It may have gone on longer than the actual NBA playoffs, but we finally have a winner in the Bucks Survivor contest to determine which Bucks player fans feel is the most important to the success of the franchise. This year's winner is none other than rookie sensation Brandon Jennings. Jennings knocked off Andrew Bogut, the two-time defending champion, by just one vote. The voting between the two was back and forth both times we tried to run the final round - the first before the Blogger Poll application crashed, and the second which truly did declare the winner. Brandon Jennings, Bucks Survivor. Here's a rundown of the order in which players were eliminated:
Just when you think things are starting to pick up, the Brewers bring your expectations back to earth by dropping another game, and thus the series, to the Houston Astros. It's a disappointing end to a series where the Brewers just couldn't hang on to leads and their bullpen revert to problems of the past. In Wednesday's affair it was by the final of a 5-1 loss, and the Brewers fall to 35-43. The light at the end of the tunnel that is a .500 record is getting dimmer everyday, while the light that shines on behalf of the playoffs is undetectable by the human eye.
Where is Michael Redd in that rotation you ask, well lets just say I hope he is gone. If not my guess would be that we start him (if he cares enough to get healthy), and Maggette wins sixth man of the year. But if someone is willing to take his outrageous contract that would be awesome for us. It would also be nice to get another SF/PF guy to maybe take some of the pressure off of Larry Sanders. Sanders seems to be the defender we are looking for the help this team, but to have a big guy that can score wouldn't be bad either.
While overall still satisfied enough with the LOST finale, there really still is a lot that can be criticized about this show. I mean, far and away it's the best show ever, especially if you're not a fan of logic or questions being answered. Seriously though, it's a great show. Yet, here's how it should have ended (and make sure you check out this link, great site):
It's a foregone conclusion that Yovani Gallardo is an All-Star, right? I mean, that has to be the case. While he didn't have his best performance on the mound Tuesday, he did manage to get the offense rolling with a solo shot in the third inning, his third home run of the year. That's exactly as many this season as your reigning AL MVP Joe Mauer, by the way. Get this man to the All-Star game, immediately.
Brandon seems to be the team player that every team hopes for, and it looks like the Bucks have one hopefully for a long time. Another thing Hammond has to like about having a guy like Jennings is it is one less spot you have to worry about when offseason rolls around.
Paraguay vs. Japan - 9am - ESPN
Alright, guys. Either you are going to put a run together or you are not. I'm not quite sure what you have decided, but giving away a game to the Houston Astros is not conducive to making a push back towards .500 and possibly the playoffs. Let's not dwell on this one though, let's put it behind us and take the next two games of this should-be easy series at home, alright?
The NBA Las Vegas Summer League doesn't get underway until Friday, July 9th (the Bucks start on the 12th), but now with the draft concluded the rosters are already taking shape. For the Bucks, you can expect all of their draft picks - Larry Sanders, Tiny Gallon, and Darington Hobson - to be in attendance, as well as one holdover from last year's roster Darnell Jackson. There should be some familiar named for Wisconsin fans on the roster as well, as Alando Tucker will be in attendance and Trevon Hughes could be as well. We'll have more info once everything becomes official, but for now head on over to Bucksketball to take a deeper look at who could be representing the Bucks in Sin City.
Major League Soccer is hoping that their league can capitalize on the buzz provided by the American's performance, and rightfully so. But I'll tell you right now that is unlikely to happen. I don't doubt that a handful of people will be tempted to check out their product because of all the hoopla, but unfortunately many will be disappointing when they do. There were two MLS games on this weekend, I watched both of them, and the quality of play is just vastly different than what you've seen in the World Cup. That's to be expected of course, because the Cup has nothing but the finest players in the world, but I fear the drop-off in quality is too drastic for any casual soccer fan.
Netherlands vs. Slovakia - 9am - ESPN
Chris Narveson has been historically bad in the first inning of baseball games this season, although he usually settles down to at least get a quality start out of the outing. We're constantly left to wonder though just how good this guy might be if he could have a decent first inning. I think we found that out on Sunday afternoon, as Narveson not only got through the first inning but went well into the eighth. Over those eight innings, he allowed zero runs on four hits and struck out seven batters. Not bad Chris, not bad.
So Margaret, marry me, because I'd like to date you.
"It's incredible," England coach Fabio Capello said. "We played with five referees and they can't decide if it's a goal or no goal. The game was different after this goal. It was the mistake of the linesman and I think the referee because from the bench I saw the ball go (in)."
Since I've been old enough to really get into the World Cup as a fan, I'd have to say that by far this seems to be the most popular one I've watched on a national level. There is a growing trend in America to really rally around and watch big ticket events. Ratings for pretty much any major event is up these days - the Olympics, NBA Finals, NHL Finals. You name it, more people than ever are watching it, and that seems to be a trend that has included this year's World Cup.
Honestly, does this even matter now that the U.S. has been knocked out of the competition? You bet it does. Two more Round of 16 matches take place today, both destined to be good ones. The question is does anyone in this country care anymore now that our guys have been taken out? We'll see.
On a day when the United States was booted from World Cup play, all I wanted after that game was to watch the Brewers win their sixth straight game. Unfortunately, it just didn't turn out to be my kind of day. After rattling off five wins in a row, the hammer had to drop sometime on the Milwaukee Brewers, and that day was Saturday after the Brewers lost to Seattle by a score of 5-4.
Alright, so maybe I'm overreacting with the title here, but what a heartbreaking loss it was for the United States on Saturday. Even though the circumstances were different, the result was the same - a 2-1 loss to Ghana has eliminated the United States from the World Cup.
The group stage is behind us, and now it's do-or-die team. The World Cup is now in Sweet Sixteen mode, and we start with the U.S.'s portion of the bracket. The Americans have the second game of the day, but let's start with them.
So, this must be what five wins in a row feels like. Who knew? Things looked a bit dreary for Milwaukee on Friday night as Dave Bush and the Crew fell down 3-0 early, but then from there it was all offense for the Brewers as they put up eight unanswered runs and won the game 8-3. As we've discussed, the Brewers are in a crucial part of their season right now, and the fact that they are actually winning these games is actually impressing the hell out of me. I just don't think that this team is the kind of team that can put together eight, nine wins in a row, but all week long they've proved me wrong by doing nothing but winning. I think I like that.
Ivory Coast 3, North Korea 0
We're officially two weeks in to the World Cup, and today is the day that wraps up the group play round. After this, it's the knockout stages baby. If you think you've seen some good games so far (and you have), just wait until every game is do or die. It's going to be something.
This draft pick means Mbah a Moute will be able to play the SF position where I think he will be better. He is a tough guy, but playing him at the PF made us a small team. Not really sure who is going to start for this team as of right now. Will Sanders find himself in the starting line up, or will Mbah a Moute start at the PF? Only time will tell, but I think the Bucks made a good pick with upside.
You know, the Brewers are doing a very good job and maintaining my interest just a few days after I proclaimed that I was losing interest in them. For the first time since 1996, the Brewers have swept the Minnesota Twins and are now winners of four straight games. It's been a refreshing week for Brewers fans as many of us were beginning to wonder if this team was even capable of winning games back to back at all.
Amidst all the excitement of the World Cup, a little closer to home we having something pretty remarkable going on as well - the Brewers are winning games. With a 5-3 victory over the Twins on Wednesday, the Brewers have now won three straight. And this season, it seems like anytime this team wins even back-to-back games we get all excited about it and think that we'll be in the playoffs. That probably won't be the case, although we do have a chance to really turn it around in the next couple of weeks.
Although, perhaps the Crew can find some of that Landon Donovan mojo and take us back to the playoffs. I've seen stranger things happen this week.
A little late on these. Blame it on the alcohol.
You may not like soccer. You may have looked at the title of this post and saw the picture of Landon Donovan and turned away. You may still be trying to figure out why the tie against England was such a big deal and how a 2-2 tie and 1-0 victory could be even remotely exciting. But if you have put your stubborn ways aside and followed the journey of the American Men's Soccer team, you have really been watching some of the greatest spectacle in sport. I'm not going to proclaim that this World Cup is going to change the opinions of soccer in America, because if you're not on board yet you probably never will be. But if you are, you are watching quite a show.
Group C - United States vs. Algeria - 9:00am - ESPN
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