The #25 ranked Wisconsin Badgers gathered as a team before Saturday’s game against Northwestern to listen to the entirety of Adele’s newest album, 25.

“We just feel like it’s the right thing to do, cosmically speaking,” said an excited head coach Paul Chryst before the listening. “I mean we are ranked 25th, the album is called 25… The only thing that would make this better is if it were November 25th, am I right?”

Players sat silently and listened as the album played in its entirety. A few members of the offense were seen mouthing the words to the single, “Hello,” while others wept softly to themselves as the music washed over them. Many players reported that the experience left them feeling hollow or “filled with a deep sense of self-loathing.”

When the final track ended, there was an eerie, suffocating silence hanging in the locker room. Players and coaches exchanged pained and tearful glances until, finally, spontaneously coming together for a group hug.

“You know, I think this did a lot to build our team’s character,” said Coach Chryst. “Though, I will concede, maybe not the world’s best pump up music.”

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