Wisconsin sports fan rule no. 3080

There is a limit to the cumulative success that major Wisconsin sports teams can experience over the time span of 72 hours or one calendar weekend. Simply put the higher the bounds of victory that one team achieves on any given weekend is immediately offset by an equal depth of failure by others. In the extremely unlikely event that 3 or more major Wisconsin sports team actually experience high performance victories on the same weekend, Brett Favre's head will actually explode.

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THE Wisconsin Sports Wank

Much of the reason I have not been consistent with posting my headline running feature in a while is because of the other things going on in my life like family and work. But a big part of the reason has also been a type of writer's block I get when I step up to the keyboard lately. I think that because these articles are the main reason why I get the scant traffic I do (and I've been blessed enough to receive some positive feedback on them), I've been pressing trying to make each installment perfect. That takes all the fun out of it for me. So from now on I'm making a vow to myself to have some fun with this blog instead of trying to make it so serious all the time. You guys (patrons of the blogosphere) can visit or not fuck it. All I want to do is light this j, crack me a cold one and crank out some ill opinions.
So since my last wank the Pack and AR turned in one more good performance at Detroit before getting exposed by Dallas at home, the Crew has pretty much closed the book on this season with their play of late (a season that will not end in a playoff berth), UW rises in the polls but still does not garner much respect, and the Bucks. . . are just hanging out being the Bucks. You know even though it looks like the Brewers will not make it, in a way it is nice that they are even still relevant this late in September. . . ok enough with the mushy.
Packers, C-.
For their performance against the Cowboys Sunday night. Pack had been working on a solid A average coming into this game with AR looking real good against our division rivals the previous weeks. This was supposed to be one of those thermometer games where we get to see exactly what these two teams are made of, one was going to walk away a tad less confidant than they were a week ago.
Well the Pack were the ones exposed. Everyone's been hoping that our d-line, not the best in the league to begin with and hampered with injuries, could sort of just coast along until the middle of the year depending on our linebackers. But Dallas demonstrated very quickly what a real good team can do to another team that has zero pass rush, a mixture of aging vets and inconsistent young guys in the secondary, and that hasn't learned how to exert any physicality in their play yet. Marion Barber ran like a wild man possessed on speeed and we just could not stop him, AR didn't play badly (no pics) but he was harassed all day, and we just could not stop that fucking Jason Witten (7 catches) nor the 'Boys from converting on third down.
The fact that Al Harris might be out for the year is a sobering thought. Teams will really be targeting our already weak pass defense now (though I must give props for the way they ended the game against Detroit with 3 straight picks). Although there might be a chance that he may return before the end of the season, if he's as tough as this report suggests. In the meantime this creates a chance for somebody (anybody) in the secondary to step up their game. Remember Bigby also was out Sunday, so it's not certain when he'll be back.
Pack signed a DT yesterday by the name of Fred Bledsoe out of Arkansas. From looking at some of the notes on his Arkansas profile he doesn't sound too promising, but then again you never know and of course we can use the help if he happens to pan out.
Brewers, D+.
If the Brewers don't make the playoffs, of which the probability is very high that they absolutely might not, this season was a total waste on most levels. The only thing that wins is interest in Brewers baseball. The past two seasons we have been relevant right down to the last weeks of the season, something Crew fans have not been able to say in a long time. Sure that in no way outweigh the choke-ery that has been taking place lately, but they do deserve some positive highlights for this season. Now back to the choke-ery. Crew is tied for the wildcard, with no shot at the division (which also means Cub fans get to rub our faces in it again) with the 3 games here against Chicago left. Yost has already paid for his share in this by getting the boot from Attanasio, which in my opinion was really offset by promoting Dale Sveum to interim manager so I guess I'm saying it was the right move but at the wrong time unless he had had Yost's replacement already in mind ready to go (and even then still wrong time). A better time would have been when they were sliding right after the All-Star break. Of course the next logical speculation is about how long Doug Melvin has left. Overall I think he's done a pretty good job building the whole organization up from the farm system on out and that he still deserves a chance to see if his efforts are going to yield the ultimate results.
But I'm talking like the season is over already when the fact is that it's not. Prince ain't givin' up, he's hitting homers in the bottom of the ninth to keep us in the race and being named NL Player of the Week. CC ain't givin' up, he could've stayed in Cleveland for that. Instead he's striking out 11 batters on three day's rest to keep us within sniffing distance of the wild card. Braun's rib injury from a several weeks ago is still bothering him, but he ain't givin' up. He refuses to even admit it's bothering him, even though he takes a lot of heat in a discussion of the Brewer's depleted bats, and instead responds with a walk-off grand slam right when we need it. And for everybody's shared bungling over the past month it doesn't look like any of these other guys are giving up either. So who am I to give up? If we don't make it, oh well what's new right? Like Joe Pesci said in Goodfellas "what I'll dig a hole, it ain't like I ain't never dug a hole before". Go Brewers.
Bucks. . .Bucks . . .news about the Bucks . . .hmmmm. You'll have to excuse but it's football season and the Brewers are still in contention, so that is dominating the majoritiy of Wisconsin fan's attention right now. Hell we are just barely getting up for UW v. Michigan Saturday. Anyway in Bucks news they just announced the roster for training camp. What I look for here are guys who just happen to get invited to camp but that have the talent to just maybe make the roster. Well no such promise on the Bucks roster, but a player with an interesting connection to the franchise is T.J. Cummings out of UCLA who is of course the son of former Buck great Terry Cummings (who I believe is a minister now). Now if he could ball like his pops we could trade Villanueava right now, but alas . . .
There's been a Bogut sighting in the Milwaukee area and the good news is he was not limping, so the injury suffered at the Olympics seems to be recuperating nicely. I think this will be the year we can definitely close the book on what kind of player he is. After 3 starting seasons and a run through the Olympics he should be pretty close to utilizing all his potential. If he can be an upper echelon center, he will be this season.
Speaking of Villanueava he was all smiles the other week when asked for comments on the Jefferson trade and the upcoming season. I like the comments that he made about addressing his lifestyle and conditioning as an athlete. He's always had talent up to his ears just never the discipline to develop it right. Maybe he's finally getting it.
BucksDiary says we should pick up Carl Landry (restricted free agent I think) if we can. And I say great if we can sneak Gadz out of here.
University of Wisconsin football, B+.
I give UW props for beating Fresno State on their own turf even if pollsters won't. Can't really blame them though because every year UW has a bonehead loss just when they are at their highest point in the polls, they are just following the trend. Beyond the running game they are looking shaky on offense and would probably really struggle if they fell behind significantly to a good opponent, which doesn't bode well for the trip to the Bighouse. P.J. Hill though showed me in the Fresno game why he deserves to be talked about as one of the best backs in the country. He is not the quickest in the open field, but has that quickness in small spaces like a Jerome Bettis and he's got really quick feet too. That what seperates him from Clay and Brown and how (to me) you can tell the difference when he's in the game. So we need him to come up big Saturday. Michigan is still a very formidable team, but they should be vunerable with the 0-2 start and the new coach, new QB, new system thing going on. This should be a very winnable game for UW and it is pivotal. Once again we are positioned nicely in the polls to be in the drivers seat come January if we can just keep winning. A loss to Penn State or OSU a few more weeks down the line would not be a costly as a loss to MU right now. While it's true that if a highly ranked team loses once early in the season and then wins out they have a good chance of recovering in the polls, but a UW loss to Michigan right now would probably have voter's thinking "see they're not that good". But a close loss to Penn State or OSU after pasting Michigan would leave voters saying UW is still very good and it was a 'quality loss'. So we'll see which way the outcome goes Saturday, the real season begins now.

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Did anyone read . . .

These excerpts the Washington Post ran from the book 'Angler' on Vice President Dick Cheyney that was published last year? It probably will not change your thinking on anything or persuade you in your opinion of the man one way or the other, but it is very interesting from the standpoint of throughout history there are brief moments of crisis and conflict (usually shrouded in secrecy) that have huge ramifications on the course of human events and interesting enough to make me want to read the whole thing. . . and it's kinda funny too.

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This is really nothing new

In reference to the Josh Howard thing. It's not really anything new, meaning this attitude has been around (note: meaning it's been present; do not read that I'm saying this is a predominant opinion held throughout the African American community) for a while. Remember the little controversy Mahmoud Abdul Raouf (better known as Chris Jackson of LSU fame) inflamed when he wouldn't stand for the anthem during his time with the Denver Nuggets? It's a tippytoe line that AA's walk in this society on so many levels. Yes you want to take pride in the country you were born, raised, and live in. Your grandfather and great-grandfather worked hard to contribute to the rise of this great nation just like Billy Bob Racist in the mountains somewhere's ancestors did. You felt the horror and shock like everyone else regardless of race that fateful morning of 9/11. But, as African Americans we are also the only ethnic group that has ever been subjugated to chattel slavery by a nation, and yet 400+ years later salute the flag of that same nation embracing its citizenship. Needless to say 'ol Josh has stirred up a hornets nest in a country already hyped up about race and stereotypes because of the impending election. And with the NBA season closer than you think this will probably be one of those things that lingers out there for a while. Let that be a lesson to you Josh: when you are a highly paid, high profile professional athlete you must cya at all times.

My whole reaction to the thing can be summed up with the word "so". Like I said this is something that's been felt, just generally only expressed in the prescence of fellow AA's (you know like how prejudiced Caucasians tell bigoted jokes amongst themselves). And no, I'm not saying that that's the opinion that I hold but like Chris Rock used to say slyly in one of his routines ". . . I understand!"

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Not feeling just being over .500

That used to be the big goal a few years ago when Ned Yost had just come to the Brewers and seemed to actually be having some success at turning the team around. Even though last years late season collaspe was painful for fans, I was eager to see what that experience would teach that team coming into this year.

Well it seems like we have our answer, we went all in with a weak hand. Looks like the events of last year are going to repeat themselves. Though the details may be slightly different this year the end result is the same: the Brewers blew a lead in the last month of the season and missed the playoffs.

CC must be like 'I came over here for this? Yeah I'm definitely gone at the end of the month'.

And now the guy who was getting credit for starting the turn around is going to be the scapegoat for this season's demise. Dale Sveum is going to be the interim coach? Isn't that the same as conceding the season? Fire Ned Yost must be incredulous at these developments.

Oh well, I'm sure all you fans will be out to support the Crew next spring with your optimism firmly in place. After all the Brewers and dissapointment isn't exactly an unfamiliar pairing is it?


Ok . . .

The two words 'interception' and 'Packers' have more often been associated with the former #4, rather than any Packer cornerback of late (if you don't believe me Google it). But you couldn't have said that this afternoon, so much for the trend of complaining about the secondary.


THE Wisconsin Sports Wank

So there's good news and bad news in Wisconsin sports these days, good news and bad new in the world in general. For instance there is still reason to believe in the averge joe's innate sense of humanity, but not a lot of reasons to think that this alone will swat away from human beings deep set prejudices that have spanned back to almost the beginning of recorded time, but that is more a topic for one of my other posts. This post is about what happened to the fiery, aggressive shirt untucked abandon the Brewers started the season with, how AR's career up to now is just begging for a 'Rocky' like ending, and comparing Michael Redd's diminishing offensive skills to a succubus sucking the life out of the Bucks. So lets begin shall we . . .

Packers B+
Whoooooooo!!!!! HHAHHHAHHAAAAA!!!!! Yeaaaah!! Suck on that Brett, you pompous ass!!! Ok just had to get that out of my system. I know it's only one game, Rodgers might suck next week in the Dome in Detroit, but I mean you have to give him some props not only for his performance in his first NFL start with the scrutiny he was going to be under, but for the way he has handled himself throughout the whole summer with 'The Great One's' era in Green Bay coming to an end. A lesser man might have caved to the pressures of expectations but not AR. Keep it up Aaron, finish the season with a playoff berth or even winning record and you will have TT as a friend/lapdog for life. Seriously Rodgers performance was very solid in his first showing. 18-22, no picks, and a handful of big plays that sustained drives and set up scores. I'm too lazy to look up his efficiency rating right now, but I don't think you can ask for much more out of the QB position. Now by all means I espouse the philosophy of Mr. Wolf from Pulp Fiction and agree that we shouldn't start sucking our own dicks just yet, but this kind of start bodes well for the future of young AR (and quiets naysayers).

Here are the latest training camp notes from the MSJ. Some things to note:

Woodson is injured (again) this time it is a fracture in his big toe. Seems like he always plays every season with 1 or 2 nagging injuries. I wonder would he be just a lockdown corner if he could stay healthy four months in a row.

With Ryan Grant questionable for the Lion's game (still with the hamstring. If you are going to try to exploit your performance during the last 8 games of a season for a bigger contract the next at least stay in shape for it) this is the wrong time for Brandon Jackson to be nursing a concussion.

Sucks for Ruvell Martin to fracture his hand right now. Before training camp most fans thought this guy would be cut at some point but he has developed a good reproire with AR that is allowing him to put some of his skills on display. By the time he can come back people might have forgotten his improvement.

Back to gloating about victory over the Vikings because they are the Vikings, props to Railbird Central for calling it.

Brewers D.
Because they are pretty much playing like crap now right? 3-7 in the last ten, still 4.5 games back. Losing to teams they should be beating, week offensive performances, questionable game management decisions by Yost (ok that ones always been a given), what is going on with the Crew? The Cubs have lost 8 of their last 10, we could have regained the division lead. Even thru these horrendous performances though I guess it is a good sign that they are still hanging on to a positive attitude. There's a variety of opinions out there on why the Brewers are playing the way they are but the bottom line is really very simple: they have to *&$%^$! play better. Everyone knows these next two series against the Cubs and Phillies are pivotal to the division and wild card race and just might make or break the Crews season (interestingly enough it might all come down to a coin flip). Always on point Right Field Bleachers has a series preview in an interview with Phillies bloggers Phillies Nation.

The Brewers ended up calling up 10 players for the stretch run. From looking at their stats none of them are exactly tearing it up, but they all look solid at least. I know Brad Nelson had some timely hits. But maybe that is less about adding help for the post season and more about getting a look at some of the guys who will be playing next year?

The Brewer Nation came up with an interesting scenario on how Ned Yost could inject some energy into this club, but I doubt he would either do or say this.

Bucks have a new NBDL affiliate, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Nice name. I've been to Fort Wayne before. I guess an ant is as good a choice for a descriptor of the city as any. Their roster right now is kind of weak though. Only player of real interest is Dahntay Jones from Duke, but they are carrying one Larry Turner who played at my Alma mater Tennessee State University in Nashville (never heard of him).

Well the Olympic pretty much exposed Michael Redd and all the holes in his game and pretty much broke up the myth of him being one of the purest shooters in the league. I was embarrassed for Redd like you feel sorry for the guy on the playground who is just not quite as athletic as his teammates and they're all playing above the rim, but he's just kind of cherry picking, yeah embarrassing like that. Brew Hoop has an interesting poll on who the best Bucks player is. Something tells me Redd's automatic designation as such will be coming to an end, soon.

On the other end of the spectrum this is one Bucks player who has never recieved enough props.

Badgers B+.
UW has climbed to No. 10 in both polls. Probably too high for this team right now, but I'll take it. This team is young and full of inexperience at some key positions so the path they're going to take this year is really kind of unpredictable. Everidge has played with poise and efficiency thus far, but how will he perform when we play teams like Michigan and Ohio State? All we can do is wait and see, but if we have to lose a couple of games I'd rather it be in the next few weeks so there'd be some time to make up for it in the polls. Even if we lose to Michigan and OSU I could see still getting a major bowl by running the table the backend of the schedule with the only really tough games coming at home against Penn State and Illinois.

Two starters are set to return Saturday against Fresno State (whose team worries me btw) preseason All-American TE Travis Beckum and linebacker Johnathan Casillas. Getting some of that veteran leadership back can't come too soon.


AR kicks ass!!!!!

Well now that was something wasn't it. AR not only silenced a lot of doubters and relieved a lot of worried fans, he did it in impressive fashion. 18-22, no picks, 1 touchdown, and lots of big plays including a long scramble for a first down (who said this guy wasn't very mobile). Oh, and no injuries:).

Enjoy this Aaron. Talk shit, give your linemen noogies, snap Driver on the ass with your towel, and walk out of Lambeau with your head held high. A lesser man's performance would have caved given the pressure and scrutiny you have been under for the past three years and especially the last several months. With a whole fanbase's and national media's opinions hinging on your performance you politely but firmly told The Great One "thanks for the concern old timer, but I think we'll be alright up here" (or put more bluntly why don't you shove your constant bagging on our organization up your ass).

Great start, keep it up and you'll make us forget about our last starting #12.