Thursday, November 29, 2007

Battle in the Big D

I hate Dallas. You can't have been a Packer fan in the 1990's and not hate the Dallas Cowboys. The fact the current team doesn't resemble that former team at all holds no bearing on the matter. Brett Favre has never won in Dallas and I lived through every one of those heartwrenching playoff losses in Texas Stadium.

Sure, I hate them less now than I did then, but that's only because they haven't mattered in the Green Bay universe in the last decade or so.

I'm positive the blogoshere has been talking this game to China and back, but for some reason I can't get incredibly hyped. I mean, I'll be watching and all. I'll be cheering and hoping Ryan Grant scores me some major Fantasy points, but I think I just don't get what the big deal is. I feel like the hoopla surrounding this game is so manufactured.

This game is hoopla merely because nothing else is.

Other than deciding where the inevitable matchup between these two takes place during the playoffs, this game is really not that big of a damn deal. Yet every news outlet in the Milwaukee area is giving this the same coverage they give the Super Bowl.

Winning or losing this game will determine little in either team's season.

Plus, it's a game most of the country won't see. And if I read one more article with one more crack about how " I'm one of four people outside Texas and Wisconsin with access to the game on TV tonight. " We get it. The NFL Network sucks. But what you're saying isn't technically true. You do have access to the NFL Network. You just don't want to buy Dish Network. Big difference. That's great that we can all bitch about it, but it would be nice if someone would do something about it.

Edit: I was fairly optimistic about this game until I just got the news that both Charles Woodson and KGB are out. Crap!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007


From's Power Rankings this week:

I think a big part of the Thursday nighter against Green Bay will be which officiating crew is assigned to the game. Various scribes and announcers have described Packers cornerback Al Harris as a "shutdown corner," which is nonsense. He doesn't shut anyone down, he roughs 'em up, and if it'll be the kind of crew that is fairly liberal, then he'll be in decent shape in his battle against T.O., which everyone assumes will take place all over the field. But if it's one of those prissy crews that calls everything tight, Al will get two, maybe three, interference calls and T.O. and Tony Romo will have a big night.

(By the way, Cowboys are #2, Packers are #3 and he's calling it Dallas 31, GB 27)

From the "Ooh Damn!" files

Within hours ofresigning his job at Arkansas on Monday, Houston Nutt becamse the new coach of the Ole Miss Rebels.

I'm so excited we do not lose the lunacy that is Houston Nutt!

Brewers off-season update

*The biggest (and saddest) Brewers news is that closer Francisco Cordero is now a Cincinnati Red. It's bad enough to lose your All-Star Closer, but to lose him to someone within the division is heartbreaking.

I understand that GM Doug Melvin had a number in mind and wasn't willing to top that in terms of the deal he offered Cordero, but it hurts to learn that we lost out over $4 million dollars. Clearly, the bidding war could have gone on, but the loss is painful nonetheless.

*Reliever Scott Linebrink is also gone. The loss of Linebrink isn't too startling, but when you realize we gave up three prospects for a guy that spent two months here and was really a non-factor, it's a little upsetting. That being said, we did receive a free-agent "sandwich" pick as well as the White Sox 2nd round pick.

In addition, this guy says that the Sox overpaid for Linebrink.

*We (mercifully) got rid of catcher Johnny Estrada. Clearly we were desperate to lose him, as we traded him to the Mets for a reliever who spent the first 50 game of last season on suspension for steroid use. Also, it appears Mota gets booed at Shea by his hometown fans. Clearly what the Brewers need is another reliever we can boo! I'll miss Johnny's stirrups, but not his lackluster performance and inability to throw anyone out.

*To replace Estrada we signed a one-year deal with Jason Kendall, formerly of the Cubs.
Kendall is the only big-league catcher to play in at least 130 games in each of the last five seasons.
"He has durability," said Melvin. "When you get older, some of your skills decline. But he has a career .375 on-base percentage and is a good handler of pitchers.
"He doesn't have the power Johnny had but he's more selective at the plate. He'll take more pitches and get on base more often."

Monday, November 26, 2007


It's that time of year again. But the ride seems to have started early and is certainly more crowded the usual.

The list (thus far) of outgoing coaches:

Ole Miss' Ed Orgeron

Georgia Tech's Chan Gailey

Texas A&M's Dennis Franchione (to be replaced by former Packer coach Mike Sherman)

Lloyd Carr at Michigan (retired)

Duke's Ted Roof

Arkansas' Houston Nutt

Washington State's Bill Doba

Southern Miss's Jeff Bower

Baylor's Guy Morriss

Northern Illinois' Joe Novak (retired)

Southern Methodist's Phil Bennett

Also, rumors surround the retirement of Sonny Lubick at Colorado State

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Things that make you go hmmmm...

I saw this article and I wasn't going to post it because, well, I find it a little ludicrous. It claims that Al Harris and Charles Woodson are one of the most dynamic duos in all of pro football and also goes on to assert that we have the best corners in the league.

This is also an argument you'll hear bandied about during game broadcasts.

Every time I hear a commentator go on and on about Al Harris, I just shake my head.

I thought that I maybe was reading too much into this, that maybe I was perceiving things differently than they are.

Then the boyfriend sent me this article and I was vindicated!

I dislike Al Harris for one reason, and one reason only. And that reason is a big, glaring yellow flag that seems to appear wherever he goes. Frankly, the same seems to go for Charles Woodson.

I always felt it was wrong for the talking heads to go on and on about their astounding play and never, ever mention how often they have penalties called on them.

But the proof is in the puddin' folks!

From 2004-2007, the 10 most penalized guys in the NFL:

Robert Gallery 46
Alex Barron 43
Leonard Davis 39
Chris McAlister 39
Tarik Glenn 37
Al Harris 36
Flozell Adams 35
Quentin Jammer 33
Chester Pitts 33
Jason Taylor 33

At the time the article was printed, Charles Woodson was leading the whole league with 12 penalties called against him. "Green Bay's Woodson (12) and Al Harris (seven) lead all cornerbacks in penalties this season."

Most penalized players 2007 only

Player Number
Charles Woodson 12
Barry Sims 11
Robert Gallery 11
Jason Taylor 10
Flozell Adams 9
Terrell Owens 8
Alex Barron 8
Albert Haynesworth 8
George Foster 8

"Woodson has 31 penalties since 2004, second-most among corners."

My favorite piece of information:
"Former teammate Ahmad Carroll somehow ranks third with 30 penalties -- even though he's out of the league."

7. D'oh Awards

"Since 2004, Green Bay's defense leads the league with nine penalties for 12 men on the field".... (OUCH!)

All-Flag Team

Players with most penalties at their positions since 2004. Players with fewer than 20 penalties are not ranked among league leaders:
Position Player Team Penalties Rank
LT Flozell Adams Cowboys 35 Seventh
LG Robert Gallery Raiders 46 First
C Olin Kreutz Bears 26 29th
RG Leonard Davis Cowboys 39 Third
RT Alex Barron Rams 43 Second
TE Tony Gonzalez Chiefs 26 29th
QB Carson Palmer Bengals 24 42nd
WR Anquan Boldin Cardinals 25 39th
WR Chad Johnson Bengals 24 42nd
WR Randy Moss Patriots 24 42nd
RB Mike Sellers Redskins 20 86th
Position Player Team Penalties Rank
DE Jason Taylor Dolphins 33 Eighth
DT Shaun Rogers Lions 28 23rd
DT Albert Haynesworth Titans 26 29th
DE James Hall Rams 25 39th
LB Terrell Suggs Ravens 21 69th
LB Willie McGinest Browns 16 N/A
LB Antwan Peek Browns 16 N/A
CB Charles Woodson Packers 31 12th
S Adrian Wilson Cardinals 26 29th
S Sean Taylor Redskins 22 61st
CB Ahmad Carroll Former Packer 30 17th

Duke 77, Marquette 73

I would write about this game first-hand, but I sort of fell asleep during the crucial second half. Here, instead, is SI's recap...

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) -It took Kyle Singler five games to place himself on an elite list of Duke basketball players.

The freshman forward scored 25 points, including the clinching free throws with 13 seconds to play, and fought off a leg injury to lead the 13th-ranked Blue Devils to a 77-73 victory over No. 11 Marquette on Wednesday night and claim their fourth EA Sports Maui Invitational championship.

Duke (5-0) won the title here in 1992, 1997 and 2001. The Blue Devils ' first 11 wins came by an average of 18.9 points and nine were by at least 10 points. This one went down to the final seconds.

No other school has won more than two championships in the 24 years of this event.

Singler, who was 7-for-11 from the field and 8-for-8 from the free-throw line, joined Bobby Hurley, current Duke assistant Steve Wojciechowski and Mike Dunleavy as Blue Devils who have won the MVP at the Maui Invitational.

''I felt honored to win the MVP but the main goal coming to Maui was to win the championship and that's what we accomplished,'' he said. ''I just wanted to do what I had to do and it meant I got the MVP.''

Singler was stretched out on the floor near the Duke bench when he was out with the injury. He jumped up and sprinted by the bench to get back in the game and took a bottle of Gatorade with him to the scorer's table to report in.

''I got bumped in the knee and it was more of a knot than a cramp in the leg but I have two,'' Singler said.

DeMarcus Nelson added 16 points for the Blue Devils , whose fans were chanting ''our house'' in the final minute and as the awards were being presented.

The Lahaina Civic Center may not be Cameron Indoor Stadium but Duke has a better winning percentage there.

''We look at it as a mini-Cameron, it's nice and intimate,'' Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. ''We love coming here and have been a little bit lucky and our guys have played really tough. We'll come back, I know that.''

Lazar Hayward had 14 points for the Golden Eagles (4-1), who were making their first appearance in the tournament.

Marquette beat Duke 73-62 in the championship game of the CBE Classic in Kansas City, Mo., exactly a year ago. It was the Golden Eagles ' second straight preconference tournament title as they won the Great Alaska Shootout in 2005.

''This was special for this team. It was a chance for us to be a champion,'' Nelson said. ''We talked about that since the beginning of the year. It was our first chance to be a champion. At this time last year we didn't do that. We've improved and gotten better.''

Duke took a 67-61 lead with 6:03 to go on a low move by Lance Thomas off a pass from Singler, his only assist of the game.

The lead was six one more time, before Maurice Acker hit a 3 for the Golden Eagles and Ousmane Barro made one of two free throws to get Marquette within 69-67 with 4:42 left.

The Golden Eagles were within 75-73 with 33 seconds left on a layup by Jerel McNeal .

Singler grabbed a loose ball and was fouled. He made the first free throw and Marquette called a timeout, trying to freeze the freshman.

''I knew I was going to make it,'' Singler said of the second free throw, ''there was no doubt in my mind I was going to make it a two-possession game.''

Marquette fought off foul trouble in the second half and the Golden Eagles were called for 27 fouls, nine more than Duke.

''Even though we didn't get what our goal was, it was a fantastic experience for our team,'' Marquette coach Tom Crean said. ''Both teams brought out the toughness in each other. Tonight, their strengths were a little too good for us: their driving, they got too many free throws and the rebounding. We will come out of here with a much broader and greater perspective of what we are as a basketball team.''

Marquette's Dominic James had 12 points on 4-for-16 shooting.

''In the first half I kind of had it going but it was nothing they did,'' James said. ''A lot of the missed shots were layups, shots I usually make. Unfortunately I didn't in the seocnd half.''

Both teams are perimeter-oriented, yet Duke went inside early, scoring 10 of its first 14 points on drives, tip-ins or layups.

A big lift for the Blue Devils was 7-foot-1 sophomore center Brian Zoubek , who scored four points on offensive rebounds and had an assist when he threw the ball back out to Greg Paulus for a 3-pointer that was part of the 11-2 run that gave them a 35-27 lead with 4:41 left.

Singler capped the run with a 3 and the freshman added another one 2:24 later to make it 39-30.

Even though both teams shot well in the first half - Duke hit 53.3 percent and Marquette was at 44.8 - the defense was intense and every shot was contested.

James hit a scoop shot on a drive with seven seconds left to bring Marquette within 43-36 at halftime.

Profile: Aaron Rodgers

This is an interesting article from USA Today profiling the waiting game that Aaron Rodgers has been doing since being drafted.

And below is sort of a "web extra" from what they have termed Mission: NFL. It seems to be a lot less formal that what appears in the pages of the newspaper, but no less entertaining to fans.

When the Packers drafted quarterback Aaron Rodgers No. 24 overall in 2005, Brett Favre was 35. Rodgers probably figured to sit a couple of years and be the starter this season.

He figured wrong.

Favre, now 38, is having a resurgent season, second the league in passing yards (2,975) and ranking fourth in passer rating (98.6). He’s also the NFL record-holder for consecutive quarterback starts.

Bad luck for Rodgers, but he’s adjusted to the situation. In the third year of a five-year contract, he may never play for Green Bay before his deal runs out. But if that day does come, he wants to be ready. So he’s working to gain his teammates’ trust.

“As a quarterback, you’ve got to have guys who want to play for you,” he says. “To do that you have to build relationships, so I’m big on giving guys nicknames. It’s a great way to make a connection.”

Because 6-4, 210-pound wide receiver Ruvell Martin is long and lanky, Rodgers has dubbed him “Gumby.”

Others have taken to calling Martin “Rooster” or “Rubu.”

“But I still call him ‘Gumby,’” Rodgers says.

Martin is one of Rodgers’ closest friends on the team.

Tackle Mark Tauscher is “Piggy.” Rodgers can’t quite remember how that one came about, but he believes it happened during a summertime tailgate tour for charity.
Other nicknames are straight forward; he’ll take the first initial of their first name and combine it with the first three letters of their last name. So he would be “A-Rod,” Charles Woodson would be “C-Wood,” and so on.

Rodgers also has fun with his facial hair. Last year, he grew a 1970s-style mustache, “a Chuck Norris-Sam Elliott thing,” he says.

This year, he decided to go for broke. Growing the mustache was no problem — “it’s a gift,” he says — but the rest of his beard took longer to fill out. By the third week of training camp, he had a full beard and plotted his strategy: after a week of the full beard, he shaved his chin, leaving the sideburns merged into the beard and mustache, “for a Civil War look,” he says.

The third week he shaved the sideburns for a FuManchu look that he says was “definitely a big hit.”

(By the way, I know there's a space in FuManchu. But our website won't let me use the first two letters by themselves. In Web-ese, it's taboo; you can probably figure out why.)

The last week, he returned to the old-standby 1970s mustache. “My brother would get calls from people who were a little confused,” Rodgers says of his different looks. “They’d say, ‘What’s wrong with your boy? What’s he doing?’ But I was never taking it seriously. It was just a way to make my teammates laugh.”

Favre wouldn’t join Rodgers in his facial hair stunt, but the two are getting along much better these days. At the time Green Bay drafted Rogers, Favre made at least one thing clear: it wasn’t his job to serve as a mentor. What’s more, he probably didn’t appreciate the virtual nudge that the selection implied.

“That first year,” Rodgers says, “we were more teammates than friends.” Gannett's people in Green Bay tell me Rodgers didn’t even have Favre’s cell phone number.

But now the two arrive in meetings together joking, laughing and seeing who can produce the loudest bodily noises. Although Rodgers considers himself no slouch in this department, he admits Favre has no peer.

One day Rodgers was in the hallway with quarterbacks coach Tom Clements when they hard a tremendous belch from some 40 yards away.

“That HAS to be Favre,” Clements said.

Washington quarterback Mark Brunell, who backed up Favre from 1993-94, can verify Favre’s varied sound-producing skills. “I only wish I had just heard them,” he laughs, “instead of smelled them.”
I'm sorry to keep posting whole articles, but I really want people to read them. This is a really good look at a story that's already been told many ways. Yes, Brett Favre is older than the rest of the team. Yes, we have a lot of rookies that were literally children when Brett was a rookie. But the team makes it work and this article dissects that.

Chemistry teacher
Favre's attitude, leadership keeps Packers unified

GREEN BAY -- Here was Greg Jennings, already multi-tasking. With his left hand he was trying to play a game of dominoes with two teammates. With his right hand, he was gesturing to a writer (that would be me) who was asking him questions in the Green Bay Packers' locker room at Lambeau Field. "It's OK, I can handle it,'' said Jennings. "Dominoes is a pretty easy game.''

The conversation turned predictably to the Packers' (truly) greybeard quarterback, Brett Favre. ``He's more, I don't know, lively I guess, this year,'' said Jennings, the Packers' 2006 second-round draft choice last year out of Western Michigan and their most dangerous receiver. As Jennings spoke, Favre walked up behind him, leaning his ear toward the conversation, snickering. I started smiling. Jennings said, "Is that him?''

Then Favre took a seat with Jennings and assumed a serious posture, as if hanging on every word.

"You can trust me,'' I said to Favre.

The old man gestured at Jennings, laughing. ``It's him I don't trust.''

Let's put this tableau in context: At any level of sport, the single most important quality in assuring success is talent. The second is effort. The third is -- I don't know, pick a term: Chemistry, Teamwork, Synergy -- they've all been worked to death. We could take the rest of this column arguing that order. I've seen Hoosiers; I know that teamwork helped Hickory overcome all those better teams. But so did Jimmy Chitwood's jump shot. Let's just say for the moment that all three elements are mighty important and that it's difficult to win at a high level without all three working.

My view is that the third (the teamwork, the chemistry) is the most difficult to achieve and doubly so in professional sports where unity is roadblocked by financial inequity (some players make 10-figure salaries, others six), divergent backgrounds (some players come from Lincoln, others from L.A.), race (self-explanatory) and age.

Focus on the last of these. Brett Favre turned 38 in October. Jennings' 24th birthday was in September. You can choose any milepost to underscore this gap. My favorite: Jennings was in third grade when Favre was a rookie with the Falcons.

And at the core of the Packers' resurgence is the melding of generations, specifically the melding of Favre and just about everybody else.

Look at it through Jennings' eyes. A year ago he came to Green Bay and immediately got big props in training camp. He's fast and he can catch the ball. He's not afraid. He's one of the reasons why Favre raved last year about the young talent on the roster (and got ripped for it when the team was 4-8).

Jennings caught 45 balls a year ago, for an average of 14 yards a catch, with a total of three touchdowns. This year, through 10 games, he has 27 catches, but for an average of 19.1 yards per reception, with six touchdowns. His improvement traces directly back to No. 4.

(Another aside here: It's hard to travel around the NFL without getting a steady diet of Favre stories, many of them centering on his legendary right arm. Here are just two:

• This past fall I asked Houston Texans' offensive coordinator Mike Sherman about Matt Schaub's arm strength. "Excellent arm strength,'' said Sherman, who was Green Bay's head coach from 2000 to '05. "Of course you've got to remember I was around the all-time arm, talking about Number Four.''

• A few years ago Archie Manning told me a story about one of Favre's first Pro Bowls. Manning was in Hawaii doing promotional work, watching the NFC work out. It was a loose practice, with players wearing just shorts and shirts. It seems Michael Irvin ran a casual down-and-out and the young Favre, throwing on rhythm, whistled a spiral right past Irvin's ear before Irvin got his head around to the ball. A couple inches' difference and we're talking fractured eye socket, broken nose and worse. "One of the coaches blows his whistle,'' recalls Manning, "and says, 'OK, everybody get a helmet on, right now.'')

Jennings, meanwhile, says, "The thing Brett has taught me is how to be patient, with my route-running. I mean, he knows what's going on out there and for him, the timing on routes comes so easy at this point. He knows what you're supposed to do, but I didn't know what I was supposed to do.''

Example: Jennings described running a mid-range crossing route last year against a Cover Two look, where you've got two layers of coverage, vertically and horizontally, and balls can only be completed in the gaps between the layers.

"Last year, I would go up the field and then just run across,'' says Jennings. "There are windows there, where Brett could see me, but I was running right through them. He's been teaching me to see what he sees when he looks down the field. Now I understand that I have to find those holes and not just go sprinting across the field. It's a process of maturing. And he's been a huge help.''

(Sports are full of age-related oddities, and if you are around long enough you will experience many of them. Even for writers. When I broke into the business I would interview the parents of athletes and it was like talking to my own parents. Slowly that changes. I remember meeting and interviewing the mother of onetime Penn State running back Ki-Jana Carter and realizing that she was younger than I was. That was a jarring moment. Now I routinely interview athletes who were not born when I began writing).

Back to live action: The Packers are 9-1 heading into Thursday's afternoon game in Detroit. You look at their schedule -- Detroit twice, Dallas, Oakland, St. Louis and Chicago -- and you think this outfit should go an easy 13-3 and maybe 14-2. They will be in the playoffs and they will probably get a first-round bye and then host a game at Lambeau. It's one of the great stories of the NFL season.

Favre's influence extends from the huddle and the film room into the locker room on a daily basis. On the midweek afternoon last week when Favre was chiding Jennings, Favre was a constant presence in the locker room, bouncing from locker to locker, very much like a third- or fourth-year player. He looks older than the coaches and acts younger than the ball boys.

On the field, Favre has given the Packers a feeling of invincibility. ``If we can get on the field, Brett is going to get us in the end zone,'' says defensive tackle Ryan Pickett.

That, of course, is a confidence that cuts across all boundaries. Touchdowns don't discriminate.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

From the only in Wisconsin files

Of course, this is completely unrelated to sports, but it's too funny not to pass on...

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 21, 2007, 9:47 a.m.By Associated Press

Man charged with shooting goats over beer

Waupaca - A man who was upset with his wife for not buying beer subsequently shot one of the family's two pet goats, prosecutors say. Peter W. Mischler, 48, of New London, was charged this week in Waupaca County Circuit Court with mistreatment of animals, possession of a firearm while intoxicated and disorderly conduct with a dangerous weapon. The criminal complaint said Mischler came home Saturday from hunting and became angry with his 22-year-old daughter for letting the goats out and making a mess. While she was talking on the phone to her mother, authorities said, he told her to tell his wife to bring home some beer, but his wife refused.He then threatened to shoot the goats, according to the complaint. After his wife arrived home, she and the daughter heard four gunshots and went outside and found one of the two goats with its entrails hanging out, authorities said. They said that goat had to be killed later by a sheriff's deputy. Mischler posted a $1,000 cash bond set by Circuit Judge Raymond Huber and was released.

Monday, November 19, 2007

New BCS - Wisconsin is #21

1. LSU
2. Kansas
3. West Virginia
4. Missouri
5. Ohio State
6. Arizona State
7. Georgia
8. VA Tech
9. Oregon
10. Oklahoma
11. USC
12. Florida
13. Texas
14. Boston College
15. Hawaii
16. Virginia
17. Illinois
18. Tennessee
19. Boise State.
20. UConn
21. Wisconsin
22. Clemson
23. South Florida
24. Cincinnati
25. BYU

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Woo Hoo

No Sunday posts today because in just 15 minutes I'm out the door to spend my day at Lambeau.

I'll be back with pictures next week.

GO Pack GO!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Well that's one way to make sure you don't get fired

Rumor has it that Monday will bring the retirement of Michigan coach Lloyd Carr.

This article says he was mum on the topic at Saturday's game against Ohio State, despite thoughts that he might announce his intentions prior to the game in order to rile up his team.

Carr has lost 6 of the last 7 to the Buckeyes and today's loss marks the first time in the history of the match-up that either team has lost 5 straight times.

Many have called for Carr's head this season since the Michigan loss to App. State. and there wasn't much talk (if any) of a Carr retirement prior to the disappointing season.

I suppose a coach like Lloyd Carr wants to save as much face as possible - which is understandable. However, he's getting a bum wrap. There's no way Carr is responsible for the teams downturn this season.

Iowa State vs. Colorado (or "Holy crap, they won!)

So I was in Ames, Iowa last weekend visiting a friend and we headed out to the Iowa State/Colorado game. Check another stadium off the list. Here's our day in pictures.

We got there just as the buses pulled up to unload the teams. The band plays and the fans line up and the team walks through that "tunnel" into the locker room.

So my experience is all with Wisconsin, where I'm sure things were like this during the lean years, but I was fascinated to see that you could buy tickets on the day of the game. Also, that you can't use a credit card, but can use a check. They're so trusting in Iowa.

My favorite fan

I thought the cyclones surrounding the bottom of the flag poles was a cool touch

Heading in

Jack Trice Stadium

First running onto the field for warm ups

Iowa band geeks lining up

Colorado heading to the field

Right before the game

Halftime show

These are the hill seats, which I though were pretty cool, though a bit expensive

After beating the Buffaloes, the Cyclones fans stormed the field

Christine made me take a pic of the final score as proof

Now I don't want to sound too snobby here, but at Iowa State, they open the gate so that you can "storm" the field. This would never, EVER happen in Madison. Ever! They put up security to prevent this very event


There were Wisconsin links aplenty on this week.

This is a video link of there traveling tailgate guy who was in Madison for the Michigan game.

This is a look at guys who's draft stock is rising and falling and it feature Jack Ikegwuonu

This is from and is a profile of one of the Badger cheerleaders

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Badger fight

So fighting in college hockey is pretty much non-existent. It's bad sportsmanship and basically goes against what all programs say they're trying to teach. There may be some pushing and shoving, especially in big rivalries, but the refs are in the middle of it so quick, it never turns into anything.

Except for last Saturday night, when North Dakota and Wisconsin got into a major fight at the end of their game. We're talking major brawl. We're talking I read somewhere (though I can't video evidence) that the coaches needed to be separated.

Apparently this fight was brewing, involving various incidents leading up to the actual fight including a UND player slashing the Bucky Badger mascot as he left the ice before the game.

Here's a YouTube of the fight:

The result was mostly a lot of penalties and the ND player who went after Bucky has been ordered by the WCHA to write a letter of apology to Bucky.

And from

When the fight was finally broken up, the five North Dakota skaters, Chay Genoway, Zach Jones, Kaip, Derrick LaPoint and Matt Watkins, and the Wisconsin skaters, Kyle Klubertanz, Brendan Smith, Ben Street, Podge Turnbull and Turris, were escorted from the ice, as 122 penalty minutes were given out.

Things even got testy after the conclusion of the game, as North Dakota coach Dave Hakstol and Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves had to be separated by referees Jon Campion and Derek Shepherd.

“From the bench, the whole thing bothered me how it unfolded and carried on,” Eaves said. “I was just disappointed and I expressed it to him. How often do you see that in college hockey?”

Barry Bonds indicted

Barry Bonds was indicted today on counts of perjury and obstructing justice by a Federal Grand jury.

Shortly after the indictment, Bonds' personal trainer was let out of jail, where he'd spent much of the past year for refusing to testify against Bonds.

There's a lot of unanswered questions here and clearly this will take a few days to fully break and play out, but of course there's lots of info out there already.

I'll admit I've always been a Bonds hater, so this comes as no surprise and it makes me very, very happy. But I haven't been able to read up on this too much, so I'm going to keep my happy,happy,joy,joy glee dance under wraps til we know more information.

From Gene Wojciechowski of

It's safe to say that the government wouldn't have waited this long to indict Bonds unless it was certain it had enough for a conviction or a plea bargain. That doesn't guarantee the feds will get either one, but generally speaking, you don't go after the game's home run leader and his considerable legal team without a certain degree of confidence...

Bonds perpetrated a fraud. Government prosecutors don't necessarily care that he perpetrated that fraud against Major League Baseball and its customers. They care that he didn't (allegedly) tell the truth to a grand jury. The rest is icing on Bud Selig's cake.

This is a sort of step-by-step breakdown of what has happened and includes this interesting bit of info:

Are there any surprises in the indictment?

Most of the material in the indictment is familiar to anyone who has followed the BALCO investigation, but there is one surprise. The surprise is that, according to the indictment, during the criminal investigation evidence was obtained, including positive tests for steroids and other performance-enhancing substances for Bonds and other professional athletes. When asked about it in front of the grand jury, Bonds denied a positive test. It will be one of the most difficult charges for Bonds to deny. He will be scientifically connected to a positive test with DNA and other techniques.

This is's step-by-step breakdown

Here's the AP news story on the indictment

Monday, November 12, 2007

Congratulations Ryan Braun!

Ryan Braun was named the N.L. Rookie of the Year today!!!!

In the closest vote in the NL since they adopted the new voting system, Braun edged Troy Tulowitski 128 points to 126.

"Braun's offensive numbers made a compelling case. He batted .324 and led NL rookies with 34 home runs and a .634 slugging percentage, breaking the Major League rookie record set by Mark McGwire, who slugged .618 for Oakland in 1987. Braun drove in 97 runs and stole 15 bases.

He ranked in the top four among NL rookies in average, slugging percentage, extra-base hits, RBIs, runs, total bases, triples, multi-hit games, hits, batting average, stolen bases and on-base percentage.

Imagine if he had played all season.

Braun didn't make his big league debut until May 25, when he was promoted from Triple-A Nashville to spark a Brewers offense that was slumping on a West Coast road trip. Braun played in 113 games and made 112 starts at third base. "

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Excuses, excuses

I'll be the first to admit that I've been a bit of a bloggin' slacker this season. The past few weeks have been especially rough, as my truck gave up the ghost and I've been relegated to taking the bus to and from work. That means I left the house at 7 am and returned sometimes around 6 pm (on a good day). The bus makes me motion sick, so I was in no mood to come home and sit in front of the computer screen.

Alas, that's all over because on Monday night I purchased a 2007 Ford Focus ZX3. It's cute and extremely gas efficient and most importantly cheap and it's mine, all mine. The picture is a reasonable facsimile, since they already took my car off their website. My car is "toreador red" which means it's maroon.

Today I woke up extremely sick, with a temp of 101 and the cold to end all colds. We feared strep, but it looks like I'm just getting hit real bad with the cold going around.

On Friday, I'm heading to Ames, Iowa for the weekend. I know, I know, what could I possibly be doing in Ames? Well I'm going to visit a friend, but the bonus is that we'll be attending the Iowa State/Colorado game Saturday morning. I'll be knocking another stadium off the list!

Anyway, that being said, I look to return next week in full force. With any luck (yeah right) these catastrophes are behind me.

Monday, November 05, 2007


1. Ohio State
2. LSU
3. Oregon
4. Kansas
5. Oklahoma
6. Missouri
7. West Virginia
8. Boston College
9. Arizona State
10. Georgia
11. Virginia Tech
12. Michigan
13. UConn
14. Texas
15. Florida
16. Hawaii
17. USC
18. Auburn
19. Virginia
20. Boise State
21. Clemson
22. Alabama
23. Penn State
24. Tennessee
25. Kentucky.

How about them Packers?

Yesterday's win at Arrowhead was the final notch in one more record for Brett Favre. Kansas City was the one other team in the NFL that Favre had yet to beat. By winning, he joins Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, who both achieved the feat last week, as the only QBs to beat every other team. Congrats, Brett!

It was sometimes ugly, sometimes heart stopping and sometimes spectacular, but yesterday's win solidified the Packers as a solid contender for the NFC crown this year. Only New England, having beat Indy to maintain their perfect record, has a better record than the Pack right now.

We're sitting pretty on top of the NFC North.

Greg Jennings proved that he's Favre's go-to guy. Jennings was on the receiving end of Favre's last few TDs to break the record, he was the game-winner in OT last week and he came up with 2 TDs yesterday, including a 60-yard strike in the 4th quarter that gave the Packers the lead.

Despite the numerous penalties (will McCarthy ever address this?), the defense really stepped up yesterday. They kept KC in check the entire first half and came up with two game-changing 2nd half interceptions.

Sure, the Badgers have really disappointed this season, but the Packers have more than picked up the slack for Wisconsin football fans.

It's always wonderful when your team does well, but there's some extra added excitement when the team performs above expectations. All of this is just like a bonus for Packer fans. It's completely unexpected and altogether wonderful.