Q&A with Curry and Fisher of ‘Big Ten Tailgate’

first_img“Tailgate 48” is a television show that airs weekly on the Big Ten Network. Each weekend hosts Jason Fisher and Alex Curry visit a Big Ten school for 48 hours to visit with coaches, hang out at hot spots in town and learn about game-day traditions. Last weekend the “Tailgate 48” crew came to the University of Wisconsin to discover what Madison has to offer. Badger Herald Extra Points Sports Blog editor Spencer Smith met up with them on Saturday to find out what they liked best about Wisconsin’s capital city and the University of Wisconsin. BH: So what is Tailgate 48 all about?Fischer: Tailgate 48 is a really fun show on the Big Ten Network. It’s basically if you had 48 hours on campus, we’d show you the ultimate way to live it up: where to eat, where to hang out. We interview players and coaches, different amazing athletes in the Big Ten and show you all of the traditions. It is the best way to experience 48 hours the weekend of the big game.Curry: You are supposed to have as much fun as you possibly can while you are there for 48 hours and we are showing you how you can do it.BH: When I say University of Wisconsin, what comes to your mind?Fischer: For me ‘Jump Around’ is so much fun. We have had a chance to go to all of the Big Ten schools and people always ask me where the best tailgates are or who has the best fans and I think a game at Camp Randall Stadium is better than anywhere else in the Big Ten. It’s so much fun. It’s one big party.Curry: Athletics. You guys have really strong athletic teams here. We got to talk to coach Bo Ryan and he was great. All the different coaches, everyone has so much pride and spirit in your school.BH: When you think of UW students, what do you think of?Fischer: I think there is just so much spirit here. There’s so much school spirit here, everyone is so into their teams and supporting it and really about having fun…We interviewed coach Bielema yesterday and that’s what he said too. I asked him what he tells his players before every single game in the locker room and he said ‘remember to go out there and have fun.’ I think everyone keeps it in perspective. They take it seriously but they take their fun seriously here too.Curry: Everyone’s really dedicated. The fans are dedicated, the coaches are dedicated and the players are dedicated. So it’s like one big fun-dedicated atmosphere.BH: Did you get a sense of UW coaches being proud to work for this University?Curry: Very proud. Coach Bo Ryan had his fundraiser on Thursday and I think he donated over $42,000 and he was just so happy that students wanted to be there and help give back for Coaches vs. Cancer and it was a way for him to get more involved with the students and the entire school in general.BH: What has been the best part so far about your time in Madison?Curry: So coach Ryan challenged me to the fundraiser challenge. So I got to take the free throw shot and the half court shot. I took the free throw shot and it didn’t go over so well. We were talking about it and we decided that I can “granny” the halfway shot. They looked at me and said ‘it’s a little further than you think’. No one thought I could make it. So I throw it up and get nothing but net. I sunk it.Fischer: I am extremely jealous of that moment. For me it’s so cool being here for homecoming. Last night we were at the union and out on the terrace for the fireworks and the parade. Just seeing cheerleaders from the 1950’s back here and families whose children go here now and parents were back and grandparents. All the generations of people for homecoming that have this pride in the school is a really cool thing to see.BH: Would you say you were looking forward to Madison when you saw it on your schedule?Curry: Yes we were crossing our fingers that we were going to make it to Wisconsin sometime during the season and we found out a week ago that it was going to be our last spot.Fischer: I was here last year for the show and it was one of the most fun, if not the most fun, school in the entire Big Ten. It really feels like one big party here. It is awesome.BH: What is the best event or tradition that you have experience all year with this show?Fischer: Each school has something really unique. Penn State, for example, has ‘Nittanyville’ where all of the fans start sleeping out on Tuesday or Wednesday of that week and camp out for a ticket for front row seats. We were at Michigan last week where students sleep out in front of the ‘M’ and guard the ‘M’ when Michigan State comes to town. My favorite is ‘Jump Around.’ I am excited for that between the third and fourth quarter.Curry: We’ve been to three campuses when its homecoming. So that’s fun too, to see how each campus just does homecoming and how it really brings alumni, students, athletes and the entire school together.BH: Do you think this excitement on game-day weekends is kind of exclusive to the Big Ten?Curry: It is. It’s a way of life here in the Big Ten. Football, college, school spirit: it’s what people live for and it’s so amazing to be a part of it and see it first hand through our show.Fischer: I think what the Big Ten has, what other conferences don’t, is the tradition. All of these programs in the Big Ten date back over 100 years. There are unbelievable football traditions and fans. Getting to be a part of the traditions as they carry on today is really special.BH: Is there anything special that you wanted to do in Madison once you got here?Fischer: I had some cheese curds yesterday, always have to have cheese curds. We went to the ‘Old Fashioned’ for lunch and that was a good spot. Brats and cheese curds, I love food so you get a lot of that here. Curry: I’m really excited to see the stadium. I have never been inside Camp Randall so I’m stoked for that.To see Alex Curry and Jason Fischer discover Madison and UW, tune into the Big Ten Network at 5 or 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday. You can follow both of the hosts on twitter at @alex_curry and @jzfish.last_img read more

HKJC prize bumps up Betting Shop Manager of the Year award

first_img Share StumbleUpon Share The Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) has added further prestige to this year’s ‘Racing Post/SIS Betting Shop Manager of the Year’ award, confirming that the winner will be further rewarded with a ‘once a lifetime trip’ to Hong Kong.Racing Post and SIS have whittled down a final field of 24 shop managers, competing for the award which will be announced at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 11th November.HKJC bonus prize will see the winner flown business class to Hong Kong, visiting the legacy racing operator’s historic Happy Valley racetrack for the Jockey Club’s famous ‘Happy Wednesday night racing’, before settling into the first of five nights in a luxurious five-star hotel.Before the lucky winner and their partner go on to a day of full hospitality at Sha Tin on FWD Champions Day on Sunday 26th April, they will also be hosted at the FWD Champions Day Gala Party on Friday night.George Irvine, Commingling Development Director at the Hong Kong Jockey Club, said: “Betting shops up and down the UK work tirelessly to offer a great service for their customers, so we’re delighted to be rewarding this year’s Betting Shop Manager of the Year winner with an exciting trip to Hong Kong.“FWD Champions Day, with three Group 1 races on the card, will be a fantastic day’s racing, while Happy Valley is a bucket list trip for many racing fans. We’ll also be throwing in business class flights, five-star accommodation and a great night for the winner and their partner at the FWD Champions Day Gala Party. From everyone at the Hong Kong Jockey Club, we’d like to wish the best of luck to the final 24.”Alan Byrne, Chief Executive and Editor-in-Chief at the Racing Post, said: “Those who have been lucky enough to enjoy racing at Happy Valley and Sha Tin will immediately recognise what a magnificent prize this is for our overall winner.“Not only does the Racing Post cover racing at both tracks, we are also proud partners of the Hong Kong Jockey Club. It is wonderful that the HKJC are supporting the competition by offering this once-in-a-lifetime trip for the winner of the 2019 Racing Post/SIS Betting Shop Manager of the Year.” SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Related Articles Spotlight delivers Racing Post translated services for Pari-Engineering Russia August 26, 2020 Submit Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020last_img read more