Issue #351 Feb. 7, 2018
Humvees, zip lines, sports stars, and the view from the Super Bowl’s ‘Radio Row’
The National Football League apparently has an obscure bylaw (Article XXIII, section 23.2, subsection A) dictating that the Super Bowl shall be played in the Twin Cities every 26 years. Super Bowl XXVI – the 26th edition ...
Issue #350 Jan. 24, 2018
the Vikings’ improbable Divisional playoff victory could signal the end of their long history of misfortune – or not
What happened in a football stadium 90 minutes west of here on the evening of Jan. 14 brought a most-vexing sports question to the fore: Can a team be cursed?If you have read more than a handful ...
Issue #348 Dec. 27, 2017
the inside story of how a Packer backer ended up rah-rahing for the Vikings
lly in life, we don’t face a dichotomy of personal preference and career choice. For most of us, it is a matter of what is fun versus what gets us a paycheck. Imagine a different example: you support the Packers, but you have an opportunity ...
Issue #346 Nov. 29, 2017
what to get for that Packer (or Badger or Buck or Brewer) Backer on your Christmas list
Black Friday and Cyber Monday have passed, and you still may find yourself wondering what Christmas gift to purchase for the sports-loving person in your life. Perhaps I can help, with the first-ever Athletic Aesthetic Holiday Shopping Guide ...
Issue #344, Nov. 1, 2017
The Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo is poised for NBA superstardom. Will Wisconsin sports fans notice?
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 ...
Issue #343 Oct. 18, 2017
Brewers, Twins exceed expectations of subpar performance in recently ended season
When you make predictions, you ideally want your prediction to be proven correct; this is a point of personal pride, perhaps an indicator of clairvoyance or a badge of expertise ...
Issue #338 Aug. 9, 2017
if you don’t have a hometown favorite, the rules for picking a favorite pro sports franchise are not so simple
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 ...
Issue #336 July 12, 2017
artificial playing fields are experiencing a renaissance in football – and even baseball
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 ...
Issue #334 June 14, 2017
traditionally low-profile teams have risen to top of the NBA, NHL
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 ...
Issue #332 May 17, 2017
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 ...
Issue #330 April 19, 2017
pro sports drafts are unfair to players, but getting rid of them could have unintended consequences
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 ...
Issue #329 March 22, 2017
as season opens, it’s hard to imagine Twins or Brewers sticking around until fall
The high temperature was around 60, the sun was shining, and my wife and I spent a Sunday afternoon grilling burgers and eating outside ...
Issue #327 February 22, 2017
columnist learns lessons about teamwork and hustle in tryout for Chippewa Valley Predators
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.” ...
Issue #325 January 25, 2017
Chargers’ impending move to LA exposes NFL’s true motive – and that could ultimately impact the Green Bay Packers
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 ...
Issue #323 December 28, 2016
in fact, the past year brought surprising success to long-suffering teams and their fans
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 ...
Issue #321 November 30, 2016
young athletes’ dedication and skill doesn’t always show up in the standings
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?
Issue #319 November 2, 2016
Eau Claire fan achieves goal of visiting all 30 major league ballparks
To the truest of fans, the baseball lover’s dream vacation is an expedition to see every team, in every home venue, all across our land. In 1994, I read Dodger Dogs to Fenway Franks, written by a man ...
Issue #313 August 10, 2016
Eau Claire's Babe Ruth program excels, sending two teams to World Series
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 ...
Issue #311 July 13, 2016
recently retired baseball player now helping Chippewa Valley youth
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 ...
Issue #308 June 15, 2016
what will fans think about advertising on team uniforms? in the NBA, we'll soon find out
When the Milwaukee Bucks take their home court this autumn, you will see them wearing their plain white jersey, unadorned with much in the way of logos, bearing only the arched “Bucks” ...