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Sir Charles picks Duke, 'Barkley Badger' going with Wisconsin

"Barkley Badger" has been hanging around Major Goolsby's for decades. He has been brought down for fans to show their support for Wisconsin in the NCAA Tournament. UW won the National Championship in 1941.
"Barkley Badger" has been hanging around Major Goolsby's for decades. He has been brought down for fans to show their support for Wisconsin in the NCAA Tournament. UW won the National Championship in 1941.
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Who will prevail? It's Barkley vs. Barkley on Monday, April 6, when the Duke Blue Devils take on the Wisconsin Badgers for the NCAA Championship.

Sir Charles Barkley is picking Coach K's Blue Devils to win. Barkley Badger, the Wisconsin-themed mascot named for him is seeing only red with his prediction.

The piggybank has acted as a mascot of sorts for Major Goolsby's Sports &Entertainment Bar in downtown Milwaukee since 1986.

Goolsby's has been a mainstay in the sports bar biz for 43 years and been recognized in Sports Illustrated, USA Today, Sports/Travel & Leisure and Fox News Channel.

"Barkley Badger" has sported the Red & White of Wisconsin for a couple of decades.

He was brought down from the ceiling to be closer to Badger fans during the NCAAs in 2014 and has been at the front entrance ever since.

Visitors are being encouraged to pose with the piggy bank and share their photos on social media.

Wisconsin, with sharpshooting seven-footer Frank Kaminsky, is gunning for its first men's basketball crown since 1941.

After Kaminsky and Sam Dekker toppled unbeaten Kentucky, Barkley said he thought that Duke would come out on top.

Goolsby's first acquired the porcine figure in 1986. Then-Milwaukee Bucks coach Don Nelson used the fiberglass piggy bank to raise money for Wisconsin farmers during the drought that summer. The bar purchased it at an auction, donating $2,500 to the cause.

He was affectionately nicknamed “Barkley” by waitress Liz Gleason for Charles Barkley, the onetime-Philadelphia 76er who had battled against the Bucks many times in the playoffs. He was a regular guest at Goolsby's throughout his career.

Barkley was painted Green & Gold to raise money for Reggie White's church which was burned down by an arsonist in January of 1996.

$981 was put in the slot on the top and proprietor Jerry Cohen matched that total bringing the donation to $1,962.

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