In the picture above, taken last night by Associated Press photographer Gerry Broome, you see a North Carolina player (white and blue uniform) shooting over a UW-Madison player (red uniform). It was a hard-fought battle; the Badgers had a flat first half, and perhaps a half-court shot at the halftime buzzer launched by Ben Brust of the Badgers woke them up; but, the clock ran out on Bo’s boys and they lost by three on the home court of the always-tough Tarheels.
The player in the photo above, putting up the shot, is a fellow named Harrison Barnes. I know this because after he made the shot, on the live TV broadcast the camera showed him at a different angle, and above his uniform number (40) I saw the name “Barnes”. The name of the Badgers player in the picture is…..ah….5.
To write this post, I first looked online for some pictures of the game last night, and then I went to the UW Badgers basketball website and downloaded a roster of the current players. The point of this post is that I want Bo to relent and put the names of the players on the back of their uniforms.
I believe there are certain times (games, tournaments) when coaches are given no choice in the matter: they MUST put the player’s last name above the number on the back of their uniform jersey. At least, that’s what I gather, from years of observation. Because most of the time, the Badgers have nothing but a number on their jerseys.
Yes, I understand that many coaches deliberately leave the player's name off the jersey to show that it’s a TEAM effort and that it’s not about individuals. Well, as far as I’m concerned, that’s a bunch of crap.
I don’t KNOW the names of all the players, but I really WANT to. Oh, I know that red-haired fellow is Mike Bruesewitz (31), but that’s the only one I know “by heart” right now. Hopefully, later in the season, I’ll know the names of most of Bo’s players, because I’ll have seen them often enough to associate a name with a uniform number. But it would be SO much easier if Bo would just put their names on their uniforms. It would make me a BETTER fan. It would increase my enjoyment of the game.
So, if you have any influence with Bo, mention that I suggested this. And I’m sure I’m not the only one.
And, by the way, the follow in the picture above…wearing the red uniform number 5….is Ryan Evans.
I had to look it up.