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Sunday, April 28, 2019

Bucky Channel Rerun: USA Misses World Cup

This was originally posted on October 17th, 2017

First, I can't believe I wrote that headline and it's real. The USA Men's Soccer team will NOT be headed to the World Cup in 2018. They have failed to qualify. They lost to a team on Tuesday night that is represented by a country of 1.3 million people. The USA has 323 million people to draw from. And they lost! What is happening?!?!?!
What is happening is that the entire system is broken.
Everything needs to be changed.... EVERYTHING!!!!
I get it - our best athletes play many other sports before soccer. That's the easy argument. There are 323 million people in this country, with a ton of money and great resources to draw from. You should be able to beat a country with 1.3 million people to represent it every single time. 
* And that's one thing that needs to change, the attitude. I don't get what is with this country right now. We are so desperate to proclaim how patriotic we are and are forcing our athletes to stand prior to our sporting events, yet there is an actual team that is representing our actual country and so many people belittle them. "What's soccer?" "Soccer is a sport?" "Who cares" are the three go to comments every time we post a soccer article on every one of our social media platforms. This portion of the population needs to get over themselves, and if they can't, those that are rooting for U.S. Soccer to succeed just need to figure out how to ignore them. I'm working on ignoring them. It's hard.
* Even if you don't like soccer, your kid might be in soccer. But It's as a time wasting activity. Your kid playing soccer once a week and having a coach half ass a practice isn't going to make them good. Things need to change and that needs to happen from the top.
* The top being US Soccer which needs to fire everyone and bring in someone with passion that sees the American soccer structure as more than just a money making venture. Analysts like Taylor Twellman and Alexi Lalas get brought up in this discussion only because they have been at the forefront of speaking out. And that's fine. But they have to do it with a forward vision and not repeat the same mistakes that this administration has been making.
* US Soccer, MLS, NASL, the USL, any other lower tier league. It all needs to be under the same umbrella. These leagues are competing with each other, suing each other, ruining each other. Bring pro/rel into America. I know owners won't want to go for it at the top level but give them incentives to do so. Everyone needs to be on board. The future of American soccer can't be destroyed because of a couple of rich guy's pocketbooks. Pro/rel can work here if everyone is on board and it will give the American sports scene something that we've never seen before which could bring in more attention. Plus it will create more competition and invigorate clubs at a local level.
* The MLS needs to have academies and youth programs, as do some of the teams from these other leagues. Kids need to be developed as soccer players, not just be kids that are playing soccer. Just because kids are playing soccer doesn't mean we are going to havee a good national team. Most of these kids turn out to be mediocre at best. Develop talent.
* Those American players that are good enough to play in Europe need to for as long as it's where the best competition is. American players like Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, and Jozy Altidore can not be playing in the MLS if they are good enough to play overseas. Christian Pulisic should never play a minute in MLS until he's 40. I love the MLS but the league is killing the National Team while at the same time making the other CONCACAF teams better. It's a great league for American prospects to continue their development in but as soon as Europe comes calling, send them there. Get that transfer fee and reinvest it into the league. The fan bases that are here are passionate, they will survive their favorite player being shipped off.
* Youth players should have a developmental track that they can follow. High School and College teams should not be a part of that. They should exist, but they should be more recreational in nature. The good kids need to be playing in clubs. At least these were my initial thoughts. A better change for collegiate soccer can be found here. In it, the author says, "As the MLS SuperDraft wanes in importance, collegiate soccer needs a desperate fix. The season is only three months long (plus a month of playoffs) with matches every few days, and once the campaign begins there isn’t any time for practice sessions between matches. A current young MLS pro told me that only about fifty percent of the players on his high-ranking college squad took the game seriously. The rest were simply there for a good time. In 2016, a proposal was introduced to make NCAA Soccer a year-round sport, mimicking the pro game with one match per week and a premium on training. It should be implemented immediately."
* You can't make it so damn expensive for kids to play in clubs. Soccer sometimes gets viewed as a sport that only rich kids can play. That's terrible. Soccer should be everywhere. Country clubs, inner cities, small towns, mid sized markets. Setting up a soccer field is the easiest field to set up, all you need is a ball and some markers for goals. And you don't even need a ball, tape a bunch of duct tape together and make an impromptu ball or something. Just get soccer to more places, make it more affordable, and keep it that way for as long as you can. Another exerpt from the linked article above -"Today’s youth moves from activity to activity, with a lot of down time spent inside in front of screens. Kids need to be outside, unsupervised, with friends, in an open (or confined) space with a ball. That’s where they’ll learn a love for the game." Please do read the rest of that Matt Fiskin piece.


Make it worth something.

Double Dollars for Brewers Doubles

Sargento Foods Inc., and the Milwaukee Brewers have announced an expansion of the annual Double Helping for Hunger program.
New this season, Sargento will now contribute $200 to Hunger Task Force for every double the Brewers hit at home or away. Previously, donations only took place for doubles that were hit during home games. Brewers outfielder and 2018 National League Most Valuable Player Christian Yelich was on hand to kick off the promotion as he led the team in doubles during the 2018 season.
"It's an honor to partner with Sargento," Yelich said. "It was brought to my attention how big the hunger problem is here in Milwaukee and the state of Wisconsin and how many people really need help. For (Sargento) to step up and do this and include me as a partner is an honor. Hopefully we can do our part on the field, hit a bunch of doubles and raise as much money as we can." 
As the Official Cheese of the Milwauke Brewers, Sargento donated $24,000 to Hunger Task Force for doubles the Brewers hit during home games in 2018 regular season. Sargento launched Double Helping for Hunger in 2018.

Chuck & Winkler Show Rundown April 29th, 2019


6 Bucks vs Celtics Game 1 Initial Thoughts
615 Brew Crew Review (quick, back to Bucks) - How did G1 change your view
630 How did Game 1 change your view on the series
645 How did Game 1 change your view on the series
7 CASH - What adjustments can the Bucks make in Game 2
715 What adjustments can the Bucks make in Game 2
730 Bucks Locker Room Cuts
745 What adjustments can the Bucks make in Game 2
8 CASH - Adam McCalvy 
815 Paul Pierce says the series is over - do you agree
830 Paul Pierce says the series is over - do you agree
845 Paul Pierce says the series is over - do you agree
9 CASH - Keith Smith - Yahoo and   407-361-1903
915 Brew Crew Review and NFL Draft stuff
930 Bucks vs Celtics Game 1 Initial Thoughts
945 What We Missed - Brewers eliminate plastic straws 


Fri - NFL Draft, Brewers at Mets, Iowa at Admirals G4
Sat - Brewers at Mets
Sun - Brewers at Mets, Celtics at Bucks Game 1
Mon - Rockies at Brewers
Tues - Celtics at Bucks Game 2, Rockies at Brewers
Wed - Rockies at Brewers
Thur - Rockies at Brewers
Fri - Bucks at Celtics Game 3, Mets at Brewers
Sat - Mets at Brewers
Sun - Mets at Brewers


“The Pick N Save Pro Hoops Post Game Show Presented by Screamin’ Sicillian Pizza”

"Bayview Shade and Blind Post Game Show Presented by the Milwaukee Admirals"

Mon - 6 On Deck 930 Baseball Post
Tues - 6 Milwaukee Basketball Hour 930 Pro Hoops / Baseball Post
Wed - 6 On Deck 930 Baseball Post
Thur - 3 Postgame meets Big Show
Fri - 6 On Deck 930 Pro Hoops Post 1030 Baseball Post
Sat - Noon Final Inspection 5 On Deck 930 Baseball Post
Sun - Noon On Deck 430 Baseball Post





The Milwaukee Brewers have signed left-handed pitcher Gio Gonzalez to a one-year contract. Gonzalez, 33, went 3-0 with a 2.54 ERA in seven Brewers starts last September and October after Milwaukee acquired him from the Nationals via trade. Over 11 seasons in the Majors, Gonzalez owns a 3.69 ERA in 313 appearances (307 starts). He has been a durable pitcher for many years, making at least 31 starts eight times.

RHP Junior Guerra has been reinstated from the bereavement list. 
INF Tyler Saladino has been optioned to Triple-A San Antonio. 
RHP Jake Petricka has been designated for assignment. 
RHP Freddy Peralta has been sent to Double-A Biloxi on rehab assignment.

Counsell said Yelich had back grab on him breaking off 1B. Said probably won't play Monday. We'll probably have better idea Monday how serious Christian Yelich back issue is. Counsell said he probably wouldn't play tomorrow but said he didn't think it was a DL situation.


- How far does this team have to go for you to bring everybody back? Do you regardless? 

How much $ is Brogdon worth this offseason? Do you think he will be ready for second round? Execs expect around 4 years, $60 million for Brogdon

Forearm Fouls:
A defender may not be in contact with an extended forearm to an offensive player with the ball at any time above the free throw line extended. Below the free throw line extended and outside the lower defensive box, a defender may use an extended forearm to the back/side of an opponent with the ball to maintain his legally obtained position. Inside the lower defensive box, a defender may use an extended forearm at anytime to maintain his position against a payer with the ball. At no time may the forearm be used to dislodge, reroute or impede the offensive player.

Game 1 - Sunday, April 14th - TNT - Milwaukee 121, Detroit 86
Snow outside. Bucks out to 20-4 start. No Blake. Blake Griffin (sitting out with knee injury) makes it into the box score by picking up a technical foul after the Drummond brouhaha. Drummond ejected for pushing Giannis in 3rd. Thon had gotten a piece of Giannis earlier.

Game 2 - Wednesday, April 17 - FSW/NBATV - Milwaukee 120, Detroit 99
Rodgers, Yelich etc all in attendance. Pistons led at halftime 59-58. Giannis with 3 fouls in early 2nd quarter. Bucks outscore Pistons 35-17 in 3rd.

Game 3 - Saturday, April 20th - ESPN - Milwaukee 119, Detroit 103
Giannis struggles with 14 points but 10 boards. For the first time since Jan. 15 against the Memphis Grizzlies, he failed to score at least 15 points, ending the night with 14 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 turnovers. Griffin back, Ersan with three big threes early in first quarter.

Game 4 - Monday, April 22th - TNT - Milwaukee 127, Detroit 104 
Blake hobbling throughout, fouled out. Giannis with 41. Detroit lead by six at half, Bucks late run end of the 3rd. 


Game 1 - Sunday April 28th - ABC - Boston 112, Milwaukee 90
Celtics got out to 40-25 start before a Mirotic and Hill aided 15-0 non Giannis run in the second quarter. C's up 2 at half before a 36-21 third quarter. Giannis couldn't do anything on Horford, Celtics clogged up lane in transition defense. Celtics shot 54 percent, Bucks 34 percent. Sterling Brown has back spasms and his return is questionable.

Game 2 - Tuesday, April 30th - TNT - 

Game 3
Friday, May 3

Game 4
Monday, May 6

Game 5*
Wednesday, May 8
Game 6*
Friday, May 10

Game 7*
Monday, May 13



Marquette transfer Joey Hauser says that he and his brother Sam plan to visit Wisconsin, Virginia, Iowa, and Michigan State.

Wisconsin just announced it has renewed basketball coach Greg Gard’s five-year contract. It now goes through May 31, 2024.

#Badgers football practice, guest list includes the Hauser brothers.



Admirals vs Iowa
G5 - Monday night in Milwaukee

Milwaukee Wave taking on the Baltimore Blast this Sunday, April 28th @ 2:05pm in the Eastern Conference Final, winner goes onto the Championship Game. The Blast have been the champions three years in a row.  


Dane Brugler - The Athletic - There is bad blood between the #Raiders and agent Joel Segal (agent for WR Amari Cooper, EDGE Khalil Mack). Segal is the agent for Ed Oliver and Josh Allen. That shouldn't matter, but who knows...

Friday, February 5, 2016

When is Kickoff in Super Bowl LI

The Super Bowl is scheduled to start at 6:30 ET, but with theatrics will most likely start between 6:39 ET and 6:45 ET

What time is kickoff in the Super Bowl

The Super Bowl is scheduled to start at 6:30 ET, but with theatrics will most likely start between 6:39 ET and 6:45 ET

When Does the Super Bowl Start

The Super Bowl is scheduled to start at 6:30 ET, but with theatrics will most likely start between 6:39 ET and 6:45 ET

What Time is the Super Bowl?

The Super Bowl is scheduled to start at 6:30 ET, but with theatrics will most likely start between 6:39 ET and 6:45 ET

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Updated Vegas College Football Rankings

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Women to Face Brazil

So the dust has settled after a tough 2-1 loss to Sweden by the United States women in the 2011 World Cup, and it was not a pretty outing. The ladies went down two before getting a weak goal by Abby Wambach late in the game, but it would not be enough. You would have hoped that the women would have come out and delivered the same kind of impressive performance that they did against Columbia the other day, but Sweden definitely looked the stronger side on Wednesday. The loss doesn't knock the U.S. out of the tournament - both teams were already qualified for the quarterfinals - but it does set up a matchup against Brazil on Saturday.

That's all that the U.S. and Sweden were really playing for in their group stage finale, the opportunity to not have to face Brazil. Sweden will now take on Australia on Sunday morning, while the U.S. will take on Brazil at 10:30am CST on ESPN. Immediately after the game, I saw an article talking about how grim the USA's title chances are after this loss because we have to face Brazil. That theory doesn't really make sense to me, since we were going to have to face them in one of the next two games anyway. Yeah, the loss hurts as far as momentum, but here's hoping that the women can learn from their mistakes and avoid another game like this the rest of the way.

The Legacy of Bill Pullman

This is my new favorite anything.... ever.

Royal Pains Was a Pain to Watch (Hi-Yo!)

Did anyone make it through the entire episode of Royal Pains last night? Me neither. Nice cameo appearance from Greg Jennings though, who did much more in this episode than he did in his CSI appearance a few years back. But in case you missed Jennings putting the show on his back last night, here's the clip (courtesy of Cheesehead TV):

Can I go out on a limb and say that Greg Jennings is a much better actor than that dreadful chick? I don't know what she's bitching about, and you don't bench Greg Jennings.

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