Michael Popke


Evan Siegle/Green Bay Packers

The Green and Gold to face Falcons for the NFC title. Can they go all the way to the Super Bowl? more

Jan 19, 2017 5:00 AM Sports


Matt Becker/Green Bay Packers

The Packers have perilous playoff matchup with Dallas. The Cowboys will be tough to beat, but they probably feel the same about the Pack. more

Jan 12, 2017 5:00 AM Sports

A Madison pastor writes an engaging first book in a trilogy, revisiting and updating the biblical tale of David and Goliath. Joshua McHenry Miller’s “Tyrants and Traitors” introduces the shepherd boy at age 15. more

Jan 12, 2017 5:00 AM Books

How about fixing some of the dumb stuff? Adios, Thursday night football. more

Jan 5, 2017 5:00 AM Sports


Max Siker/UW Athletics

The Green Bay Packers started their season poorly, and the Rio Olympics seemed cursed from the start. But not everything in the world of sports was bad, including better-than-expected seasons for UW football, volleyball and men’s basketball. more

Dec 22, 2016 5:00 AM Sports

Badgers football’s stellar history with walk-on players is the subject of a new book. It’s a testament to the heart and soul of the team. more

Dec 15, 2016 5:00 AM Sports


David Stluka/UW Athletics

Women’s volleyball rules, but basketball and men’s hockey have growing pains. Those young teams are working through some issues. more

Dec 8, 2016 5:00 AM Sports


David Stluka / UW Athletics

UW football is in the national title hunt. The scrappy team should give Madison an excuse to forget about politics in the coming weeks. more

Dec 1, 2016 5:00 AM Sports


David Douglass

Isthmus gift guide 2016: What to give the adventurous soul in your life, from beneath the sea to “from sea to shining sea.” more

Nov 17, 2016 5:00 AM Isthmus Giving Magazine


Cal Sport Media

Prognosis for Badgers men’s basketball season: good. Some are expecting a whole lot more than last year’s already strong performance. more

Nov 17, 2016 5:00 AM Sports


Paulius Musteikis

It takes a certain type of person to play international ball, says former Badger Mike Wilkinson. It’s not necessarily the game that’s the problem; it’s the lifestyle. more

Nov 10, 2016 5:00 AM , Sports


Mary Langenfeld

A cross between tennis and ping pong, pickleball is a young sport quickly growing in popularity. Madison now has six new courts at Garner Park, where enthusiasts can always find a game. more

Nov 3, 2016 10:00 AM Snapshot

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Milwaukee Bucks/NBAE

Though the team probably won’t make the playoffs, it could be an interesting season to watch. Six new players bring life to the club. more

Nov 3, 2016 5:00 AM Sports


Darren Lee

La Follette, Middleton and Verona are all contenders for making it to the WIAA state football championships. Are major upsets in store? more

Oct 27, 2016 5:00 AM Sports

The four high school friends who have played together as Clutch never expected to rock out for a quarter century. But the energetic and prolific metal band shows no signs of slowing. They hit the Orpheum on Oct. 27. more

Oct 20, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC

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David Stluka/UW Athletics

The Wisconsin Badgers football team shouldn’t take comfort in the fact that they came close to winning against Ohio State. The team needs to focus to avoid losses like Saturday’s overtime defeat. more

Oct 20, 2016 5:00 AM Sports



Día de Fútbol comes to Breese Stevens. Gerardo Torrado will appear; all-star teams United Football Club and the Madison Blues will face each other in a 2 p.m. match. more

Oct 13, 2016 5:00 AM Sports

Along with the weightier fare, the Wisconsin Book Festival is also teeming with authors of entertaining reads. Mike Popke previews his top picks for sports and recreation books — along with a few quirky additions. more

Oct 13, 2016 5:00 AM Books

“Roughneck Grace,” Michael Perry’s new collection of essays, reminds readers of the wit and charm of the bestselling author and intermittent pig farmer. more

Oct 6, 2016 5:00 AM Books

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Scott Paulus \ Milwaukee Brewers

The Brewers didn’t blow quite everything this year. But next year’s team is unlikely to look the same. more

Oct 6, 2016 5:00 AM Sports

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