And we march on...
Re-watch the game here. (Spoiler alert, Badgers won.)
The game was a nail biter. Here's a brief summary of my night in screengrabs via TBS and NCAA.com's March Madness LIVE.
It got EXTREMELY exciting right before the half.
This was when the refs called an offensive foul on Arizona. As you can see, it was disbelief for the AZ team.
But, a call shortly after left Athletic Director Barry Alvarez shaking his head... refs gave the ball to Arizona with 2 seconds left in the game. Officials actually spent several minutes trying to determine who knocked the ball out of bounds... and decided it was Wisconsin.
With no time left, Arizona takes the last shot.
Here's the moment recorded via SoundCloud:
Meanwhile, this was going on in Madison:
Coach Bo Ryan realizes he's going to the Final Four for the first time in his career.
Coach Ryan then gets teary. He says his parents gave him the opportunity coach, and he thanked his family for their support.
His daughter, Breanna, sends out this tweet:
Then, the basketball team sends out this Vine:
People start sending out pics from State Street. Players like Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker write #TurnUpMadison and Coach Bo Ryan asks people to be safe out there -
Instagram: Sam Dekker
Instagram: Frank Kaminsky
The Badgers put out this recap on YouTube:
A welcome home party is scheduled for SUNDAY AT THE KOHL CENTER.
The events start in Texas this Friday.
If you truly like your friends and actually want to spend time with them, rush them to Villa Dolce in Middleton... and then slow things up at the dinner table.
As usual, Hannah McClung and I had the opportunity to check it out and have a great conversation with the restaurant's owner, Tony Lumani. He'll be featured in an upcoming Madison Magazine!
This is not a place that only cares about turning tables. They will not rush you out the door. In fact, owner Tony tells me that if you don't have time to eat here... don't come! I mean, he says it in jest... but it's best to take your time and enjoy good food and good company.
And why not? The food is gorgeous.
The pizza is so light and delicious. We had the prosciutto and arugula pie, made with imported prosciutto di parma, topped with fresh arugula and finished with an aged balsamic glaze.
Check out Lumani's artisan sausages-- gourmet, made-in-house beef and lamb sausages, grilled and served with a feta aioli spread. A tomato and cucumber salad top it off.
And check out this NEW summer salad - salmon, kale, arugula, fennel, goat cheese, strawberries, quinoa, golden beets, candied walnuts and farro are all mixed with a balsamic dressing. It is so light and refreshing - it will be perfect when the sun comes out again.
And GOOD LORD, there are gelatinis. Say it with me, "Gel-A-Teeny"... which is VERY BIG on taste.
Tony calls this one a grown-up milkshake, made with Kahlua, Godiva chocolate liqueur, chocolate vodka and fresh chocolate gelato. We were literally dying to drink the whole thing, but since we had to head to work, we only took a sip. What a waste! Totally bummed about that one, but we'll be back.
Definitely worth a visit! We'll be writing about Tony's background and detail some of the other things going on at the restaurant in an upcoming issue of the magazine. Stay tuned! It was one of my favorite places to visit.
Facebook: Villa Dolce
Facebook: Madison Magazine
Is it spring yet?
PHOTO OF THE DAY: My dogs hate this guy. He's the fattest squirrel I've ever seen and he continues to torment my dogs by hanging by our front door. What a little bugger. I happen to really like having him around.
Goodbye, ice... and ice fishing!
Have you ever experienced the joys of ice fishing? When in Rome, do as the Romans do. When you live in Wisconsin, that means you grab a pole, like this surly fella. I watched him catch the daily limit in bluegill!
We were lucky enough to be invited by a couple of friends, Jess and Jay... who took us out on Lake Monona in Madison. It's not as easy as it looks. You have to drill a hole. I had Jim drill mine with an auger.
Jay taught me how to do a fisherman's knot. I swear my dad and grandpa have taught me this very thing.
Jess and Jay each caught one fish. We gave them to some other folks on the ice.
Jess and I thought ice fishing might be more social... but we might have to go to one of those shanty towns to get that! Maybe Lake Winnebago?
Still, I can't wait to do it again... I mean, next year. Right now, I'm just glad the ice is disappearing!
We had such a great experience helping teens get ready for prom at All Dressed Up! At least 400 girls registered, which was a huge increase from last year.
Did you know, the average family spends more than $1000 for each student who goes to prom? It's a financial stresser for any family.
The thing about ADU is that the League will give dresses to anyone regardless of the need. Girls also get free accessories. A ton of the items are brand new--in fact, this year, Citrine on State Street donated thousands of dollars worth of dresses.
Fox 47's Michelle Carolla did an awesome job emceeing the Reve fashion show! We had such a blast helping out girls pick their prom dresses. Mine told me she felt like a princess. For realz! I loved meeting Paige and her sister Tess.
We at Morgan Murphy Media (WISC and Fox 47) are starting to celebrate each other more often. We're revamping an old way to share our successes and moments, and so far, it's been great!
Here's what we do:
There's a group of people who volunteer to be on the Spotlight Squad. They collect nominations all month long of people going above and beyond their normal duties. Yes, they're just doing their jobs... but they're winning the day because they did something that made a difference to their co-workers.
Once a month, the Spotlight Squad names a winner--this month, our winner was photojournalist Mike Soe. Susan Siman read a great quote about him in front of our newsroom, and he got to pick out a gift certificate to some place cool.
We also take the time to celebrate the folks celebrating a work anniversary or a birthday. We all bring something for a potluck and celebrate essentially ALL DAY LONG. starting with the morning show! We also hand out little treats for all the folks who were nominated.
We're only on month 2, but it has been a ton of fun! I highly recommend doing something like this at your workplace. IF you already DO, then I'd love to hear what you've got going on! We're always looking for ideas.
Work life is so important. We all have families and friends, but respecting and liking your co-workers makes a world of difference.
OH and my favorite potluck item came from Kathy R. from operations... they were these awesome pancake muffins she found on Pinterest, which I repinned! They are sweet and savory with maple syrup and deliciousness. You've got to make them for your next big breakfast!
It's Fat Tuesday. Time for king cakes and paczki. Say it with me now... "pooooonchkeeee."
I have never really followed Mardi Gras. I've never done anything outrageous for beads. I only traveled to New Orleans one time for work. And, I never ate king cake.
But that all changed today.
Steve Koehn, our Live at 5 producer, said he wanted to get packzi for the newscast but didn't have time, so I volunteered to go pick up some.
Here's the lowdown. Packzi is a Polish dessert popular on Fat Tuesday. It's much like a donut, but the folks at Scott's Pastry Shoppe in Middleton say the dough is much sweeter and "pillowy-er" plus the filling is sweeter. And it's pronounced "poonch-kee.'
Got it? Good.
We cut the king cake and Tabatha Wethal got the baby! Apparently that means she'll have good luck, is king for the day and will buy the next year's cake. Should we try to hold her to it?!
I love firsts. This goes on the list!
Did you catch the Oscars?
I usually don't watch, but once I started, I couldn't stop because there were too many memorable moments!
1. Jared Leto's speech for winning Best Supporting Actor for his role in "Dallas Buyers Club", in which he played a big-hearted transsexual living with AIDS.
Jared must've known he an awesome speech right out of the gate would set the Internet on fire. He mentioned his mother, Ukraine, AIDS efforts and other current events:
WATCH Jared Leto's speech
2. The selfie that broke a record AND Twitter: Ellen said she wanted to break a retweet record, and it appears she did.
Ellen said Twitter confirmed that she crashed the platform. When this post was written, it had more than 1.7 million retweeets. Seriously.
3. Lupita Nyong'o wins best supporting actress for her role in "12 Years a Slave" which ended up being the big movie of the night as well.
"No matter where you're from, your dreams are valid," she said. It was just a touching moment.
Her speech even made Benedict Cumberbatch cry! (Who also happened to PHOTOBOMB U2.)
3. The best day at work a pizza guy could ever have.
Ellen delivered pizza to the stars in the first few rows... and yes, the guy was a real pizza delivery guy, according to ABC News. Ellen said she didn't have any cash, so she asked folks like Brad Pitt and Kevin Spacey for tip money.
5. And the moment when John Travolta let down music fans and the Twitterverse.
The star failed to pronounce Idina Menzel's name correctly, and it wasn't just the divos who revolted. By the way, Mendel is the voice behind "Let It Go" from Disney's "Frozen", which also won Best Song.
WATCH what he says!
So... what do you think? Do you agree?
There were other great moments, too:
- Robert Lopez became a member of the EGOT club
- Bette Midler sang "Wind Beneath My Wings"
- And singer Pharrell Williams danced with A-listers during his performance