It was a tough weekend for Wisconsin football fans. First, on Saturday Night, the UW Badgers lost in brutal overtime agony to Ohio State at Camp Randall, 30-23.
Then the Dallas Cowboys Texas Two Stepped into Lambeau Field and beat the Green Bay Packers, 30 -16.
Then there were those ugly throwback jerseys, adding fashion insult to injuries.
Let’s take it from the top.
Recent victories have led to high hopes for the UW Badgers, who were underdogs going into Saturday night’s game against second-rated Ohio State.
The rare night game at Camp Randall was an event, with ESPN broadcasting live, making the match between the Badgers and the Buckeyes a made for TV Game Day special.
It all looked so promising for Badger fans. The weather stayed dry long enough to tailgate.
The Badgers dominated the first half.
But in the second half, things fell apart. The winds shifted, rain drops fell, and suddenly Ohio State tied the game 23-23, sending it into overtime. Ohio State scored a touchdown during its first Overtime possession. The Badgers fought valiantly when they got the ball and tried to score a touchdown too, but instead Quarterback Alex Hornibrook got sacked at fourth and goal.
The Badgers now have lost back to back games. It hurts. The feelings of anguish when your team loses, especially at last minute, is excruciating. I feel it most acutely in my pancreas.
Why my pancreas? I’m not sure. I’m guessing it’s because I eat a lot of sugar and salt during these nail biting games. Also, in traditional Chinese medicine, the pancreas is associated with feelings of foreboding, despair, and even joy, which sounds suspiciously like being a sports fan.
Meanwhile on Sunday, the Dallas Cowboys sauntered into Lambeau Field on a warm autumnal afternoon. Aaron Rodgers seemed a little off, throwing passes behind receivers. And the Packers had four turnovers. You can’t win games with so many turnovers. The running game stalled.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers says it’s too early in the season to freak out.