- Going to a football game in Madison can be one of the best college football experiences in the country.
But being a family member of one of the players adds a much different element to the experience.
It can be exciting, but it can also be quite nerve racking.
Wisconsin connections are easy to find. Merrill's Sam Arneson's uncle, Mike Jirschele, is the third base coach for American Pennant winning Kansas City Royals.
"Oh it's great I'm so proud of Sam. You know and everything he's done, being out there and playing for the Badgers, it makes it exciting," said Jirschele. "Just being able to come down and watch him of course being in the World Series and what not I missed a few games."
Arneson's mom, Marge, got to experience Badger football games as a girlfriend during her time at UW. Her husband Dave Arneson played for Wisconsin in the 1980s. But this time around as a mom, the experience is much different.
"The games are very nerve racking," Marge Arneson said. "I always worry for his safety, I know how hard he works, I want him to do his best and the friendships that we've made are just awesome."
DC Everest graduate Konrad Zagzebski's mom enjoys the north central Wisconsin bond and the other relationships she has formed while supporting her son at UW.
"You realize that it's a very small world and that we are all truly interconnected and it's a blast. It's just an absolute blast," said Dana Zagzebski.
Zagzebski says having a son play for the Badgers has been a treasured experience.
"You feel very blessed and you take it one day at a time because you know they are a day away from you know a serious injury or something occurring or happening, and you want the young men to be healthy," said Dana Zagzebski.