The Spectator

It’s just a game, but sometimes that’s enough

Story by Andy Hildebrand, Sports Editor

April 17, 2013

Like many others out there, I’ve had an intimate relationship with sports for as long as I can remember. When I was a kid, it taught me lessons about sportsmanship and teamwork. It helped me make friends. When I got a little...

Racism cannot be fixed by a country song

Story by Andry Hildebrand, Sports Editor

April 17, 2013

I’m beginning to learn that sometimes in life, no matter how ridiculous or incomprehensible I find something, there will always be opposition. There will always be a group of people out there that disagree with me. That’s...

Arizona strikes out on immigration policy

Story by Andy Hildebrand, Sports Editor

March 28, 2013

I like to think that as a society, we’ve come a long way. We’re better than we used to be. We’re more tolerant. We’re better educated. Technology has made society a global community by bringing communication and culture...

Mens hockey team going dancing

Story by Andy Hildebrand, Sports Editor

March 4, 2013

NCAA officials announced Sunday night the UW-Eau Claire mens hockey team, who lost out on an automatic bid after Saturday’s loss to St. Norbert in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association conference championship game, was...

Unearthing Jerusalem

Story by Andy Hildebrand, Sports Editor

February 28, 2013

Nick Jaeger had only flown once before and had never been outside the borders of the United States. Even as he sat strapped into his seat aboard the United Airlines plane waiting for takeoff, he still had trouble believing what...

Big Ten bans cupcakes

Story by Andy Hildebrand, Sports Editor

February 14, 2013

If you’ve watched the first four games of any Badger football season from the past decade, you know they look much more like a collection of meaningless preseason games than the start of college football. We often see bloated...

Guilty or not, Braun’s integrity is forever in doubt

Story by Andy Hildebrand, Sports Editor

February 7, 2013

This is absolutely my nightmare. I keep expecting to wake up, tangled up in my sheets, gasping for air in a frightened, sweaty heap. I’m not waking up anytime soon though, and neither is Milwaukee Brewers’ left fielder Ryan...

Let’s fix the pro bowl

Story by Andy Hildebrand, Sports Editor

January 31, 2013

I planned on starting this week’s column by talking about how much I hated watching the Pro Bowl. I was going to rant about how little effort the players put in and how it’s by far the worst major all-star game in p...

Ineffective Badgers’ offense almost offensive

Story by Andy Hildebrand, Sports Editor

January 24, 2013

I want to begin this column by validating myself. My father graduated from the University of Wisconsin. He bleeds cardinal. He gets more amped up for Badger games than he does for Packer, Brewer and Bucks games combined. He’s...

Media are still vital to society

Story by Andy Hildebrand, Sports Editor

January 24, 2013

There’s been a lot of backlash against the media lately. It started after the Sandy Hook shooting when that fake Morgan Freeman quote was being passed around the web. This quote, was later tracked backwards by Reddit users...

Recognized for excellence

Story by Andy Hildebrand, Staff Writer

October 4, 2012

On this year's Parents’ Weekend, an annual Blugold soccer tradition took place and UW-Eau Claire beat undefeated UW-Oshkosh 4-2. Eau Claire set the pace early as junior forward Paige LeGate knocked one in from in front of...

Student athletes a special breed

Story by Andy Hildebrand, Staff Writer

September 13, 2012

Sophomore Alex Anderson, like many of his classmates, has a lot on his plate. Balancing school work, the occasional roommate scuffle and a healthy social life is enough to keep any college student’s calendar chock-full. Anderson...

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