Results: Man oh man, there really are some anti-Mikey Redd folks out there. While I still think the Bucks would be a much better team after he finally leaves, I don't know if this is the time of the game for him to go. But it really didn't matter, because as much as people hate Michael Redd, people seem to hate Luke Ridnour a hell of a lot more. The tally:
I have a feeling some of you might actually enjoy this latest Winks Thinks, as there are no mentions of the following: Girls I like, Coldplay, Lost, 24, Wrestling. I know, I couldn't believe it after I wrote it either. As you can see by the title, it's a pretty Ted Thompson heavy edition, and you'll have to read it if you aren't already aware on how I feel about this guy (Spoiler Alert: I hate Favre, so...). Plus, we talk a little NL Central as well as the usual assortment of ramblings. Without further ado, here is the latest edition of Winks Thinks.
Carlos Corporan started the season as the backup catcher at Nashville. A few weeks later, he's the backup catcher in Milwaukee. Corporan has been placed on the Brewers active roster, and his call-up occurred for two reasons. The first being that Mike Rivera needed to be placed on the 15-day DL, the second being that the Brewers wanted to keep Angel Salome in Nashville so that he could keep playing every day.
I really don't know what to say right now. I'm not quite speechless, there's a lot I have to say about what happened in the Brewer game on Wednesday, but I'm looking for one word to sum it all up. Dominating? It's a good word, but that doesn't even do justice for the performance Yovani Gallardo gave for Milwaukee today. I mean, this has to be one of the best outings by a pitcher in the history of baseball, that's how good he was today.
Confused because he hasn't been in the spotlight for the last two months, Brett Favre decided that he was done playing second fiddle to Jay Cutler as Bus Cook's most douchey client and found another way to get his name in the papers. That's right, even though he is retired, Brett Favre has asked the Jets for an official release, and they have granted it.
Its like riding a bike. That refers to me, writing recaps after a very long absence, and to the Brewers and finding their homerun stroke, who after tonight took over the homerun lead in the NL with 28 dingers. The surprising Pirates trotted out Paul Maholm, who has looked fantastic this year. He would look solid until giving up 2 runs to the heart of Milwaukee's order in the 5th inning, and then setting the table in the 6th which when reliever Jesse Chavez came in, was promptly cleared by Rickie Weeks' 5th homerun and second game leading homerun in consecutive days. Hell's Bells would ring out as Trevor Hoffman would pick up his first save as a Milwaukee Brewer in a 6-5 win.
Dave Bush didn't have his best stuff tonight, but he was serviceable as he struck out 5, going 5 innings and allowing 5 runs, 4 of which were earned. The bullpen looked very tough tonight as it trotted out Julio, Stetter, Coffey, and Hoffman to record only one hit and 3 k's in 4 scoreless innings.
On the offensive side, Weeks, Hart, Braun, and Hall all recorded 2 hits. Weeks and Hall both hit homeruns, in the 6th inning, which ended up being the key three runs that put the Crew ahead. Corey Hart reached base 5 times tonight, 2 via hits and 3 walks to boot. Gotta give the TBC player of the game to Rickie Weeks for his game changing homer.
It's great to see the offense come alive like they have. I currently feel like they are in every game, which makes every game watchable. At one point the Brewers were down 5-1 and I still felt like the Crew was going to win. Hall, Cameron, and even Rickie Weeks right now are finding their stroke, which is great since Prince and J.J. Hardy have yet to hit their strides. Ryan Braun has now raised his average to .351 with his 2-4 performance, its great to see him patient this year with him already having walked 1/3 the amount of times he did last year giving him 14.
I just saw Halley's Comet.......
An injury note, backup catcher Mike Rivera seemed to roll his ankle in the top of the 5th inning, he would finish the top half but would be removed in the bottom of the 5th.
The Brewers play at noon tomorrow with Yovani Gallardo and Ian Snell facing off. The 10-10 Brewers have now beaten the Pirates 14 straight times, the longest active streak, and 17 straight times at Miller Park....and I thought we had it bad at PNC a couple years ago.
(AP Photo by Jim Prisching)
It wasn't exactly the prettiest of wins, but Milwaukee was able to win their 13th straight against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night, the longest active winning streak in baseball. They did so at first by the long ball, and then sealed the deal with a little small ball. All that was capped off with the first regular season appearance by Trevor Hoffman in a Brewers uniform, as the Brewers are now again one game under .500.
Results: Despite an effort to rig the competition to give Salim Stoudamire the victory in this year's Bucks Survivor, the man who played zero minutes for the Bucks in 2008-2009 has finally been voted off the island. Even though I like him, and think he'll contribute to the team next year, he was screwing up all the averages in the contests because he had zero stats from the previous season. Maybe I shouldn't have even included him in the contest, but Bucks Survivor is a democracy, not a tyranny. But thankfully you guys voted him off. Not to say he didn't have some competition...
The Packers may be receiving many high marks for their draft this weekend, but that doesn't mean they are done rounding out their class of '09. As soon as the draft ended, it became a free-for-all to sign the undrafted free agents, and the Packers have collected their share of them already. Tom Silverstein over at JS Online has a running free agent/tryout thread, and I suggest you go there to learn more about the guys the Packers are bringing into camp this season. Here are the names so far:
After having what I think was a brilliant first day at the 2009 NFL Draft, Ted Thompson and the Packers continued picking guys that you have to think will be role players and even stars on this team for years to come. If you haven't already realized, I am very biased about the Packers' 2009 draft, as I think it was one of Ted Thompson's finest hours. The haters may say what they want, and I'll answer them in kind on this week's Winks Thinks. Until then, let's review the day two picks.
At the beginning of the road trip, all I wanted was for the Brewers to go 5-4 and get to within two games under .500. And while that did happen, it would have been nice to see the Brewers finish the sweep of the Astros on Sunday. Even though Houston edged Milwaukee 3-2 to salvage the series, I'm not all that disappointed. It was a winning road trip, and the Brewers are back on track as they try to mount another run to the postseason.
It may have taken 11 innings and 4 1/2 hours, but the Brewers were able to win their fourth straight game by knocking off the Houston Astros by a score of 9-8 on Saturday night. This was a game where the Brewers were continually forced to come back from a deficit, but they answered every time. As Ryan Braun told FSN's Telly Hughes after the game, this team has their swagger back, and the Brewers are now just one game under .500.
Well, maybe not that much but Ted Thompson really sure did give up a lot to trade with the Patriots for the 26th pick. I'm sure I'm not the only one that was floored by the fact Ted Thompson traded up for once, and I know that I'm not the only one that was initially concerned with how many picks we gave up to get there. But the fact of the matter is the Packers defense just continues to get better, as Thompson selects Clay Matthews, a linebacker out of USC.
Judging by these videos, Matthews appears to be an absolute wrecking ball. He'll bring an attitude and fierceness to the Packers defense that will be quite welcomed. With today's additions, the Packers defense could clearly compete to be one of the top in the league. I'm not sure how the personnel moves will all play out, but there's no question the Packers have a good amount of depth on defense. I don't really see Kampman being moved back to the defensive line, so perhaps Brady Poppinga is the odd man out. Or there's the small possibility Kampman gets traded out because of the system. I have no idea how this will shake out, but I know the Packers are better because of it.
I may not have stolen my idea for my last post from the JS Online Packers Blog, but I definitely am stealing their idea for this post. Per Packers.com, here's the full transcript of what Ted Thompson had to say after the Packers selected B.J. Raji (again, excellent pick).
(Was it a difficult call between Raji and Crabtree?)
There are a lot of difficult calls during the course of the draft, and we think a lot of Michael Crabtree and a couple of other guys. But yeah, it was a difficult call. But we feel confident that we did the right thing.
(Were you surprised Raji fell this far?)
A little bit. Most of the pundits out there had him going a little bit earlier. He's a very powerful, explosive interior defensive lineman that has the ability to definitely play the run. He also shows the ability and the power to be a pass rusher from the inside. We think his addition gives us a little flexibility with Ryan (Pickett). Obviously Ryan is our nose tackle and he does a great job at it, but he is also athletic enough that if we wanted to move him around a little bit, that gives us some flexibility.
(You have said in the past you don't draft on need. Did you make this pick based on need?)
No. I mean, yeah, it's always going to be a factor. It's not that it doesn't factor in but you don't take a lesser player in your opinion. These players were rated about the same, him and a couple of other guys. So that's the way we balance it.
(Did you have any concerns about him on a character level that you had to get past during the process leading up to the draft?)
No. As you guys will get to meet him at some point, maybe next week or whatever, he is a very engaging fellow, very bright, very articulate. So the answer is no.
(What do you feel like he will bring to the 3-4?)
He's a classic nose-tackle build, but like I say, hopefully we are taking football players and B.J. Raji is a really good football player. I think he fits pretty well in the 3-4, but I also think he can play well in a 4-3, which he played his entire career in college. He is more than a space-eater. He's a little more than that. We're excited about him.
(Were you close at all to moving out of that spot?)
After we kind of got there, we were pretty convinced we were going to pick the player. We took a few calls, but it was just being polite.
(Did you talk to Jeff Jagodzinski at all about him?)
Yeah, back in the fall we did, when he was still there. Lee Gissendaner, our area scout, goes in there, as well as John Dorsey, and yeah, I think they both have spoken with Jags about that. He is good with him. A rare guy physically.
(What makes him rare physically?)
He's genuinely a powerful, powerful man, especially in his lower body. He has the ability to take people backwards where they don't want to go. He also has the quickness to go around them. He is a very powerful player against the run. It's unbelievably hard to find the combination of skill set that he brings. The good Lord just didn't make many people like this.
(It's been a couple of years since you didn't get booed at the draft party...)
Did I not get booed this year? They are getting soft. It's fine. It really doesn't matter because I've got thick enough skin to realize that is fine. The Jets picked a pretty good quarterback and I saw people in New York booing that pick. What matters is all of the work our staff puts in, all of the miles that our scouts travel, and then you come down to can you get a good player? We think we were able to get a good player and he should help our team.
(How important is the nose tackle to operating the 3-4 effectively?)
It's the anchor spot, and we feel blessed that we have two exceptional nose tackles now, and we have other young guys that might come on. But it's the anchor and you have to have it. When I was playing, Bum Phillips ran a 3-4 defense in Houston. Just like everything else in football, it's different than it was then, but it still depends on the nose tackle.
(What did you think of how the first five picks went and when did you start to think that Raji would be there for you?)
When we were on the clock. I had no idea what Jacksonville was doing. Everybody had predicted that they would be trading from that spot. I didn't know if they would stay and pick or trade out and let somebody else pick. I didn't know. I had seen some of the mock drafts were right on and some were completely different. I noticed we had the television thing on and a lot of the people said that the trade that Cleveland made changed a lot of things, but some picks earlier caused that to happen. I don't know. It's hard to guess. Everybody is playing this fantasy football and figuring out what is going to happen. We found it beneficial to just kind of relax and let it come to us.
(You said that you didn't have any concerns about his character. Was that because he had an exceptional interview and did you do a lot of work on that checking on his background?)
We did a lot of homework on all of the players, certainly the higher-profile guys like B.J. It is the culmination of all of that. It's the people that we talk to that know him, our own personal contacts and things like that. He's a good guy.
(Was the time you spent on the clock spent listening to trade offers or was there some debating going on between Raji and Crabtree?)
Like I said, I didn't expect the board to look like that when we got to nine, so I had to kind of take it all in and then talk it over with some of the guys and that sort of thing. It wasn't like we were searching our minds of what to do. I just wanted to kind of think it through because I hadn't really got to that scenario quite frankly.
(It was said he had a great week at the Senior Bowl. Was that confirmation of what you already thought of him or did that elevate his status?)
All-star games are different. I don't think you can put all of your eggs in a basket on an all-star game, whether a person does really good or really bad. I think most people in my business go by what they see on tape from the college games when they are playing for real. The all-star games can help you see athleticism and certainly the power that he demonstrated during the course of the week in one-on-ones and things like that, but you go mostly on the body of work from the school. That's what I try to do.
(Is his ability to collapse a pocket separate him from other defensive tackles the past few years?)
Quite frankly my mind is still focused in. I can't even remember the guys that have come out the last few years. For a guy that is a powerful run player, he does have the ability to compress the pocket and also the quickness to get around short sets. He can do some things. He won't necessarily be coming off the field all of the time on third down. I think you can probably leave him in, which is another thing about the combination of him and Ryan. They both are capable of doing that.
(When you had time to sit back and look at your draft board, what ultimately put Raji over Crabtree?)
I really am not going to speak to Crabtree too much. He is a member of the 49ers now and we wish him well. It's just all things being equal, you guys know how much we value big people, both on the offensive and the defensive line. The good ones are really hard to find, and it gets to be a supply and demand thing. It doesn't necessarily take away the value of another player at a different position. It's just that we have always put a lot of emphasis on that.
Even though the Journal Sentinel got everyone in a tizzy this morning by talking about how Ted Thompson really wanted Michael Crabtree, our G.M. ended up doing the right thing and drafted B.J. Raji, the defensive tackle out of Boston College. Raji is the absolute guy I wanted here after I fell in love with him during the NFL Combine. Had we drafted Crabtree, I would have made the argument that it's a smart pick if you're thinking about the long-term production of the offensive, but the Raji pick was the absolute correct choice here.
When you play twenty games in twenty straight days, there are two things that you really want to do. The first of course, is to win as many of those games as possible. The second though, is to preserve your bullpen as much as much as you can. Both of those things were accomplished on Friday night, as Yovani Gallardo threw his first complete game ever en route to a 5-2 victory of the Astros.
There she is my friends, the cover of Madden 10. It's a little different from the covers we've been used to, as this is the first time the cover features more than one football player. Gracing the cover for the latest edition of the Madden franchise will be Steelers' safety Troy Polamalu and Cardinals' receiver Larry Fitzgerald. I guess you could say that the Madden cover curse is spreading, which is fine with me because both the Steelers and the Cardinals will play my beloved Packers this season.
The Results: While it was close right away between Damon Jones and, yes, Michael Redd, the Damon Jones haters came out in full force on Tuesday and Wednesday and made sure he would be the second Buck voted off this year's Bucks Survivor. Jones was put on the block because his team, Team Storey, lost their second contest in a row, as their average games started was just a few tenths of a percent behind Team Awvee. You were a great cheerleader and a reason this team even had any life and character at all, but it's time for you to go. Damon Jones, the tribe has spoken.
See what happens when you like Mike Rivera catch a game? I'm only (half-) joking, but the fact of the matter is that was a great performance by the Brewers battery today. Dave Bush becomes the first Brewers pitcher this season to last into and through the 7th inning of a ballgame, going 7 2/3 innings, giving up just one earned run off of two hits. Both of those hits came in the 8th inning, after Bush had gone 7 1/3 innings without allowing any.
As the weather finally gets nicer in Wisconsin, I'm sure most of you have already dusted off the bag of clubs and played a few rounds of golf. If you've seen a guy that shoots about three balls off of every tee and then whiffs his way down the fairway, then we've probably golfed together. My history as a golfer, sticking up for the WWE, many thoughts on the Brewers, and why I feel it's ok to refer to my favorite team as "we" are all included in this week's Winks Thinks. Bon appetit.
Despite the pessimistic tone of the headline, I mean it as a joke. But still, you gotta look at the facts, which are that the Brewers are winning just one game per series, and losing the other two. If history repeats itself, you would figure the Brewers are going to lose their matinee in Philly on Thursday. Or, if you believe in the law of averages, everything balances out and the Brewers will actually, finally, win a series. I'm going to go with the law of averages and hope we can pull out a win against the struggling Cole Hamels.
I've been guest-writing at the Sports Bubbler a bit this week, and filled in on their "Afternoon Delight" column today. I wanted to let you guys know in case you're bored as you wrap up a Wednesday at work, because there's a lot of good reading material out there today, including thoughts on the Brewers game last night and what they should do with Manny Parra, as well as Bucks grades for the 08-09 season. Check it out if you have the chance.
As a Wisconsin Badgers basketball fan, I've grown quite accustomed to watching them take on a team like either N.C. State or Virginia Tech when it comes to the Big Ten / ACC Challenge. Occasionally, however, one of the ACC powerhouses will get sprinkled in, and such is the case this year. Two years after the Badgers traveled to Duke and got hammered, the Dukies are returning the favor, coming to the Kohl Center on December 2nd.
Monday, Nov. 30
Tuesday, Dec. 1
Michigan State at North Carolina
Northwestern at N.C. State
Virginia Tech at Iowa
Wake Forest at Purdue
Wednesday, Dec. 2
Boston College at Michigan
Florida State at Ohio State
Illinois at Clemson
Minnesota at Miami
Is it just me, or does it feel like something is just missing from this Brewers team? It's not CC Sabathia, or even Ben Sheets. It's certainly not Ned Yost, that's for sure. It's not the absence of guys like Brian Shouse, Gabe Gross, or Gabe Kapler either. But something, and I don't know what it is, something is missing from this club.
So let's go with this video I've been meaning to put up for some time. Jon Stewart ranting on the pointlessness of Twitter.
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Bucks Survivor is off to another successful start, unless your name is Dan Gadzuric. For the second year in a row, Danny Gadz is voted off within the first two rounds. Maybe our new GM can take this as a hint, but I don't think you're going to see Gadzuric out of Buckstown until that contract expires. So make sure you come back here a year from now and vote Gadz out early again.
I think anyone that is a Brewers fan is going to bed a little happier tonight knowing what we have in Todd Coffey right now. The Brewers free agent pick-up last September wasn't able to take the field in the playoffs last season, but he could be a key part to helping us get there this year. I suppose that may be a little premature to say, but Coffey is a machine, and he was the reason the Brewers won at least one game from the Mets this weekend.
Every so often our friends at Stock Lemon hook us up with some content by giving their take on which Wisconsin teams are a good bet for the week. They also do a good job with predictions and other analysis as well, including their recent feature on the NFL Draft. While this time, we don't have the exclusive content, Lemmy has made his selection for who the Packers will take in the 2009 Draft. While I'm going to make you follow the link to find out who, let's just say it's the guy I want, although I'm not sure he'll fall that far.
He's a great defender, plays hard every night, and was one of the best rookies in the NBA this season. For those reasons and more, it's no surprise to me that Luc Richard Mbah a Moute is being recognized for his play this season. Actually, it's how he's being recognized that surprises me.
You bet your marbles this is happening again. Because last year's edition was so popular, we've ordered a second season of Bucks Survivor, the greatest little game on the web. They've been out-played, out-coached, and out-last all season by the 29 other teams in the NBA, but now the Milwaukee Bucks are competing against themselves.
A lot of people love to hate this guy, but I've always been a fan of John Madden. Although, are we really surprised that John Madden retired in the same season that Brett Favre did? Either way, you'll be missed.
Clearly I mean the disabled list, by oh my god do you remember that show "The List" that aired on VH1 like 35 years ago? What a random thing to be reminded of today. Anyway, not to get too off topic here, but David Riske is heading to the 15-day disabled list, with a tight right elbow. Lefty reliever R.J. Swindle will take his place on the ballclub.
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