Okay, maybe that's an exaggeration, but how fun has this preseason been so far? I mean, I know this is exhibition football, but there's no way you can't take the Packers seriously after the preseason they've been having. Three straight weeks they've played three different NFL opponents and made them all look foolish, especially the first teamers. I know the Browns and the Bills aren't the cream of the crop in this league, but it's not like these teams aren't giving their all. This is legit football being played, and the Packers are shining.
They beat the Pirates 8-6 Friday night. Yippee.
POTG: Prince Fielder, home run number 36.
I'm the new Slick Rick.
Any issue that is Favre-free is certainely alright by my standards. This alone was enough to get me to subscribe to their magazine (well that, and it was free with the purchase of Madden, but I digress).
It's been a tough year for the Brewers, one that didn't get any better as they lost 8-5 to the Reds at Miller Park on Thursday afternoon. This was the time of year we were supposed to be playing our best baseball, but instead, the Reds swept us at Miller Park. At least Rivera has Chris Bosio to console him. What are the rest of us supposed to do?
17.5 - CC
17 - Travis
7.5 - Chad Lyons
4 - GDK
3 - b2
1 - b3, Brad Silvers, Jonk, Tony, Jeff in Madison
Since I'm approaching my year anniversary of writing Winks Thinks (and I had little else to talk about), I decided to take a look back at what I've written so far. Call it self-absorbed, call it phoning it in, call it cheap entertainment, call it whatever you'd like. Either way, there's a "new" edition of Winks Thinks to be read, so check it out.
Jody Gerut responded to his leadoff start with a 5th inning home run, Prince Fielder hit his 34th bomb of the year, and Braden Looper pitched six solid innings. All signs point to a Brewers victory, right? Nope, they lost in extra innings again, this time with the Reds on top 4-3. Sad.
POTG: Prince could get it, but I've been hard on Jody, so we'll give it to him.
Hey Mr. DJ, put a record on. I wanna dance with my baby.
What a difference a year makes. Whereas last year Doug Melvin was looking for waiver wire gems such as Todd Coffey, this year he's saying that one-fourth of his roster is up for grabs. According to Ken Rosenthal of Foxsports.com, no fewer than six Brewers were placed on waivers Wednesday. Those six would be Trevor Hoffman, Felipe Lopez, Braden Looper, Mike Cameron, Craig Counsell, and Jason Kendall.
We've seen the Brewers do this before. They're down big in the 9th inning, put together a little rally that makes us think they could win the game, but then let us down by not coming through with a victory. I could have sworn that was going to happen again while watching the 9th inning of the Brewers game on Tuesday night, but they proved me wrong. They put together a five-run rally, tied the game at six and took this thing into extra innings.
And then they gave up two runs in the top of the 13th and lost 8-6. Oh, 2009 Brewers season, you died too young.
Yeah you bleed just to know you're alive.
Before I moved back in with my parents and took a series of jobs I swore I'd never take, I once had a promising career as a television news man. One of the best stories I ever did was when I searched around La Crosse to find a particular special edition of Sports Illustrated. I'm still proud of the work, it's just a little unfortunate that the magazine revolved around a certain douchebag. Here's a little trip down memory lane, as I look for the Brett Favre Commemorative Sports Illustrated. (video is choppy for the first :10, but recovers nicely).
Oh, the olden days. Thanks to my buddy Hyke for posting the video.
It's really not even that funny of a commercial, but I haven't stolen anything from Awful Announcing for awhile, so here's the latest SportsCenter commercial. This one is in regards to their never-ending addiction to Brett Favre.
(And I am sorry that I just posted two Favre videos in a row.)
My favorite thing about watching the Brewers on FSN Wisconsin is how the broadcast team continues to act like we have a chance at the playoffs, even though we are ten games back in the NL Central, and nine back in the Wild Card race. They even went on to do a segment hyping the return of both Jeff Suppan and Dave Bush, two guys who have ERA's above 5.00 mind you.
Not me though, I know a dead season when I see one. So just as I'm going to continue phoning in my Brewers coverage, why not give tonight's Player of the Game award to someone who has been phoning in the season. That's right folks, Mrs. Jody Gerut gets her first award of the year for a 2-for-2, 3 RBI performance. What's more startling is that he actually hit his first home run as a Brewer on Monday. Not sure how that happened.
Of course, you don't have to take my word for it.
In 1986, the Packers made one of the biggest signings in franchise history when they signed former Maxwell Award winner and Penn State quarterback Chuck Fusina. Fusina was signed after a successful stint in the USFL, in which he earned the MVP award during their 1984 championship game.
Before the Packers ever drafted Aaron Rodgers, I really thought that Craig Nall was going to be the future under center for the Green and Gold. I just really loved the guy, so much to the point that I bet my friend Shep $100 that Nall would win an MVP award someday. Clearly, that was stupid.
That is the only thing of importance to take away from the Brewers 8-3 loss to the Nationals on Sunday. It was his first career home run. Everything else is that game was garbage. Escobar, Player of the Game. Next.
He's the fastest jack in Jefferson County!
Man, I wish these games counted in the standings. This is unreal how good the Packers look so far this preseason. Offensively, Rodgers couldn't be sharper, Grant looks like he should look, and the whole unit is just clicking. Defensively, Capers has turned this squad into a turnover machine and they look very intimidating.
I usually do these predictions in my Winks Thinks leading up to a pay-per-view, but it slipped the mind this week (although I'm sure nobody missed them). Nevertheless, I'm jacked about tonight's event, so you're getting the predictions anyway.
I don't know, maybe it's because I spent the weekend watching about thirty hours of preseason NFL action, or maybe it's because the Brewers are 9.5 games out of the NL Central lead. Either way, my interest in Brewers baseball is considerably lower than it was, say, three weeks ago. There's nothing wrong with that, it's part of the ebb and flow of devotedly following a team. Sometimes you're up, sometimes you're down, and sometimes you'd just rather not watch for a little while.
I know this is a Packers-friendly website, but there's no way we couldn't watch Brett Favre trot out on the field as a member of the Minnesota Vikings. It's almost as this was something I actually had to see to believe. And boy, am I glad I did.
Favre looked absolutely terrible against the Chiefs on Friday, going 1/4 with 4 yards, and the pass that was completed wasn't that good. While he definitely struggled, you'd never know it by the way Mike Mayock was talking on the Vikings preseason broadcast. Seriously, look for the game on the NFL Network this week, this is something you have to witness.
There are really only two things I look for every preseason. One, the compelling position battles which occur every year. Two, making sure that nobody gets injured. Well, the latter happened Wednesday night as Aaron Rouse was carted off with a hamstring injury. No word yet on how serious the injury is, but it was serious enough for McCarthy to stop practice ten minutes early and say that it "didn't look good".
This originally was designed to be an NFL Predictions column, but then the whole Favre thing kind of happened and, well, you know the rest. So while this week's column still has my annual NFL Predictions (hint: I'm a homer), there's also a lot of Favre talk in there as well. As expected, of course. So sit down for a few minutes and enjoy Winks Thinks: The NFL Predictions Edition.
I turned on the Brewers game in the bottom of the second inning. Two batters later, Ronny Cedeno hit a home run. I stopped watching the game after that.
Player of the Game: Mike Cameron.
It's hard to be a man when there's a gun in your hand.
Haha, Seattle. Good luck with this. Somehow, the Brewers actually did find a trading partner for Bill Hall, and that would be the good ol' Seattle Mariners. Again, haha. Actually, not a terrible move for the Mariners, as they need a third basemen and the Brewers are still going to be paying most of Hall's salary. I don't ever see Bill Hall playing well again, but it's a low-risk move for Seattle. Still, I thought Jack Z realized trash when he saw it, but apparently not.
Remember on Friday night when I posted that "breaking" Raji news while I was at a wedding? Well as it turned out, I wasn't just at any wedding. You may have heard of this story on another media outlet, but here it is on Keith Olbermann the other night (at the 1:15 mark).
Two thoughts. One, it's obviously La Crosse, Wisconsin, not Minnesota. We already lost douche Favre to that state, we don't need to lose La Crosse too. And secondly, congrats to Adam, both on the rescue and the wife!
I would love to see what the increase in text messages throughout the state of Wisconsin today after Brett Favre finally did the unthinkable and signed Brett Favre on Tuesday. Most of those texts were probably extremely anti-Favre, although I'm sure there are still a few Favre homers out there, but why that is I will never know. The point is that if you weren't 100% percent committed to the football season after the Packers first preseason game on Saturday, the anticipation of the first Packers/Vikings surely did the trick.
But, even though we are 100% ready for some football, the Brewers still feel the need to keep playing for some reason. With a 5-2 loss to Pittsburgh Tuesday night, the Brewers are now 9.5 games back of the Cardinals in the NL Central, with their playoff hopes nearly non-existent. Their record is now 58-61, which is unfortunate considering the amount of anticipation we had for this season. Oh well, at least they might actually get something for Bill Hall.
So as the excitement for the NFL Season begins, we'll continue to keep our eye on Milwaukee, but forgive us if we're a little preoccupied with the Packers for the time being.
PS. Favre is a douche.
Player of the Game: Prince Fielder.
Kentucky woman, she shines with her own kind of light.
Alright, I'll bite. This is absolutely hysterical. Brett Favre is actually going to sign a contract with the Vikings worth at least $10 million dollars. Unbelievable. This guy really can't let go can he? I've spoken at length about Favre in the past, and I have nothing new to say here. Refer back to my "Winks Thinks: The Final Brett Favre Edition" if you want to hear my thoughts. Back then I wrote that I wished Favre would be a Viking so that even the most diehard of Favre lovers would finally hate him, and it looks like I got my wish. In fact, here are a few of the text messages I've already received today:
Thought I'd spend some time to talk about some real Packers news, and not the latest rumors surrounding a certain quarterback named Brent. But that doesn't necessarily mean it's good news. The Journal Sentinel is reporting that because of the recurring back spasms he has been having, among his other injuries, defensive lineman Justin Harrell "fears (his) career could be over."
I think somewhere in the backlogs of this site I said that I was not going to bother doing a game recap if the Brewers lost to the Pirates. Even if I didn't say it though, I think that's a pretty good rule to live by. Pirates beat the Brewers Monday night 9-5. It was lame.
Player of the Game: Prince Fielder.
This house is so full of people it makes me sick. When I grow up and get married, I'm living alone.
...They're back! (and of course, suck it!) Just when I thought I couldn't love the WWE anymore, D-Generation X reformed tonight on Monday Night Raw. Good, moving home and living with my parents leading to my countless hours of watching wrestling was the best decision I ever made! A look at some of the highlights over the years...
Summerslam party at my (parents') house this Sunday!
Amir Johnson, we hardly knew thee. Just a few short months after the Bucks traded for the former Pistons forward, they are sending him packing to Toronto for SF Carlos Delfino and PG Roko Ukic. Recently acquired PG Sonny Weems will be included in the deal as well.
I think it's safe to assume that if it's a Sunday, the Brewers are probably going to lose. They followed that trend again today with an 8-5 loss to the Houston Astros at Miller Park. Milwaukee had the lead a couple of times in this one, but ultimately couldn't overcome the final deficit.
I have not been shy about this in my real life, and I wanted to finally extend it to the blogosphere as well. That something is that I firmly do believe that the Packers are going to win the Super Bowl this year. Is that crazy? Maybe a little bit, and the fact that I am a Packers fan does in fact make this a homer pick. But the fact of the matter is I just feel that with Rodgers, our offense, the new defense, McCarthy, the offensive line gelling together, etc..., that this team is going to win the Super Bowl. If not, so be it. But I really do believe it's going to happen.
Do I have the chance of being wrong? Well, of course of I do. This is a team that went 6-10 last year, for one. Also, there are 31 other teams in the National Football League, many of them being given much better odds than the Packers to win the Lombardi Trophy. But I don't care. These are the Packers, these are my Packers, and judging by what I've seen so far this team has every right to be involved in the Super Bowl contender conversation.
Last night was a strong example of that. Yes, it was the first game of the preseason. Yes, we were playing the Cleveland Browns. But a 17-0 victory is a 17-0 victory no matter who is on the field. The best part of this early preseason victory is that the first-teamers looked solid, and that's what you're looking for when gaging a team in the preseason. Aaron Rodgers couldn't have looked better, and if you don't believe that he's a top five quarterback in this league than you don't watch football.
Rodgers looked especially sharp during his 53-yard strike to Donald Driver to put the Packers up 7-0. He looked on on the next scoring drive as well, which was capped by a Ryan Grant touchdown (Grant also looked very good in this one). Hell, the entire Packers team looked solid in all facets of the game, barring the unfortunate performance of Brian Brohm, who just can't seem to catch a break.
And how about that defense? It was a very break but don't bend kind of performance for the defensive unit, which isn't a bad thing. Sure, they gave up some yardage from time to time, but on the whole, they were able to squash every Browns scoring opportunity and hold Cleveland to the shutout. Four interceptions will help do that for you.
My favorite part of this game though? The Packers had this thing so in their hands, that they were just throwing Mason Crosby out to kick 60-yard field goals for the hell of it.
Now you may be thinking, "Holy Highway Winks, settle down, this was a preseason game!" But if you're thinking that you may have missed my point. What I'm trying to say is that I don't think the Packers are a Super Bowl contender because of one preseason game. I know that preseason games are meaningless. What I am saying is that I thought the Packers were a Super Bowl contender before their games against the Browns, and their performance against them only made me feel better about that feeling.
This is a good team we're rooting for this season, folks. Let's enjoy this.
Before you legitimately compete for the playoffs, you have to be at least .500, and the Brewers have accomplished that task in the early part of the weekend. Milwaukee has looked very sharp in their first two games against Houston, winning 11-2 on Friday and then 6-2 on Saturday. The veterans are getting their act together, the starting pitching has been superb, and the new guys are performing as well. Hell, even the stupid strategy of batting the pitcher in the 8th spot is paying off.
If you like offense, Friday was your night. The Brewers put up eight runs in the first inning, highlighted by homers by Ryan Braun and Felipe Lopez, as well as a two-RBI double from Yovani Gallardo. Braun added to the output with another home run in the bottom of the second inning. After that, Gallardo and the bullpen was able to keep the Astros at bay, and the Brewers finished with the 11-2 victory.
Saturday was another impressive night, highlighted by three RBI from Craig Counsell as well as seven solid innings from Mike Burns. With seven strikeouts as well, this might have been the best game Burns has pitched this season. It's gotta be difficult for him as he keeps getting bumped from Milwaukee to Nashville, but with every trip back to the big leagues he proves that he does deserve a spot on the active roster.
I'm not going to recap any further, I'll let the box scores do that when I post them, but the main thing to take away from this series so far is that maybe the Brewers aren't done quite yet. Personally, with them still being seven games back of the Cardinals and six back in the wild card race, I don't think this team will make the playoffs, but I'm encouraged by what I'm seeing this weekend. In the last two games, the Brewers have hit on all cylinders, and the new additions of Weathers, Escobar, and Burgeois seem to be paying off.
I guess my feeling comes down to this. I think that this current 25-man lineup (even without Bush and Suppan) can be a legitimate playoff contender. I think this current lineup is a pretty solid squad, based on what I saw this weekend and the potential that can come of that. The problem is that the Brewers have had such a rough stretch before this weekend, that I'm not sure we can make up all the ground we lost.
Are we good enough to be a playoff team? We just might be. But I fear it's a little too late.
And I could be good, and I would - if I knew I was understood...
... And itll be great, just wait - or is it too little too late?
(The Box Score contest is one song, I'm just looking for the artist.)
Players of the Game: We're going pitching on both nights here. Gallardo for Friday, Burns for Saturday.
I'm at a wedding right now, but I still find ways to update you! Don't ask me how I do it, folks. Just wanted to pass on word (that you may already know by know) that B.J. Raji and the Packers have come to a contract agreement. The deal is a five-year deal worth $28.5 million, with $18m of that guaranteed. Nice stuff.
Two months ago, the baseball and tennis programs at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse were axed. This week, they were saved. Through some insanely proficient fundraising campaigns, both programs are back. After the program was saved, I had to talk with Zach Thiel, organizer of the site SaveUWLbaseball.com.
The Bucky Channel: First off Zach, congratulations on saving a program that looked like it had seen it's final days. I guess the big question is, how in the world did you guys do it?
Zach Thiel: Saving the baseball program at La Crosse was a monetary team effort through phone calls, letters, and web attention from the site I created www.saveuwlbaseball.com. The team consisted of many individuals including coaches, parents, alumni, players, and total strangers. All in all donating enough money to save the program and keep baseball at La Crosse for another season. I also cannot thank the news media enough for assisting me in spreading the word of our situation and helping me spread our message to the local and national community.
TBC: Now, when you guys started this project, did you think saving the program was inevitable? Or did you view it more as something you'd like to see happen, but didn't view really as very likely?
Zach: As soon as I received the news about the baseball program at La Crosse needing $50,000 within three months to remain alive, I must admit it seemed like a daunting task, especially in our global economic situation. However I only had a few minutes during a call with Gary Sharp in early July (lead in saving the baseball program at Northern Iowa, which unfortunately to date has been unsuccessful) where doubt set in. But he quickly turned my doubt into inspiration with his kind words and advise and really helped me continue to keep my head up and focused on the task of saving Eagle baseball. So other than those few minutes of doubt I remained confident we would be able to raise the necessary funds needed to save the program. Every update from Anne Babich of the UW-L foundation and head coach Chris Schwartz kept me digging my feet in and wanting to spread the word more and more to help in saving the program.
TBC: Where did a majority of the support come from? Was it a few big donors, a lot of small donors, or key fundraising drives? If I'm not mistaken, I believe that you even got a nice donation of the UW-L Chancellor, Joe Gow.
Zach: To my knowledge the donations were large and small, I personally know of a single $10,000 donation which I am extremely grateful for as it gave us the final push we needed to save the program. Other than that I believe most where well under that, but donations of all sizes were needed to accomplish our goal. $50, $100, $500 it all added up and every little bit helped in keeping the kids on the field for one more season. And yes, Chancellor Gow personally donated $1000 that was divided between the baseball and tennis fundraising programs.
TBC: So we've saved the program for this upcoming season, but what does the future hold?
Zach: The baseball program is safe for the upcoming 2009-2010 season, we still have work to do to keep baseball at La Crosse for the long haul. Head coach Schwartz and former coach Bill Terry are working on a long term plan so the program at La Crosse will be around for years and years to come.
I'd also like to say that I have two cousins (Garrett and Gavin Scray) who are pitchers on the team both residing in DePere, WI. As soon as I received a letter from my aunt in early June concerning the program at La Crosse the idea immediately popped in my head of creating the website to help inform the public and draw attention to our situation. Since then it’s been a busy two months for me consisting of, interviews, hundreds of emails, hundreds of personal letters, well over a hundred hours of time, and a net result of getting to see my senior cousin Gavin finish his baseball career at La Crosse and Garrett take the mound for his sophomore season. It’s been a unique experience, one I never thought I would be involved in, but just knew I had to. Meeting all sorts of people along the way, it truly has been well worth every minute.
I want to personally thank each and every person who donated their hard earned money to help save the 2009-2010 baseball season at Wisconsin La Crosse. I also want to thank the media, who's efforts assisting me with spreading our grim situation helped promote and draw interest not only locally but nationally. Without each and every one of you Eagle baseball this season would have been a dream, not a reality. Unfortunately our work is not done yet, as we still need to continue to raise funds for the long term existence of the baseball program, but after seeing the response in just two months I am confident baseball will be at La Crosse for future generations.
Last week I said that Mike Rivera should be the Brewers every day starting catcher. Today just reiterated that statement, as Rivera knocked out two home runs and brought in five RBI to help the Brewers beat the Padres 12-9. That's double the amount of home runs Jason Kendall has hit all season (Kendall, who can only hit homers at Minute Maid Park by the way). Seriously, let's start this guy already.
Sorry Bill Hall fans. It's over. The era of pink bats and mediocrity has come to a close. What does that mean for me? Well, in addition to the "Good Riddance Bill Hall" party I'm throwing Saturday night, it means I had something to write about for this week's edition of Winks Thinks, available as always at the Sports Bubbler. Also included are thoughts on Tiger Woods, Jeremy Piven, and Steven Segal. Dig in.
The Brewers didn't really get a chance to show off their new toys on Wednesday night, but I wish they would have. Seriously, weren't you just a little more interested in the Brewers after all the moves they made during the day, and wasn't checking out Escobar and Burgeois sort of the reason why you wanted to watch this game? I know it was for me.
They took an early lead, but then played a little too defensive, and the United States ended up with another loss in Mexico City to the Mexican soccer squad. The 2-1 loss dropped the States' record against Mexico in Mexico to 0-23-1, as playing south of the border has become an impossible situation at best. Maybe some things just aren't meant to be.
From what I understand, the HUGE World Cup Qualifier today between the United States and Mexico is not on TV today (2:45 CT), unless you get Telemundo 2 or something. I know ESPN will be having a live Sportscenter throughout the game for updates, so you can check that out. Otherwise, they usually do a pretty good live blog, so here's that for you this afternoon.
I'll have reaction from the big game later tonight.
... especially to the San Diego Padres, at home. Haudricourt is calling this "Black Wednesday" for the Brewers, and this is one of the rare times I agree with the guy. The Brewers are definitely desperate to save this season, and they pulled out all the stops today shaking up the clubhouse. The moves:
1. Pitching coach Bill Castro fired. Nashville's pitching coach Chris Bosio promoted.
Reaction: Fine with me. I like Castro and all, and he deserved this opportunity, but didn't take advantage of it. Plus, he visited the mound WAY too often. Brewers games will be 10-15 minutes shorter because of this move. As for Bosio, he was one of my favorite Brewers back in the card collecting days.
2. Hardy to Nashville, Escobar to Milwaukee.
Reaction: Wow. That move takes balls. Surprising especially since the Brewers are probably looking to move Hardy this winter, but on the other hand this will help see what they really have in Escobar. Very excited about this move, sorry Hardy fans.
3. Bill Hall designated for assignment. OF Jason Burgeois promoted to Milwaukee.
Reaction: Don't get too excited, no one is claiming this piece of shit. He'll ride the year out in Nashville and then we'll see what happens. Hilarious that he hit a home run last night though.
One of my favorite things about doing this blog over the last couple of years has been watching other friends of mine get into the blog game as well. The latest entry into the blogosphere is SaturdayFootballOnline.com, a site clearly devoted to college football. It launched yesterday, and already looks a lot sharper than my piece of shit Blogger design.
David Weathers' gain is Chris Smith's loss, as Smith was sent back down to Nashville to make room for Big Dave on the 25-man roster. I actually thought Mike Burns might get sent down for the 20th time this season, but Smith turns out to be the odd man out.
October 8th, 2009. Are you doing anything that night? Because if you aren't, I'd be more than happy to have you come over for my UFL Opening Night party. San Francisco will be taking on Las Vegas at 8pm Central on Versus, and you can watch it live on my new HDTV. Sound good?
October 8 - S.F.-Las Vegas (Versus, 8pm)
October 10 - N.Y.-Florida (HDNet, 6pm)
October 14 - Florida-Las Vegas (Versus, 8pm)
October 17 - N.Y.-S.F. (HDNet, 8pm)
October 22 - S.F.-Florida (Versus, 6pm)
October 29 - S.F.-N.Y. (Versus, 6pm)
October 30 - Las Vegas-Florida (HDNet, 6pm)
November 4 - Las Vegas-N.Y. (Versus, 6pm)
November 12 - Las Vegas-S.F. (Versus, 8pm)
November 14 - Florida-N.Y. (HDNet, 6pm)
November 19 - Florida-S.F. (Versus, 8pm)
November 20 - N.Y.-Las Vegas (HDNet, 8pm)
November 27 - Championship (Versus, 2pm)
I'm not really a Hornswoggle fan, but the WWE "wrestler" is from Oshkosh so we'll show him a little bit of love. Somehow I missed that he was at Miller Park last week to throw out the first pitch. Here's some more pictures at WWE.com. Now get off the computer and get ready for RAW tonight!
From June of 1998 until July of 2001, David Weathers was a Milwaukee Brewer. Eight years after he left Milwaukee, he'll return the same way he first came to Brew City in the first place as he was claimed off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds.
First off, that was not a strike in any language. With two men on and two outs, Ryan Braun came to the plate looking to be the hero but was denied when the umpire (don't feel like looking up his worthless name) called strike three on a ball that was definitely outside of the strike zone. Granted, that alone isn't why the Brewers lost the game, but it was still pretty frustrating. Especially because a similar but less controversial call happened to Mike Cameron just one batter before.
Hey, Cameron. You realize if we played by the rules right now we'd be in gym?
You may look at this article and say, "Jeez, Winks. Just because Mike Rivera has one decent game you think he's better than Kendall? You were probably just praising Kendall after his home run two days ago, and if Kendall has a good game today you'll write an article about how good he is. Bandwagon much?" Well, if you were to think that, you'd be incorrect.
I've always liked Mike Rivera better than Kendall, with the main reason being I just don't like Kendall that much. It all boils down to the fact that I don't get why he plays so much more than any other catcher in the league. Most starting catchers start five out of seven games a week, and then the backup gets a couple of games as well. But Kendall goes like fifteen to twenty straight games without resting all the time, even starting day games after night games which is uncommon for most backstops. If this method was justified, that's one thing, but it's not.
Kendall is a good game caller, yes. But that's pretty much all he has over Rivera. Rivera is not the catcher of the future, but he's no slouch, and he's way better with the bat than Kendall is. There's a reason why every time I see Kendall I say, "chopper to third." He sucks with the bat, he's awful, and that home run he night the other night was a joke.
So no, I'm definitely on record before this saying how much I don't really like Kendall. I guess I don't mind if he is the starting catcher, but it's never really been explained to me why he gets all this preferential treatment over Rivera. When your starting catcher isn't in the lineup your first instinct should be "oh, a natural off day", instead of "Who the hell is this Mike Rivera guy?"
Naturally, the Player of the Game in the Brewers 12-5 victory last night against the Astros will go to Mike Rivera, and deservedly so, as it was a big 3-run double in the 3rd inning that put this one in the Brewers control. So thanks Mike, Prince, Parra, and the rest of the gang for getting the Crew back to .500!
And for those scoring at home, I did watch this game basically in it's entirety. I was kind of all talk about watching the Packers last night, but that scrimmage never even happened, and the bar didn't have it on anyways.
Brewers going for the series victory, RIGHT NOW!
While she looked so sad in photographs, I absolutely love her when she smiles!
I've recently said that I want to make the earlier-than-normal switch from being all Brewers to all-Packers, and tonight is a perfect night to do that. Because if you love scrimmages, you'll love FOX 11 Family Night, taking place tonight at Lambeau Field.
What's one thing that's true of the Milwaukee Brewers no matter how good or how bad they may be? Rookie pitchers always win against us. After Friday night, you can add Bud Norris to that list, as he struck out seven batters in six innings to lead the 'Stros over the Crew 6-3. Kind of lame.
Hey there, cutie. Say what you want about her, but I love Paris Hilton. Anyone who becomes famous for doing nothing is alright in my book (and don't say she did a sex tape, because she literally did nothing in that as well). Either way, she's just one of the topics covered in this week's edition of Winks Thinks, as well as when to switch from Brewers Mode to Packers Fever, and my recent interactions with one Joe the Plumber.
The Milwaukee Brewers never cease to amaze me. Just as I write them off for dead, they play some decent baseball and end up winning a three game series in LA, capped off by last night's 4-1 victory. They even played nice and didn't retaliate against the Dodgers. The team is still only at the .500 mark, but they are only four games back in the NL Central with plenty of baseball to play. But they aren't out of this thing after all (although they probably are).
Player of the Game: Braden Looper.
Ohhh! Shishkebab. Shawshank Redemption. ShicaaaaGO!
If you were like me last night, you probably either went to bed before the end of the game between the Brewers and Dodgers, or just turned it off completely. I normally love these late start times for games, but the new job has been catching up with me this week and I feel asleep with the score at Dodgers 4, Brewers 3. Imagine my surprise when I saw the final score was Dodgers 17, Brewers 4. Then imagine my bigger surprise when I saw that Prince Fielder tried to get into the Dodgers clubhouse after the game.
I know this is a picture of Craiggers at Miller Park, but get ready for a whole lot of Craiggers this season on Bucks telecast. As my headline, which was meant to be sarcastic, indicates, every Bucks game televised this season will be on FSN Wisconsin. That's because TNT, ESPN, and ABC have decided not to show the Bucks one single time for the upcoming 2009-2010 NBA season. Hey, at least ESPN is doing us the favor of letting us know now instead of two days before they decide to pull us off the schedule (as was the case with a game against the Hornets last season).
They may have missed the playoffs, but the Milwaukee Iron may have succeeded in their one real goal this season: Make it to year two. With a nice crowd of nearly 6,000 to close out the season, it's clear there is at least some interest for an arena football team in Milwaukee. Despite the current financial woes of the team, the interest may be enough to keep the team running for at least another season.
Amidst reports that the Arena Football League may decide to further suspend play in 2010, as the league did in 2009, the Milwaukee Iron and the arenafootball2 league will continue to operate as normal. The af2 employs a different structure and business model than that of the AFL and will not be directly affected by the AFL’s decision.
You would think that a 6-2 lead heading into the 9th inning would be an easy victory, but we know full well with the Brewers that's not quite the case. The Brewers tried to get Manny Parra to go the full nine innings on Monday night after pitching solid through the first eight, but he just didn't have the endurance to close it out. After he gave up two runs in the inning, things were turned over to Trevor Time for the save.
I just wanted to warn everyone that if you're going to stay up late and settle in for the Brewers game tonight, you're going to get a healthy dose of Bill Hall. The recently recalled Hall will start in right field tonight in place of the injured Corey Hart. I'd actually prefer to see Baby Catalanotto take the field, I don't care if the pitcher is a lefty or a righty. Hell, I'd even rather see them call up Corey Patterson right away.
Of course, if Hall can turn things around then more power to him. But I kind of don't want that to happen. Nothing personally against Hall, I just want to see him removed from the Brewers roster as quickly as possible. Hall has teased us for too long now, and it was time to cut bait a long time ago. Either way, hopefully the Brewers can show some signs of life tonight in Mannywood.
2B Felipe Lopez
3B Casey McGehee
LF Ryan Braun
1B Prince Fielder
CF Mike Cameron
SS JJ Hardy
RF Bill Hall
C Mike Rivera
LHP Manny Parra
It's me and your neighborhood handy man, Joe the Plumber! Couldn't resist getting a picture with him yesterday in Fond du Lac, especially with me wearing my "Gore/Lieberman 2000" shirt. I didn't really talk to Joe that much, but here was our exchange.
Slow weekend here at The Bucky Channel, due to the fast weekend it was in my life. I wrapped up my time at my restaurant job, and my hometown got a visit from Joe the Plumber, so as you can tell I had a pretty exciting weekend! Ha, gotta love Fond du Lac.
But wait, what's this? The Brewers signed outfielder Corey Patterson to a minor league contract? Now we're talking!
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