The voices of Badger sports, Mike Lucas and Matt Lepay bring you the best sports talk weekday mornings from 6am to 8am!
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.
Former Brewer and Hall of Famer Paul Molitor joined Lucas and Lepay Monday morning to talk about his career, who he feels the real home run king is, and his opinion on the All Star Game. Also Paul Molitor will be in Madison Wednesday night at the Duck Pond at 4:30 to sign autographs. For more information go to http://www.mallardsbaseball.com/paul-molitor-to-return-to-the-duck-pond-july-3rd.html.
On most unforgettable moment:
I think the one thing that sticks out for me was my World Series experiences. Both as a Brewer and as a Blue Jay. When Joe Carter hit the home run way back 20 years ago to win a World Series for the Blue Jays, thats probably the one thing that jumps out to me as my number one memory.
On who the home run king is:
For me it's Aaron. I'm just one of those people. I don't know how to exactly break down what happened during the steroid decade, but I am fairly confident that it added to their production numbers and accomplishments in their career. I just can't acknowledge that as being the all-time leader in anything. I think as we saw the seroid thing unfold, I think it brought more tribute to Henry Aaron and his career. So maybe it was a good thing for him in a way.
On his approach to the All-Star Game:
For me it was definitely a serious game. When I was first exposed to the All Star Game as a player, I was around guys that took it very seriously. There was a lot of pride in the American/National League thing. I think as managers became more pressured to feel like everybody had to play , it took away from their ability to manage the game to win the best way they possibly could. I'm not really in agreement with what the league did with the stakes of the game. I don't think that one exhibition game in the middle of the season should have an influence on who wins the World Series. But that's what they did and their sticking to their guns on it.
UW Track and Field Coach, ED Nuttycombe, retired after 30 years on Monday. He was named Big Ten Coach of the year 22 times, he won 26 Big Ten Championships, and is the Big Ten’s
winningest coach, across all sports. Thursday morning, he joined Lucas and Lepay to look back on his career.
Nuttycombe on the response he received after he announced his retirement:
The first reaction was surprise and shock. Then when they got over that, it’s been incredible.
You know it’s one thing to be congratulated for the accolades that you spoke about earlier, this and that trophies, and awards, but I think the things that been the most unbelievable to me is the stuff that comes in about how you affect their lives and things you did that sometimes you don’t even know you’re doing and how much they thank you. That has been incredible. I didn’t expect that.
Nuttycombe on when retirement started to cross his mind:
I think when you get to this point in your career you get to a certain point where it at least enters your thinking process. I’d say over the last year, year and a half it’s been, “Do we go one more year, two more, three more years? At what point is enough enough?” We had a great year, it was fun. Then you start to realize there is never is a good point. You don’t
meet a certain point where there’s no athletes you want to work with or none coming in. It just comes to a point where [you think] what’s going to change a year from now? It’s going to be the same thing and the year after that it’s going to be the same thing again. It
just seemed right.
Nuttycombe on what he’s going to miss most:
There’s probably meetings and paperwork I won’t miss for even a nanosecond. The best part of the day is always going down to the track and working with the athletes. There’s no
question I’ll miss that. The good thing is, if things work out, I’m hoping to continue to do it. It will just be a little less demanding and a little less structure, meaning I won’t have to be there every day. I think [for] all coaches, that’s the part of the day they work for and the love the most.
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.