Anaheim, CA (WQOW) -- It must be tough to be a Wisconsin football player today. The Badgers held its first practice in California, then headed to Disneyland as a team.
For the players and coaches, it was a chance to unwind after what has proven to be a tumultuous couple of weeks for the program.
Barry Alvarez knows a little something about dealing with a week of preparation in Pasadena. The coach, who won all three of his Rose Bowl chances, says it's important for his players to enjoy their time in California.
"This is a highlight for our players," says Alvarez. "Us coming out of a blizzard to walk into a beautiful day like this, in the park, it's really a special day for our players."
Alvarez says Wednesday brought back fond memories of previous Rose Bowl trips.
"It was either the '98 or '99 Rose Bowl and they had a cheese sculpture of my head. I have that picture in my office. It wasn't very flattering I must say, but it's one of my favorite pictures and it was a fun day with my grand kids," adds Alvarez.
For Wisconsin's seniors, Wednesday was an opportunity to take full advantage of their final trip to Pasadena.
"I'm just soaking it in, having the best time, riding all the rides I can," says running back Montee Ball. "This is the last opportunity I'll have to do it with all my teammates, so I'm pretty much trying to do it with everyone."
Quarterback Curt Phillips agrees, saying: "It's just fun. It's nice to get away a little bit. We had a tough practice and now we get to come out here and enjoy ourselves. I think Space Mountain probably. last year we had a lot of fun with that, hearing a lot of the big guys scream like little girls, so we'll probably do that again."
Wisconsin meets Stanford in the 99th playing of the Rose Bowl, January 1st.
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