Monday, July 30, 2012
Sign language: Wisconsin Badgers
By Adam Rittenberg
Wisconsin players are reminded every time they leave the locker room what they're working toward.
As Wisconsin players walk up the tunnel leading from their locker room, they see a sign overhead that reads "The Road to the Rose Bowl begins here." It's the last thing players see before walking under the stands and through a separate tunnel into Camp Randall Stadium.
Given Wisconsin's Rose Bowl success in the past two decades -- the Badgers have made five Rose Bowl appearances since 1993 -- the sign has special significance. Wisconsin's resurgence has been built on Rose Bowl appearances. Although coach Bret Bielema preaches a "1-0" approach to every game, the sign reinforces the Badgers' ultimate goals -- to win the Big Ten Conference and advance to Pasadena, Calif., for the Granddaddy of Them All.