Tuesday, March 30, 2010
The last time I could have been classified as drunk, it was off a bottle or two of wine. I can face it – I’m a light weight.
Besides, at $60 a ticket, I want to watch the game. I’m the girl at Miller Park telling you to sit down so I can see the game – I’m not there to get drunk, party, take pictures with my friends or fail to remember anything that actually happened.
I enjoy the game.
Add last year’s abundance of Cubs fans and there wasn’t much you could have done to talk me into going.
Yeah, yeah, call me a stick in the mud, but I was just as happy listening to Uecker on the radio and starting my season’s Miller Park watching at the next day’s game.
But Opening Day is a rite of passage for all Brewers fans and we decided that this year it was time to go. We aren’t able to buy season tickets because we’re both looking at out of state jobs and could be gone next month, so we couldn’t get tickets that way. We weren’t picked for the lottery, so it seemed like our Opening Day virginity was going to stay in tact for another year.
The miraculously two Fridays ago the Brewers sent out an unannounced email saying they had some seats left and those who’d signed up for the first drawing were now being given a second chance. Ten minutes, I had club level seats in my hot little mandibles. Sweet – not only do I get to go to the game, but I’m in area where d-bagness should be kept to a minimum.
So we hooked up with some friends who have done this before and the tailgating begins at 8 or 9 am. The mimosa fixin’s have been purchased, the menu is set and the countdown has begun.
And I’m a little afraid I’m going to hate it.
I’m trying to keep a positive attitude, but 30 year olds who know their alcohol limit and go barreling over that line anyway drive me nuts. I’m proprietarial about my Brewers. I’ve spent six months waiting for the season to begin again. I’m going to be really annoyed when I don’t get to see Prince’s first home run of the season because the guy next to me can’t hold his liquor.
Am I being a negative Nancy?
I’m telling myself that knowing all these things are possibilities is preparing me for the situation so that I don’t get AS upset, but maybe I’m ruining the fun before it ever begins.
There have to be Brewer fans out there who don’t go to Opening Day just to get wasted, right? Are any of you out there?
It can’t just be another excuse to get wasted that makes Opening Day such a huge day in Milwaukee, right?
The food has to be at least part of the equation, right?
Some people will be making elaborate spreads and crazy food, but we’re sticking to our tried and true tailgating grub. It’s been months since we’ve had it and it wouldn’t feel right to not include the taco dip and pasta salad in the festivities.
I’ve spent at least an hour on the phone this week trying to figure out how I can have fresh Miller’s Bakery Pretzel rolls on Monday morning. The answer is – I can’t. No one will be open on Sunday, so I’ll be buying my rolls on Saturday and hoping they still taste yummy on Monday.
We’re also rocking the Sendik’s Jim Beam bacon cheeseburger patties. Yes folks – all those things are mixed into the patty. If you haven’t discovered the greatness of these burgers, I urge you to check them out.
The weather is calling for 60 degrees – the whole thing couldn’t be any better, right?
I really am excited for this – I swear. It’s just a cautious optimism.
As Haudricourt put it, since when do veteran pitchers not know what they’ll be doing the next day?
Over on this morning’s Mug at BCB, Kyle wondered if Suppan would be pitching in a minor league game or some other such under-the-radar outing. Fan opinion is not behind keeping Suppan in the rotation and another poor outing that is reported on would not go over well here in Milwaukee.
Suppan’s contract is for $12.5 million dollars this year, which I understand the Brewers have a hard time swallowing, but they need to take a cue from the Bill Hall trade and accept that it was a bad business decision. Forcing him into the lineup purely to justify the expenditure only complicates and multiplies the problem. Yes, Bill Hall is with another team while we overpay for much of his contract, but at least we aren’t being affected by his poor choices at the plate or negative presence in the clubhouse, nor is the club dealing with the fan’s negativity. Other than the negativity, it’s the same situation with Suppan.
One week ago, ESPN’s MLB rumor page reported that scouts who watched Suppan pitch in AZ this spring have said that he is completely cooked and is no longer able to get major league hitters out.
As I’ve mentioned before, Suppan’s last outing was questionable when he needed to be told to use his off-speed pitches.
And now scouts are pointing out how crappy he is – meaning teams around the league must be rubbing their hands together at the thought of facing him every fifth day.
Watch BrewCrewBall.com for more on this tonight.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Scouts who have watching (Jeff) Suppan pitch in Arizona this spring say he is completely cooked and no longer able to get major league hitters out.
Who knows what to make of this bit of information. Suppan’s been as horrible as we feared all Spring Training long, but this bit of information surprised me. Sure, he’s been giving up Braden Looper – like numbers of homers and the rest of his outs have been long fly balls, but I never imagined he’d just totally lose what little talent he had.
In today’s Mug over at BCB, Kyle provided a few quotes from both Suppan and Macha. According to Suppan it was his first chance to use all his pitches and he was “amped-up” and Macha said he had to send Peterson to the mound to remind Suppan to throw off-speed stuff.
The Macha quote is pretty disturbing – did Suppan think he was going to use his blazing fast ball to strike out the side? I mean, I never worried about Suppan’s smarts on the mound before that, but now I’m concerned he’s losing his mind as well as his ability.
Macha also said the problem was one that’s been gone over before. The Macha quotes came off sounding tired and resigned.
The Badger men’s hockey team went with the unconventional playoff mustaches in lieu of playoff beards this year.
This article from Madison.com talks about how the guys know they’re “cheesy” and compares notes on who’s got the best stache growing so far. The reasoning behind the ‘staches instead of beards? The beards haven’t worked over the past few seasons, so they changed it up.
If you’re not following Blake Geoffrion’s twitter account, you should be. Not only has he taken time to answer fans’ questions, but he’s provided some spectacular pictures of his teammates’ post-season looks.
Heading to the Regionals in St Paul? Sport a ‘stache.
Watching the game at home? Sport a ‘stache.
I’ll be heading to a costume shop after work to pick up some mustaches. If you do the same, please post links to the pictures in the comments.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Vermont finished eighth in Hockey East during the regular season and were helped in getting an at-large bid when Boston College beat Maine for the Hockey East tournament championship and Cornell defeated Union for the ECAC title.
Vermont's pairwise ranking was no doubt helped by their 6-1 record against out-of-conference teams.
Tickets for the regional go on sale tomorrow at 10am here.
Badgers will play at 8PM vs Vermont, St. Cloud and Northern Michigan will play at 4:30. Winners play at 8PM Saturday.
Here's the rest of the pack:
East Regional, March 26-27
Times Union Center, Albany, New York
Friday, March 26, 3 p.m. Eastern time, ESPNU HD
No. 1 Denver (27-9-4) vs. No. 4 Rochester Institute of Technology (26-11-1)
Friday, March 26, 6:30 p.m. Eastern time, ESPNU HD
No. 2 Cornell (21-8-4) vs. No. 3 New Hampshire (17-13-7)
Saturday, March 27, 6:30 p.m. Eastern time, ESPNU HD
East Regional Championship
West Regional, March 26-27
Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Friday, March 26, 5:30 p.m. Eastern time, ESPN Syndication HD/ESPN360.com (ESPNU tape delay – Friday, March 26, 11:30 p.m. Eastern time)
No. 2 St. Cloud State (23-13-5) vs. No. 3 Northern Michigan (20-12-8)
Friday, March 26, 9 p.m. Eastern time, ESPNU HD
No. 1 Wisconsin (25-10-4) vs. No. 4 Vermont (17-14-7)
Saturday, March 27, 9 p.m. Eastern time, ESPNU HD
West Regional Championship
Northeast Regional, March 27-28
DCU Center, Worcester, Massachusetts
Saturday, March 27, 1:30 p.m. Eastern time, ESPN Syndication/ESPN360.com (ESPNU tape delay – Sunday, March 28, 9:30 a.m. Eastern time)
No. 1 Boston College (25-10-3) vs. No. 4 Alaska Fairbanks (18-11-9)
Saturday, March 27, 5 p.m. Eastern time, ESPN Syndication/ESPN360.com (ESPNU tape delay – Sunday, March 28, noon Eastern time)
No. 2 North Dakota (25-12-5) vs. No. 3 Yale (20-9-3)
Sunday, March 28, 5:30 p.m. Eastern time, ESPNU
Northeast Regional Championship
Midwest Regional, March 27-28
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Saturday, March 27, 4 p.m. Eastern time, ESPNU
No. 1 Miami (Ohio) (27-7-7) vs. No. 4 Alabama-Huntsville (12-17-3)
Saturday, March 27, 7:30 p.m. Eastern time, ESPN Syndication/ESPN360.com (ESPNU tape delay – Saturday, March 27, 11:30 p.m. Eastern time)
No. 2 Bemidji State (23-9-4) vs. No. 3 Michigan (25-17-1)
Sunday, March 28, 8 p.m. Eastern time, ESPNU
Midwest Regional Championship
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Whisenhunt said he got a text from Leinart on Wednesday saying he "knew there was going to be competition, but he was going to show he was ready to play. "
"So that indicated to me that Matt was in a good place," the coach said. ".... I don't know necessarily that it was a function of any announcements about us reaching an agreement with Derek as much as it was just Matt staying in communication. That is what we want from our players and I was excited to see that."
Monday, March 15, 2010
For Wisconsin to be the Overall Number One Seed, here it is per our PairWise Predictor and our Chief Editor Todd Milewski.
CCHA Semifinal #2: Ferris State defeats Northern Michigan
CCHA Semifinal #1: Michigan defeats Miami
CCHA Championship game: Michigan defeats Ferris State
CCHA Consolation game: Northern Michigan defeats Miami
ECAC Semifinal #2: Union defeats St. Lawrence
ECAC Semifinal #1: Brown defeats Cornell
ECAC Championship game: Brown defeats Union
ECAC Consolation game: St. Lawrence defeats Cornell
Hockey East Semifinal #2: Maine defeats Boston University
Hockey East Semifinal #1: Vermont defeats Boston College
Hockey East Championship game: Maine defeats Vermont
WCHA Play-in #1: Minnesota-Duluth defeats North Dakota
WCHA Semifinal #2: Wisconsin defeats St. Cloud State
WCHA Semifinal #1: Minnesota-Duluth defeats Denver
WCHA Championship game: Wisconsin defeats Minnesota-Duluth
WCHA Consolation game: St. Cloud State defeats Denver
Atlantic Hockey Semifinal #2: Sacred Heart defeats Air Force
Atlantic Hockey Semifinal #1: RIT defeats Canisius
Atlantic Hockey Championship game: RIT defeats Sacred Heart
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Congratulations to everyone at Marquette. 5 straight NCAA tournaments and some people thought the Big East was a reach when we entered.
Using "we" might be a bit of a stretch considering he bailed on the team two seasons ago. He's had a rough time getting Indiana started so maybe he's looking to up his credibility by taking retroactive credit for some of Marquette's success. Or maybe we're reading too much in to it. Either way, it rings a little false, doesn't it?
Friday, March 12, 2010
“Sometimes in Spring Training, I look at the next day’s probably pitchers and I want to light myself on fire.”
“I mean, tomorrow, I might go see…Doug Davis. Really? I’m “scouting” Doug Davis? Where the heck did I put those matches?”
“I need a new pitcher. Or a beer.”
“’Carlos Gomez’ is a Spanish phrase meaning ‘Willie Mays Hayes.’”
“Claudio Vargas? Seriously, I should’ve just asked for the beer.”
Clearly Keith is really high on the Brewers. Not sure what they did to piss him off so much, but I haven’t seen anywhere near this kind of vitriol for anyone else this Spring Training. Apparently he is not impressed.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
The Golden Eagles were a preseason pick to finish 12th in the Big East. Now they're heading into the semi-finals of the Big East tournament. They've far surpassed expectations, beaten great teams and basically played out of their heads for months. Finally, people are starting to notice.
This is a great article about Marquette's incredible season, Coach Buzz Williams and the team's philosophy.
Of the Golden Eagles’ 32 games, 15 have been decided by four or fewer points, 13 by a single possession.
Marquette’s worst loss? By nine to Wisconsin.
“Their poise in the last eight to 10 minutes of a game is great because they know the deal,’’ Williams said. “We’re not going to blow anybody out. We have to keep it tight and hope it turns into a fight.’’
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
The blurb doesn’t offer any information but does point out that Uni Watch was the first to break the info.
Today, Clay Matthews tweeted asking if anyone knew anything about the jerseys, and dropped the hint that they’re from the 1920s era.
According to JS, the uniforms will be unveiled on Friday at 4 pm at Packers Fan Fest.
Monday, March 08, 2010
As a team, the Badgers are:
Averaging 4.06 goals per game - 2nd in the nation
134 goals scored - 1st in the nation
104 points from defensemen - 1st in the nation
Averaging 3.15 points per game from defensemen - 1st in the nation
+1.53 scoring margin - 1st in the nation
Additionally, Trevon Hughes was named to the second-team all conference team, Jason Bohannon was named to the third team and Leuer was given honorable mention despite missing nine games this season.
The Badgers railed upon Iowa and it was the Jon Leuer show. With just over seven minutes left in the game, Leuer's 18 points were double that any other player on either team.
It was Senior Night and after the game they honored the two seniors, Jason Bohannon and Trevon Hughes. This included a video on the video board for everyone to see, which I thought was a really cool touch. You can watch that video here.
From USCHO.com via College Hockey, Inc.
College players in the Olympics
All three of the Directorate Awards chosen by the IIHF went to former college players – Michigan State’s Ryan Miller at goalie, Wisconsin’s Brian Rafalski at defenseman and Jonathan Toews at forward.
Wisconsin’s Ryan Suter led the tournament in plus/minus at -9.
Ohio State’s Ryan Kesler and Wisconsin’s Joe Pavelski ranked second and third, respectively, in faceoff wins.
Not a bad advertisement for college players, it would seem. It’s not a clear victory, but it’s a decent step in building the case.
Thursday, March 04, 2010
USCHO broke down the Hobey Baker race today as we head into the final weekend of the regular season. The list of 10 will be released in two weeks and Elliot Olshansky handicapped the biggest names in the running for the award.
Multiple Badgers made the list.
There are four guys listed as Moral Locks and Brendan Smith is one of them. Here’s the paragraph on Brendan.
Brendan Smith, Wisconsin – He’s the top-scoring defenseman in the country, the No. 16 scorer overall, and he has more goals than six of the forwards who are ahead of him. He’s also improved his defensive play for a team that is a favorite to advance to the Frozen Four.The other three locks are Denver’s Mark Cheverie, UNH’s Bobby Butler and Maine’s Gustav Nyquist.
There are three guys listed as on Solid Gournd followed by Blake Geoffrion and seven other players listed as Question Marks. Here’s Geoffrion’s breakdown:
Blake Geoffrion, Wisconsin – Our friends at INCH think that Geoffrion is the Badgers’ top Hobey contender, and while I think that distinction belongs to Brendan Smith, Geoffrion certainly has a strong case. He’s a senior leader on one of the nation’s top teams, the No. 5 goal-scorer in the country, and a name player and NHL draft pick who stuck it out for all four years of college. The main thing that could derail Geoffrion’s candidacy is a case of “too many cooks spoil the sauce.” Wisconsin has four players who could make a case as a Hobey candidate, and while Smith’s scoring numbers as a defenseman separate him from the pack, the three forwards – Geoffrion, Michael Davies, and Derek Stepan – could wind up taking votes from one another. Also, he’s missed time recently due to injury, which could play a role. I think Geoffrion’s the best of the bunch among the Wisconsin forwards, but I’m not on the committee.
Lastly, there are the Outside Shots. Michael Davies and Derek Stepan are listed with 5 other players. Michael Davies, Wisconsin – Davies has had a very nice senior year for the Badgers, but takes, to my thinking, a clear backseat to teammates Brendan Smith and Blake Geoffrion when it comes to the Hobey race. He is a senior, and he has a higher point total than Geoffrion, but I think that Geoffrion’s goals give him the preferred spot behind Brendan Smith.
Derek Stepan, Wisconsin – See above, although Stepan is, to my thinking, a less likely pick than Davies. He’s a sophomore as opposed to a senior, and his numbers are skewed more heavily towards assists than Davies’ are. One thing Stepan may have going for him is his performance at the World Juniors, although that’s not really a matter for consideration where the Hobey is concerned.
Tuesday, March 02, 2010
To celebrate, here’s ESPN Soccernet’s list of the top 50 players of the 2010 World Cup
1. Argentina’s Lionel Messi
2. Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo
3. England’s Wayne Rooney
4. Brazil’s Kaka
5. Spain’s Xavi
6. Ivory Coast’s Didier Drogba
7. Spain’s Andres Iniesta
8. Spain’s Fernando Torres
9. England’s Steven Gerrard
10. Ghana’s Michael Essien
Spain has 6 players in the top 16 and 9 total players on the list
The only American is Landon Donovan at #50