Guess who's back, back again. Yes folks, Andrew Bogut was back in uniform tonight for your Milwaukee Bucks. After being out for six games, Bogut returned for a huge Central match up against the Bulls. There's no doubt about it, the Bucks really look a lot better with Andrew in the line-up.
However, even with Bogut out there, the Bucks put too much stock into the outside shooting game. Milwaukee finished the game 10-26 from downtown, and they only got to the free throw line 21 times making just 11 of them. This was enough tonight for the Bucks, but in the long run they really need to start working the ball down low. Especially with Bogut back in the starting five.
The game against Chicago was pretty back and forth during the first half. The Bucks held a four point lead at halftime, but just like the last time they played the Bulls, you had to figure the Bulls would come out firing in the second half. But Monday was a bit different, as the Bucks came out firing after halftime. At one point in time in the third quarter, Carlos Delfino had 11 straight points for the Bucks. He did that with three 3's and a tip in to give the Bucks a nice lead. Jennings also hit a huge 3 to give the Bucks a 15 point lead in the third quarter. But only the Milwaukee Bucks could find a way to blow that lead, and they did. Coincidentally, as this happened while Bogut was on the bench.
Thanks to the comeback, the Bulls took the lead again in the 4th quarter, their first since they had lead 3-2. With just over three minutes to play, it was the Bucks that found themselves down 89-87. After the past few games getting beat late, I thought this was going to be another late defeat. I thought for sure that would be the case after they even showed pregame interviews about how the Bucks needed to close out games, something I thought was nothing but a poorly timed jinx.
Milwaukee did try to blow it late by not getting a rebound and allowing John Salmons to hit a three towards the end of the game. Jennings was promptly fouled on the inbound, and thankfully he would make both his throws to give the Bucks a three point lead. Continuing the back and forth style of play we saw early in the game, Derrick Rose came back down and cut that lead to one. In response, Charlie Bell made only one of the free throws to give the Bulls a chance to tie it. Another crushing Bucks loss was bound to happen, right?
Chicago was given their one last chance to win it or tie it. If you're the Bulls, who would you give the final shot to? Well, the Bulls put it in the hands of Brad Miller, and he was wide open. Miraculously, he left it short. Lets take a look at some highlights from this 99-97 win for the Bucks.
* Andrew Bogut did some things Monday night at the Bradley Center in front a loud Squad Six. Bogut finished the game with 22 pts, 15 rebs, 4 blks, and 3 stls. This was an easy choice for the Bucks POTG Monday. One of his four blocks came late in the game against Luol Deng that kept the Bulls from tying the game.
* Ersan played well again tonight with 13 pts, 8 rebs, and a plus 21 +/-. His only downfall was he fouled out for the first time this year. He gets in foul trouble a lot so lets hope he can keep this number down. Going to Europe to play ball has paid off well for him.
* All 5 starters scored in double figures tonight.
Illysova - 13
* Loul Deng, who killed the Bucks in the first match up, had a good game. He finished the game with 22 pts, 14 rebs, and 5 turnovers. He also made all eight of his free throws on the night. This will earn him what I think is his second Hunter of the Night. The only thing different about this one is we won the game this time.
Overall, it was a good win for the Bucks especially after dropping four straight games. The Bucks will travel on Tuesday for a Wednesday night game against Washington. The Wizards are coming off an embarrassing defeat to the Bobcats, as they only put up 76 points so the lets hope the Bucks can keep up the good work on the defensive end. After the win Monday night the Bucks will sit at a record of 9-7, which puts them at second in the central. Something I'm not sure would have happened without the return of Andrew Bogut.
Have you ever had shoes without shoe strings?
Marquette used to hold the title for the team that I represent on this blog but talk about the least, but that throne has quickly been taken over by the Buffalo Sabres. As most of you know, the Sabres were the team I selected when deciding to finally like hockey this season, and it's turned out to be a pretty lucky choice as Buffalo is surprising a lot of people by legitimately contending for the postseason. I haven't talked about them too much on the blog, but that doesn't mean I'm not following them.
With a roster missing the three guards that gave Marquette a boost last season, many are speculative as to what kind of team the Golden Eagles will be this season. If their play in the Old Spice Classic is any indication, their fast-paced, perimeter attacking offense should be one that will help them win some games this season. But, as we also saw, they may lack the resolve to close out the tight games down the stretch. Nevertheless, their play in this tournament should turn some heads, and shows that this season could be one of great promise.
Marquette started the tournament Thanksgiving Day with a solid win over Xavier, and then followed that up with a very impressive double-digit win over Michigan. With the victories, Marquette earned themselves a final appearance against the Seminoles from Florida State.
Marquette actually dominated for most of the game against Florida State, but gave the lead away as soon as fellow Bucky Channel writer Gweeds decided to jinx them. The end result was a 57-56 loss, and Marquette would fall just short of being named champions. Lazar Hayward lead MU with 19 points, while Darius Johnson-Odom chipped in 17 as well. No points tonight from Youssoupha Mbao, my new favorite college basketball player. The 7'2'' freshman center from Senegal got a few seconds of playing time trying to defend an inbound pass at the end of the game, and while he didn't end up stealing the ball, he stole our hearts. We're rooting for you Mbao!
Hastily-written semi-reviews of basketball games and shoutouts to Youssoupha Mbao. That's the kind of Marquette coverage you should come to expect here at The Bucky Channel.
Imagine if in this county football was like soccer. Pretend that there is no real strong history of football in America, but there is a small section of people that want to make it relevant in the sports landscape. After years of trying to find a footing, a league would finally be formed. That league would be the UFL.
I know most of you have been dying to see the NFL Coverage Maps, and for that I apologize. Even though I'm pretty sure that if you really care about them you've found them on one of the other 45 sites that post them, and I'm pretty sure that not that many people geek out over colored maps like I do. Nevertheless, here's what we're getting in Wisconsin during a Packer-less day.
CBS Single Game Coverage Map - Indianapolis Colts @ Houston Texans
Fox Early Game Coverage Map - Washington Redskins @ Philadelphia Eagles
Fox Late Game Coverage Map - Chicago Bears @ Minnesota Vikings
The shot in the picture above killed what should have been a road win for the Bucks Wednesday night. Milwaukee had a 3 point lead after Jennings hit a pair of clutch free throws. That was short lived, as another rookie point guard decided he wanted to make an even bigger shot. Young Hornet point guard Darren Collison hit a huge tying three pointer with 7.5 second left in the game. Not only that, but he also knocked the ball out of Jennings hands as time expired to send the game into overtime.
In overtime both guards played there hearts out yet it was Collison that did more damage as he had a huge steal and late free throws that sealed the Buck's fate. So much for the talk about how after Blake Griffin, this was the worst draft ever. Not only have Jennings and fellow rookies Tyreke Evans, Stephon Curry and Ty Lawson, among others played well but a guy like Collison is playing very well and picking up slack in place of what most think is the best point guard in the game right now in Chris Paul.
The Bucks down fall was due to a slew of mistakes late in the game, all of which I didn't really see due to the fact that I was playing beer pong at the same time. Slingin' ping pong balls did not really give me a good feel for how the Bucks lost this game. It seemed every time I looked at the TV the Bucks were winning. Then after some late buckets by the Hornets they were only down 1. Overtime defeats are always hard to take. This one was harder just because it seemed like we were in control all game, only to let it slip away at the end.
Just going to do a few highlights from this one:
* Luke Ridnour had another awesome game for the Bucks off the bench. I really think we can start to say that some of the early season success is because of his play off the bench. Bench play is something the bucks have been lacking for some time now. Ridnour finished the game with 23 pts, 10 asts, and 7 rebs. Going with Luke for the Bucks POTG.
* Jennings continued to play strong as well. Brandon had 14 pts, 8 asts, and 7 rebs. He did however have the 5 turnovers, but made up for most of them with 4 stls.
* David West did some work with Bogut out. He finished the night with 27 pts, and 10 rebs. West earns himself the Hunter of the Night award.
Short recap for the heartbreaking 102-99 defeat in Overtime. The Bucks play Friday on ESPN against the Thunder. Should be fun to see what Jennings and the Bucks can do on National TV.
Have you heard the news? Bad things come in twos.
1. Complete Domination - The Packers game against the Lions was one that, for whatever reason, many of us seemed to be worried out. Much of that might have to do with memories of Dre Bly old, but as soon as I saw that the Lions weren't in their Thanksgiving throwbacks, my confidence was restored. The Packers did struggle a bit early, especially with their red zone opportunities, but eventually found their rhythm and ripped off a 34-12 victory. The main reasons for the Packers' 7th victory this season was because of the defense and the air attack. Rodgers had another solid day, going 28/39 with 348 yards and three touchdowns. Pretty good performance overall on Thanksgiving by the Pack.
Before I go out and experience another Blackout Wednesday, I wanted to amend the previous post I made about the Wisconsin Badgers. I said that by beating Arizona during this Maui Invitational, the Badgers got a huge leg up as far as putting a quality tournament season together. Even though they did lose to the Zags, they still had plenty to be happy about even if they didn't play again today.
The Badgers loss to Gonzaga actually set them up for a matchup against #22 ranked Maryland, and despite trailing early Wisconsin ended up controlling most of the game as they won 78-69. Some people put a lot of stock into these tournaments, some don't, but personally I think that these were two huge wins the Badgers collected. As of right now, they'd be projected to be a bubble tournament team, or maybe last four in, but after this tournament things are looking good for Bucky this year.
Just wanted to pass that along before the festivities. Go out and enjoy yourself tonight, but ultimately, be safe. Make sure you end up back in your bed, or at least, a bed. You're probably not going to remember much of tonight, so make sure you do it right (and don't pass out in a Taco Johns parking lot, for your sake). We'll be here tomorrow with a Packers recap and maybe some other goodies.
As I wrote last week in the latest edition of "Winks Thinks", college basketball isn't really my forte. But as I also made sure to write about twenty-five times in that edition, I do still get up for the Badgers when they take the floor. That's been no different this season, as I got my first taste of regular season Badgers action Monday night when they were up against Arizona.
* Luke Ridnour had an awesome game off the bench. Ridnour had 13 pts, 12 asts. Nice little double double for Luke. Lets give him the Bucks POTG for his efforts off the bench.
* Jennings had a goodnight at the free throw line. Brandon finished the night 9-10 from the line. He scored 26 pts. Jennings line did lack in the rebs, asts, and stls categories however.
* Ersan also had a double double for the Bucks. He finished the game with 18 pts, and 12 rebs. Ersan needs to keep up the party on the boards.
* Rudy Gay is awesome and I hope the Bucks make a push for him next year. Gay had a nice night scoring 24 pts, grabing 10 rebs, and 4 stls. He also made all 7 of his free throws. Hunter of the Night for sure. Hopefully some day he gets the Bucks POTG.
* The Bucks kept the turnovers down with only 13. This is going to be a key with Bogut out, they absolutely have to keep the turnovers down.
Overall a win is a win. This game was nothing special for the Bucks they did show that they have no quit. Milwaukee moves to 8-3 on the year. To check out the rest of the box score click the next clue. Now guess who's back with a brand new track.
After the big win, the Bucks traveled to San Antonio to face the Spurs on Monday night. Another slow start for the Bucks, even though they were welcoming back Redd from his injury. The only problem was that Redd was very rusty. He couldn't make a shot, or a free throw in the first half. Yet, somehow after an awful first quarter the Bucks had the lead at halftime. The only problem was that it was one point, and the Spurs have a guy named Tim Duncan.
This was really the first challenge the Bucks had with a big guy since Andrew has been out. Timmy went to work in the second half the Bucks just couldn't keep up with him. Also the Bucks couldn't stop Matt Bonner. I am sorry but not a huge Matt Bonner fan. The guy just shoots tray balls, and that is his job on the team. But because of him and Duncan, the Bucks took a beating in the 112-98 defeat Monday night. Digging deep tonight to find highlights but here we go:
* Jennings had an okay game, but did finish the game with 5 turnovers. He did however put up 12 pts, 7 asts, and 4 rebs. It was good to see him hand out some dimes tonight but the turnovers need to stay down. He also had a rough night shooting with a 6-21 performance.
* Ersan had a nice game scoring 20 pts, 4 rebs, and 4 stls. He is playing very consistent of late with Bogut out. It will be nice to see what this team can do when they have everyone dressed up. Going to give the Bucks POTG to Ersan.
* Warrick played well off the bench, but just didn't get many minutes. He had 15 pts, 4 rebs, and got to the line 5 times making all of them.
* Rebounding, well, the Bucks got crushed 46-29 on the boards. This will not lead to many wins.
* It was just Tim Duncan doing what Tim Duncan does on Monday. He had a nice 24 pts, 12 rebs in 32 mins. This will give him the Hunter of the Night award. I'd like to see the Bogut vs Duncan matchup, but I guess we will have to wait.
All in all, The Bucks just never got things going. They will travel to New Orleans Wednesday to take on the Hornets. The Hornets will be without Chris Paul which will be huge, but it would have been cool to see a Jennings/Paul match up. After that the Bucks go to OKC to face the Thunder on ESPN. Lets hope they can get it together for there big game on national TV. Here is the rest of the crappy box score from Monday nights game.
1. Wild Card Leaders - Two weeks ago, I wrote an article talking about how the 2009 Green Bay Packers season was for naught. A few days later, I tried to take a look at the rest of the schedule, and decided that even by dumb luck, the Packers could still wind up around 10-6. Now, after a 30-24 victory against the San Francisco 49ers, I'm feeling especially good about the Packers playoff chances.
Just a quick programming note here for those of you wasting away your Sundays like I am. There's so much to watch on TV night that I'm afraid this might get lost in the shuffle, but the 2009 installment of the MLS Cup takes place tonight at 7:30CT on ESPN. After two years of David Beckham turmoil, the Los Angeles Galaxy will represent the Western Conference against Real Salt Lake, who will represent the Eastern Conference (even though they play in the West, crazy MLS). The Los Angeles Galaxy have hoisted the Cup before, and they'll be looking to do so again tonight against first time entry Salt Lake.
In all my years of watching the Bucks, I can honestly say that I've never seen anyone have as quick of an impact, and a positive one for that matter, than Brandon Jennings. All it took was a 55-point game and quick start to an 8-3 record, and suddenly people are talking about Brandon Jennings and Bucks basketball (Gweeds will have more on the Bucks 103-98 over the Grizzlies tomorrow night). I can't tell you how many Facebook profiles I've seen of people suddenly expressing interest in the Bucks, which is a definite good thing.
For those of you wondering if there was going to be any information about the Badgers football contest against the Northwestern Wildcats on this site, I regret to inform you that there will be no such thing. It is the official stance of us here at The Bucky Channel to never do anything that may put Northwestern in a positive light, for they are a joke of a university that does not deserve any such accolades. We hope you understand our stance in this matter, and apologize if this has cause any inconvenience. Thanks, as always, for choosing The Bucky Channel when doing your web browsing.
Jennings got off to a hot start in the first quarter scoring 17 of his 29 points, and claimed after the game that he didn't know Jordan was in the stands till the fourth quarter. Apparently it wasn't until during a timeout when Jordan was on the Jumbotron in the fourth quarter that Jennings realized MJ was in the building. The crowd of 15,578 (which I find hard to believe) was giving a nice ovation during the timeout. Jennings couldn't figure out what was going on till he looked up and saw Jordan's mug on the Jumbo tron. I know for a fact that if I was playing in front of Michael Jordan I would be real nervous. Jennings on the other hand is the man and played good enough to help the Bucks beat the Bobcats 95-88.
This game was intense at first, as both teams came out firing in the first quarter. Even with Jennings scoring 17 in the first quarter, the Charlotte Bobcats put up 25 points in the quarter and had a high percentage shooting. I think the injury to Bogut may have been a good thing, but only for this game. Starting Dan Grabnreach made the Bucks a running team, which helped in the first half. This gave them a chance to get some wide open looks on the transition game. Because of this, the Bucks built a nice 12 point half time lead.
The Bobcats on the other hand never really got anything going on the offense side of the ball after the first quarter. They shot lights out right away only to go cold until the fourth quarter. They did make a late run, but a Jennings fade away jumper from the wing sealed the deal for the Bucks. Charlotte was without their starting center Tyson Chandler also, and that hurt their year long struggles as the Bobcats still have not won a game on the road yet this season. Stephen Jackson, who played his second game in less than a week at the Bradley Center, had an alright game finishing with 22 pts, 4 rebs, and 2 asts. Lets look at some other highlights from another Bucks victory:
* Can't talk enough about how good Brandon Jennings has been this year to this team. He had another solid performance finishing the game 29 pts, 7 asts, 4 rebs. That will earn him the Bucks POTG again. He also kept the turnovers down Friday night with only 2 for the game.
* The reserves playing center for Bogut played well. No one really stood out but combined they had a solid game. All together they finished with 6 pts, and 11 rebs. I know those are not huge numbers, but they played some good defense. They might need to pick up the scoring a little bit but the rebounding needs to stay where it is. They also finished the game with a +/- of +18, which showed they had an impact while on the court.
* Hey Hakim Warrick, thanks for playing like you did in preseason. The only bad thing is it took nine games before you did it. He is going to be seeing more minutes with Bogut out of the lineup for a few weeks. He had a nice game finishing with 16 pts, and 9 rebs. Lets keep it up Warrick.
* One thing that has been working well this year is the Jennings/Ridnour combo playing at the same time. I really like how these guys play together on the court. Sometimes when a younger guy comes in the veteran doesn't play well with the rookie, or the other way around. Both Ridnour and Jennings are keeping their heads high though and working together. This combo has been a key on a few of the third quarter runs the Bucks have made this year. Skiles might want to play these guys together a little more each game.
* Gerald Wallace was the only bright spot for Charlotte Friday night. He finished the game with 22 pts, 10 rebs, and 4 asts. Wallace always seems to play well against the Bucks every year. Gerald is kind of an underrated player who doesn't get much respect because who he plays for. With his Friday nights performance we are going to give him respect here at The Bucky Channel by giving him the Hunter of the Night.
With the win the Bucks move to 7-3, and are tied with the Cavs for the division lead. Overall, this game wasn't a real test for the hurting Bucks Friday night. They play Memphis Saturday night, which I hope is not a real test either. They should be able to take care of the business against Memphis Saturday night before some real tests come next week. To check out the rest of the Box scores from Friday nights win click on the next clue. By the way no one is guessing the clues so either no one cares about the Bucks or no one wants a Buckychannel T-shirt. A FREE T-SHIRT PEOPLE, COME ON TIMES ARE BAD.
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Sweat pants, hair tied, chillin' with no make-up on That's when you're the prettiest, I hope that you don't take it wrong.
Winks Thinks got pushed back a little this week, but don't worry because having this come out on Friday instead means that it'll be good reading material as you count down the slow count until the weekend. In this week's edition of Winks Thinks, I figure out whether I'd rather watch college hoops or the NBA-version, look at the fluke goal that sent France to the World Cup, and of course, give my predictions for the WWE pay-per-view this weekend. Bon apetit, and enjoy the weekend.
You know what, it appears that I almost forgot to post the NFL Coverage Maps for the week. I'm sure you've already seen them by now anyways, since I'm one of the 3,000 websites that post them. Either way, not that bad of a football weekend this weekend as far as the games we get. However, those of you in the Green Bay market don't get the early game on CBS due to crazy NFL broadcast rules. I find it interesting that the league will allow people to get a channel like the RedZone channel but then they go to extremes to block games depending on the market. Oh well, here's some colorful drawings:
Fox Single Game Coverage Map - San Francisco 49ers @ Green Bay Packers
CBS Early Game Coverage Map - Indianapolis Colts @ Baltimore Ravens (game blacked out in Green Bay market)
CBS Late Game Coverage Map -New York Jets @ New England Patriots
How do we know that Brandon Jennings has "made it"? Well, not only was he the cover boy for awhile on ESPN.com today, but even The Onion is taking notice! God, I love this guy.
Less than two months after he was drafted, I went out to an establishment in my old hometown of La Crosse, Wisconsin. To my amazement, I saw a pretty young woman rocking a Brian Brohm jersey. I would have talked to her, but I knew she had to be delusional. So far, with Brohm failing to not only beat Matt Flynn on the depth chart but also failing to make the 53-man roster, I was right in my assessment. But, lo and behold, Brohm's been given a second chance.
I really have no idea what's going on with this site lately. No, I'm not talking about how Gweeds has been carrying this site for the last few weeks, but rather the fact that the comments section is getting bombarded with what can only be spam or a really, really, bad virus.
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How about that for some spin? Instead of saying, I didn't get Winks Thinks done in time and that's why it wasn't posted today, I'm going to instead say that you're getting a special edition on Friday. What can I say, I'm good at what I do. But yeah, expect the column to be out tomorrow sometime in the morning on SportsBubbler, and then I'll throw it up here sometime in the mid-afternoon. As for why I didn't get it done in time, don't worry, that will definitely be covered in tomorrow's edition. Thanks for your continual love and support.
The Bucks came out a little flat shooting, but turned it around with a few Delfino tray balls. Bogut had a very nice quarter with 10 pts, 2 rebs, and 2 asts. The Nets are a very bad team, and so far they just don't look like a team working together at all. Wasn't a bad quarter for the Bucks till Jennings and Bell went to the bench, as they had a 20-13 point lead with 2:35 left in the quarter. Unfortunately though, Chris Douglas-Roberts hit a three at the buzzer to cut the lead to 20-19 after one. Not a good quarter for the Bucks at all. They really need to get a little run going and put this team away. Lets hope things change after the first quarter.
Thanks Bucks for listening to what I had to say! The Bucks came out hot with a 15-0 run to start the second half. It was a team effort with Jennings throwing in 8 points during that time. Jennings also had the play of the year during this run. When Bogut swatted a rebound back to the top of the key, Chris Douglas Roberts grabbed it. He tried to get it back to the point guard when Jennings came from behind to steal it, dribble between two Nets, and take it the distance for the dunk. This give the Bucks the momentum for the rest of night.
The fourth quarter was some more of the basketball that I like to see the Bucks play. They just came out with the same intensity that they had in the third quarter, starting the fourth playing good defense and finding the open guy. Delfino, who had a good first quarter, played well again in the fourth quarter. Carlos has 8 points in the fourth quarter giving him 21 for the game. New Jersey on the other hand never got things going. The Bucks played sloppy late by turning the ball over, and giving the Nets some free hoops. But in the end the Bucks held off the Nets who never got real close to win 99-85. Lets look at some individual highlights from the game tonight.
* Carlos Delfino got some extra minutes tonight because of Luc Richard being out with a day to day injury. Carlos played very well scoring 21 pts, 6 asts, 4 rebs, and 4 big shots from downtown. It was a hard decision tonight but we are going to give Delfino the Bucks POTG tonight.
* Andrew Bogut also had a huge game. He finished with 21 pts, and 11 rebs. He did leave late with a turned ankle lets hope that he is alright. He did walk to the locker room on his own. Good game tonight for Bogut, on most nights this would get you player of the game.
* Ridnour had a nice game off the bench tonight scoring 17 pts, 4 rebs, and 3 asts. He has been playing very well off the bench for the Bucks this year. It's something I hope he can keep doing long term he is a great NBA backup point guard. Just a very smart player on the court.
* Bucks played a very bad team tonight in the Nets so the 19 turnovers didn't hurt them. They need to get this number down a little bit. Jennings finished the game with 8 turnovers himself, something he needs to improve on. Jennings did however finish with 19 pts, 8 asts.
* Chris Douglas Roberts had a huge game for the Nets tonight. This guy can just get to the hoop it seems at any point in time. He finished the game with 31 pts, 10 rebs, 3 asts, and 3 steals. This is a bright spot for the Nets. CDR earns himself the Hunter of the Night tonight. The other bright spot for New Jersey is Terrence Williams, he has 20 pts, 10 rebs.
The Bucks improve their record to 6-3 on this young season. Next up for the Bucks are the Charlotte Bobcats Friday night in the Bradley Center. The Bucks will welcome Stephen Jackson to the Bradley Center for the second time in a week. He was with the Warriors Saturday night when Jennings went off for his 55. Click the next clue for a free Bucky Channel t-shirt for the rest of the box scores, if anyone cares.
I get so tired of working so hard for our survival.
Even though they lost, Milwaukee showed a lot of fight again tonight. One of the great things about this team is how they fight to the very end. A huge reason for the second half run, and a great example of the fight this team has, was from the play of the bench. About 3 minutes into the second half Skiles pulled all the starters and subbed in 5 guys off the bench. The stragety worked, as Ersan and Ridnour hit some big trey balls in the 3rd quarter to bring the Bucks back.
In the game's final quarter, the game went back and forth. Both teams made big shot after big shot. Jennings had a chance to win the game late but couldn't hit a running three, and after the game he said he had Ersan open on the wing but he didnt see him until he watched the film. Like he said the season is young, and his vision is something that he has to work on.
* Ersan has been a bright spot for the Bucks this year. If Jennings wasn't putting up huge numbers people would be talking about Ilyasova. He finished the game with 19 pts, 12 rebs, and 4 three's. He is going to get the Bucks POTG award, because he also had a +/- of +18. Keep up the good work "baby Dirk."
* Brandon had another solid game, but he did have a rough night shooting. He shot 8-22 from the field, finishing with 25 pts, 7 rebs, and 8 asts. We might need Redd back to take some pressure off of Jennings. He is all this team seems to be relying on to score when they need a big bucket.
* Ridnour had a nice game off the bench for the Bucks too. He finished the night with 17 pts, 6 asts, 4 steals, and no turnovers. The no turnover thing is huge for Luke. After this game, Skiles might keep giving him more minutes.
* Free throws hurt the Bucks on Monday. They only got to the line 17 times. making just 11 of them. Dallas on the other hand made 17 free throws. Warrick seems to be the only guy on this team that can get to the line on a consistent basis. He didn't play a lot because his defense has struggled. The Bucks need to find a way to get the the line more.
* Double double's killed the Bucks on Monday. Three Mavs finished with double double's - Dirk, Kidd, and Gooden. These three guys alone did enough damage to the Bucks. Their stats looked something like this:
Kidd: 9 pts, 10 rebs, and 17 asts.
Gooden: 22 pts, and 14 rebs (4 offensively)
Dirk: 32 pts, 11 rebs , and 7-8 from the free throw line. He also made the final shot of the game that earns him the Hunter of the Night.
The Bucks play against the winless Nets on Wednesday at the Bradley Center. This is a game the Bucks should win. Lets hope they don't over look this Nets team, a team which has some good players but just can't seem to win a game.
When you try your best but you don't succeed.
Last year around this time, the Brewers picked a guy off of waivers that barely saw the field in the few weeks he was up with the Chicago Cubs organization. This year around this time, that guy earned himself mention in the National Rookie of the Year honors, coming in fifth place. Not too shabby for a guy we essentially stole from the Cubs.
1. What the Hell is Going On Around Here? - All week I've been saying that if the Packers somehow beat the Dallas Cowboys, we are all going to jump right back on the bandwagon and start thinking playoffs, and that is exactly what is happening. Is this team the Super Bowl contender that we thought they were at the beginning of the year? No, and far from it. Might we might have a legitimate playoff team on our hands if the Packers can keep winning games like this, something that seems a little more likely based on how unimpressive their schedule is the rest of the season.
This win wasn't exactly one that we'll remember for years based on the execution, because the Packers didn't really play that well overall. They are still a team lacking discipline with the penalties, and Rodgers still gets sacked way too much for whatever reason. But they made the plays when they needed too, especially on third down, and their defense was spectacular. I still don't think this team played much differently against Dallas than they did in any of their losses, but what matters is that they way they played was good enough to beat the Cowboys on this given day. It wasn't pretty, but believe it or not the Packers are right back in the playoff hunt, and that's something we can all get behind.
2. Oh, Those Penalties! - Mike McCarthy may or may not have "lost" this team, I don't know, but one thing that he can't do is get this team to become more discipline. Twelve penalties for 100 yards is not acceptable, especially with the kind of fouls we are racking up. False start after false start, too many acts of unsportsmanlike conduct, and every decent Ryan Grant run brought back by a holding. McCarthy's teams have been some of the most penalized in the league throughout his entire tenure, and he's gotta do something about that. Even if the Packers do claw their way back into a playoff race, there are a lot of quality coaches out there and could probably do a much better job of keeping this team in check, and keeping the penalties down. I'd rather see McCarthy improve and keep his job, but we can't keep being penalized like this. I guess it does help when the Cowboys try to match us, as they had ten fouls for 67 yards themselves. By the way, McCarthy vs. Wade Phillips won't go down in history as one of the greatest coaching matchups of all time, I can guarantee that.
3. Rodgers Silences the Critics - Okay, so he still did hold on to the ball a little too long at times, although he was much improved in that category. And he needs to do a better job at picking up blitzes and realizing when there is the possibility of him being blindsided. But he played exactly the way we need him to play, and he stepped up and won the big game. Rodgers outplayed the hell out of Tony Romo, finishing with 189 yards in the air including yet another touchdown to Spencer Havner. He was also five for 15 on the ground, including a short run for a score. The biggest thing though that Rodgers did was make the plays on third down, and that ultimately kept the Cowboys off the field and led the Packers to a victory.
4. I Need More Out of Ryan Grant - This has nothing to do with any kind of fantasy implications - although I did need more out of him that way, and yes my apologies for bringing up my own fantasy team in a post - we just need more out of Ryan Grant. He's not terrible, but he's not quite the guy I thought he would be after his breakout rookie campaign. I just don't really trust the guy to make the big play, or even the small one for that matter. There was a point in the game when the Packers had the ball four yards away from the end zone, and you knew that Grant wasn't going to get those four yards if his life depended on it. I'm not saying it's time to look elsewhere, but Grant needs to improve if he's going to be the back of the next three to five years.
5. Good Luck Chuck - We've been talking lately about how the Packers have wasted the opportunity of having Charles Woodson, because he has been incredible the last few years and the Packers, well, they haven't been. Who knows where we'd be without the guy, and he definitely made his presence felt again on Sunday. Two forced fumbles, a sack, and a game clinching interception makes him the for sure player of the game, and most likely the NFC, if not NFL, Defensive Player of the Week. Each of those turnovers was instrumental in the Packers victory Sunday, and we might not win that game without him. Guys like Woodson are why you build part of your team through free agency Ted, let's stop sitting on that salary cap room and bring in some more of these guys.
So a big 17-7 win for the Packers, and next up is a matchup against the San Francisco 49ers. After today, I'm feeling a little better about our odds in that game, and maybe for the rest of the season. What a difference one game can make.
I haven't really given fair coverage to the Badgers lately, but it was a solid weekend for the University of Wisconsin in terms of athletics. The Badgers football team continued to stay hot and won another game they were supposed to win, as they beat Michigan 45-24 at Camp Randall. The man pictured above, John Clay, had another solid performance with 151 yards and a touchdown, and it's a shame he's not getting more national recognition. But the real star of this game was quarterback Scott Tolzien, who had five total touchdowns, four via the air and one on the ground.
With this win, the Badgers are now at 8-2 on the season. They only teams that they have lost to are Ohio State and Iowa, and those two teams just contended for the Big Ten title this weekend, so that's pretty good. I don't know how close this Badgers team is to becoming a national championship contender, but with a lot of these guys set to return next season I'm feeling pretty confident they can put together a solid run at a Big Ten title. But I don't want to get to ahead of myself, the Badgers still have Northwestern and Hawaii before they out what bowl they are headed to this year.
Not to be ignored is the Wisconsin basketball team, which started their regular season on Sunday with a 75-46 win over IPFW, which is apparently a college somewhere. Nice win for the Badgers in front of the home crowd, but nothing to get too particular about. Leading scorers in this one were Jon Leuer with 19 points and Jason Bohannon with 12. The Badgers have another one of these should be tune-up games against Oakland on Wednesday, and then they are headed to Hawaii for the Maui Invitational.
So overall, good weekend for the Badgers, and I'm looking forward to what the future might bring for both of these teams.
(Winks note: I've really appreciated Gweeds coming over to The Bucky Channel and helping me out with Bucks posts this season, and this one is no exception. However, Gweeds might have had a little too much fun last night, and this post is the result. PS OMG JENNINGS!)
Hello Brandon Jennings, welcome to Milwaukee. For those who were not smart and decided to take a cab from their apartment to a bar in the third quarter of Saturday night's game raise your hand. Well my hand is up, and for that Wisconsin fans I can say I missed the greatest thing that happened to this state since Wade took Marquette to the final four. Today the post will be a little different as I will go through my night, as much as I can remember anyway, with highlights from the game thrown in.
7:30 Bear tells me to save the progress in Smackdown vs Raw 2010 and turn on the Bucks. I start to get a little worried because everyone is talking about how the Warriors have such a great offense. Not sure how the Bucks will shut them down.
7:35 Lets make a Captian and Coke Zero for the game. The game starts and we can't make a shot for the life of us.
8:00 First quarter is done, Bucks are down 30-21. Starting to think that the Denver game was a dick tease. The drinks are just adding up and this is going to be a long night for this Bucks defense.
8:30 Called a cab and the Bucks are getting rocked with a few minutes to go in the half. Bear says to me, "Why are you making a drink the cab is coming soon?" The Bucks are sucking so I have to drink away the pain.
8:37 The Bucks make a little run right before half, only to give up a late three. The Bucks are down by 8 at halftime.
8:45 The cab picks us up and takes us downtown. This was the biggest mistake of the night. At this point I had a good buzz going so we forgot about the game.
9:30 Me and Bear decide to ask the bartenders to turn the game on. Lets see how they are doing. WTF the Bucks are winning? What happened to this team, they couldn't make a shot in the first half. Bear finds out that Jennings has about 42 at this time, with 9 minutes left in the game.
9:45 The Bucks are starting to get a lead, and I am just running around like we won a title or something. Jennings just keeps scoring and he can't be stopped.
10:00 The game was almost getting done. I was giving Bear high fives like we were getting paid to do it. He keep spilling his drink and was getting pissed at me but Jennings would make everything good.
10:02 The game is over Bucks win 129-125. Me and Bear are just loving life. Jennings finishes with 55 points. A new rookie record for the Bucks. This guy is for real people, start watching him. We have something special here ladies and Gentleman.
10:03 My boy Pat O is texting me that Brandon Jennings is the best. He is also saying lets get season tickets and go to all the games. Jennings pulled the biggest Y2J ever. He is saving us. We need to respect this team and fill the stands.
10:05 Time to take shots and blackout for the night... If anyone saw me and knows what happened please let me know.
(Winks note: That is pretty much what happened Gweeds, and it didn't get prettier from there. Although he did perform much better than the girl he brought over, who ended up passing out on the kitchen floor.)
So missing the third quarter of the game could be the worst part of the night but thanks to the Internet we can watch replay video. Click here to see the great night Jennings had. His final number weres: 21-34 from the field. 7-8 from deep range. 55 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists. This guy is for real.
Oh yeah I guess some other guys played too so check them out with help from the next clue. Also CC you won already so you can't play anymore. Cause when the roof caved in and the truth came out.
The Packers are 4-4, coming off one of the most embarrassing losses in franchise history. They need a win in the worst way to even think about contending for the playoffs, and they have to get one against one of the best teams in the NFC this weekend. As if I wasn't already worried enough about the prospects of this game, now comes the news that the Packers will be starting a rookie seventh-round pick at outside linebacker.
Why is it that when a big name pitcher either becomes a free agent or gets put on the trade market, Brewers fans automatically think that he's going to be headed to Milwaukee? Did the Sabathia trade really spoil us that much? Since then, we've been planning to welcome guys like Jake Peavy and Roy Halladay, only to come up disappointed. Well, it seems as if we never learn, because now John Lackey has become the object of our off-season affection.
The Polar Bear seemed to be one of the most polarizing players that have been with the Wisconsin Basketball program throughout it's history, mainly because of how much of a tool he was when he played for Appleton West. Being from Fondy myself, I was never really a fan of the kid, but his strong work ethic, hard play, and clutch three-point bank shots while at Wisconsin eventually won me over.
Butch's career since his college days have taken him all around the globe (which is a nice way of saying he couldn't make the NBA). Currently, he's playing in Greece, although he has found some time to become the pitchman for Pep's Pizza. Kudos to Doctors of Za for the discovery. Enjoy.
If Travis thinks I phoned in last week's column, then I don't think he's going to like this one too much. Nah, it's not that bad, but we get back to basics a little bit this week with the old format of Winks Thinks. Since everything that's going on in Wisconsin right now has pretty much already been covered, I bring back the old style of the randomness. Check it out in this week's edition of Winks Thinks.
Denver made a late run on some three's from Chauncey Billups and J.R./Earl Smith. Call him whatever you want but Smith can knock down some huge shots. I kind of lost some respect for Melo tonight. He is a great player, don't get me wrong, but he kind of cries a lot. Anthony got to the line 14 times and made all of his attempts. But there was one play where he got an offensive rebound and Bogut caught him kind of hard, so Melo got real mad and threw some elbows. After that he was all over the refs throughout the rest of the game.
* Brandon Jennings had a monster game. He finished with 32 points, 9 dimes, and 4 rebounds. He made all of the eight free throws he took. BJ3 also made two huge three's in the fourth quarter. My buddy Pat O said that Jennings should just win Bucks POTG for the rest of year. It was a good suggestion, but lets just give it to him tonight and go from there.
* Andrew Bogut had another good game with a double double. He put up a nice 23 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 blocks. He also made all three of his free throws. He has been making his throws a little better this year. This is the only Buck on the All-Star Voting Ballot that I think has a chance to make it. He will have to keep up with the double doubles.
* The Bucks had a nice game again rebounding again on Wednesday. They outboarded the Nugs 46 to 37. The Bucks have shown a lot of hustle this year which is giving the Bucks the edge in rebounding.
* Back to Carmelo Anthony. He had a huge game at the line as I said before, and he finished the game with 32 points, 1o rebounds. He earned himself the Hunter of the Night based on those stats. Still, I like Melo best on Team USA, and not the punk he can sometimes be with Denver.
* The Bucks have given up an average of 88.0 points a per game. That is second in the league only to the Boston Celtics, proving that this team is a sleeper on the defensive end. Lets hope they can keep this up for awhile.
Overall a huge statement game for the Bucks. They beat a really good Denver team Wednesday night, and they are leading the Central for now with a 4-2 record. They play again Saturday night at home against the run and gun Warriors.
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