Barry Alvarez, the University of Wisconsin athletic director, got some major props Thursday, not for his astute ability or his coaching success, but for the dazzling cabana at his Madison house and the fact that he likes to listen to Pitbull while floating his his pool.
The spread in the Wall Street Journal's Style & Travel section said the cabana is a retreat for Alvarez after his duties as head of the Badgers athletic department.
"I donâ€™t even go in the house," the paper quotes Alvarez as saying of his cabana, surely a rare thing in Madison. "I go straight there."
The cabana has a living area, a kitchen and an eating/bar area. It features an orange couch (his wife, Cindy, says he likes bright colors), and a 70-inch television screen where he intends to watch football games.
One thing you wonâ€™t find in the cabana is a pile of sports memorabilia.
"I donâ€™t want to turn my house into a sports bar," Alvarez said in the story.
The cabana does act as a party site for friends, for whom Alvarez mixes his famous Mai Tais and grills sausages he gets from relatives in Pennsylvania where he grow up.
"My grandmother brought the recipe from Spain many years ago," Alvarez said. "As a kid, I used to manually turn the crank to put the sausage in the casing."
The cabana has three insulated walls and during winter they pull down a tarp over the opening and build a fire, although using it in winter is a rare occasion.
"The walk from the house can be arduous," she said. "We couldnâ€™t get to the back door to the cabana because youâ€™ve got eight feet of snow."
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