Mike Lucas has more than 38 years under his belt covering Badgers sports for the Madison Capitol Times. Along with national, regional and local writing awards, Lucas has been twice named the Sportswriter of the Year in Wisconsin. He also has more than 15 years as color analyst on Wisconsin Radio Network for Badger football and basketball. You can see Mike hosts his weekly television show, Sidelines on WISC TV (Ch.3-Ch.14). Lucas has authored five books: Barry's Badgers, the chronicleof the 1993 Rose Bowl Season; Five Golden Rings; the Saga of Wisconsin Hockey; The 25 Greatest Moments in Camp Randall History; Don't Flinch, the Barry Alvarez autobiography; and Another Hill to Climb, the Bo Ryan autobiography.
Matt Lepay is a native of Dayton, Ohio and is a graduate of Ohio State University (degree in journalism). He is the radio voice of Wisconsin Badgers Football and Basketball(football since 1994 and basketball since 1988-89) and a five-time Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year (as selected by state media members). You may have seen him on TV as the host of the Badgers Sports Report with UW coaches Bret Bielema and Bo Ryan. He also co-hosts Badgers Sportstalk radio shows with Mike Lucas.
Packers insider Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel joined the show Friday to talk Jermichael Finley and the NFL combine.
We asked Silverstein his thoughts on Jermichael Finley's recent statement that he would not take a pay cut in order to stay a Packer. While he thinks Finley could have worded his statement differently, it comes as no surprise. "If you ask any player in the NFL, is he going to say 'I want a pay cut?'" Of Finley, Silverstein said "He's 25 years old. People forget that." While he feels Finley is still young and "immature", he added that "he's honest" and "good quote".
In other Packers news, Silverstein weighed in on the NFL's recent reinstatement of Johnny Jolly. Jolly was suspended indefinitely in 2009 due to drug charges. Silverstein feels Jolly's future in the NFL "all depends on what kind of condition he's in." While he feels the Packers will talk to Jolly, he offered the idea that "maybe he just needs to start anew somewhere else." If, however, Jolly is physically ready and the Packers are convinced he has truly taken to recovery, Silverstein says "Why not?"
As for the NFL combine, Silverstein feels the issues surrounding personal questions have been going on for awhile. He gave the example of Miami Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland asking Dez Bryant if his mother was a prostitute in 2010. Silverstein thinks they try to "create a pressure situation" at the combine to see how players react but added that "it's completely out of line" to ask personal questions such as sexual orientation. On Montee Ball's subpar performance at the combine, Silverstein said, "I think it hurt him a little." He looks forward to seeing Ball perform on Pro Day and said "I wouldn't write him off."