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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.
Montee Ball joined the show on Thursday to talk about his performance at the NFL Combine.
Ball talked about his 40 yard dash. He said he was disappointed but that other people told him he will be alright. “I talked to a lot of coaches after, and they told me not to worry. For me, they knew I’m a lot quicker than I am fast. They just told me, you didn’t hurt yourself, I didn’t surprise or wow anybody.”
For some teams the 40 time matters more than others. “A lot of people have their opinions about it, but you rarely ever run in a straight line full speed in a football game, but I understand why they have it though.”
Ball talked about the formal interview process. “Each formal interview is about 20 minutes long. The first five minutes is all personal. Then the next 15 minutes is straight football.” He added “I feel like I did a great job, I had the opportunity to show my intelligence to the teams, and how passionate I am about the game.”
Ball also talked with the Packers. “I did a little bit in our informal interview. They knew a lot about me because of instate team. I told them I would really love to play for you guys because of the fan base and everything, and I would love to stay in Wisconsin if I could.”
Ball said he wanted teams to know that he went out there and competed in everything. Ball explained his schedule at the combine and it is ridiculous. As for whether Ball made a good choice to stay in college for his senior year, “They said I think you made the right decision.”