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 ...
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 ...