Issue #182, July 21, 2011
Eau Claire and Wisconsin sports are doing well, so when is Minnesota’s turn?
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 ...
Issue #180, June 23, 2011
even though many Americans find it lame, I’m completely into pro soccer
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
Issue #178 May 26th, 2011
the Express roll into a new season as league champions
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 ...
Issue # 176 Apr. 28th, 2011
a guide to avoiding uncomfy silences when asking for celebrity signatures
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.
Issue #174 Mar. 31st, 2011
becoming more conflicted about the NCAA tourney brackets
Watching my RA compile updated standings after each round, seeing how my picks were faring against my classmates and friends ... I got hooked.
Issue #172 Mar. 3rd, 2011
I’m supposed to hate the Packers, but found myself cheering them on
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
Issue #170 Feb. 3rd, 2011
how leaving the Pack meant a Super Bowl spot, and joining the Viks meant a spot in the gutter
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 ...
Issue #168 Jan. 6th, 2011
the annual Athletic Aesthetic Facebook News Feed Year In Review
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 …
Issue #166 Dec. 2nd, 2010
what sports fans like myself hope for this holiday season
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.
Issue #164 Nov. 4th, 2010
every year at a celebrity softball game, I get my big shot
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.
Issue #162 October 7th, 2010
I finally got to visit the sporty magnificience that is Target Field
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
Issue #160 September 9th, 2010
I’ve finally gotten a whiff of victory – thanks, Express
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.
Issue #158 August 12th, 2010
Minnesota sports teams continue to blow it ... I almost envy Wisconsin fans. Almost.
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
Issue #156 July 15th, 2010
the newest additions to our very own baseball hall of fame
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.
Issue #154 June 17th, 2010
debating the strengths and weaknesses of our local logos and uniforms
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.
Issue #152 May 20th, 2010
they filled a void in gathering spaces, now they just need to win the division
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.
Issue #150 April 22nd, 2010
with the T-Wolves hitting the absolute bottom, maybe they’re due for a Bucks-like surge
It is a rough time to be a Wolves fan. Yet, if a listless franchise like the Bucks can right their ship, maybe there is hope for my team.
Issue #148 March 25th, 2010
could Eau Claire possibly be the site for the next winter olympics? (no.)
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.
Issue #146 February 25th, 2010
the Vikings now must be considered among the most cursed franchises
For whatever reason, the Minnesota Vikings tend not to make the list. Is this because of our Upper Midwest status as flyover country?
Issue #144 January 28th, 2010
recapping a year of Chippewa Valley sports through the glorious Facebook status update
Imagine if you had been Facebook friends with significant regional figures in sports, and how they would have posted the notable athletic occasions of the year on their Facebook pages.