January 18, 2010
I bet you didn’t know that Wisconsin has it’s own professional indoor soccer team. Well it does. The Milwaukee Wave have been around for nearly 25 years now and are a lot of fun to watch. The early years for this soccer team were brutal and not very successful. But starting in the late 80’s the Wave started winning and becoming a force in the league. They are a part of the National Indoor Soccer League. I haven’t been out to see a game yet but I’ve heard it’s awesome and plan to soon. Have you? You can learn more about the Milwaukee Wave soccer team at their official website.
On a slightly different topic, the UEFA Cup, which is the second most prestigious European football contest after the UEFA Champions League, has changed it’s name to the UEFA Europa League, after having the previous name for the past 38 years. If you would like to find out about Europa League Betting or get information about the current teams participating (in the 09-10 season) be sure to Google it by the new name.
May 2, 2008
The Brewers received news today a MRI on starter Yovani Gallardo revealed a torn ACL. This is absolutely devastating news for Brewer Nation. The team will need to do more tests after the swelling has reduced to determine if Gallardo will need surgery, but the team is taking it as if he’ll be out for the season. Dave Bush is the likely candidate to replace him, and let’s hope he steps up. All we can do is hope for the best at this point. No timetable has been set, however, the best case scenario is the injury wouldn’t require surgery and Yo could possibly return to the team late in the season. Regardless, this is too bad.
The Bucks and former-Indiana head coach Kelvin Sampson has reportedly agreed to a deal that would make Sampson part of Scott Skiles’ coaching staff. ESPN reported the deal could be announced as early as tonight. Sampson has valuable experience, but his credibility took a major hit after he violated NCAA recruitment regulations. If he can put the issue behind him, and being in a new city should help, he’ll be a great pickup.
Undrafted UW-Whitewater standout Justin Beaver made his debut today in Packers’ rookie camp. The 5’8″ running-back is hoping to make a name for himself in the NFL after capping off his collegiate career as the D-III player-of-the-year. Beaver received some national exposure on ESPN last season, when his Warhawks defeated Mount Union in the Championship. I wouldn’t bet against this guy, but it would be a surprise if he made the final cut.
Marquette guard Jerel McNeal has decided to declare for the NBA Draft, but hasn’t hired an agent. This leaves the door open for the junior-guard to make a possible return to the Golden Eagles for his senior year. Of the three junior guards, he has the best shot of making the jump to the NBA, but not this year, as the draft is heavily-laden with guards. I’m confident he’ll be smart and come back.
Brewers’ reliever Derrick Turnbow has been designated for assignment, meaning the club has 10-days to either trade, release, or send him to the minors. This was the only news Brewers’ fans wanted to hear today. Turnbow has pitched awful in the back end of the bullpen this season, posting an ERA better than 15. That was most recently inflated by an unsuccessful mop-up session at Wrigley Wednesday, as he only lasted 2/3 of an inning in the Cubs’ 19-5 drubbing. The club has already decided to bring up utility-man Joe Dillon for tonight’s opener in Houston.
April 23, 2008
Bucks’ GM John Hammond announces the hiring of his new coach, Scott Skiles, who will replace Larry Krystkowiak. To be honest, I don’t know a ton about Skiles other than 1) he’s a former Bucks’ guard and 2) he’s a defensive minded coach, but that is enough to satisfy me at this point. He has a career record of 281-251, most notably a 82-49 year coaching the Bulls in 2006. We’ll wait and see.
The Brewers deal outfielder Gabe Gross to Tampa Bay for minor-league pitcher Josh Butler. A little surprising to see this move after he scored the winning run yesterday, but with Tony Gwynn Jr. back off the DL and Mike Cameron set to make his debut next week, Gross was a goner one way or another. Butler is a former second-round pick of the Rays in 2006, and will report to Single-A Brevard County.
The Packers brought in free-agent QB Daunte Culpepper today, formerly of the Vikings and Raiders. Nothing but a grade-A smokescreen. Ted Thompson is baiting teams (and media) into thinking he’s getting his backup QB via free-agency, while it’s highly probable he’ll go the draft route. Culpepper would bring little if anything to the table other than experience (which is outweighed by the character and injury issues).
Chiefs’ DE Jared Allen is dealt to Minnesota for the Vikings’ first rounder and two third rounders. Minnesota subsequently resigned Allen to a 6-year, $74 million deal, making him the highest paid defensive player ever. Good deal for both teams. Kansas City is obviously trying to rebuild, and for Minnesota the opposite is true; at least on defense. As far as the extension? It’s certainly justifiable, as Allen has racked up 43 sacks over the past four seasons, making him the most productive pass-rusher in the league behind Jason Taylor (46).
Redskins offer their 08′ first (#21 overall), as well as a possible 09′ first rounder for disgruntled Bengals’ WR Chad Johnson. Head Coach Marvin Lewis quickly reacted to the situation saying Chad should “stay away,” while Bengal management quickly shot down the reported offer. This is shocking. Chad wants out, but it’s hard to fathom the Bengals are willing to let a player of his caliber walk right out the door.
*UPDATE: 10:32 PM: Titans agree to deal Adam “Pacman” Jones to Dallas for a 4th round pick. In addition, either team has the potential to receive a undisclosed 09′ pick. If Jones is reinstated and gets substantial playing time, Tennessee would get the pick. On the other hand, if Jones’ case is rejected, Dallas would get the pick. Either way, it’s a low risk deal for Dallas, and Tennessee will lose its headache.
March 19, 2008
Packers: Ted Thompson makes his first signing, as he inks LB Brandon Chillar to a 2-year, $5.2 million dollar deal. The Packers were reportedly out of the running for the second tier linebacker just yesterday, but that just goes to show how much the media knows sometimes. If nothing else, Chillar will provide great competition for Brady Poppinga, and special teams help. Personally, I think he will start. The Cardinals were said to be his first choice, but they ran out of cap room after re-signing Larry Fitzgerald.
Bucks: Larry Harris has been relieved of his duties. He will not be offered a new contract, and will be out after June 30, 2008. I thought Harris did a pretty solid job handling this team for his first few years, but injuries and inconsistency doomed him. It should be Herbbie Kohl getting the boot, not Harris.
Brewers: Yovani Gallardo is beginning to throw off the mound for the first time since he had knee surgery, and apparently will be shooting for a mid-April return to the rotation. This is great news. The final two spots in the rotation were up for grabs for a while there, but until Yo returns, there will be three. Sheets and Suppan are locks, but then after that it is still unclear. Carlos Villanueva and Manny Parra are both getting work as starters this spring, and may have the best shot to fill-in right now.
Marquette Golden Eagles: The Golden Eagles will start their NCAA run at 1:30 tomorrow afternoon vs. the Kentucky Wildcats, in Anaheim, Calif (on CBS). This will be a battle. The Wildcats are alot tougher than people think, especially after their go-to guy, Patrick Patterson, went down for the season. In the end, though, too many McSteals will lead to a win, 75-66.
Wisconsin Badgers: The Wisconsin Badgers will tip off at 8:40 tomorrow night, against Cal State Fullerton, in Omaha, Neb (on CBS). The Titans’ tallest player is 6’6, so Brian Butch and Marcus Landry should have a field day underneath. Hopefully Bo will be able to give some of the guys an early, as they will need it against the Kansas State/USC winner. The Badgers will roll in this one, 76-59.
On somewhat of a side-note, the nation’s top recruit, Terrelle Pryor, announced his decision to head to Ohio State next year. A bit of a head scratcher. Other Big Ten teams he was considering, Michigan and Penn State, both will have quarterback vacancies next year, while OSU will be returning senior Todd Boeckman. Either way, Wisconsin will be competing against a good athlete two years from now.
February 2, 2008
January 15th marked the 43rd Red Smith Banquet, held at the Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton, Wisconsin. Fortunately for me, I was able to attend my first, and boy was it worth it. For those who aren’t aware of this event, it’s been host to many a great athlete, and it’s main purpose is to promote high-school athletics around the state. This year, five lucky athletes from each of the five high schools in Appleton (North, West, East, Fox Valley Lutheran and Xavier), received scholarship awards for their excellence both on the field of play and in the classroom. In addition to honoring the recipients, the event presents two major awards in honor of perhaps the greatest sports journalist ever, Red Smith. The Red Smith Award went to the Packers’ Aaron Kampman, the “Nice Guy” Award went to Cardinals’ great Bob Gibson, and the keynote speaker for the night was former SI writer Frank Deford. Just to give you guys some background on the popularity of this annual ceremony, it has featured numerous legends, from Ernie Banks, to Larry Csonka, Bill Raftery, Kirby Puckett, Lou Brock, Mario Andretti, Tommy Lasorda, Peter King, Bob Uecker and many, many more.
Since I couldn’t let this opportunity go to waste, I decided to bring my recorder with me, and once I got there, I just pressed record, sat back, and enjoyed the sights and sounds of the 2008 Red Smith Banquet. The audio links to Kampman’s and Gibson’s speech have been posted below. Enjoy!
Aaron Kampman Clip | Bob Gibson Clip