Are you confused on how to feel about the recent Bucks news?
Let's start with the Carlos Delfino news that he more then likely will be out for the season, even though the Bucks are holding out hope apparently that he will return. Larry Sanders gets into a nightclub fight and apparently tears a ligament in his thumb and will now miss approximately six weeks. Ersan continues to battle an ankle injury, that doesn't appear to be getting any better. Luke Rindour has suffered back spasms for weeks and has received multiple cortizone shots for it and has yet to play in a regular season game. Yet the Bucks are just five games into the season and sit at two and three on the season and OJ Mayo has played really well the last couple games, while the Bucks second round choice Nate Wolters continues to impress at the point guard position.
So what do you make of what the season is looking like? I've seen that many think that the Bucks will get what most have wanted for a long time, which is just a horrendous win loss record that in turn gives the Bucks a shot at a top five pick in the NBA Draft. I don't agree that the roster is that bad, if Mayo goes down to a long term injury next, then I will start to believe that they do have a shot at one of the worst records in the league. I still believe that this roster is capable of 30+ wins this season and that is simply not bad enough to be a top five draft pick. What do you think?
Alright...let's talk what you think is the sexiest look on the opposite gender? In our building, the one thing that tends to gain the most attention from us guys is women wearing boots. Let's be honest, don't most men love women wearing boots? I know I do. Ramie certainly does. Matt on the other hand doesn't. As you know Gary Ellerson has created our little segment each day on ESPN's Wendi Nix, in which we deem her "hot or not". Most of the time anytime she wears boots, she's deemed "hot". The other thing that tends to get her the "hot" label is when she's wearing a skirt that's showing some leg. Don't most guys like some leg showing? Maybe I'm crazy, but those two things seem the most obvious to me. What do you like?
Does your town or county have it's own Sports Hall of Fame? Mine doesn't. I wish they did. I'm heading tonight to the Racine County Sports Hall of Fame banquet tonight for their third class of inductees. Our basketball insider Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times was part of getting this Hall of Fame put together just three years ago. When you think of Racine do you really think they should have a Sports Hall of Fame? Probably not.
The banquet is held tonight at the Marriott Hotel in Racine with dinner and induction ceremony hosted by Channel 4's Rod Burks...I can't wait to see how the whole event works. Let me just say I wish more town's treated their atheletes like Racine does. How about you?
The Bucks basketball season is about a week away and the team has yet to win an exhibition game. I can't say I'm shocked by this fact, considering you have 11 new faces on the roster and a few of them have been hurt for a majority of or all of the exhibition season. Now with that being said, you should start seeing some cohesion from the guys who have been healthy throughout camp and to be quite honest I really haven't seen that to this point.
Coming into this season I have said scoring will be an issue this season and to this point of the exhibition season I haven't seen anything to change my mind yet. Defensively you would think this team will improve simply by not having Ellis or Jennings on the roster anymore, however, will Knight and Mayo be enough of an improvement on that side of the floor to compensate for the lack of scoring night in and night out during the season?
While I may seem like I'm not overly excited for the team at this point, you have to understand that when you have a team as young as this, there will certainly be tons of room for improvement throughout the season. I'm looking forward to seeing how the Bucks young players get better throughout the season, not really caring about the win/loss total at the end of the season. I can't wait to get back to doing postgame shows this season and talking with other Bucks fans as the season goes through it's up's and downs.
As you probably know my favorite play is the Jersey Boys as I’ve seen it four times with the fifth time scheduled to be on Thursday night at the Marcus Center. The play is based on the life and times of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. The play itself is like going to a concert as most of your favorite songs are performed for you at some point during the night. You’re hands will get tired from clapping so much, while you’re heart strings are really tugged at during periods of the show. You’ll be able to feel the raw emotion of the characters like you were actually seeing real life play out in front of you.
I had a chance Tuesday morning to talk with the cast from Jersey Boys in town performing at the Marcus Center (http://www.marcuscenter.org/show/jersey-boys/). Nick Cosgrove plays the role of Frankie Valli, Nicholas Dromard plays Tommy DeVito, Brandon Andrus plays Nick Massi, and Jason Kappus plays the role of Bob Gaudio.
Why? Why Derrick Rose? Why did you have to get hurt last year? Why did you have to get cleared in March by doctors? Why did we have to know you got cleared? Why did your brother have to tweet about it wasn’t worth it for you to come back after the trade deadline? Why did your brother have to say you were about 90% percent mentally recovered? Why Derrick Rose did you make me so upset? Why when I hate the Bulls was I rooting for them to beat the Heat? Why Derrick Rose am I hoping they win the series to prove to you they can do it without you? Why do you bother me so much? Why?
Normally these blogs are sports related but I’ve decided to use it for another purpose and that’s to promote a very worthy effort in CPS3. It’s the third Cancer Prevention Study that the American Cancer Society has put together, the first linked smoking to cancer, the second linked it to obesity, and who knows what the third one will find out. I’m asking you to take about 45 minutes out of your busy day between now and May 10th and go to one of the designated locations in your area and volunteer to be a part of the CPS3. During the time you are there you will fill out a questionnaire and donate a small sample of blood. The only thing required is that you are between the ages of 30 and 65. Men are really needed at this time as the turnout to this point as been mostly women. I will be participating in the survey and hopefully you will be too. To find out the location in your area simply go to www.CPS3SEwisconsin.org
Cancer has really affected my family as I’ve lost a cousin in her mid twenties, a couple of friends in their mid thirties, and my father has also suffered from different forms of cancer throughout his life. I’m asking you to participate in CPS3, so one day we can find a cure to this deadly disease that has taken so many innocent lives. Thanks.
I’ve tried to let this topic go since last week’s Robert Haack Diamonds Post Game Show, but I simply can’t! I received an e-mail during the show talking about the problems a listener had getting a bar to turn the Bucks game on. After reading that email, I received a call from another listener in Cedarburg claiming to be a bar/restaurant owner and he pretty much stated that the Bucks aren’t that good and he doesn’t go out of his way to have the game on but would turn it on if somebody asked for it. That call was followed by Saz, the owner of Saz’s, who couldn’t believe what he heard that owner say, and stressed how important it is to have local establishments supporting the local teams in town.
After having thought about this for a few days, I am more adamant than ever that as a fan, if a local establishment doesn’t care enough to support the local sports teams, then I see no reason why I should support them. You are free to agree or disagree with me on this, but I’ve heard local owners of bars and restaurants complain about “chain” places taking business away from them and they couldn’t understand how people would go there over their business. If that’s the sentiment of most local owners, then you will surely understand my stance as a sports fan to not support any business that doesn’t support the local teams.
Are you a Brewers fan? If you are and you’ve never been to spring training before, let me tell you to add it your bucket list. I know in the middle of the winter in Wisconsin, you probably can’t wait for baseball to start at Miller Park. There isn’t much better then showing up at Maryvale Baseball Park in Arizona to smell the different things cooking in the concession stands. Then it’s the crack of the bat coming from the field as you’re walking up to the gate, under the beautiful sunny skies in Arizona.
If you have kids who are baseball fans, they also can take advantage in the mornings at the minor league complex right across from a parking lot from the major league complex where all the players go to do their morning drills. You can sit right behind the backstop screen and watch each group of players do their drills while they are on the field you are sitting at. Then when the morning stuff is done, they head across the parking lot back to the major league clubhouse, but along the way they will sign autographs for the kids.
The other great part of Cactus League action is the fact that everything is so close together, with most team’s ballparks being within 30 minutes or so of another one. Looking for things to do? I like The Tempe Marketplace, which brings great shopping and different places to eat. If you’re a college student, hanging out on Mill Road in Tempe is the place to be. I’m a big fan of going to Scottsdale, but to be honest, it’s a little too rich for my blood, but if you are well off you can certainly have a good time.
So once you've crossed off Brewers Spring Training from your bucket list, let me know what you think!
The NFL Combine experience has really changed over the course of the years. My first time coming here about four years ago at the RCA Dome, I was able to broadcast Sparky’s Midday Madness in a hallway along with another radio station from Texas. Back then coaches, players, scouts, and general managers would leave the field through one door that led down a hallway to a bunch of fans waiting for them to get autographs and pictures. I remember Bears HC Lovie Smith showing up that year after having been to the Super Bowl against the Colts and you would’ve thought Michael Jackson was in the building the way he was swarmed by fans and media. That same week I was joined by many people that would sit down and do the show including Packers GM Ted Thompson who sat down for 30 minutes with me.
Fast forward to these last couple of years, where over 800 media credentials were handed out and there is now a radio row at Lucas Oil Field featuring local, national, and satellite stations. The league blocks off areas where NFL personnel can go without bother from fans or media members. It’s become a league event more than an event that even the average fan can enjoy. Like many sports leagues now a day, the fan is left behind.
While everybody realizes that I’m an NBA guy, the best experience for a fan wanting to get close to their favorite coach, general manager or upcoming star in the league is the NBA Summer League. Two gyms connected by a concourse filled with concession stands and people mulling about between fans and NBA personnel. You sit in the stands for the games and you might find yourself sitting next to Denver HC George Karl or Spurs HC Gregg Popovich. Last year Karl sat in the stands and signed autographs while watching the games being played. If you want to meet one of the new draft picks, you will have that chance as well, as many of the players will sit in the stands while not playing for their team.
So while the NBA might not have the popularity of the NFL, they definitely have the best off-season fan experience. Oh did I mention that the Summer League is in Las Vegas in July NOT Indy in February? See you in Vegas!