Chucking Bucky


by Tommy Gimler

The forty minutes of Wisconsin Badgers basketball I watched tonight that culminated in a 64-63 defeat to the Syracuse Orangemen reminded me of a bipolar girl I nailed back in ’98. I’m just thankful I had access to multiple forms of alcohol to help get me through both ordeals.

The Badgers jumped out to a 15-9 lead, and it was time for another celebratory brew when Jared Berggren was whistled for his second personal foul on a play that replay showed he got all ball. With Berggren on the pine, Cuse took advantage with a 9-2 run to take a one-point lead, and I made the call for the Jameson. And make that a double, Pat.

Down ten with just thirty seconds left in the first half and my speech alternating in and out of a slight slur, the Badgers looked about as dead as my unit would be if I kept on this Jameo train. But John Gasser hit two of three from the line, and stole the ball from Scoop Jardine to cut the lead to a manageable six at the half.

The Badgers would tie things up at forty a piece just four minutes into the second half, and there was a sense that Bucky was going to pull this baby out.

At the 11-minute mark, they were down seven.

That’s when Berggren started a barrage of Bucky 3-balls that would continue for the next four minutes. Six consecutive three-pointers put the Badgers up 59-56 with seven minutes left in the game, and I was buying the bar a round of red-headed sluts.

And just like that, Bucky went ice cold. Their next (and last) field goal came at the 4:13 mark, and the Badgers fell one point short of advancing to the next round. Badger fan Justin on Twitter (@jv2381) summed it up perfectly by saying, “Live and die by the 3, baby.”

But while the the 2011-12 Badgers season may have died with a late missed three-pointer tonight, the Badgers’ future looks bright. Sam Dekker comes to Madison this fall, and Wisconsin’s Mr. Basketball knows how to live by the three.

Dekker scored 40 points, 18 in the fourth quarter, as Sheboygan Lutheran defeated Racine Lutheran 67-66 in the WIAA Division 5 State Championship game last weekend. Sure, it’s Division 5 basketball which is one division higher than wheelchair basketball in Wisconsin and may or may not be coed, but check out how Dekker led his team to the title.

Down 63-55 with a minute left in the game, Dekker hit two 3-pointers and completed a three-point play to get his team within two points. He took the inbounds pass with 13.2 seconds left and…

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