LOS ANGELES Montee Ball wore a wreath adorned with shiny ornaments as he stood near Sleeping Beauty's castle and Mickey Mouse. In the land of make believe, the emotions inside Ball were very real.
He stared into the rows of fans and back at his Wisconsin teammates, trying to savor the precious moments that remained of his college football career, including this trip to Disneyland that began a week's worth of festivities before the Rose Bowl. There were times this season Ball wasn't sure he or the Badgers would make it back for a third straight visit.
So he basked in sunshine and smiled for cameras, especially appreciative of the opportunity, understanding the finality of the moment.
"You try not to think about it, but sometimes it's kind of hard," Ball said this week. "At Disneyland, Melvin Gordon was like, 'Let's start recording each other because this is it.' I'm going to miss these guys a lot."
It's safe to say the Badg...