Issue #374 December 26, 2018
lackluster year for Packers, Badgers football and basketball calls to mind ho-hum early ’90s
The three most popular teams in Wisconsin, including our part of the state, are the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin Badgers football, and Badger men’s basketball. We like the other prominent teams ...
Issue #372 November 28, 2018
geography shapes our fandom, but so do sartorial preferences
Six-year-old me would have been envious of 40-year-old me.I fell in love with sports as a first-grader. I summarily began picking favorite teams, collecting baseball and football cards, and going to games. Gazing at pictures of NFL teams in action, one in particular ...
Issue #370 October 31, 2018
despite loss to Dodgers, the Brew Crew’s unexpected success could extend into 2019
The feeling of a World Series win in this region of the country has become something of a foreign concept. Twenty-seven years have passed since the Brewers or Twins made the Fall Classic; 36 years have come ...
Issue #368 October 3, 2018
concussion concerns, offensive focus are examples of sport’s evolution
Clay Matthews is, perhaps, the second-best-known current Green Bay Packer. While he may never achieve Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement, he will be considered one of the better Packers of the Aaron Rodgers/Mike McCarthy era ...
Issue #366 September 5, 2018
Packers can be contenders as long as Rodgers stays healthy
One summer ago, while on the radio previewing the 2017 Green Bay Packers season, I recall saying that if Aaron Rodgers ever were to get injured, any upgrades to the rest of the team would not matter for a Super Bowl run.
Issue #363 July 25, 2018
the next time we pick a local mascot, how about the seagulls? (seriously)
The Chippewa Valley is at a zenith in terms of minor league-style athletics. Combine the new Chippewa Steel of the nationally-renowned NAHL with the well-established Eau Claire Express ...
Issue #361 June 27, 2018
forays into golf, trap shooting push writer’s boundaries
There are certain activities in life that we would just as soon never do. Some are required – taking out the garbage, doing paperwork – and some are optional, but lead to frustration or indifference or distaste ...
Issue #359 May 30, 2018
in their own ways, Billy Noss and Glenn St. Arnault shaped Eau Claire baseball for decades
One month, two baseball legends, both no longer of this planet. Two of the most-present fixtures in the baseball section of Carson Park were Billy Noss and Glenn St. Arnault, both in their late 70s ...
Issue #357 May 2, 2018
extended winter conditions wreak havoc with high school schedules
You probably know the common saying about the western Wisconsin climate: We have nine months of winter, and three months of bad sledding. Sure, in most years this seems like hyperbole, but 2018 ...
Issue #355 April 4, 2018
the Brew Crew’s rebuilding process is proceeding faster than anticipated
In sports, sometimes you have to bottom-out to top-off, though such a process does not guarantee that you will get back to the top. Lately, some teams in Major League Baseball have realized that their current ...
Issue #353 Mar. 7, 2018
Could Wisconsin support a pro hockey team?
I think the time has come to move some hockey teams. You can thank Emilio Estevez.
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 ...