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.
Ater safety Reggie Mitchell announced he was leaving the Badger football program, junior college transfer Donnell Vercher announced he is not going to be a Badger. Badger coach Gary Anderson stopped by Lucas and Lepay Wednesday morning to talk about the saftey position situation along with other pre-season preparations the Badgers are making.
On practice between Quarteracks and Wide Receivers:
It has to happen everyday. There are going to be times where they'll be going up against the defense and doing what they do, but every single day we have to throw the ball and catch the ball. For the receivers to say they are catching the ball from our quarterbacks is not enough. They have to take the extra time. If they really want to take the steps they want to and talk about, they have to spend that extra time. It will also help Melvin and James have special seasons if we can do throw the ball I think.
On safety situation:
I think we're okay. I feel good about it. We'll move a few pieces to the puzzle. The bottom line though is that kids got to do things and react to things that the University of Wisconsin expects them to. If they don't want to be here and they don't like the scenario they're in, then they aren't progressing in life. But we'll move on. Dezmen is the foundation of that safety group and will continue to be and we will continue to build some young men there.
With the Mallards one game out of first place, General Manager Conor Coloia, discuss the upcoming homestand.
Coloia on the Mallard’s homestand, starting this week:
The Mallards are a game out of first place behind the Lakeshore
Chinooks. The Mallards host the Chinooks on Friday. On Saturday they travel to Lake Shore. Then they come back to Madison on Sunday. The Mallards start a fairly large homestand. Thursday night is our first game of eight games in nine days at home. If you haven’t gone out to the Duck Pond yet, now’s your chance.
Coloia on upcoming Promotions:
Verno’s Custom tattoos are giving away free Mallards tattoos if you sign up. Oscar Meyer Weiner Appreciation Night is on Thursday. We’ll have wiener dog races throughout the night.
Agriculture Appreciation night- we’ve good bobble head giveaways on Friday and Sunday.
Former Badger Rob Adringa stopped by Lucas and Lepay Wednesday morning to discuss the NHL finals between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins which starts tonight
On Boston's power game:
This is probably going to one of the better finals I can remember. Boston brings the power game. They got some guys that can put the puck in the net. They have Krejci, Marchand, and Bergeron. Guys that are very skilled hockey players that just haven't got a lot of attention nationally compared to the Blackhawks.
On Boston advantage:
It's arguable to say that Boston has had the better of the games. They've looked stronger and got better as the playoffs has gone on. Their travel schedule is less because of the east. Everybody is basically around them. Their defense has been exceptional and I like their goalie better than I like Crawford. I think that is where the game is always won and I think Boston has the advantage there.
Hull gives an update on Wisconsin’s resolution supporting Wrestling as an Olympic sport:
We were really appreciative of the state doing that. We’ve had a lot of states do this. It was interesting when this happened back on
February 12 when this sort of blindsided all of us we put a committee together
called KAPOW, and it’s a committee for the preservation of Olympic wrestling
and several countries around the world have joined us with that effort. I asked if I could handle the government part, and the first step was to contact the former Badger two time NCAA wresting champion Jim Jordan, who is in the House of Representatives from Ohio, but before I got up to the office to give him a call I got one from him asking what he can do form there and several people from different states have contacted legislators and asked them to do this in support of our effort an we’ve been able to do that here in Wisconsin. It’s really symbolic in nature. It can’t really affect directly what’s happening, but it creates noise out there, the continual noise of wrestling and the support that’s out there not only in our country but around the world.
Hull tells people how they can help the cause:
We’re going to be better because of this. The executive committee of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was not prepared for the worldwide response to what they did. We’ve got a Facebook, you can
go to our website, thematt.com and link to our Facebook. Japan got one million people to sign a petition. Governments have stepped up and these resolutions have been very positive. They’re about our sports and ask them to reconsider…but simply the noise the people created as caught they IOC off guard.
Craig Coshun of Fox Sports Wisconsin, joined Lucas and Lepay Wednesday morning to discuss Ryan Braun and his possible suspension after last night's comeback win. Major League Baseball is reportedly seeking to suspend Braun and several others connected to the Miami-area clinic drug scandal within the next couple of weeks.
On post-game show after last night's win:
Our TV post game show was mostly dominated with anticipation about what and if Braun was going to say anything afterwards. Then on the flagship radio station for the next hour, there wasn't a single caller with a topic related with the game itself. That's the way it is I guess. You have one of the biggest stars in the game right now that baseball would love to set its hands on and suspend.
On Braun story this season:
It was not completely off the radar. This investigation has had a lot of money spent on it. I don't want to call this a witch hunt, but baseball is trying to do something on its own right now. There are no federal or government agencies that are interested in touching this.
On story's effects on Braun heckling/performance:
I'm almost certain this won’t be a factor right now. He's dealt with it and he’s going to hear it again. But by the same token, I’m wondering how loud stuff is going to be anymore because this has been going on for a couple of baseball seasons. I just wonder what the level of passion the fans have with this topic anymore.
Conor Coloia, General Manager of the Madison Mallards, joined the Mike Heller Show on Tuesday morning. The Mallards open the 2013 Northwoods League season Wednesday, May 29 at Warner Park vs. Eau Claire.
On upcoming home stand games/promotions:
Starting Wednesday the Mallards will have a 4 game home stand including 2 games against Eau Claire, then 2 games against La Crosse. The bench will be full and the team will be ready to go. There will be a "Bobblehead Night" on Friday night. Then on Saturday night, the team will be wearing the 1940's throwback uniforms the Madison Blues used to wear. Fans will get a Madison Blues hat and some post game fireworks.
On NCAA talent coming to Mallards:
This new team has a total of 7 2013 Mallards that will be playing in the NCAA Tournament which starts later this week. This includes two kids from North Carolina (number 1 seed), two from Virginia, two from Illinois, and one from Rice. 6-9, 260 pound Taylore Cherry, freshman from North Carolina, threw a solid 5 innings this past weekend in the ACC Tournament and got the win for his club. Taylor is one of the Mallard recruits. When you come see Northwood’s League baseball you'll see top players from the country. This is really the top talent you'll see out there.
On "World’s Largest Chemistry Experiment" with Donnie Scott:
We get 25 to 30 guys get together. In 36 hours and they're playing on a team together. They spend about 36 hours and 1-2 practices together and they're on the field. I think our new field manager Donnie Scott brings a new level of energy. He's a vet, the club house is clean, and the guys are fired up. They're laughing and they're having fun. I think we're pretty athletic, I think we'll have a little power, and I think our pitching is going to be solid. Traditionally the field manager would recruit and put the team together, but President Vern Stenman and some of his staff put together the team this year and let Scott focus on his coaching/managing.