Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Also, this from BCB's morning mug,
Prince Fielder's 44th home run last night was his 100th run of the season, making him the first Brewer ever to reach 100 runs, 100 RBI and 100 walks in a season. The feat has been accomplished 179 times in baseball history, but Fielder and Albert Pujols will likely be the only ones to do it this season.
Of course, if you watched the game last night, you saw Corey Hart get picked off of first, though the ump missed the part where he failed to get back to the bag and therefore was safe, but I digress. Because it was a close play, FSN showed a ton of replays and even noted that Rockies' first baseman Todd Helton managed to put his foot between Corey and the bag and Corey's hand jammed into and over Helton's shoe. I found it so disturbing, I commented on it in last night's BCB game thread.
But, apparently, the J-S doesn't have my spectacular sleuthing skills or DirectTV capabilities and therefore has written that it's for unsure reasons.
Seriously, Witrado gets paid to do this. Why Can't I??
Hart has possible finger fractures
Denver - About 20 minutes prior to first pitch, it was announced Brewers rightfielder Corey Hart suffered possible compression fractures to his fourth and fifth fingers on the right hand. It isn't clear yet how he hurt the fingers.
Team physician William Raasch will further examine Hart for clarification, but nothing more was known. That could mean Hart won't be with the team for the next couple days or possibly the season if he's flying back to Milwaukee to see Raasch.
Macha didn't shed any light on this during his pre-game media session, saying only that Jody Gerut was getting a turn in right field tonight.
There may be more info on this after the game.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
* Women's Hockey player Olivia Jackiel (your typical California women's hockey player) will be blogging throughout the season - check out the first installment here.
My favorite part: "we gathered in Coach Johnson’s living room and eagerly awaited putting our NCAA 2009 championship rings on our fingers. The freshmen watched in awe as we all opened our personalized ring boxes in unison. The next 10 seconds went something like this: gasp – silence- deep breath – SCREAM. Paul (Hickman) then kindly informed us that the rings we had just received were the biggest championship rings made for a collegiate team (by that ring company). We definitely took the phrase “go big or go home” to the next level."
*Once again, Bucky is up for the Capital One mascot challenge, but the standing currently have him in fourth place behind such behemoths as Western Kentucky, South Dakota State and Cincinnati. Not good. Vote, vote, vote for Bucky!
Monday, September 28, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Casings were busted, Sombreros were sprained - that damn Hot Dog showed his hatred for Mexico and Poland - it was utter gluttony at Miller Park.
Afterwards, the Italian was offered a UN post in reward for his humane efforts in reaching out to the other nation's sausages while Hot Dog and Brat raced to the finish.
Chorizo was heard saying a prayer of thanks that Prince Fielder had become a vegetarian, though Jeff Suppan was seen licking his lips and writing a recipe - Soup's Grill had Chorizo on the menu within hours.
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I expect the MoBlogging to calm down considerably now that baseball is over. Also, I have a very primitive phone. Here's hoping an upgrade when my contract allows it in December makes the whole thing much, much easier - both for me to do and you to read!
Make sure you're on top of who's playing for both the men's and the women's teams through the 60minutes blog. They're doing profiles of every player for both teams and it's must read info to be prepared for the season.
Don't forget about the Badger Hockey Classic - last I heard, ticket sales weren't what everyone had hoped they'd be. UW is trying to break the attendance record for an outdoor hockey game - don't be the reason they fall short.
Sure, it's outdoors, but it is February (edit). Average temperature in Madison at that time is about 25 degrees. It'll be cold, but not unmanageable. Buy a Badger licensed snuggie and get yourself to this game. It was just announced that the women's game is starting at 2pm with the men's game following at 5pm. That leaves plenty of time to tailgate and consume lots of liquid warmth.
Lastly, the women's team will be hosting the US Olympic Team on January 5th. I know it's a Tuesday night, but this is DON'T MISS for anyone that's a fan of hockey. Should be some of the highest caliber of women's hockey to ever hit the ice.
Jessie Vetter (2009), Angie Keseley (2009), Erika Lawler (2009), Jinelle Zaugg-Siergiej (2008), Molly Engstrom (2005) and Kerry Weiland (2003) will all represent the U.S. as Badger alumna, and two current Badgers, Hilary Knight and Meghan Duggan, will red-shirt this college season in order to a part of the US team.
The team is embarking on a 10-game prep tour called the Qwest Tour (schedule here)and they had their first game Friday night against a WCHA All-Star Squad which featured 4 current Badgers - Jasmine Giles, Brooke Ammerman, Brittany Haverstock and Mallory Deluce.
The US team won 6-1 with the help of multiple Badgers. From this article: Defensemen Molly Enstrom and Kerry Weiland each tallied a goal along with Jinelle Zaugg-Siergiej while Erika Lawler and Hilary Knight had an assist apiece.
Lastly, make sure you follow the videos and podcasts from various members of the national team here. The Qwest Tour looks to be pretty all-access and you should get some good inside information if you keep up with that site.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
From UWAlumni.com via Deadspin,
About this show of Badger spirit:
"I attended the Navy vs. Louisiana game this past weekend. I am at the Defense Information School at Fort George G. Meade, Md., completing a qualification course with 59 other colleagues who work in similar positions throughout the Department of Defense.
"One of my colleagues works at the U.S. Naval Academy and suggested we put together a trip to the Navy vs. Louisiana game last weekend. I believe there were about 30 or so who decided to go. As is the Wisconsin tradition, we also tailgated before, during and after the game. As is also UW tradition, I represented the Badgers by wearing a Badger hooded sweatshirt to the Navy game. Someone once said, no matter where you go, you'll find a fellow Badger. Sure enough, no less than a dozen Wisconsin alums stopped by our tailgate.
"As we entered the game and took our seats, I noticed the Midshipmen directly across from our seats. Then it dawned on me... I would stand out in that crowd. I told my friend to watch gate seven directly behind the Midshipmen. I went around the stadium and made my way down to the center of the Midshipmen seating section and wave to my partners in crime across the stadium. Before you knew it, several pictures had been taken. I was then informed I needed to leave the Midshipmen seating section. However, Badger Spirit had already been captured."
Army Capt. Leslie Waddle, 10th Press Camp Headquarters, Fort Bragg, N.C., took the photo.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
We always get the rollbraten sandwich, which is spit-roasted pork that's sliced and served with a big pile of fried onions on a roll - it's divine and you wouldn't think it could get better, but you'd be wrong. This year, you can get it served on a pretzel roll, and it was DEEEElicious!
First off, Congratulations to the Bavarian Major team for winning the US National Men's Open Cup. The Bavarians defeated Emigrantes from Massachusetts in penalty kicks to bring the sixth National Championship back to Milwaukee.
Here they are unfurling the championship banner at Oktoberfest Saturday night.
The National Cups are a big deal - from the USASA website:
The competition began in 1914 for the Men’s Open Cup. In 1923, the Men’s Amateur Cup was added, In 1980 the Women’s Amateur and Over 30 Cups were begun.
Each year, some 250 teams across the United States participate in the National Cups Competition. 250 Teams! Of these, only 8 teams will become a National Champion in one of the 8 following divisions:
Over 30 Cup
Under 23 Cup
Over 30 Cup
Under 23 Cup
Read about it here - despite playing a man down early, and another down late in the game due to injury, the team held on.
This is a few weeks old, but the boyfriend and I did a Miller Brewery tour a few weekends ago because he'd never been. This display is set up in the distribution center and it's a bunch of cases set up to look like Miller Park. It's a cell phone picture, so forgive the poor quality.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Seattle, Texas and the Twins come to Miller Park for Interleague and the season will actually open here in Milwaukee on April 5 when the Brewers host Colorado.
There are two final spring training games to be played at Miller Park before the season starts and the Crew head to Wrigley for a weird three games in four days series in the second week.
The final month is more than a little rough with 16 games against division opponents and ends with four against Florida, four at the Mets and three at Cincinnati.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
This is a screen cap from the 4th quarter of the Bears/Packers game in which the Bears do a direct snap to the up back on 4th and 11 and fail to get the first down.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
After each impressive preseason win it got harder and harder not to jump on the “Super Bowl or Bust” bandwagon. It’s been very difficult to find a balance between being overly optimistic and being a complete Negative Nancy. Wisconsin sports fans know about hype and disappointment and years of suffering through 162 games each Brewers’ season has taught us not to get too wrapped up in each game.
People keep saying not to get too wrapped up in what happens in the preseason, reminding us that the Lions were undefeated in the preseason before going 0-16. And while that’s true, it’s not just the final score in the preseason games that has fans excited.
The new 3-4 defense has shown well. The best and most exciting part has been the use of Charles Woodson. Always a dangerous weapon, this new scheme with all its blitz packages seems to be made to use all of Woodson’s tools. In the Arizona game alone he had two sacks and two forced fumbles.
What hasn’t been assessed fully is how the defense will be able to handle the small, down-to-down stuff. We’ve seen that Dom Capers’ style is much more attacking and proactive than the bland, put-me-to-sleep style Bob Sanders had the team running. Though last season’s squad was big on impressive plays and interceptions, they had a problem stopping teams when it mattered. Many people remember that the team lost quite a few games in the fourth quarter, but no one seems to put the blame on the defense slowly letting teams put drives together.
So while the new defense has certainly come up with a ton of turnovers in the preseason, I’ll feel a lot more sure about it when I see that they’re able to control an offense for four full quarters and not give up all the stupid, dumb third down plays that continuously seemed to bite them last year.
Besides, it's not like it matters how great the defense is if the punting and kickoff units continue to give opposing teams outstanding field position. One of the most crushing things about last season's fourth quarter losses was when the Packers would march down the field and score to take the lead, only to give the other team the ball on the Packers 45-yard-line. A first down or two and the team's already in field-goal-range - it was so damn demoralizing.
Still, I’m cautiously optimistic. It's hard not to be after the thoroughly impressive preseason outings the first team has put together.
And the defense is the key.
Last season, the offense ended up ranked fifth overall. If not for the defensive breakdowns late in so many games, this was a formidable, point-scoring team. Rodgers threw for more than 4,000 yards. His numbers last season compare closely and favorably to both Tom Brady and Peyton Manning (league MVPs for the past two seasons, respectively.) Donald Driver and Greg Jennings each caught for well over 1,000 yards.
Add a defense capable of keeping teams of the scoreboard and a healthy, talented offensive line to that formula and Green Bay's season would have ended very different in 2008.
Here's hoping the chemistry comes together in 2009.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Probably the only time Brewers fans have ever thought of those two things in one sentence.
Hello, unintentional comedy!
That doesn't even look like Melvin!
He looks a whole lot more like Mark Harmon there than any Melvin I've seen lately.
Possibly they signed up for some sort of mustache exchange?
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Prince Fielder and his Brewers teammates, who celebrated Sunday's walk-off victory over the Giants with a little Jerome Robbins number, now stand accused of excessive immodesty by the Holy Church of Baseball People Who Need To Lighten The Hell Up.
Watch the video below. Everyone agrees it's funny. But then everyone hastens to add that such a thing is just not done in baseball. The Los Angeles Times asked Torii Hunter what he thought of the celebration. He rolled his eyes:
"I guess it's a different game," he said. "It's all TV, acting, until someone gets hit with a pitch in the chin. I'm old school. I could never do that."
"If I was a pitcher, I'd be [ticked] off," he said. "My mouth would be wide open. I'd be shocked. Baseball is not like the NFL, where you can celebrate in the end zone. You've got to keep your cool, play the game. You can't do that."
That being said, Hunter did give Fielder and the Brewers points for style.
"I did laugh. I did think it was funny. It was very creative," Hunter said. "But it's a little strong for baseball, because you could have a 90-mph fastball coming at you the next day. You've got to have toughness and heart to do that. It's not for me. If someone did that against us and we played them again, trust me, he'd get crushed, and we'd try to fight him."
And here's Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News:
Look, I'm not against players having fun on the field. It's a game and fans buy tickets to be entertained. Every time a college football player gets flagged for the tiniest bit of exuberance, I shake my head. Let the kid enjoy the moment a little bit, huh?
But if you have any knowledge or appreciation for the culture of baseball, you know Fielder's stunt was over the top. It was disrespectful. And if he's going to pull stuff like that, he's got absolutely no right to take umbrage the next time a pitcher gets revenge with a fastball to the ribs.
Oh, bother. Baseball has survived all manner of exuberant silliness over the years, from Rube Waddell through Jim Bouton and Dock Ellis and Rickey Henderson to Manny Ramirez today, at least on those blessed occasions when Manny decides to beam in from the Gamma Quadrant. They're all part of baseball's culture, too. And, now, so is the Brewers' silly little bit of choreography. No one's disrespecting anything, except the absurd notion that a baseball game should look like an Elks Lodge meeting.
Best part? They have video!
From @keithlaw : Why is Kendall still in the big leagues? He just forgot there was a man on first.
I found a left-handed hitter Smoltz can get out! #coreypattersonfail
and during Labor Day's game...
Not to take away from Carp, but I'm not sure the Huntsville Stars would put this lineup out there.
@wezen_ball One month recovering from surgery and Corey Hart still swings at the first pitch. Good to know some things stay the same...
@benbrogan I wish Counsell were a Cardinal
@JoeSteve Counsell is putting on a clinic at 3B today. You watching, Gamel?
Monday, September 07, 2009
Sunday, September 06, 2009
Harrell, the Packers 2007 first-round draft choice, has been delayed and sidelined by injuries since the moment he was drafted.
Though Coach Mike McCarthy has referred to Harrell's problem as back spasms, Harrell has admitted that the problem is actually another recurrence of a lower back herniated disk.
Harrell's appeared in just 13 games for the Pack - six less than he's missed - and this move will end yet another of his season's. It seems we can assume he won't show any more time in an Packers' jersey and rumors are that this could be a career-ending situation.
Saturday, September 05, 2009
Why? At this point, that could be a game-changing play. NIU was able to go on and score and get a 2-point conversion, making it just an eight point game.
When I watched a seeming 10 minute review of whether or not the field goal attempt in the Iowa game had crossed the line of scrimmage, it seems pretty ridiculous that whether or not a QB fumbles on a sack is not reviewable.
Anyone out there got an explanation on that?
Friday, September 04, 2009
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
But it's just too good not to share -
Ari Wolfe, a local play-by-play guy in MN, said "As far as I'm concerned, the Vikings took 43 sacks last year - that's unconscionable. Having Brett Favre there will reduce that number by one-third."
So an aged quarterback who hasn't been to preseason camp in two years, has a penchant for holding onto the ball too long, and has never been known for his mobility is going to keep your team from getting sacks?
Those of us who watched Aaron Rodgers run for his life most of last season behind a porous offensive line know that the people who think the Packers would have been better with Favre are nuts or delusional. Favre would have spent more than his fair share of last season on his ass and his old bones would have been aching and pretty useless for it.
I hate to break it to you, Minnesota, but while Favre will bring you many things you didn't have when Tavaris Jackson was your quarterback, mobility and the ability to evade sacks is not one of them.