Issue #406 March 18, 2020
Can Milwaukee break out beyond a break-even season in 2020?
Rarely can a season of baseball be accurately predicted. In sports, the phrase “hope springs eternal” is seen most frequently in reference to Major League Baseball’s spring training, with the promise...
Issue #404 Feb. 19, 2020
basketball league for “women of a certain age” keeps ladies active and having fun
I did not expect to discover I was related to a reigning national champion by going to a family reunion. On a hot and sultry late-August day in 2018, I headed down to ...
Issue #402 Jan. 22, 2020
for good and ill, fantasy leagues give fans new insights into victory and defeat
One day I was listening to The Bill Michaels Show on the radio, and Michaels related a story from his younger days in sports media. Talking about having nerves while preparing to ask a question of ...
Issue #400 Dec. 25, 2019
fundraising effort seeks $1.5m to maintain, upgrade historical ballpark
There is a fairly decent chance that you have, at some point, found your way to the Carson Park baseball stadium. Perhaps the reason for going didn’t involve actual baseball; you may have ...
Issue #398 Nov. 27, 2019
Brewers 2020 fashion brings the team back to beloved logo designed in Eau Claire
Every so often, a sports team pays attention to the wishes of its fans. You would think the responsiveness would be more frequent: Without fans, what is the point of having a team to play before ...
Issue #396 Oct. 30, 2019
the top 10 tunes that get fans of Wisconsin (and Minnesota) pro teams pumped up
I love sports theme songs. Perhaps it has to do with being a musician, or maybe it’s I’m immersed in pop music at my day job. Each song is characteristic of its team, a signal to fans and ...
Issue #394 Oct. 2, 2019
Can a Viking fan survive a border battle at Lambeau Field? (Spoiler alert: Yes, he can.)
There was one sporting event I could not attend. I didn’t know if I’d survive the experience; I might get killed. I would never go to a ...
Issue #390 Aug. 7, 2019
Talking sports smack is not always an equal proposition. Consider the plight of yours truly, a Vikings fan and Wisconsin native. Any attempt to highlight why the Vikes may be, in some way, superior to the ...
Issue #388 July 10, 2019
Bottom of the sixth, two on, two out, down by two. In 20 minutes of real time, a season’s worth of effort could result in something less than a championship. Then Sam Stange hit a home run. Of course he did. The Eau Claire North Huskies did ...
Issue #386 June 12, 2019
public focus, cooling of fans’ anger may help boost ranks of sports officials
The 2018-19 prep athletic season is behind us. Summer vacation is underway. Returning student athletes are either pondering which sports to play or training to improve their craft. Coaches are putting ...
Issue #382 April 17, 2019
reports detailing Packers’ off-field dysfunction suggest they aren’t that different from other NFL teams
We Upper Midwesterners pride ourselves on being people who get to work and get the job done. We will occasionally gripe or slightly panic, but when you need to do your job, you do it ...
Issue #380 March 20, 2019
The Brewers have beaten conventional wisdom in recent seasons. CAN that trend continue in 2019?
What can be expected of the team that consistently beats expectations? Perfection? More wins than games played?
Issue #378 February 20, 2019
Eau Claire taekwondo competitors take aim at national tourney
My first cognition of taekwondo – as it may have been for you and much of the public – was in September 1988 during the Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. This was its Olympic debut as a demonstration sport ...
Issue #376 January 23, 2019
the NBA’s foray into creative jersey design inspires ideas for prep hoop teams
If you have caught part of a Bucks or Timberwolves game over the past year-plus – or even just some highlights – you may have come away a bit confused. Home teams wearing colored uniforms and road teams in white ...
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 ...