On Wisconsin

Though the final outcome may have been 28-24, LSU, I stand with my Badgers.

But why am I a Badgers fan? you might ask. The purpose of this post is to answer, as best I can, that selfsame question. Firstly, and perhaps most obviously, the first college football (of the American violent variety) was at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin. I went with a long-time friend — D.E. — who invited me along with his father to a Badgers game. I believe it was against Murray State. I attended several games along with D. and S. (the aforementioned father, in case that wasn’t apparent.) The Badgers won that initial one, and, if my memory serves me, each one I attended with those fine gentlemen. To this day, I still feel fortunate to have such kind and generous friends; I hope they know how deeply I appreciate their generosity. Thanks to them, I was at the game Ron Dayne broke Tony Dorsett’s all-time rushing record.

Secondly, said D. and I — all 5’6″ (1.67m), 125 lb. (57 kg) of me attended football (the American variety) camp there in the summer of 2000. It was my first taste of an actual university campus; one that would not leave me.

Thirdly, though — well, I guess I have to clarify some things first. I spent years 0-18 and 25.5-29 (and counting) in Illinois USA. The lacunae there were divided among four years in New Hampshire, USA at university, one in Frankfurt am Main, Germany (university), and the remainder in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. By that data, I should not be a Wisconsin fan. And yet. My university’s team was not good; is not good, and plays in a league that’s great for budding academics and CEOs, yet not so great for football players. My second choice university, while perhaps the most famous university in the world not oxbridge is a member of that same league. My third option, located in lovely Evanston, Illinois, USA was both a bit too close to home and also fielded (at that time, at least) a fairly miserable football team. The Badgers were home, to me; my native city is forty-five minutes from a major university that, while having excelled lately in athletics, never quite can be claimed by Rockford. I hope to attend there to further my medical studies in the near future, but their football renaissance came after I left the area for the East.

Madison remains a city I love to visit; I have many friends who either live or lived there during their university years, and — when the time comes — would love to live there myself while pursuing my M.D. So, that’s the abbreviated version of why “On Wisconsin” is the university song second-dearest in my heart. Only a certain “Alma Mater” beats it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBy4re4G01Y. #OnWisconsin but #DearOldDartmouth.

~ by Benji on August 31, 2014.

One Response to “On Wisconsin”

  1. Badger fan right here!!


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