Well it’s at least a 3 part series....I continue to tell you how I would change ("fix") the Bucks....
Fixing the Bucks (part 3)
GET RID OF STEPHEN JACKSON. Yeah...this one was tough...Does Sjax have talent? Absolutely. Is Sjax the all around best player on the Bucks? Yep. Could they use his talent to win games? Probably. But let’s just be honest: IT’S NOT WORKING. He’s missed 3 games this season due to suspension/benching/DNPCD (out of 20 so far) and Milwaukee has won all 3: Knicks, Lakers, Pistons. The problem with Sjax is that this has been his M.O. for his entire career. He’s 33 and when he doesn’t get his way he butts heads with the head coach. Which brings us to the next point: Skiles won’t budge. Scott Skiles is from the old school. Hard nosed. “My way or the highway”. Stubborn. That doesn’t exactly work when trying to “tame” a “Me-first” NBA player who’s been in the league as a malcontent for the last 11 years and has millions and millions of dollars. GM John Hammond (with Skiles) took a risk acquiring Sjax. Sadly it did not work. The Bucks need to do whatever they can to move him…maybe to NJ/Brooklyn soon. I hear Dwight Howard wants to play with him…now will Ivan Drago and Jay-Z want to deal with him? Brook Lopez would look mighty nice in Green/Red.
I cannot remember ever any athlete causing so much stir in such a short period of time as Stephen Jackson.. This is turning intoa complete mess for the Milwaukee Bucks.. Its been one issue after another with this guy and there was no 'honeymoon" period where he behaved himself. Why does he insist going to war with Skiles?? I know Skiles isnt the easily cat to get along with and he brings some of this onto himself.. Who didnt guess that Jackson/Skiles would be a bad ,bad marriage? Even so, Jackson has done little to endear himself with his childish actions.
Are you kidding me? The general manager of the Packers wins Executive of the Year for doing what? Yeah, the team went 15-1 and yes they were the best team during the regular season. What moves did Ted make this year? Was it worthy of winning an award?
Let’s go over this…Nick Barnett? Gone…AJ Hawk played well enough to convince everybody that that was the right move?...Then there was Cullen Jenkins, who Ted showed the door to. Yep, that worked out well, they had ZERO pass rush without Jenkins on the field. The OLB position opposite of Clay Matthews showed little to nothing all season. The magic carpet ride for Frank Zombo and Eric Walden officially crashed in 2011. It didn’t appear that Ted was anticipating a fall off from those guys that overachieved in 2010 and it cleary showed on the defensive side of the ball.
If there is an award that should be headed to GB, it’s the MVP award for Aaron Rodgers for winning 15 games despite the horrible defense all year. Mike McCarthy and his coaching staff deserve an award for overcoming a lack of talent on the defensive side of the ball and putting their players in position to still have a chance to make plays.
So please tell me why Ted Thompson deserved to win Executive of the Year…….
Being the prolific businessman that he is, Nike chairman Phil Knight should have known better when he said "There is a villain in this tragedy that lies in that [the Jerry Sandusky] investigation, not in Joe Paterno’s response to it.” at Paterno's memorial service. And I don't mean he should've known better than to alienate potential customers by standing in defense of a man who aided and abbedded in child-rape. I mean that he should know a thing or two about hierarchy. What Knight, and all Paterno legacy-defenders, miss with statements like this, that pass the buck to Paterno's 'superiors', is that Paterno has no superiors. If Knight (you or anyone else) are ever confused of who's the boss in a given situation, ask just one question. If two parties can't co-exist, who's gotta go? Whoever is left standing is the boss. When a player and coach butt heads and the coach gets fired, that coach was never really in charge (i.e Paul Westphal, Demarcus Cousins). Joe Paterno was almost untouchable and un-fireable. Paterno's superiors couldn't give him his walking papers when he couldn't even do his job from the sideline anymore and was forced up to the press-box, where there was a bathroom more conveniently located. His supporters flooded the streets of State College PA. and reacted vilolently when Paterno was fired for contributing to the cover-up of child-rape. What would be a good reason for those idiots? Knight seems to think that there's only one person, institution, or authority to blame in this whole mess. When you're talking about something as heinous as what we're talking about here and it's covered up, there's plenty of blame to go around. The thing that sets Paterno apart is a.) People expected better from such a figure and b.)He had as much, if not more, authority than anyone on that campus and possibly in that state, and therefore had as much, if not more, power than anyone to stop it.
Brewer Fan Fest was a terrific success. Gets the blood moving for Opening Day. Corey Hart is becoming one of the more outspoken players on team. Isn't real high about playing first base. Zach Greinke sounds like he likes Milwaukee..Shawn Marcum to work on his delivery,they need him to be the pitcher he was for most of the season... Not alot of storylines going into Spring Training. Rotation is set, back end of bullpen.. Only questions remain first base and 7th inning relievers
A perfect day for Fan Fest.No football for a first time. Pro Bowl doesn't count. It will get the blood going on the baseball season.Hoping to snag a few interviews on Sunday, Hoping to get Aramis Ramirez and Shawn Marcum and maybe others for "Chuck and Wickett" Show on Monday. Looking forward to covering Fan Fest on Sunday for WSSP!!! Hopefully I'll see you there...
I really enjoy watching Marquette this year..Their athleticism makes them a fun team to watch..A combination of their athleticism and Villanova's inability to shoot,allowed the Warriors,yes Warriors,to rally from a 18 point deficit on Saturday..DJO was terrific,hitting his shots, Vander Blue even hit his free throws.. hopefully nothing is bad on Gardner.Seton Hall on Tuesday and a tough one at Notre Dame next Saturday.l
2 links chicken italian sausage (from Roberts') removed from casing
1 large onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 stalks celery, diced
1 large carrot, diced
1/3 pound green beans, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1 28-ounce can no-salt-added diced tomatoes
1 14-ounce can crushed tomatoes
6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 15-ounce can low-sodium kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup diced potatoes
1/3 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook just until it starts to brown. Add onion and cook until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 30 seconds. Add the celery and carrot and cook until they begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Stir in the green beans, dried oregano and basil, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste; cook 3 more minutes.
Add the diced and crushed tomatoes and the chicken broth to the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer 10 minutes. Stir in the kidney beans and potatoes and cook until the potatoes and vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Season with salt. Ladle into bowls and top with the parmesan and chopped basil.
Wisconsin got another home victory against a top 25 opponent after beating Indiana.The Badgers are likely headed for another NCAA Tourney berth as well.. However,there isn't any reason why we should get excited about any deep tournament run. They don't do anything special and more than likely could get run off the court by a much more athletic team in the tourney..They shoot well,play defense,and make free throws. Unfortunately the margin of error is so small,as usual,with Bo Ryan's team.
When you saw Andrew Bogut land on a Houston Rocket players’ foot Wednesday night and roll his own foot you probably had this sinking feel in your stomach. I on the other hand didn’t have that reaction, instead I had one of somebody that was just bitten by a mosquito in the middle of the summer in Milwaukee. You know mosquito bites happen in the summer just like you know Andrew Bogut getting hurt during the NBA season is bound to happen.
Then comes Thursday evening and WSSP Basketball Insider Gery Woelfel tells us that Bogut will be out for at least two weeks according to his sources after an MRI revealed a fractured ankle. Now anger set in for me as I realized that the season and any playoff possibilities probably went out the window with the news that shouldn’t surprise anybody. I’m not angry at Andrew Bogut, it’s not his fault that bad luck seemingly has followed him throughout the last three or four years of his career. I’m angry at myself that after having won 3 of 4 games, that I thought a .500 record and a playoff berth was a certainty in 2012.
After the anger left my body, I became kind of relieved and in a weird way a little excited about what the future held for this Bucks team. Without Bogut for a good portion of time, history says this team will probably not be able to overcome it and begin losing at an alarming rate. While I will be doing the Robert Haack Diamonds Basketball Post Game Show after each of these games, I will also be dreaming of what this team might look like with Anthony Davis of Kentucky or Harrison Barnes of North Carolina. So while Bogut’s ankle is fractured, my feelings are as well….What about you?