UP: UW athletic department. The Chronicle of Higher Education ranks the UW 10th in college sports earners, bringing in $94 million in 2009. And this year's Rose Bowl appearance will likely solidify the university's standing. Maybe that's why they call him Bucky.
DOWN: Wisconsin. The federal Department of Transportation, its hand forced by Gov.-elect Scott Walker, reallocates $810 million slated for Wisconsin to build a Milwaukee-to-Madison rail line to 13 other states. In an editorial, the Los Angeles Times gleefully boasts, "Thanks a billion, cheeseheads."