Why Not Wisconsin? by Matt Lepay
From Barry to Bo: Broadcasting the Badgers from the Best Seat in the House

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Based on more than 20 years behind a Madison microphone, this autobiographical account follows the University of Wisconsin Badgers’ play-by-play announcer as he witnessed the college’s famed golden era of athletics. Sharing the author’s memories of the Badgers’ successful run on the gridiron, the chapters document highlights such as Barry Alvarez leading the team to 11 bowl games in 16 seasons—including three Rose Bowl wins—and his successor, Brett Bielema, posting four 10-win seasons and advancing to a bowl game each year. Badgers’ basketball is also covered, chronicling the men’s streak of five winning seasons, four qualifications for the NCAA tournament, a Final Four appearance in 2000, and more. Detailing the personalities that have helped shape Wisconsin sports during this monumental period, this sports memoir also features revealing stories on the teams’ legendary coaches as well as star players including Mike Kelley, Alando Tucker, Erasmus James, and Montee Ball.


About Matt Lepay

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Matt Lepay is a college sports commentator, having called for University of Wisconsin football since 1994 and Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball since 1988. He is a six-time winner of the Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year Award and has called 15 postseason football games and 15 NCAA tournaments, including the Wisconsin Badgers' run to the Final Four in 2000. He serves as cohost with Brett Bielema and Bo Ryan on the coaches' respective radio shows. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin. Brad Nessler is one of the leading play-by-play commentators in the business and calls games for both ESPN and ABC. He has worked for ESPN since 1992, and added ABC assignments in 1997 while continuing to handle college football and basketball games for ABC and ESPN. He is also the play-by-play voice of EA Sports NCAA Football and college basketball March Madness video games. He currently calls the ESPN College Football Primetime game on Saturday nights with analyst Todd Blackledge and reporter Holly Rowe. In 2010, he was inducted into the Minnesota Broadcasters Hall of Fame. He resides in Duluth, Georgia.
Published August 1, 2012 by Triumph Books. 256 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Sports & Outdoors, Travel. Non-fiction

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