The good news is that, with hundreds ticketed during the annual Mifflin Street Block Party in Madison, “there have been no serious issues so far.”
The “bad” news? There’s a fairly good chance that only one of those actually ticketed was a Heisman finalist in 2011 and a preseason favorite for the same award heading into 2012.
And, sadly, that makes it “a story”, especially during the offseason.
According to the Wisconsin State Journal… and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel… and the Associated Press, Wisconsin running back Montee Ball was one of hundreds of UW students who were ticketed Saturday by campus police for fighting for their right to both party and shake their rumps*.
The Journal Sentinel writes that “Ball was on the porch of a Mifflin St. residence and someone who lives there did not know him and didn’t want him on the porch.” The State Journal writes that Ball “was ‘very respectful’ and cooperative during the incident in which he was cited and released.”
For those keeping score at home, Ball’s ticket will cost the All-American $429.
We’d fully expect that any official UW statement on this “issue” would rightly be nothing more than a snicker and/or a chuckle.