hear from one of them at practice.
Today the Badgers are practice for 12 periods (5 minutes each) for a total of one hour. Nothing too intense, the players only had on their helmets and shoulder pads today, going through a lot of drills and just getting back to football after the last four days off.
Couple key figures on hand today … Barry Alvarez made his way over from the hotel to check out practice along with some of the Outback Bowl reps. Also there is a Tampa Bay Buccaneer Professional Scout checking out practice.
After we get back to the hotel I will post some pictures from today’s practice and like I promised some of the hotel. (I would do it now, but these wireless internet cards don’t work as well as I’d like).
The players will be off for the rest of th afternoon, giving them time to relax poolside or take walk around the city. Later tonight the team and travel party will head over to the Tampa Convention Center for an Outback Steakhouse dinner. Both the Wisconsin and Tennessee travel parties will be in attendance.