MADISON - The 2014 Big Ten football season will be one of firsts. The conference will welcome new members, Maryland and Rutgers, into the fold and will change from the current Legends and Leaders Division format to East and West. On Thursday, the Big Ten announced the conference schedule for that historic season.
The Badgers will open their first conference season as a member of the West Division with a road game against division rival Northwestern on Oct. 4. Another West Division foe, Illinois, will visit Camp Randall Stadium on Oct. 11.
Following a bye on Oct. 18, UW will face the two newest Big Ten members in back-to-back weeks. Maryland will make its first visit to Madison on Oct. 25 followed by the Badgers travelling to play Rutgers for the first time in school history on Nov. 1.
Wisconsin will close the season with four straight games against West Division foes. The Badgers are at Purdue on Nov. 8 and home against Nebraska on Nov. 15. UW then finishes the season with two trophy games, playing at Iowa for the Heartland Trophy on Nov. 22 and hosting Minnesota in the Battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe on Nov. 29.
The 2014 Big Ten Football Championship game will be held on Dec. 6 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
MERRILL - When you think of movies you probably think of Hollywood, but one man from Northcentral Wisconsin is bringing his feature film to the local screen.
Wausau’s Jarrod Crooks not only makes movies, but he also stars in them.
His latest film, "Dispatched" is based off the Elvis Presley movie, “Girl Happy,” says filmmaker Jarrod Crooks. “My character Jake is sent to go watch my bosses daughter while she’s on vacation with a friend. Then an old enemy is kind of after him while he’s on vacation, so some things happen.”
Crooks made, "Dispatched" on a $5,000 budget and it’s full of romance, action, and comedy.
“My buddy would joke with me, ‘why don’t you just pick one genre man and then just go with it'," says Crooks. "I’m like because I want to make this movie how I want to make It'." "I actually like romantic comedies, I think they’re kind of fun, and I think they’re cute. I like action films because I’m a guy, and I like comedy because Jim Carey is great.”
Crooks is only 28 and has already made 4 feature films. His passion started when he was 12 years old.
“I went over to my friend’s house and he had a video camera. I was like oh we should make a movie, and at that time I was really into, “Wishbone,” says Crooks.
“We’d always remake our own literature pieces. Then I saw my first Jackie Chan movie and I’m like, alright it’s settled we’re doing action films from now on," says Crooks. “From then on it was just a love affair with the filmmaking.”
His latest film will be shown at the Cosmo Theatre in Merrill on Saturday at 5pm.
“The fact that I’m bringing it to central Wisconsin is great because this is where I grew up," says Crooks. "All my family and friends get to see it, so I’m very excited about that and you get to see yourself on the big screen what’s better than that.”
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