This can be a rough time in the lives of the Badger faithful, what with spring football done, the hockey season over with and no more basketball games to attend. Some of you may even be going through Badger withdrawal (I know we are here) already.
No need to worry though, as we here at MTB have you covered. Weâ€™ve got the fix to cure your Badger itch. Just because the big three sports are all in hibernation until next fall, it doesnâ€™t mean there isnâ€™t plenty to get excited about.
Thatâ€™s where this list comes in, see weâ€™re here to let you in on some of the best kept secrets in the Badger program. Spring sports can provide some big-time drama and a lot of fun for not a lot of money either.
Here are our recommendations for five events to check out the rest of this sporting year.
5. Drake Relays - Des Moines, IA (4/24-4/26)
This is an event Iâ€™ve experienced for myself and it is worth the trip to the capital city of Iowa. The Drake Relays are part awesome track event and part massive party. Add in Wisconsinites and youâ€™ve got the perfect mix if you ask me. Not only can you see the Badgers compete at the highest level, but you will also see some of the best professional track athletes in the USA and the world competing at this event. This is the perfect mix of cheering on the Badgers and making a day trip out of the event if you donâ€™t want to be there all three days.
4. Softball vs. Purdue - Goodman Diamond (4/25-4/27)
Wisconsin has just two home seriesâ€™ left this season, and this upcoming weekend is a pivotal one for the Badgers. Purdue comes in with an 11-4 Big Ten record and is sitting just above the Badgers in the conference standings in second place. Two wins in the three-game series puts the Badgers in a good position heading towards the Big Ten tournament. Weather is supposed to be sunny for Friday and Saturdayâ€™s contests, so get out by the lake and have some fun supporting one of the most successful programs UW has in recent years.
3. Big Ten Softball Tournament - Evanston, IL (5/2 - 5/4)
Wisconsin is the defending Big Ten tournament champions and will be looking to repeat in a place very close to Madison. Thereâ€™s a reason there are about a half a dozen “Badger Bars” in the Windy City, so why not cheer on the defending champions and get some Chicago sightseeing done all in one trip?
2. NCAA Womenâ€™s Rowing Championships - Indianapolis, IN (5/30-6/1)
Most of everyoneâ€™s attention will be on BBQâ€™s and beverages over Memorial Day weekend, but a trip to Indy is well worth considering. Wisconsin represents itself well in NCAA rowing and Indianapolis is no stranger to putting on world-class events. If the city is fun when itâ€™s cold and snowy, imagine heading there when the weather is likely to be much nicer. Oh, and if youâ€™ve ever seen the crowds at these regattas then you know you are going to have a good time at the event itself. It should be on your list of things to experience at least once.
1. Softball vs. Nebraska - Goodman Diamond (4/30)
Wisconsin hosts Nebraska for Senior Day with a doubleheader on the final weekend of April. Given the Badgers position in the Big Ten one of the top three seeds in the conference tournament could be on the line when these two teams get together. It is also the last home event of the year for any Badger sport - so get your arses out to Goodman Diamond and celebrate all that is the University of Wisconsin.