March 19, 2008

Busy day for sports world: news and views

Category: Sports General — Patrick Stumpf @ 3:10 pm

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.

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