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Janesville fans turn out to root for Badgers

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Catherine W. Idzerda
January 2, 2011
— Shaughn Bolton is a serious Badger fan.

He’s also extremely handy with a hot glue gun.


Put those two things together, and you get a guy who knows how to celebrate Wisconsin’s trip to the Rose Bowl.


On Saturday, Bolton was part of the sea of red that gathered at Wiggy’s Saloon, 9 N. Parker Drive, Janesville, to watch the big game.


Both men and women sported temporary tattoos of Bucky Badger on their faces and arms. Red and white jewelry was everywhere. Giant roses were posted on the walls between oversized prints of Bucky Badger and variety of other sports memorabilia.


At halftime, red and green gelatin shots were passed around the bar. The red ones went first.


These were serious fans.


But Bolton’s dedication topped them all.


His case of Badger fever led him to transform a dancing, beer drinking, mechanical toy into a dancing, rose-holding Barry Alvarez.


“I got a Badger hat at T.J. Maxx,” Bolton explained. “I cut the ‘W’ off the front and the Badger off the back.”


Then, using a hot glue gun, he glued the ‘W’ to the back of the dancing man’s jacket and the Badger to his tie.


Did we mention that he painted the dancing guy’s tie red? It was paisley before.


As a final touch, he put little plastic roses in the guy’s hands.


Here’s the best part: With all the little changes, it looked just like UW-Madison athletic director and former Badger football coach Alvarez.


As Badger fans go, Bolton’s only competition was Patrick “Wiggy” Wygans, the bar’s owner.


Wygans and his wife, Katie, went to the Rose Bowl in 1994 and 1999.


“It’s just a sea of red” he said of the scene in the stadium. “And when the band came out—well—you get goose bumps.”


His favorite Rose Bowl moment?


“When Darrell Bevell ran in for a touchdown in 1994,” Wygans said.


For Katie, one of her favorite moments came when the band took the field at halftime.


“I wrote (band director) Mike Leckrone a letter and told him I was never more proud to be a Wisconsinite,” she said. “They sounded the best they ever had.”



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