Issue #344, Nov. 1, 2017

Get a Ticket for the Greek Show

The Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo is poised for NBA superstardom. Will Wisconsin sports fans notice?

Luc Anthony

It’s pronounced “AHN-TEH-to-KOONM-poh.” Now that we’ve got that out of the way, you now know how to explain the topic of this column to your friend/significant other/child. The topic at hand ...

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Issue #338 Aug. 9, 2017

So You Wanna Be a Fan?

if you don’t have a hometown favorite, the rules for picking a favorite pro sports franchise are not so simple

Luc Anthony

Odds are that you are a Wisconsin sports fan. You like the Packers, the Badgers, and probably the Brewers and the Bucks. Yet, you like hockey. The Badgers have a respected program, but with there is no National Hockey League ...

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Issue #336 July 12, 2017

Turf Transformations

artificial playing fields are experiencing a renaissance in football – and even baseball

Luc Anthony

As the summer of 2017 progresses, I find myself visiting a new website: the Luther College “Valley Cam” – if you are a regular reader of this column, you know I am a proud alum of the school ...

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Issue #334 June 14, 2017

Who ARE These Guys?

traditionally low-profile teams have risen to top of the NBA, NHL

Luc Anthony

The month of June brings the championship series of two of the four or five major pro sports leagues in America: the NBA Finals, and the NHL’s Stanley Cup Final. As with any league, there are legendary franchises ...

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Issue #332 May 17, 2017

From Project Runway to March Madness

when you’re married to a superfan, sports are part of your life – whether you like it or not

Luc Anthony, Marie Anthony

I’ll be honest. This sports thing doesn’t come easy to me. My heart is happiest with Tim Gunn “make it work moments” and strawberry-peach margaritas. If two years ago someone told me there would come a day I’d be watching ...

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Issue #330 April 19, 2017

Should Leagues Dump the Draft?

pro sports drafts are unfair to players, but getting rid of them could have unintended consequences

Luc Anthony

One of the remarkable aspects of sports in the 2010s has been the challenging of assumed athletic norms. Whether you agree with the alterations or not, a 2009 version of yourself may not have expected ...

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Issue #327 February 22, 2017

Out of His League

columnist learns lessons about teamwork and hustle in tryout for Chippewa Valley Predators

Luc Anthony

How many times have you been watching a football game, saw a defender whiff on a tackle, and said out loud, “That guy’s terrible, I could do better than that.” ...

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Issue #325 January 25, 2017

All for the Money

Chargers’ impending move to LA exposes NFL’s true motive – and that could ultimately impact the Green Bay Packers

Luc Anthony

The year is 2026, and the NFL, at one of their ownership meetings, creates a new policy for all teams, taking effect immediately: each franchise must have a maximum of 10 investors. The Green Bay Packers, being owned by thousands of fans, are in violation, so the league works ...

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Issue #323 December 28, 2016

On the Field, 2016 Wasn't a Total Loss

in fact, the past year brought surprising success to long-suffering teams and their fans

Luc Anthony

The general consensus of 2016 is that this was a bad year. A wave of legendary musicians passed away. Our two prime presidential candidates had perhaps the worst collective favorability in modern political history – and nearly half of the country ...

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Issue #321 November 30, 2016

Beyond Winning and Losing

young athletes’ dedication and skill doesn’t always show up in the standings

Luc Anthony

What is the feeling when you do your job, and you are unable to achieve the end result … repeatedly? Perhaps you do a fine job, one recognized by your superiors – and yet you have little or nothing to show?

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Issue #313 August 10, 2016

The Bambino Would Be Proud

Eau Claire's Babe Ruth program excels, sending two teams to World Series

Luc Anthony

These are the salad days of Eau Claire baseball. We had the glory years of the Eau Claire Braves and the thousands who attended that era’s CRBL games, and that was a high standard to match, yet the sport still known ...

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Issue #311 July 13, 2016

Triple-A Talent

recently retired baseball player now helping Chippewa Valley youth

Luc Anthony

If you have a young son playing organized baseball in the Chippewa Valley, he may be receiving instruction from a coach who has been around the game. And by “been around,” I mean beyond the local circuit: Rather, around North American professional baseball ...

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Issue #304 April 20, 2016

Hot Talent on Ice

Memorial’s Ty Emberson is the Valley’s latest high-profile hockey star, and the best may be yet to come

Luc Anthony

The Eau Claire metro area is known for the following exports on a national level: Leinie’s and Bon Iver. Sure, occasionally there are other things – municipal residential ...

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Issue #302 March 23, 2016

It's Sausage Season

baseball stadium hot dogs, brats are on culinary highlight reel

Luc Anthony

If you are going to write a column on sports food, it is best to write immediately following a slice of pizza. My stomach properly satiated, I can now opine on the gastronomy of athletic entertainment – apropos for the Eat Scene edition of Volume One ...

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