SPORTS NEWS

Badgers playing down ... again.

Column: RICK SOLEM
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The college football season sort of starts tonight and this weekend.

There are some interesting storylines heading in, but what is rarely interesting about college football is the first few weeks.

The 23rd-ranked Wisconsin Badgers – new coach, quarterback questions, replacing Montee Ball – open the season against … wait for it … UMass. Hooray! The Badgers are 45-point favorites. 

The week after, they play Tennessee Tech. 

What’s the point?

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Minnesota goes all-in on Pek

Column: RICK SOLEM
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The Minnesota Timberwolves finally signed their center. And sign them they did.

Restricted free agent Nikola Pekovic is locked up for five years and $60 million.

I hate it for so many reasons, and I’m a guy who loves old-school basketball where a team actually has a center – not some hybrid who doesn’t do any dirty work.

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Packers' Rodgers in trouble

Column: RICK SOLEM
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Nobody cares about the offensive line.

Nobody, except the quarterback and running back.

Nobody, except the Green Bay Packers brass, who just made Aaron Rodges the highest paid player in the NFL.

And now, the Packers starting left tackle – the most important position on the line – is out of the season, tore his ACL during … wait for it … Family Night.

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Jennings talking ... trash?

Column: RICK SOLEM
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Whether it’s playing or watching, my attitude when it comes to sports is “shut up and let your game talk.”

And that’s not to say my game has anything to say for itself, but that’s kind of the point.

Whether I’m any good or completely awful, I don’t need to say anything. I don’t need to talk “trash” or “smack.”

I hate everything about it.

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Time to fix baseball

Column: RICK SOLEM
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Baseball has to be fixed.

Not the slow play. Not the ridiculous salaries. Not even the drug testing.

What needs to be fixed – along with those – are the consequences.

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