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Use all the adjectives you want to describe the Wisconsin Badgers win over Iowa last Saturday night. In the end it was a win that simply saved the season — for the moment, anyway. Winning at Iowa is tough to do any year, and the Badgers fought through adversity to post the key victory.

For the first time this season Wisconsin’s offensive line played a little more up to their preseason press clippings and that’s good news going forward. When the Badgers had to make a play Saturday night they did and even though their young defensive secondary is not very good right now there is something there to work with.

The win puts Wisconsin in the driver’s seat for the Big Ten West Division title once again. For all intents and purposes, the win gives “Bucky” a two-game lead on Iowa. The Hawkeyes have the easier remaining schedule of the two teams and that’s why the win was so key.

Both teams visit Penn State this season and the Badgers also have to play at Michigan. Suppose both teams lose at Penn State and the Badgers don’t handle Michigan. With two losses each, Wisconsin would win the West by virtue of the head-to-head competition.

As for Saturday night, it was a win, at Iowa, and at night. It’s definitely something to build on.

Just like last year it appears the baseball season will go right down to the final weekend before Milwaukee Brewers’ fans will know if their favorites make the playoffs for the first time since 2011.

Too bad the National Football League’s tackling rules are screwing up what could be a very special season. Three weeks in and there is no real clear-cut favorite right now. The league is wide open.

ESPN now has certain players mic’d up for their Monday night games as their ratings continue to sink. It’s doubtful that anyone who walked away from the NFL will return just to hear some meaningless chatter on the field. No language or strategy talk will be allowed.

Ex-Mafia boss “Cadillac Frank” Salemme has been sentenced to life in prison at age 85. At that age a jay-walking conviction would have been a life sentence.

Back to ESPN for a moment. The network drew the wrath of Chicago Bears fans, and rightfully so, when they failed to show the “Ring of Excellence” ceremony for Brian Urlacher during the Bears’ Monday night home opener. Instead they showed a performance from a band called Cheat Codes. And ESPN is the sports leader?

The Wisconsin Badger women’s hockey team is ranked No. 2 in the country in the preseason national rankings. It’s the second straight season the Badger women have been ranked No. 2 in the preseason.

Even though they finally won a game, not much has gone right for the Cleveland Browns over the last couple of years. Give them credit though for doing something right. The Browns banned their radio sideline reporter for eight games after he yelled at officials during their game with New Orleans. That was absolutely the right call by the Browns.

Kelly Clarkson is getting her own daytime TV talk show. Apparently there was a shortage.

The Brewers’ Christian Yelich will probably not win the National League MVP Award. The Chicago Cubs’ Javy Baez likely gets the nod if the Cubs win the Central Division and, of course, Baez plays in a major media market and, believe me, that matters. Former big league pitcher Jon Smoltz recently was on the nationally syndicated Dan Patrick Show talking about the MVP awards and he never even mentioned Yelich as a candidate.

The next Super Bowl is in Atlanta . . . so does the NFL choose any of the great musical artists from that city for its halftime show? Of course not. With the game in a southern city, the NFL goes with the boring pop rock band Maroon Five from Los Angeles.

Last Sunday was a day you needed picture in picture and fresh batteries for the remote. The Packers and Brewers were playing important games at the same time and Tiger Woods was on the prowl for his fist PGA Tour win in five years. The Brewers and Tiger were victorious; Green Bay, not so much.

And finally, a new study says that a daily aspirin may be harmful to older adults. Now that’s a double whammy! It could hurt you and you have to admit you’re getting old.

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