Itâ€™s almost too much.
The Packers â€“ a win over the Patriots and a share of the best record in the NFL â€“ check.
Badgers football â€“ a win over Minnesota, and a trip to the Big Ten Championship Game for the third time in four years â€“ check.
Subset of Badgers football: MELVIN GORDON III â€“ check.
The Bucks â€“ a winning record and playing competitive basketball every night â€“ check.
Badgers basketball â€“ a tournament win, and a nationally-recognized matchup at home against Duke â€“ check.
Marquette â€“ wins over Georgia Tech and Tennessee â€“ check.
Badgers and Marquette â€“ on national television Saturday â€“ check.
Itâ€™s almost too much.
The success is great.
But itâ€™s more than that. Itâ€™s FUN. Itâ€™s HAPPY. As Wisconsin-based fans, we are seeing our teams have both local and national relevance. And it cannot be ignored.
Weâ€™ve had successful periods in Wisconsin sports over the past few years. The recent Packersâ€™ 15-1 season, coinciding with the Brewersâ€™ playoffs run to the NLCS and the Badgersâ€™ football team decimating Nebraska in the Huskersâ€™ Big Ten debut come to mind.
That run even inspired a logo for state sports teams.
But weâ€™ve had bad times as well. The Brewersâ€™ struggles since then. The Badgersâ€™ losses in the Rose Bowl. The Packersâ€™ playoffs struggles.
So when a period of success befalls us, we HAVE to take advantage of it.
We need to soak it all in and appreciate what we are seeing.
We donâ€™t know how long it will last, and sure, we can poke holes in pretty much every success weâ€™re discussing. But letâ€™s not question it. At least letâ€™s not question it today. Letâ€™s appreciate it.
As sports fans, itâ€™s our nature to be fanatical. In both positive and negative situations and circumstances. And because of the nature of sports, weâ€™ll get our answers.
Can the Packers win the Super Bowl?
Can the Badgers win the Big Ten Championship and/or a bowl game?
Can the Badgers get back to the Final Four?
Can the Bucks continue with their winning record and/or their high level of play, especially on the defensive end?
Can Marquette be competitive in the Big (well, Medium) East?
Thatâ€™s whatâ€™s so great about sports â€“ weâ€™ll get these answers, and more!
But for now â€“ letâ€™s ENJOY it. Itâ€™s ok, sports fans, to enjoy when things are going well.
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