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Wickett's World - THANK YOU!!

thank you! On behalf of the entire SportsRadio 1250 team, THANK YOU!! The 8th annual Perkins 1250 golf outing was amazing! I have so many people to thank.

Thank you to the Edgewood golf course staff, specifically John Freeman. Your course is always up to par (pun intended) and once again, in great shape. THANK YOU.

Thank you to our sponsors. Our presenting sponsor, Perkins - you've been with us a long time and i can't tell you how much we appreciate your support. To all of our other sponsors (there are too many for me to remember and i don't want to leave anyone out) - THANK YOU.

The 1250 team...and i don't just mean the guys you hear on the radio. MANY people behind the scenes make this event what it is. Our Program Director, Tom Parker is our head coach. Without him, we'd never get off the ground each year. . Deidre leads the promotions team and her staff and army of interns handle EVERYTHING, not only leading up to the event, but on the day of. Will & Zach are there at 4:30AM setting things up and they're there all day to make sure our shows stay on the air THEN they tear everything down. Our Sales team lead by GM Chuck Sullivan is directly responsible for coordinating all of our sponsors. And a huge shout out to the guys i share the mic's with. THANK YOU.

To our celebrities: Anybody could throw together a golf outing and ask people to come out and play. YOU make it special to play in the golf outing. Whether your're a member of the media, a former athlete, a coach, etc, YOU provide something to the 1250 listeners that no other outing can provide. THANK YOU.

Most importantly, to our guests. The golfers. The 1250 listeners. "Give Kids The World" is an amazing charity. Your generosity helps fund trips to Orlando for terminally ill children. I know it's a great day of golf and something we hope you'll always remember, more importantly, you're helping kids. This outing has grown each of the last 8 years and for spending your hard earned money on such a great cause, on behalf of GKTW, THANK YOU.

Selfishly, i want to recognize Dan "I've got this" Richards, Mr Yellow Ball (Scooter), Curt "I don't want to get out of the cart" Richards and the Birthday girl, Robin Richards. Dan, Curt & I have played together in this outing for several years and together we've formed a great relationship between SportsRadio 1250 and Tri City Hyundai. We didn't shoot well enough to win, but our 64 did tie that other team from Tri City, even though KISS FM's Leigh McNabb tried to bring them down.

I know that I'm forgetting someone or something but i'm exhausted right now. To everyone involved - Edgewood, Sponsors, my co-workers, celebs and YOU the golfers...on behalf of the 1250 team THANK YOU!!!!

I hope the 2015 Golf Outing gets even bigger.

THANK YOU!!

cheers...

~mw
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No Letdown in Brewers Rotation

If the Brewers are going to go on and win the NL Central,they might be able to look back at the quality starts they received from Jimmy Nelson and Mike Fiers. Neither was counted on this year but the Marco Estrada switch to Nelson and Fiers for the injured Matt Garza have proven to be huge for the team. Both Fiers and Nelson were putting up big numbers at Triple A and thus far,they have been a boost to an already solid starting rotation.

We will see Fiers again tonight against Toronto at Miller Park. Im not hanging my hat on the Fiers train just yet and don't expect him to pitch at the extreme level that he is at,but his two outings thus far,could be two wins the Brewers could look back on, if they win the division. Just hoping Fiers is able to keep holding the fort down if and when Garza returns.
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Ryan Braun's Year

My co-host Mike Wickett and I will probably never agree on Ryan Braun's season. Its been a subject we are both at odds over with no end in sight. I expect so much more from Braun because of his talent level. Braun is having a subpar season by his standards. No longer is he driving the ball with authority and most times looks ordinary at the plate. His plate discipline seems to have slipped too. Again ,he maybe bothered by multiple injuries,then if thats the case, he's doing his best to be a productive player. But if he is healthy, hopefully, for the Brewers sake, this isnt the Ryan Braun we will see for years to come. That simply will be wasted big time money by the Brewers ,on his contract extention, which pays him like a bonafide All Star.
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Robin Williams

As I went to get my mail yesterday afternoon, my phone buzzed with a news alert Usually they are sports related. I was sad to reach into my pocket only to see the breaking news that Robin Williams had died at the age of 63. Only to find further the cause of death. I was standing in the street stunned by the news.
Obviously,I don't know Robin at all but a little piece of me sunk at the news. I hated hearing the news. Im not "movie guy" but Good Morning Vietnam is one that I could never get tired of watching.. He was much more than that movie but it was a movie that all radio people can relate to. Anyone in their 40s or older,can relate to the comedians of our time, Richard Pryor,Steve Martin, and Robin, the stand up greats of the late 70's..He had more to give to the entertainment buisness its just sad he couldnt be helped.
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Wickett's World - Remember Kato Kaelin? He LOVES the Brewers

Remember Kato Kaelin? For the younger 1250 listeners, Kato was a guest at O.J. Simpsons' house and was present the night Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were murdered. What you may not know is that Kaelin is from Milwaukee, went to Nicolet High School (class of 1977), and went to UW–Eau Claire. He's now an actor living in Los Angeles. Why am i blogging about him? Here's why: he's a huge Brewers fan...and a huge Ron Roenicke hater. I follow him on Twitter @Kato_Kaelin


There's this tweet... and this one... and the always popular... Kaelin is not alone. Lots of Brewers fans are critical of their manager...and that's weird. As far as I can tell, the Brewers are in 1st place as I type this with the 2nd best record in the NL. They just took 2/3 from 2 of the best teams in the National League (Giants & Dodgers). Are they a perfect team? No. Is RR a perfect manager? No. Is he above criticism? No. Does he always push the right buttons? Nope. He let's his guys play. He's encourages them to be aggressive. He doesn't flip out. He doesn't micromanage. And (this year) he's winning.

I'm 100% certain that this happens in every city where professional baseball is played and not just a "Milwaukee thing". But ask yourself, where did you think this team would be by now? The last 6 weeks of the season are gonna be really fun!! Enjoy the ride...even you, Kato Kaelin.

Cheers...
~mw
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Roenicke Criticism

Just finished our four hour morning show, and I would say more than half of the callers,were critical of Ron Roenicke and his managerial skills. This amazes me. How Roenicke takes this much heat,more so than last year, when the Brewers were out of any contention by Memorial Day. They are in first place,and have thus far,held off the three teams that are breathing heavily on them.

Roenicke would be the "National League Manager of the Year" , if the season were to end today. This was a big year for Roenicke and he has responded with a likely winning season despite injuries and having to mix and match his lineups nearly daily in the last several weeks. Every coach or manager in every sport makes bad decisions. Roenicke isnt deserving any of the major criticism he attracts this season.
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Wickett's World - Just because you're great, doesn't mean you can coach.

Today on Twitter, I came across a national TV host who claims that because Becky Hammon was named one of top 15 WNBA players of all time, that she'd make a good assistant coach with the San Antonio #Spurs. While I think it's great that a woman is getting a chance to coach in the NBA, I am VERY curious to see how she does. This national host needs to take a quick look around the rest of the great players who have hung up their shoes as players and tried to coach at the pro level. There are lots of examples of great players who suck as head coaches. Are there some who have excelled? Yes. However, most of the time the great ones have problems getting their message across.

Why? Because the great ones were lucky enough to be blessed with amazing skill and talent at their sport. Coaching is teaching.

Ask Wayne Gretzky how hard it is to teach someone to pass the puck like he did or score at will. THE GREAT ONE was 143-161-24 and never made the playoffs in his 4 seasons as the head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes.

Magic Johnson lasted 16 games and gave us the famous line: "Can you believe I'm the coach of the Lakers? What have I gotten myself into?"

Mike Singletary was a GREAT linebacker for the Chicago Bears. he was 18-22 at the helm of the SF 49ers and hasn't sniffed a HC job since dropping his pants and giving us this rant on TE Vernon Davis

There are more including: Bart Starr, Ted Williams and Isiah Thomas (to name a few).
Yes, I realize Larry Bird won coach of the year and Lenny Wilkins was a 9 time all star and one of the winningest coaches in NBA history. But let's not jump to any conclusions about a great WNBA player figuring out the NBA game.
Oh...and i sure hope new Milwaukee Bucks head coach, Jason Kidd, can buck the trend. He has 1 good year under his belt...let's hope he's got a few more coming around here.
cheers...
~mw
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Finally for Favre

Im glad this whole drama is over. What took so long? Why so many calls between the Packers and Brett Favre to get his jersey retired.....and his wife getting involved.. Really? Favre buried alot of myths yesterday even if he fully didnt believe everything he said. Favre said all the politically correct things and fully realized his legacy to one of the country's iconic franchises. He brought many great moments and pleasure to many of us on Sunday afternoons. Buisness was buisness in 2008 and I understood both sides. The connection between the Packers and Favre,at least on the surface, has been reconnected.Its finally time to move forward.
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Big Stretch for Brewers

I told Mike Wickett this morning that it feels like the walls are caving in. The Pirates, Cardinals and Reds are closing in on the Milwaukee Brewers,who are battling injuries to their middle infielders, a few starters and a bullpen that is leaking in the middle relief. It gets no easier having to face the likes of Lincecum, Beckett, Greinke and Kershaw in the next week at Miller Park.

If Matt Garza has to miss a start, or worse,go on the disabled list, it would be the team's biggest blow. Garza has been "vintage 2008". Argubly,their best starter among a group that has been outstanding.

The three teams behind them in them in standings have been bearing down heavily in last month,hopefully the Brewers can find a few things to keep fending them off..
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Has Matt Garza finally figured it all out?

Garza Instrumental to Brewers’ Success Moving Forward by Andrew Dunn-Bauman
 
 
Has Matt Garza finally figured it all out?
 
The big offseason acquisition for the Brewers has had his struggles so far in 2014, searching to iron out his mechanics and become the dominant starter that the team shelled out big bucks for. Statistically speaking, Garza is having the worst season of his career since he was a rookie with the Minnesota Twins in 2006. But Garza shut down those very Twins on Monday night, pitching six and one-third scoreless innings against the team that drafted him, and lowering his season ERA to 4.42.
 
The Brewers signed Garza last offseason to a four-year $50 million contract, in the hopes of bolstering their starting rotation to the point of true contender status in the NL Central. And so far the pitching staff has been a major strength on this club, though Garza has the highest starter’s ERA on the team. The problem for Garza has typically been trouble with his command early on, leading to a problem inning or two that run his pitch count up and balloon his ERA along with it.
 
But Garza’s start Monday against the Twins was indicative of a pitcher who has started to find his groove on the mound.
 
“I felt great,” Garza said after his first scoreless outing of the season. “My mechanics are right where I want them to be.”
 
Garza had all of his pitches working on Monday. He was able to keep Twins hitters guessing by mixing in his slider and curveball for strikes, and kept his pitches down in the strike zone. If he continues with an increased level of effectiveness over the grueling summer months to come, it’s big time trouble for the rest of the NL Central.
 
Three of the five Brewer starting pitchers are already pitching highly effectively, and Marco Estrada has been more than serviceable as a fifth starter. If Garza is finding his stride, that’s four front end starters that the Brewers are trotting out on a regular basis. Combine that with a bullpen that continues to shatter expectations (Will Smith- wow) and the Brewer pitching staff is a formidable one at the top of the NL Central.
 
 
 
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