The biggest thing that I'm worried about as the Packers get set to travel to Minnesota is how well the offensive line will hold up against the Vikings defense. We already know that Favre will suck, but in order for Rodgers to out play him he's going to need more than 1.3 seconds to throw from the pocket. The way our offensive line has been playing (not against the Rams, that doesn't cut), that might not be easy.
Hey, who's ready for some coverage maps? We got them for week four, courtesy of the guys at the506.com. The weeks where the Packers either don't play, or play in primetime, are always a little different, and we'll definitely get a little different flavor of teams this week. Well, kind of. As always, I'll list the game that will be shown in Wisconsin.
I've wanted to post this for a couple of weeks, but have never been able to find a reason. I still don't have a reason, but I'm going to post it anyway. From the "Bloomington Bros", here's the real version of Nickelback's photograph.
And I still don't know why it says continue reading after each article. I've taken that out of the HTML layout and everything, but whatever.
So, this was pretty much the best picture of a Milwaukee Iron game that I could find, but it doesn't look like this will be a problem for long. Despite everything I've ever known to be true in this world, the Milwaukee Iron have somehow made it to a second season.
So yeah, lot of Favre talk going on this week, but Big Dunc has sent something over that might lighten the mood. You get eight minutes to try and name every receiver that Favre has thrown a touchdown to as a member of the Green Bay Packers (not the Falcons, Jets, or Vikings). I got about 70% of the names, it's tougher than you might think.
Your eight minutes start now. Good luck, and make sure you don't forget the hint I gave you.
1. What Time Was That Game? - I know I'm not alone when I say that it really didn't feel like the Packers played this weekend. I mean, I remember watching a game, and cheering and stuff, but this week didn't have the same kick to it that the last two weeks did. Perhaps it was because the Rams are brutal, perhaps it was because this was about as expected of a win as you're going to get, or perhaps the sting of last week hasn't quite left. Either way, kind of a dull week. The Packers did put up a nice score on St. Louis, 36-17, but we didn't play particularly well, so this is a tough one to gauge. But hey, Cincinnati beat Pittsburgh this weekend so that makes us look better. I'm telling you that Cincy team isn't one to be taken lightly.
It was more or a less of a football weekend, as has been the case lately, but I was able to check out a few innings of Brewers baseball. Prince Fielder continues to impress, Ryan Braun had a nice walk-off on Saturday night, and the Brewers cracked the 3 million mark for attendance this year (which I seriously think meant more to the franchise this season than making the playoffs would have, they are obsessed with the 3 million mark).
All the while, the Brewers split a series with the Phillies, and are two games within .500. For their efforts, we'll give out Player of the Game awards to Casey McGehee, Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun, and Mat Gamel. Click on the player's name for the corresponding box score, if that's your thing.
The Wisconsin Badgers and the Top 25 haven't really been acquainted too much lately, but it seems that the Badgers are flirting with the idea of rekindling their old friendship with the college ranking system. After a 38-30 win against Michigan State, a game in which the Badgers controlled more than the score would indicate, the Badgers are on the cusp of cracking the Top 25 for the first time this season.
I don't even know how to explain the column I slapped together this week. I can't even really explain what compelled me to write it in the first place. I just wonder sometimes how a website named SportsBubbler let's me write this nonsense. Here it is, this week's edition of Winks Thinks.
It's going to be a busy night in the Winkler/Berenz/Kuitert household, with all the great TV on tonight. There's The Office, It's Always Sunny it Philadelphia, Community, Parks and Recreation, WWE Superstars...., Saturday Night Live Weekend Update, and the new kid on the block Flash Forward, of which you can watch the first 18 minutes above.
It's being touted as the next "Lost", in terms of story with interesting characters and an overarching science fiction theme. It's got a little time-travel element to it as well, which not only excites me, but it's also got me a little worried. Last year, the show I fell in love with was ABC's "Life on Mars". Cancelled. The year before that, it was NBC's "Journeyman". Cancelled. Here's hoping Flash Forward can still around for awhile.
No, this isn't a bad joke from the American Pie movies, but rather it's Chris Narveson, the Brewers pitcher who threw ten strikeouts against the Cubs on Wednesday en route to a 3-2 Brewers victory. Sure, he gave up a home run to Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija, but Milwaukee loves giving up home runs to pitchers so that doesn't bother me.
The other day when I wrote about how Atari Bigby was injured, I was talking about how the Packers wouldn't really lose much with Aaron Rouse in the secondary instead. Well, actually the Packers did lose something, as in the game against the Bengals. And because of that Rouse lost something as well, as in his job.
Here's the latest round of coverage maps for the NFL this weekend, as provided by the crew at the506.com. The Packers don't have quite the national exposure as they have the first two weeks, but playing against the Rams will do that to a team. Here's what we got though in Wisconsin:
The selfish prick that I am, I am going to turn the unfortunate story about a man's death into a complaint about my fantasy team. Angel Villalona, the future third basemen for the San Francisco Giants, was jailed on murder charges in the Dominican Republic after a 25 year-old man was fatally shot in a coastal city of the country. Villalona was visiting his home country and was apparently at the bar where the man was shot, after a fight broke out between the man and Villalona's friends.
Earlier this week I talked about how it'd be something if the Cubs were in the playoff race, and we could have played the spoiler. But actually, now that I think about it, it's the Cubs that are playing that role as they keep pushing the Brewers away from our new goal, a .500 season. The Cubs smoked Milwaukee again on Tuesday night, knocking off the Brewers 7-2 and sending them to three games under .500 with less than two weeks to go.
We often do a lot of speculating about what the Brewers roster is going to look like next season, but what about the coaching staff? The little brain trust of Ken Macha, Willie Randolph, and Dale Sveum hasn't exactly paid dividends, and I'm sure Randolph will be looking for a managerial job next season. Hell, Sveum might have his eye open as well, if he doesn't end up replacing Ken Macha (never know). But one guy that could fill any of these guys positions should they leave is former Brewer Cecil Cooper, who was fired Monday from the Houston Astros.
1. Ocho Leapo - Well that wasn't cool. The confidence many of us have in this Packers team was sliced in half on Sunday when the Bengals beat the Packers at Lambeau 31-24. I still think everything is fine, and I'll get to that in a minute, but what's going to be lame is how often this Chad Johnson, excuse me, Ochocinco, leap is going to be shown for the rest of the season. Actually, now that I think about it, whoever that guy is that flipped off the cameras and Chad is the coolest dude ever, because now networks will be too afraid to show the footage as they worry about FCC fines. I'm sure by Tuesday some obscure blog will track down that guy and interview him, get posted on Deadspin, and then never be heard from again. Oh, how I wish I was that blog.
Due to not only my lack of Brewers coverage, but also some recent comments I've made in my real life, some people have been whispering that I'm growing into a bandwagon Brewers fan. While that couldn't be farther from the truth, I will admit that I could be doing a better job finding time to watch the Crew. However, 90% of the reason I haven't been watching Milwaukee is because I'm playing Madden obsessively, so that give me some leeway.
You'd think playing a game against a team like Wofford would have made me feel confident before the kickoff, but after last year's joke of a game versus Cal-Poly, you can never be too sure. But the Badgers were able to erase any memories of that game by dominating Wofford 44-14, improving to 3-0 on the season.
I've often been critical of Jody Gerut, but at the same time I've agreed with the comments that if he was given more playing time he might show what he can really do. Well, the second half version of Jody Gerut is a lot different than the guy we saw in the first half, and Gerut is not only getting more playing time but also taking advantage of it when it comes to him.
This week's edition of Winks Thinks acts more or less as an apology to one of my roommates, for I was not the most pleasant person to follow along with fantasy football stats last weekend. Also in this week's edition, I call out Megan Fox and the guys who love her, look at which divisions are worth watching in the NFL, and try to justify my lack of Brewers coverage. All that and more, in Winks Thinks: The Sorry Gweeds Edition.
When I think of the phrase, "crunked up", this picture of Atari Bigby is always the first thing that comes to my mind. Unfortunately for Bigby, he will have plenty of time to be as crunked as he wants to be on the bench, as he is out four weeks with what McCarthy has called a "significant injury".
Months after he "retired" from the Jets, Brett Favre decided to come out and say that he should have been listed on the injury report last season. After these comments, the NFL decided to look into the matter which ultimately could have led disciplinary against the franchise. The following parties were then fined for what happened:
Time to take our weekly look at the coverage maps for this weekend's slate of NFL games, as well as which game we'll be getting in the great state of Wisconsin. These maps, as always, are provided by our good friends at the506.com.
I read somewhere yesterday that the recession is apparently over. Debatable. However, it looks like Ruvell Martin's brief period of unemployment is over, as the Packers odd man out at wide receiver has found a job with the St. Louis Rams.
Hey Corey Hart is back. Let's give him a Player of the Game.
Me fail english? That's unpossible.
Whether it actually happens or not, to me it usually seems like the Brewers end up opening their season on the road. Well, that won't be the case next season when the Brewers welcome the Colorado Rockies to Miller Park on April 5th. And yes, we are already looking forward to next season, if you haven't already noticed.
While the play of Allen Barbre had most of us hoping for Ted to call Mark Tauscher, it looks like he may have actually been on the phone with former Eagles lineman Jon Runyan, according to an ESPN.com insider article. I guess I wouldn't mind this, even though Runyan has had his injury problems. Still, I think Barbre stepped up in the second half on Sunday night, and deserves another shot before we call in for a reliever.
Back in April, I honestly thought that I would have been locked in to the Brewers/Cubs game on Monday night instead of watching this never-ending Raiders/Chargers game. But, since both the Cubs are Brewers are looking towards next season, that was the case.
Player of the Game: Wow. I'm giving it to Jeff Suppan. Sigh.
I want to hold them like they do in Texas please.
The five thoughts I'm walking away with after the Packers 21-15 win over the Bears.
I haven't been really following the Brewers as much as I did when they still had a chance, but Chris Narveson started on Sunday? Interesting. The Brewers used seven different pitchers and got a Trevor Hoffman save to give the Brewers a sweep of the Diamondbacks. Coool.
POTG: Alcides Escobar
I always feel like, somebody's watching me. (the artist, not Geico)
This is way unrelated to anything Wisconsin, but I just wanted to make my affection for Kyle Orton public. I always liked him even when he was with Chicago, mainly because he lead the Bears to like ten wins that season but nobody gave him any credit. Ten wins is ten wins, no matter how you get it done.
Casey McGehee gets the honors as he smacks two home runs in the desert.
Dr. Funke's 100% Natural Good Time Family Band solution was a nightmare.
I'm sure there were a lot of negative thoughts in your head and mine when the Badgers were down 14-0 to Fresno State in the early goings of the second quarter. I never expect the Badgers to actually win all of their games, but you never want to lose these first three games at home, no matter how good Fresno State might be.
The season may be over, but that doesn't mean there's not still time to pad the stats. Braun hits his 100th career home run as the Brewers beat the Diamondbacks 6-3. He'll get the player of the game, for sure.
...Some call me Mr. Wiggles.
I've always had kind of a love/hate with high school football, and that was never more true than when I was actually in high school. I love going to the games, the atmosphere is cool, and there have been a lot of great movies made regarding the sport. However, when compared to other sports and athletes in a given high school, I feel the football program gets catered to way too much. Spare me your backlash, I've already heard it all. And clearly, yes, I didn't play football.
But that's besides the point. As we all know, eight years ago America was attacked as two giant planes crashed into the heart of New York City. We all know where we were when we first found out, that's just something you can't forget if you tried. The rest of the week though is kind of a blur. I remember watching a lot of cable news, doing a lot of reflecting with my high school classes, and doing a lot of wondering about just how safe we really were in this country.
I think the biggest thing that sticks out from that week is the feeling of wondering if our lives would ever be the same. Late night talk shows were afraid to do comedy, professional sports leagues were afraid to play ball. Everything seemed to be put on hold, and rightfully so, as we all tried to determine what 9/11 would do to our country.
That's where high school football comes in. It was my senior year of high school, and the Fox Valley Association decided not to cancel football games for the week. The games would be played on their normal Friday night, just three days after the events of 9/11 occurred. Some questioned the move, others applauded it, but it was a decision we weren't really going to be able to judge until it was over.
I remember driving from Fond du Lac up to Appleton to the home of the Appleton West Terrors. The ride up was basically me and some friends blasting Lee Greenwood's "Proud to be an American", intertwined with discussions about if the Packers would ever wind up playing the Giants that season as they were scheduled to do in week two. As we pulled into Appleton, I remember just an onslaught of American flags everywhere you looked, and people would give us the thumbs up when they heard the boisterous voice of Greenwood.
When we got to the football field, it was business at usual. We spent the first half cheering, while the cool kids talked on their cell phones in the front row. But then at halftime, it was a picture I distinctly remember. The lights were shut off, everyone had candles, and we sat there in an extended moment of silence, reflecting on all the heroes and victims that died just three days prior.
So much was going through my head at that moment, but most importantly was this: This night wasn't about Appleton West against Fond du Lac. Two high school rivals battling it out on the gridiron just seemed so insignificant. The night was about all of us, all Americans, coming together and paying tribute to those who had their lives forever changed that day. This was about us having the freedom to be able to gather together, watch a bunch of kids play a meaningless game of football, yet scrutinize over every yard all at the same time. This was about us enjoying the very thing the terrorists wanted to take away from us.
Eight years later, that reflection isn't there. Sure, the cable news channels over the anniversary, but as far as everyday citizens, 9/11 is just another day. More often than not, jokes are made about the attacks rather than people reflecting on them. Sometimes I feel is if 9/11 never happened, and instead it was just another Hollywood blockbuster we all watched at the same time.
I know I'm getting borderline preachy here, and that wasn't my intention. Words and feelings are coming out of my fingers that I didn't even know I had. I just think that even though high school football is a little over the top at times, but for that one night it provided the perfect example of why America is so great. I just feel like that's something we need to remember a little more, especially on this day.
That's my thought on 9/11.
So I wrote a Winks Thinks about Madden, specifically how great of a moment I experienced on Wednesday night. What this column doesn't tell you is that after I wrote this column I ended up quitting the game and threw a bag of chips at the wall. Yeah, I'm a stable guy alright. Check it out in this week's edition of Winks Thinks.
A 26-yard blast from Richardo Clark was all that the United States needed in a very competitive game in Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday night, as the U.S. picked up the road victory by a score of 1-0. Tim Howard played stellar once again in the net, although one almost did sneak by him in the first half only to hit the crossbar. The U.S. got the win they needed though, and are one game away from the World Cup.
I got a text from a friend today at about 3:30pm. It said, "at the Brewer game, r u jealous?" Um, no April, I was not jealous. Hope you had fun though!
POTG: Felipe Lopez
She took the midnight train goin' anywhere.
World Cup Qualifier: United States at Trinidad & Tobago - Tonight, 5:30CT (ESPN Classic)
One of the things I remember most about the Super Bowl season back in 1996 was how many Packers-themed songs there were on the radio all the time. Having complimentary music to your team's victories is a great compliment for any quest to the Super Bowl. And I've noticed that trend coming back this year, although many of the songs have so far revolved around Brent Favre.
The t-shirt we all know and love was made by the guys at sconnie.com, and they've just posted a great video on their Facebook site that I wanted to share with you. So here it is, set to the tune of "Save the Last Dance For Me" by Michael Buble, "We'll Never Forget You Brent" by the Flip Flops. Awesome.
This is something I like looking at every week, so I thought I'd pass it along to you guys. There is a site, the506.com, which is very awesome about putting out the NFL coverage maps for the weekend's games. This is especially cool for those of us that haven't taken advantage of the NFL Sunday Ticket. You can check out the maps via the links below, and I've listed the game that will be shown in Wisconsin in parenthesis.
Oh man. I think earlier today I wrote that the next time we'd talk Brewers we would be talking about a Chris Carpenter no-hitter. That would have been a little depressing. The Brewers 3-0 loss to the Cardinals was actually just one Jody Gerut hit away from being a no-hitter, so thank you Jody. Looks like that trade finally paid off after all!
Player of the Game: Actually Dave Bush, pitching pretty well through seven innings.
Help control the pet population. Have your pet spayed or neutered.
In the last three days, I have probably been on the internet for a total of four minutes. If you know me at all, you'd know how uncharacteristic that is of me. I'm not sure if I was going through actual withdrawals, but I did feel an uncontrollable shaking sometime last night. I figure it was lack of internet related.
So here's the irony of this whole site "The Bucky Channel". Bucky, clearly is the mascot for the Wisconsin Badgers. The majority of my color scheme is red and white, a take off on the University of Wisconsin's color palette. A very poor knock-off of Bucky Badger is the first thing you see on this site. However, the Badgers (both football and basketball) are probably the thing I cover the least.
Let me first being by clearing something up with everyone. I know that lately I have been very hard on the Brewers, in a way that makes it seems like I am very bitter that the Crew haven't been able to duplicate the success they had last year. I can't say I mean for it to come across that way, but the fact of the matter is I just really wish that as I type this post on a Labor Day afternoon I would be doing so while watching competitive baseball rather than waiting for my turn to play Madden.
No, I'm not talking about the fact that the TimberWolves signed Ramon Sessions to a 4-year, $16 million offer sheet. I could give two shits about Sessions at this point. It's not that I don't like him, because I really, really do, it's just that if he was going to be a Buck next season that is something that would have happened a long time ago. This is just kind of a whatever move at this point.
Alright, so maybe my preseason boner has subsided, but that's okay. After the display the Packers put on for the first three weeks of the season, I could not be more excited for the real games to get underway. Thursday night's game against the Titans was just a formality, as the Pack lost 27-10. Oh well, it's only preseason, as I've been saying all along (actually, no, I haven't, I have been loving this preseason!)
Are you kidding me? Last week, it was a Favre-free issue, and now this week Aaron Rodgers is on the cover. It's the first time that a Packer has been on the cover since the famous Favre Sportsman of the Year edition, although I've probably seen that issue in purple more than I have in green and gold throughout the past year. Still, I will gladly give SI free publicity if they continue to please me so.
When thinking of what lineup the Brewers will be trotting out next season (and yes, you should be thinking about next season already), it's often assumed that Mike Cameron will no longer be with us in centerfield. In fact, his $10 million or so contract is one of the reasons he was nearly sent to either the Yankees or the Marlins before the waiver wire deadline last week. However, Cameron has enjoyed his time in Milwaukee, and may be looking to stick around.
Hey, blogger friends. Is it just me, or are things kind of dead at The Bucky Channel right now? Usually I find time to slap a few things on here throughout the day, but the last couple of days have been a whirlwind, and time has been at a premium. Finally moving out of my parents house, crazy new responsibilities at the job, and still trying to find time to watch wrestling have slowed things down here a bit. Just wanted to say that we'll be back on track here soon enough (only to take off again for Labor Day weekend!)
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