Mike Fiammetta

  • joined Jan 28, 2011
  • last login Jul 28, 2014
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Editor of Bucky's 5th Quarter since September 2012.

After four years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, including two as the sports editor of the nation's largest independent student newspaper, The Badger Herald, I'm furthering my passion for college sports with SB Nation. I've also worked for MLB.com as an associate reporter covering the Washington Nationals in 2012, as well as InsideFootball.com covering the New York Giants during the 2011 Super Bowl season.

My work has been found on the websites of the New York Times, ESPN and MLB.com. You can find me on Twitter @mikefiammetta.

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User Blog

Recruiting notebook: Badgers in on several races

Updates on Kahlil McKenzie, Nick Thomas, and more, plus a couple of new offers.

Andre Williams settling into 'perfect fit'


The Giants' fourth-round pick has plenty of work ahead of him, but he could become a valuable part of an unproven backfield.

UWBadgers.com profiles new Director of Football Operations Jason Thomas


"I’ve adopted a similar philosophy to Coach Andersen. If you take care of yourself academically and socially, athletics will always take care of itself. The type of man and woman you are in the classroom is going to have a direct reflection on the type you are on the field of play."

That's just one quote from Jason Thomas in Mike Lucas' profile of Wisconsin's latest Director of Football operations. The full story is worth a read, as Lucas traces Thomas' path from talented high school wide receiver who was sidetracked by injuries to Utah State's assistant athletics director. Now, he joins the Badgers for Gary Andersen's second year in Madison.

Katherine Vosters named Director of Basketball Ops

Bo Ryan has filled an important position on his staff with Katherine Vosters, who's entering her sixth season with the program.

Blake Geoffrion Hockey Classic coming to Madison

The name of Wisconsin's first Hobey Baker Award recipient will grace a charity game to raise money for the UW Health Burn Center.

BTN inks big TV deal

The Big Ten's footprint grows as the BTN inks deals with two major cable providers out east. Finally, some good news for Rutgers.

Giants Notebook: Preseason player rankings


Which New York Giants are being included in popular preseason player rankings? Find out in today's notebook.

Gary Andersen updates Wisconsin's quarterback battle, sort of


None of that is surprising, though the "WHY NOT BART HOUSTON?!" crowd might be a bit crushed.

UW softball ends impressive season

Though Wisconsin's season ended with a NCAA tournament loss Sunday, the Badgers finished with the second-most wins in program history.

Giants Notebook: Which draft picks could surprise?


Which late-round picks could surprise for the Giants in 2014? That and more inside this morning's notebook.

'Jump Around' at UW-Madison graduation

As promised, UW-Madison's Class of 2014 got the chance to Jump Around at graduation.

Eli: Peyton stole 'Omaha' from me


Peyton Manning is the worst. Eli says his older brother stole the "Omaha" line-of-scrimmage call, and has profited from it ever since.

Jason Thomas hired as director of football ops

Gary Andersen has found his man after Zach Nyborg left for BYU in April.

Wisconsin APR scores once again strong

The NCAA has released its 2012-13 report on Academic Progress Rates, and once again Wisconsin's teams rank highly.

Giants Notebook: Tyler Sash arrested


Turns out fleeing on a scooter and hiding behind a tree isn't the best way to evade police.

Giants Notebook: Manning, Beckham reunited


Eli Manning and Odell Beckham went to the same New Orleans high school and have previously worked out together there. Monday, they were reunited at the Giants' offseason workout program.

Derrick Ward calls Michael Sam kiss 'disgusting'


The former Giants running back is in hot water after speaking out on Michael Sam's post-draft pick kiss with his boyfriend.

Giants Notebook: NFL Draft recap


With the 2014 NFL Draft in the books, how do you think the Giants fared?

Recruiting notebook: Offers in Utah, Indiana

In the last week, the Badgers have offered recruits from the likes of Utah, Texas and Indiana.

Q&A: How does Jared Abbrederis fit in Green Bay?

Jared Abbrederis to the Green Bay Packers was the most exciting Badgers-related pick of the 2014 NFL Draft. Is the former UW star a good fit in Mike McCarthy's offense?

Meet the Giants' 2014 draft picks


In the 2014 NFL Draft, the New York Giants came away with seven picks that filled a variety of needs. Read on to get acquainted with each one and see how they might fit into this season's plans.

Giants UDFA tracker


Stay updated with all of the Giants' undrafted free agent signings.

Beau Allen drafted by Eagles in Round 7

Beau Allen is the fifth Badger taken in the 2014 NFL Draft.

2014 NFL Draft: Day 3 live blog

Wisconsin has produced a first-round draft pick in each of the past four years. Could Chris Borland extend that streak?

Jared Abbrederis drafted by Packers in Round 5

Some expected Jared Abbrederis to be drafted earlier, but now the Wautoma native gets to remain in-state.

Giants select Devon Kennard in Round 5


The New York Giants have made their second selection in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Giants select Nat Berhe in Round 5


The New York Giants have made their selection in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

James White drafted by Patriots in Round 4

James White is the third Wisconsin product drafted after Dezmen Southward and Chris Borland.

Giants select Andre Williams in Round 4


Thoughts on the pick, Giants fans?

Chris Borland on joining San Francisco 49ers


"We’ve gotten a little bit of exposure to those guys and that defense when we had a switch to 3-4. We watched some of their film. We actually implemented a few things the Niners do on defense. So, they’re two of the best in the league and I’m looking forward to learning from them."

49ers.com That's Borland talking about pairing up with linebackers Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman. The full Q&A (plus audio of Borland's conference call) is well worth your time. Among other things, he admits he had no idea the 49ers were interested in him, even though he spoke to head coach Jim Harbaugh at the NFL Combine.
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