Issue #182, July 21, 2011

Don't Cry For Me, Minnesota

Eau Claire and Wisconsin sports are doing well, so when is Minnesota’s turn?

Luc Anthony

We have a tendency to endure athletic droughts in the Midwest. Some teams never seem to have success, and will go decades and generations without a championship. You may note examples like the Chicago Cubs ...

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Issue #180, June 23, 2011

The Other Football

even though many Americans find it lame, I’m completely into pro soccer

Luc Anthony

A virus has been spreading across America in the past couple of years. This is a virus that has long infected most of the globe, especially areas like Europe and South America. A virus that showed symptoms of infection on our country in the late 1970

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Issue #178 May 26th, 2011

Big Cleats to Fill

the Express roll into a new season as league champions

Luc Anthony

How do you top a title? That is the question that confronts the Eau Claire Express this season. For at least the next three months, they will be known as the “Defending Northwoods League Champion Eau Claire Express,” and with any luck ...

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Issue # 176 Apr. 28th, 2011

Autograph Awkwardice

a guide to avoiding uncomfy silences when asking for celebrity signatures

Luc Anthony

I brought my Twins cap – with a Tim Laudner 1987 signature – to a 2001 ex-player autograph game day and discovered that day’s signer was ... Tim Laudner, then handed him the cap to sign.

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Issue #172 Mar. 3rd, 2011

To Root or not To Root

I’m supposed to hate the Packers, but found myself cheering them on

Luc Anthony

As per the Code Of Fandom, I, as a lifelong solid Vikings fan, cannot openly desire my team’s archrival to win a championship. Rooting for the Packers to “win it all” would be like a Red Sox fan hoping for a Yankees World Series win, an unfathomable

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Issue #170 Feb. 3rd, 2011

A Favre Cry

how leaving the Pack meant a Super Bowl spot, and joining the Viks meant a spot in the gutter

Luc Anthony

The definitive Green Bay Packer of the past two decades, a man so beloved in this state that I watched my radio station co-workers go into a panic at the mere rumor of his retirement over the last decade ...

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Issue #168 Jan. 6th, 2011

The Year in Area Sports

the annual Athletic Aesthetic Facebook News Feed Year In Review

Luc Anthony

To recap the happenings in the local and regional sports world in 2010, I have created a rundown of what such events would have looked like had they been marked by the players’ and teams’ hypothetical Facebook accounts. Come back with me …  

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Issue #166 Dec. 2nd, 2010

My Holiday Wish List

what sports fans like myself hope for this holiday season

Luc Anthony

I’ll take a 1982 Brewers powder-blue road jersey, a Bucks 1983 Sidney Moncrief home jersey, a Dolphins 1983 aquamarine Dan Marino jersey, and a 1986 Astros “tequila sunrise” jersey.

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Issue #164 Nov. 4th, 2010

Sports Hero for a Day

every year at a celebrity softball game, I get my big shot

Luc Anthony

I’m the one who dropped simple pop flies during Little League tryouts in ’88. I’m the one who whiffed an easy kick during a soccer game in high school gym class. Yep, I’m that kid who got picked last.

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Issue #162 October 7th, 2010

Right on Target

I finally got to visit the sporty magnificience that is Target Field

Luc Anthony

Earlier this year I traipsed around the stadium a few times, but this was the first journey past the gates. The nerves built as the ticket scanner prepared to check my ticket. I stepped across the threshold and into the stadium – I was in my new baseball

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Issue #160 September 9th, 2010

Sweet Smell of Success

I’ve finally gotten a whiff of victory – thanks, Express

Luc Anthony

We – Eau Claire – had won it all, right in front of me. Meanwhile, the crowd clapped along to the first song played after the final out: Dancing On The Ceiling? I’m sure even Lionel Richie would be surprised by that choice.

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Issue #158 August 12th, 2010

Are Minnesota Teams Cursed?

Minnesota sports teams continue to blow it ... I almost envy Wisconsin fans. Almost.

Luc Anthony

However, when the end result of a season is always a loss, or a place finish below first, you come to expect such endings. In a way, this is more realism than fatalism, since the reality for fans of these teams is always failure, to one degree or anothe

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Issue #156 July 15th, 2010

Carson Park's New Bronze

the newest additions to our very own baseball hall of fame

Luc Anthony

The nominations for the 2011 class have been submitted, those of us on the committee voted, and I thought I would use this issue’s column to turn the spotlight on those whose likenesses will be bronzed outside the main gates at Carson Park.

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Issue #154 June 17th, 2010

Color Commentary

debating the strengths and weaknesses of our local logos and uniforms

Luc Anthony

You admire the classic look of the Oakland Raiders and Penn State, and you cringe at the Yankees’ pinstripes because of the dominance they symbolize. See? The aesthetics of athletics DOES matter to you.

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Issue #152 May 20th, 2010

Where's the Express Headed?

they filled a void in gathering spaces, now they just need to win the division

Luc Anthony

I see the beginning of an acceptance of Eau Claire as an urban center and its accompanying diversity. ... The arrival of the Express five years ago contributed to the shake-up of our mind-set.

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Issue #148 March 25th, 2010

Olympic Reasoning

could Eau Claire possibly be the site for the next winter olympics? (no.)

Luc Anthony

The Olympics could be the incentive to finally build a new arena in Eau Claire, as has been discussed for decades. This arena could host figure skating and short-track speed skating.

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