5.31.2008

It's Not Just Black People Saying It

I saw this over on Afronerd. It's video excerpt from another sermon given at Barack Obama's church. . .but not by Reverend Wright. I like how this guy rebutts the typical conservative white blog commenter's view that society is suffering from 'reverse racism' practiced by blacks who 'can't let go of the past'. Of course the typical conservative white blog commenter will disown this guy quicker than Steve Nash dishes an assist.




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5.26.2008

Weekly Wisconsin Sports Wank

Not quite so weekly the past two weeks I know. Last week I almost went my first week without posting a Wank since I started them recovered in the 12th hour and then totally missed the window this week. If you have glanced at this blog before you may remember that I am the tired father of two young, endlessly energetic children under the age of 3 as well as an IT professional, the kind who troubleshoots networks, so I usually keep abnormal hours and have to be awake when most sane people are sleeping. I say all this to provide a reason for the delay in posting to the regular reader, but if you've seen this sight you know I have no regular readers so on with the show.

One good thing about skipping a week here or there of a running series gives me a chance to replenish. Especially this time of year when sports news is so sparse we get excited about kids who wear their favorite jerseys too long (if you don't get the reference go to any Packer blogger I link to and you can find an explanation somewhere, it's too cliche to link to now). So without further ado . . .

Packers.
Packers got a few feel good stories going on this week. First off Bill Schroeder retired as a Packer last week. You remember Billy don't you? He used to be one of the premier big tough white boy receivers with the Pack in the late 90's in receiving corps that included Antonio Freeman and Robert Brooks. A native of Eau Claire, WI and graduate of UW-LaCrosse Schroeder was selected by the Pack in the 6th round of the 1994 draft and managed to stick to the roster for five years getting a ring for all his efforts. We finally let him walk after the 2001 season in a push to gather more talent around an aging Favre, but he still had a few more snaps in him going on to play in Detroit and Tampa for three more years (just missing out on the ring the Bucs won in 2003). So all in all he had a career that I think a kid from Eau Claire should be proud of. Proud to have you retire as a Packer Bill.

Here's some kind-of news Packers signed a free agent tight end out of Stanford by the name of Evan Moore. I know nothing about this kid, but I know Stanford had an alright year under new coach Jim Harbaugh, meaning they didn't suck as they had since Ty Willingham left. So perhaps the 6'6" 237 pound Moore can add depth if nothing else at the TE position. The MJS Packers blog also has a good post on Aaron Rodgers expressing his opinion on his reputation for being 'injury-prone'. If you are still nervous about the Pack's outlook with Rodgers under center there are some good things you can take from it. First I like the tone of his response, he's going to stick for himself and it doesn't seem like he is going to cave mentally to any of pressures from expectations. Also he brings up some valid points to rebutt the label he's been stuck with and brings light to some previously unreported facts.

But you know with any good news comes some bad. Ryan Grant has declined to sign his standard tender offer for 1st year players, which means that now is in effectively without a contract. Not allowed to participate in any OTAs. I understand Grant is trying to get while the getting's good but he may wind up fucking himself. The track record of the Packer's dealings with players who get the big head after one good year does not suggest that this is the course of action to take with this team if you really want to be rewarded. On this team we pay our most consistent, loyal performers first with not a lot of exceptions. Ryan sit down and speak to Donald Driver about what I just said, then talk to Javon Walker. That should be more than enough perspective.

In league wide news, the owners opted out of the CBA last week, a move many saw coming. With two years left and the distinct possibility that everything the league has established over the last 20 years would be ruined by a strike or uncapped year it's safe to say it is premature to push the panic button but Brats-n-Beer has a good take on how this could impact professional sport's only publicly owned franchise.

Bucks.
I guess the big deal with the Bucks right now is who they are going to take in the draft a little less than a month from now. Pretty soon the Bucks will start tipping their hand by bringing in certain guys to work out and in between now and June 26 everybody from my brother to Bango the mascot will have an opinion on who to pick. BrewHoop even has a great comprehensive survey where you can voice your opinion and learn a little more about who the media says may be your next Milwaukee Buck. I have to say that no name I have heard associated with the pick has roused the tiniest bit of excitement in me. Gordon will be a bust (as I've said many times before). Russell Westbrook? Eh. D. J. Augustin? (T.J. Ford 2.0? And don't we already have a shoot first point guard?) Ehh. Kevin Love? I remember another forward who was highly regarded his senior year as such a complete player but whose game could have also been characterized as 'under the rim': Danny Ferry. Nuff said. Mayo will probably fall a little bit but I would still pass even at the 9th spot (he's gonna bust too). No one excites me or seems to have that oomph like a David West or Brandon Roy (though I am still intrigued by The Bratwurst's suggestion of Richard Hendrix). So with Hammond shopping just about every player but Yi and Bogut like crazy, I am hoping for a draft day trade that not only yields some real returns but shows that there is an actual plan in place for building this roster. But if they do hang onto the pick I will take comfort in Hoops Marinara's post on the enigmatic history of 8th spot picks. In other non-draft news Ersan Ilyasova (our pick a couple of drafts back) is tearing up the Spanish league and the JournalSentinal had a nice piece about homegrown hero (sometimes pariah) new Bucks assistant Joe Wolf.


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5.20.2008

Rant of the Day


Now see that's the shit I'm talking about. How the fuck do the Bucks drop to the 8th spot in the draft when we were all lined up to be 5th or better!!?? And then the Bulls of all teams jumps up to number 1???!!!! Is it bad karma for hiring their ex-coach!? Maybe some of those Bill Simmon's draft conspiracy scenarios are true after all.


So long sure fire help, hello another mediocre draft pick/project player.

5.19.2008

Mountineers are so . . .


Hey Fox News, Tim Russert, Brit Hume, Sean Hannity and all of you other right wing dingleberries while you are still busy analyzing Obama's relationship with Rev. Wright and trying to put a negative spin on anything he says regarding any demographic of voters can you ask Mrs. Clinton why she is so proud of winning votes in a state where the majority of it's population is openly racially prejudiced against her opponent. And then still continue to claim that she is not injecting the factor of race into her campaign strategy. I mean the fact is that's why she is even still in this race. The tail end of the primary circut is going through some of the most racially segmented parts of the country and she's winning all of them, enabling her to hang on to that tired "I'm going to see this out to the end and let 'the people' decide" mantra. But back to my original comment I wish someone would just as her how she feels about receiving support from people like this. By the way this is a link to the excellent site of Media Assassin Harry Allen. Yes as in the PE line "I'm callin' up my media assassin/Harry Allen, I gotta ask him/Yo Harry you're a writer are we that type/Yo don't believe the hype". That is tight.


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5.18.2008

Weekly Wisconsin Sports Wank


Thought I was slippin' didn't you?

Packers.
Packer Pundit has a good run down of the draftees official bios. I think the pick that will produce the most, meaning become a starter, the quickest (obviously besides Jordy Nelson) is TE Jeremichael Finley. The official bio likens him to Ram's tight end Randy McMichael, but from the description I'm reminded of Keith Jackson, one of the historically great tight ends who helped to redefine the position when he played and ended his career with the Packers (and a SB ring). I think Jackson was probably more refined in the passing game than Finley when he came out of Oklahoma but was never particulary noted for his blocking ability, it was something he developed. I see the same potential in Finley, maybe not perennial Pro Bowler but at least a very dependable Ed West kind of guy (but way more athletic). Speaking of former Packers looks like Bubba Franks has been reborn with the Jetsss a-ha ha ha ha huh ha ha ha. Sorry I'm just wondering how long before Bubba gets one of those nagging injuries that always seems to plauge him and doesn't live up to the expectations he is generating this summer. I imagine Jets fans will be real sympathetic to that. In some news that has a local and league angle it looks like the Rams will be holding their training camp in suburban Milwaukee. Ram's fans don't worry about any of your players getting in trouble during camp. Milwaukee is not Green Bay-slow but compared to St. Louis. . . yeah relax.

Brewers. D
D for dismal. The Crew just finished getting swept by the defending champs in a sorry weekend that was summed up succinctly by Ryan Braun. And I thought maybe they were turning a corner with the series win against the Cards. As of this posting the Crew is dead last in the NL central. They have definitely lost the edge they played with most of last year. Most of the blame is piling up on Yost and while that might be justified or not, the fact is he might be in danger of totally losing the clubhouse soon (if he hasn't already). Like I said last week I don't think it's time to pull the plug on him just yet. But if the team stops responding to him there's no other choice.

Ryan Braun just signed a huge (for the Brewers) $45 million contract that will keep him in Milwaukee for some time. I know a lot of bloggers have been saying lately that we should be trading Braun and Fielder for the sake of long term financial flexibility, but I like this move. C'mon let's keep these guys together to see what they can do, if it doesn't work out screw it we're used to losing anyway.

Lots of pitching changes. Gagne took a couple nights off as closer to clear his head or recharge or whatever, got jealous when Mota got his first career save, came back and actually looked recharged against the Dodgers. Who knows maybe that's the only thing that drives him, he wants to be acknowledged as 'the man'. David Riske hit the DL with an elbow injury and Mark DeFelice is called up to take his spot. DeFelice is 31 years old and has been in the minors 11 years without a call-up so any type of success on his part would be a 'The Rookie' type scenario. Wild ball throwing Mitch Stetter has been optioned to Nashville to make room for Zach Jackson who will probably assume the bullpen role.

SI.com had a good article by a reporter who accompanied the team on a nine game road trip and best wishes to the Brewers PA announcer who recently suffered a heart attack.

Bucks.
Watching the Eastern Conference Celtics - Cavs series almost distracts me from the train wreck that was Milwaukee's season. Fan optimism is on the rise with the new hires at GM and head coach(The Bob Boozer Jinx has a nice retrospect of new assistant Jim Boylan who was a member of Marquette's '77 NCAA championship squad) , but Bucks Diary doesn't like what GM John Hammonds has had to say so far about the state of the Bucks. I agree the bigger problem with the Bucks is their roster that was slapped together apparently based on the plan of just gathering a bunch of talented players as opposed to underacheivment. But I think Hammonds is just being diplomatic about the whole roster situation for now. Hopefully the Bucks will be Trades-R-Us this season. Everything but Yi and Bogut must go!!

Former Bucks head coach and Milwaukee native Terry Porter is looking good for the opening in Phoenix. I really wish Harris had not fired him so unexpectedly after 2 years in the post just when it looked like he had molded the team into how he wanted them to play, tough defensively smart offensively. The Bucks might have actually been back to perennial playoff appearances again. If the Suns pull the trigger they will get a hell of a good coach.


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5.14.2008

Pat Buchanan and Rev. Jeremiah Wright agree

Please check out this post from diaspora blog Voice of Somaliland. Not too many blogposts make me say "wow" out loud but this was one of them. The thing that caught my attention is that this is Pat frickin Buchanan saying this.

Rant of the Day

WHAT THE FUCK IS UP WITH THESE HIGH ASS GAS PRICES MR. PRESIDENT!!!!???? I THOUGHT WE WENT OVER TO IRAQ TO LOWER THIS SHIT!!! SO HOW COME IT IS STEADILY INCREASING????

For real this shit is breaking a brother.

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5.13.2008

African-Americans things ain't great, but at least it's not Russia

Because you don't want to be a person of color in the former Soviet Union right about now. By way of Black Looks.




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Spread the Word

Got this post from my soon to be blog partner here at TheRogueHour JG aka General Baghdad. If you have small children, will be having a child soon, or take care of children for a living read this and feel free to repost.

MDonalds, Chuck E Cheese, Discovery Zone... Some of you might not be parents, but you may have nieces, nephews, grandchildren or friends with children. This will pertain to you too. As I read the following, my heart sank. I urge each and every one of you to pass this on to as many people as you can. I cannot stress how important this is!

This is very disturbing news. In addition to the following true story...
One son lost his watch, and was very upset. We dug and dug in those balls, trying to find the watch.

Instead, we found vomit, food, feces, and other stuff I do not want to discuss. I went to the manager and raised hell. Come to find out, the ball pit is only cleaned out once a month. I have doubts that it is even done that often. My kids will never play in another ball pit. Now read this:

PRETTY SCARY!!

Hi. My name is Lauren Archer, my son Kevin and I lived in Midland,TN. On October 2nd, 1999 I took my only son to McDonald's for his 3rd birthday.

After he finished lunch, I allowed him to play in the ball pit. When he started whining later on, I asked him what was wrong, he pointed to the back of his pull-up and simply said "Mommy, it hurts." I couldn't find anything wrong with him at that time. I bathed him when we got home, and it was at that point when I found a welt on his left buttock. Upon investigating, it seemed as if there was something like a splinter under the welt. I made an appointment to see the doctor the next day, but soon
he started vomiting and shaking, then his eyes rolled back intohis
head.

From there, we went to the emergency room. He died later that night. It turned out that the welt on his buttock was the tip of a hypodermic needle that had broken off inside. The autopsy revealed that Kevin had died from a heroine overdose. The next week, the police removed the balls from the ball pit. There was rotten food, several hypodermic needles: some full, some used; knives, half-eaten candy, diapers, feces, and the stench of urine.

If a child is not safe in a child's play area then where? You can find the article on Kevin Archer in the October 10,1999 issue of the Midland Chronicle.

Please forward this to all loving mothers, fathers and anyone who loves and cares for children!

Don't think it's just McDonald's either or that this is something that just started. When my oldest son who is now 9 was small the area Burger King closed their play area for awhile for "remodeling" because in another town there had been an incident similar to the one described above that happen @ a Burger King.

A little boy had been playing in a ball pit & started complaining of his legs hurting. He later died too. He was found to have snake bites all over his legs & buttocks. When they cleaned the ball pit they found that there was a copperhead nest in the ball pit. He had suffered numerous bites from a very poisonous snake.


Repost this if it scares the shit out of you! Repost this if you care about our kids!!!


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More Trouble for Spree


Haven't really heard much about the guy since he infamously turned down a contract offer from the Timberwolves commenting that he "had to feed his family". Spree's always had a bad rep in the league and media circles ever since the P.J. Carliesemo choking incident, but I've always had a soft fan spot for him being he is a Milwaukee native and isn't ashamed to let people know that.

Then he made news last year because his yacht down at the Port of Milwaukee got repossessed and there were reports that ownership of his house in River Hills was in jeopardy. And now the latest development Spree has officially lost his family's home.

Now I know there are surely a lot more important things going on in the world today that are more post-worthy (hell I got my own problems I don't really have time to worry about someone else's) but it's just troubling to me to see yet another African-American athlete in this position financially.

Especially when you note that NBA contracts are mostly guaranteed money, unlike the NFL (which is why you see so many players play at an All-Star level one year and then play like crap the year after they have signed a huge extension with guaranteed money). The average fan would think you play a couple of years at a mid range salary that should be a good spring board for the rest of your life (let me just interject here that I don't know Spree personally and don't know what kind of responsibilities/obligations he has so who knows if his circumstance derives from poor decision making or lack of resources).

But with all the distractions for younger players today from associates who don't have your best interests at heart, to guys who just cannot turn down the increased attention from the opposite sex and are real fertile, to a fascination with the materialism and 'bling bling' subculture created by corporate American capitalism pimped to the masses thru commercialized 'rap'; It's starting to be less and less surprising to hear about stories like this.

That is a shame.

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5.11.2008

Pointing out the obvious

If you've never seen the movie 'Idiocracy' with Owen Wilson and (fine ass) Maya Rudolph you really should it was one of the funnier movies of 2006. I have a feeling it will turn into a cult classic.

For the uninitiated a quick synopsis of the plot is that a guy gets frozen in time and ends up like 400 years in the future where he is literally the smartest person in the world.

At the end of the movie the epilogue notes that the hero of the film goes on to become the President of the World, restores common sense, and has 4 of the smartest kids in the history of the world while the former president (in the movie one of the stupidest people in the world) went on to have like 16 of the dumbest kids in the history of the world. Just so happened to catch it last night again on pay tv.

Then I happened to hear about the real life equivalent.

Enjoy.

5.10.2008

Back to Business


Meaning the business of this blog. As anyone who has taken time to go thru this sites archives will know, the original main focus of this blog was to be as kind of a political forum with smatterings of commentary on the beloved sports teams of my native state. But as my blog has evolved, due to time constraints and other factors I have kind of drifted away from that center (in fact the two themes have basically reversed themselves). Never really ever leaving it behind, just not posting as much on 'those kinds' of topics as I could, satisfied with merely linking to some blog brothas and sistas who do the social/political commentary thing much better than I probably could (after reading their posts I feel so inadequate at times). Today I hope will mark the turning point of all that.

And let me make it clear that I'm not trying to say I'm abandoning the Wisconsin sports aspect of this blog (and I'd like to thank the few little connections I have made throughout the blogspehre and for the attention gathered from my postings on it), indeed I hope to have even more posts on the Wisconsin sports scene along with more of my observations about other aspects of American society.

Now to the crux of the matter. The renewal of the lines of communications with an old friend from the struggle is what is inspiring this post.

Back in the day before I became a typical clone IT professional with 2.5 kids a soon-to-be-wife driving a gas guzzling SUV, I was a founding member of one of the most revolutionary socio-political hip hop groups in the Nashville, TN vicinity known as Rogue State. When I say revolutionaries I mean that truly like following in the footsteps of PE, X-Clan, and Poor Righteous Teachers. We were saying a lot of things about the Bushes, and the whole current climate of the 'Middle East' for example before anyone mainstream was. In one of our songs we predicted the infamous bungled 2000 election almost 2 years before it happened. Why we never 'made it big' is a long and complicated story but I bet there are a lot of guys like me out there. As your life has progressed and evolved you sometimes feel like you have left behind (willingly or otherwise) a part of yourself that you were as passionate about then as you are now about that free time you get when the kids are asleep.

So anyway I caught up with my man, JG 'General Baghdad', last week and lo and behold he is blogging with a hammer. Of course I am pleased to see that he is carrying on in the Rogue tradition. Please check out his POV on the 'O' man, as well as some interesting obscure facts that you may not know.

I'm trying to get him to collaborate with me on this site so he can pick up my slack when time makes me weak. So stay tuned . . .

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5.09.2008

Time for a Wanking


Packers.
Packers concluded their first mini camp for the rookies last week and by all accounts there was some great talent there. Everybody (meaning the media) is seeming to really like the picks now and lots of people are convinced that Ted Thompson is a genius. . . almost totally opposite from the sentiment the day of the draft. Patrick Lee's play was as advertised, physical coverage with kind of a nose for the ball and good size to boot. Jordy Nelson showed flashes of why he should have received more attention at K-State. But it's tough being a talented receiver in the Big12, not exactly a pass happy league. He's another big body receiver to add to the mix, squeezing out Koren Robinson, who some have compared to Joe Jurevicius or Wes Welker or Ricky Proehl, or Brandon Stokely (why do white receivers always have to be compared to each other?). The two lineman selected look like they have the skills to fit very nicely into the Packers zone blocking scheme. Aaron Rodgers had really better watch his back and he is going to have to play at the top of his game to keep Brian Brohm and Matt Flynn off the field. Who knows maybe it will turn into a situation like when we had Matt Hassellbeck, Mark Brunell, and Aaron Brooks all on the roster. We got a lot of good trades and draft picks out of those guys.

One of the more intriguing free agent rookies at camp who didn't stick was Justin Beaver, star running back from Division III national football champion UW-Whitewater. You could tell he was a real slick and polished player, but just too lacking in size to gain the confidence of a NFL team. I wouldn't be surprised though if some team gives him a real crack after a couple of successful seasons in the Canadian League. Packers.com has the run down on which free agents the Pack wants to stick around and an interesting read on a family connection on the current roster.

Brewers. C-
It seems our blind enthusiasm that so happily marked the beginning of this '08 season is beginning to wane a bit. The blooms have definitely fallen of the branch for Ned Yost, D. Turnbow, and our heralded free agent signing Gagne. Just about all of our stars have been in slumps to varying degrees at some point this season. But something tells me that it's not time to give up hope and revert back to the old familiar pessimism just yet. Not any statistical trend that I noticed or obscure numbers that I analyzed (remember I am an extremely casual baseball fan even with the Crew) just a gut feeling. Yost came from an Atlanta Braves organization that had been very successful over a length time. He was there for 12 years. This is his first managerial position so he only has the experience with Atlanta's organization to draw upon. It's a cliche but something of knowing what a real contending MLB baseball team looks like had to rub off on him (or so you might assume). He's been good enough to institute a real change in attitude in the clubhouse and a change in the team's culture (of course an influx of young talented players has really helped that also), and there's one more thing that gives him a few extra points in my eyes: he's a former Brewer, played here most of his short career so I believe somewhere deep inside this isn't just a paycheck for him. He understands the fragile expectations of a scarred fan base. Let's give him just a little more time to figure it all out.

Bucks.
Well now that Scott Skiles has made his picks and all is complete but the signing of the contracts the new coaching staff is pretty well solidified. As I noted last week this is a solid bunch of guys, so solid that we shouldn't be surprised to see a couple of them (Kelvin Sampson, Lionel Hollins) move on to other opportunities after putting in a season or two for the rebuilding Bucks. Yes, I think we can officially say that's what mode the Bucks are currently in now. Everyone is up for grabs except for Yi and Bogut. By the end of next season would probably be the prime time to trade Redd. He's our star so whatever pieces we get to start the real rebuilding with are going to come from parting ways with him. And the more seasons he plays for us (and keeps getting exposed as a ballhogging below average defensive player) the more his trade value will fall. Besides the Josh Howard trade scenarios being talked about last week the new popular theoretical trade is Redd to Cleveland for Daniel Gibson and either Wally World's expiring contract or Anderson Varejao. Either one of those trades might represent the peak of what the Bucks might be offered for the aging career overacheiver.

And don't forget the draft is coming up. I won't really have a sense of what we could get until the draft position is finalized. Every once in a while something strange happens. We had the fifth worse record this season but could sneak into the number one pick or at least top three. That means Rose, Beasley, or Mayo. So while I agree with The Bratwurst's sleeper pick when you get a pick that high in a draft this stocked you have to go for it.
Speaking of top picks, ours from last season is busy carrying a torch for his country.

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5.02.2008

Weekly Wisconsin Sports Wank


Packers.
I would rather not say anything about this whole 'Leroy Butler says Brett doesn't want to retire' thing. I'm not going to be jerked around by anymore of this rumor and innuendo. But I suppose I have to since this is a blog that is in part themed around Wisconsin sports. I'm just really surprised that it is Leroy Butler of all people who is the source of this latest one. He has always carried himself in a dignified manner on the field and in the community, but this story has a side-show spectacle feel to it. And at the same time the average Packer fan is saying to themselves 'but it's Leroy Butler saying this, not some sissy pants reporter on Sportscenter' so it is kind of hard to ignore that built up credibility. Why would he lie? Why would Leroy Butler make up something like this? He's never been an attention seeker before, so there is that side of it too. But I don't care I'm not buying into this crap until some 'official' move is made. Brett just keeps saying he is retired and doesn't plan to come back so I take him at his word. Surely if he really was wanting to come back he would have the balls to admit it publicly. I think Pack fans would at least appreciate the honesty rather than just see Favre pop up with some other team.
Regarding the draft I actually am pretty ok with it now after being initially incensed with the pick of Jordy Nelson. But hey TT I see the logic, Antoine Cason and Rodgers-Cromartie had already been snatched up and you figured Lee would still be there in the second. Makes for a little competition in camp too, making sure the Big 5 don't get big-headed. I think he'll beat one of them out to stick (probably Koren Robinson). There'll be an exciting competition at quarterback for sure with Brohm and Matt Flynn added to the mix, which will mean more interesting preseason games. They picked up some line depth on both sides, got a real tight end prospect (former basketball player), and I really like the pickup of former UW punter Ken DeBauche I'm sure he'll beat out Ryan no prob. So overall not to bad for the former Ron Wolf protege'. Not only is he slowly and methodically building the Packers by sticking with his philosophies he's building trust within the fan base too.
On another note TMQ, one of my original favorite sports hacks, didn't even mention us in his annual draft roundup. Perhaps he was thrown off by Jordy too.

Brewers. B-
The NL central may not be the strongest in baseball, but it's members sure are duking it out with each other early in the season. Right now the Crew is in 3rd place but only a game and a half out of first. Ned Yost finally mustered up some nuts and cut Derrick Turn'blows' then called up Joe Dillon (no speculation yet on whether he will refuse a minor league assignment). Then ironically enough just as they are losing some pitching dead weight, they get relieved of some good pitching by fate. Word has come that the freaky play Yovani Gallardo was involved in in last night's game has indeed resulted in a torn ACL for the young guy, effectively ending his year. Hopefully this is not a sign of things to come this year. On a good pitching note I caught the 9th inning of the Brewers comeback against the Cubs the other night and Gagne looked real good. Perhaps he can return to his All-Star form after all. On a not so good pitching note The Hardball Times has a must read on why Ben Sheets will probably never have a career as long as say Greg Maddux. And I must give props to a thought provoking article I read yesterday on ArmchairGM, where I also post all my wanking. The premise of it is the need for the Brewers to trade Ryan Braun. Hear the author out, he does make some valid points (however I am for keeping everyone together for as long as possible until the salaries get too ridiculous for a small market team. We did it in the '80's with P. Molitor and Robin Yount, we should be able to do it for Fielder and Braun. Also note I speak more from nostalgia than from baseball sense).

Bucks.
Lately I have been theorizing on the prudence of trading Michael Redd while it is still possible to get reasonably fair value in return to anyone who will listen. Well BrewHoop poses an interesting trade scenario. Suddenly out of favor Dallas forward Josh Howard and Stack for Redd. I like it. Howard can be just as productive offensively as Redd is without being as big of a defensive liability. Stack is older but has always been an underrated scorer (although his defense is about on par with Redd's) and could bring some veteran leadership. Dallas gets the best 2 guard they have had since Michael Finley's prime, win/win all around. Plus maybe you could package Stackhouse without some more of our dead weight (Simmons, Gadzuric, maybe Mo Williams?) to swing another trade. But who knows if this is a trade that Hammond would actually be willing to make. Scott Skiles has almost got his staff together, a rather eclectic bunch that includes a Marquette grad who was on the '77 championship team, former Indiana coach, master communicator Kelvin Sampson, and Joe Wolf widely considered to be the best Wisconsin high school basketball player in history. Lastly this past Wednesday marked the 37th anniversary of Milwaukee's only NBA title. That day in 1971 the Bucks were on top of the basketball world. Hopefully we have begun the long journey back.

University of Wisconsin football.
Had 4 players go in last weekend's draft, 1 signed to a free agent contract so far. Kind of surprised to see a team take a chance on Ikegwuonu considering how he recently shredded his knee, but then again it was the Iggles picking so really not that surprising. I think eventually he could have an impact in the league providing his rehab goes good. In fact I think all five will stick with perhaps Taylor Mehlhaff ending up having the most successful career.
And UW finished 9th in this years Director's Cup standings joining fellow BigTen schools Michigan, Penn State, and Ohio State in the final top ten. I had no idea UW has placed in the top 25 schools 12 of the last 14 years.

Marquette University men's basketball.
MU continues to move forward into the Buzz Williams era. He's already assembled most of his staff with what looks like some good choices who are strong in the recruiting area so it looks like his reputation as a strong recruiter is well earned (plus he has managed to retain 2 out of the 4 recruits Crean had coming in next year). Prowess with the X snd O's remains to be seen but it looks like he will have some pretty good pieces on the court.

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