Roy Oswalt, Miguel Tejada, Matt Capps, and Jorge Cantu were all on the move on Thursday, and so far nobody has been shipped out of Brew City. It's looking like even as we get closer to the trade deadline that will remain the case, as the reports out of MLB front offices say that the Brewers have pulled Prince Fielder and Corey Hart off the trading block.
You gotta love Youtube. Years ago, some guy named Steve Porter mashed together a couple of press clips with the help of autotune. Now, he's DJ Steve Porter and he's used his talents to receive paychecks from the NBA among others. Making money off the internet isn't easy, trust me, so you gotta credit Porter for finding a way of being successful. Porter is back again with the second installment of his Press Hop, featuring favorites such as Tiger Woods, LeBron James, and Jim Mora, and even going back to the archives with a little Hal McRae thrown in. Watch out for douchebag Favre though. I'll stop talking now, just enjoy.
I don't really know what to think of this Cavs team this season. The only thing I can say for sure is they won't be clinching the Central Division with three weeks left in the season like they have been in the past few years.
Recapping this week's episode of Entourage in case you missed it...
File this one under the "Too Little, Too Late" category. After struggling throughout the first half of the season, the Brewers seem to be finally putting things together as they are now on a five game winning streak, including Monday night's 3-2 victory over the Reds. Another win puts the Brewers at just five games under .500, something that seemed impossible during pretty much any point this season. All year long the Brewers have won some and loss some, but mainly they've been hovering around ten games under. Now, just days away from the trade deadline, is when they finally decide to make a move? Nice guys.
You're waiting for a train; a train that will take you far away. You know where you hope this train will take you, but you can't be sure. But it doesn't matter - because we'll be together.
Last week I made the statement that in their week long endeavor against the Nationals and the Pirates, the Brewers needed to go no worse than 6-1 to realistically put them in a position where they could still be looked at as contenders. A 6-1 record would be just enough in my opinion where it would still be logical for them not to become sellers, and to see if maybe they couldn't hit a streak ala the Colorado Rockies or Houston Astros of a few years ago. Anything less than that, and I would declare the season over (again).
As a soccer fan, I like to see when people who don't care at all about the game get into it if only for the World Cup. I actively root for the growth of soccer in this country, and even though that couldn't be happening any slower it's nice to have the opportunity every four years to actually root with other people instead of sitting alone cheering by myself. And even though I enjoy soccer more than the average American, I'm not that much different, because like them my interest in the game picks up every four years as well.
I don't see the MLS ever being bigger than Triple-A baseball in America, which is fine; Triple-A baseball sells out stadiums, works as a feeder system for the majors and remains lucrative. The hook for soccer is the national team, and by proxy, the success of the best American players. And, as [my reader] points out, our players can only get better by playing against the best competition. So if we want to expose fledgling fans to the best possible soccer AND tap into the American/underdog/our-guys dynamic, the following scenario needs to happen: Donovan (the most famous American soccer player ever and still in his prime) needs to play overseas for a Premier League team (let's say Everton, given that it already has Tim Howard); Everton needs to sign two other blue-chip Americans (let's say Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley) and turn itself into America's Overseas Premier League Team; then, ESPN needs to sign a deal to show every game live for this team -- and create a "Hard Knocks"-type show about a season in the life of this team.
There are even people who watch Major League Soccer. And that may be the biggest miracle of all. And the biggest proof that soccer must be going somewhere here. It's like Daniel Kellison's [former executive producer of 'The Man Show' and 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'] heterosexuality test: Any man can have sex with a model, but only the most heterosexual of men can bring himself to have sex with a truly unattractive woman. The fact that American soccer fans can sit through 90 minutes of MLS is proof of a love of soccer beyond anything the rest of the world can possibly fathom.
I could see but only one person I know wearing the moronic shirt posted above. The man in question used to write articles on this website about Fantasy sports, before his basement flooded which ended his career on The Bucky Channel. That's right, our old friend Bear thinks he is awesome at fantasy football, if only because he has won our league the past two years. The only problem is he doesn't know who was the first ever winner in said league. It was no other than myself, Gweeds, who set the bar for this league by taking out Winks in the title game. That was before we ever got into all the mock drafts and magazines that help you pick who is going to be good. So I'm a little old fashioned, but for the next 4 weeks I'll be doing a "mock draft" of my own. So lets get a start with the first two rounds.
Round 1, Pick 1
Round 1, Pick 2
Adrian Peterson, Running Back. If stupid Favre doesn't come back you could move him up, because he will touch the ball all the time. But two seems to be the best place for him with or without Brett.
Round 1, Pick 4
Ray Rice, Running Back. This team could take the AFC by storm, and this man could have an awesome year. If you have the fourth pick consider this the first steal of the draft.
Round 1, Pick 5
Aaron Rodgers, Quarterback. This is where I got lost on who to take. Last year I took LT at this spot, and well that didn't work out well for me. So this is a safe pick over the other running backs at this spot. Why Rodgers as the first quarterback? I say because he can run for touchdowns, which moves him up the board.
Frank Gore, Running Back. The guy has the potential to be a top three pick, but it is just a matter if he can play every game. If he played every game last year he would have had more points than Peterson for sure.
Steven Jackson, Running Back. Another guy that could put up huge numbers if he can find the endzone, although he only had four touchdowns last year. I could see him getting 12 total to make him a nice pick at number seven.
Round 1, Pick 8
Michael Turner, Running Back. He just doesn't catch balls, so in a league like this it is hard to take him before this pick. He might still be a little high at eight in a reception league, but we are going to take a shot with him. (Winks Edit: This is where I'll be picking this year, and I don't know if I can take Turner again like I did last year at the four. He just doesn't catch balls, although I'll gladly make this pick if we vote receptions out. Also, Rodgers at five?)
Round 1, Pick 9
Round 1, Pick 10
DeAngelo Williams, Running Back. He splits time with another great back, but this team loves to run. With a quarterback that hasn't played a whole season yet starting for them Williams will get a lot of touches.
Round 1, Pick 11
Rashard Mendenhall, Running Back. He's a 1,000 yard rusher with seven carries in the first three games. I can only think his number will go up. Also with no Big Ben to start the season someone has to make plays.
Round 1, Pick 12
Larry Fitzgerald, Wide Receiver. No more Boldin, so this guy will be a huge redzone target. He always makes it look easy getting into the endzone, so I see that happening again this season. From the 10 yard line in this guy has the best chance to bring down a catch for a touchdown.
Round 2, Pick 13
Reggie Wayne, Wide Receiver. Every year I put this guy on my guys to draft list, every year I pass him up, and every year I kick myself in the ass for not taking him. The guy has the most accurate QB in the league, so you know he is going to catch balls. In a PPR league he is a good value here. If you don't get reception points, you might want to wait a little on him.
Round 2, Pick 14
Drew Brees, Quarterback. He has too many weapons to not spend an early pick on him. Also the Saints defense has a few holes, so that puts more pressure on the offense to pick up the slack. If you can snag a guy that scores a lot off the PPR Brees is solid pick here.
Round 2, Pick 15
Randy Moss, Wide Receiver. I see him as a huge risk, but every year he puts up the numbers need to be a top 20 pick, so what better time than now to snag him. In a PPR league he can have some awful games, but you have to hope he finds the endzone.
Round 2, Pick 16
Round 2, Pick 17
Ryan Grant, Running Back. I have him behind Mathews, because of the PPR. Grant doesn't catch many balls, but he is a hard runner. Also he will get a lot of touches with not much else in the Packers backfield.
Round 2, Pick 18
Calvin Johnson, Wide Receiver. He worries me because of health issues. That being said, if he plays every game I don't see why he couldn't grab 100 balls this season. Teams are also saying that the Lions could be sleepers this season, so for that to come true this guy needs to step up.
Round 2, Pick 19
Peyton Manning, Quarterback. Getting him this late would be a nice pick up. The guy is good every year, and I don't see that changing this season.
Round 2, Pick 20
Cedric Benson, Running Back. He will get a lot of carries just like he did last season. If he can stay healthy he will be a great snag in the late second round. Won't catch a lot of balls, but he will power his way to the endzone when the Bengals get inside the ten.
Hopefully Friday night was the last time the Brewers will wear those retched mid-90's uniforms, because I can't stand those things. At least the parting image of them if that's the case will be a Milwaukee victory, because Lord knows that didn't happen much when these were our daily kits. Although another lasting memory could also be the fact that Corey Hart may have taken himself off of the trade block when his right hand slammed into the concrete on the right field wall. Awesome. He did have both the x-rays and the MRI done already and both came back negative, so that's a good thing of course. But still, yikes.
Wow, what a fantasy come true this would be. Not only do you get dinner at the Historic White Spruce Inn, but you get a whole weekend fishing with Bill Schroeder. A whole weekend! That has to include Friday evening, all day Saturday, and then Sunday morning right? I wonder if separate rooms at the hotel are included, or if you get to bunk with Rock as well. Either way, you're in good hands, as it looks like Rock not only enjoys the forests of Northern Wisconsin but he's also the king of it. Come to think of it, I think Rock has got a pretty good career choice lined up after his broadcasting duties are over.
My favorite part about the Brewers loss on Wednesday night was when I checked Brewers.com in the 6th inning when the Crew was down 12-3, and the headline was "Brewers making their hits count against Pirates". At least they are trying to stay positive their over on the team's website. I'm a little less optimistic though.
With this Brewers season slowly fading in to obscurity, at least we'll have an old friend back to help us along for the ride. Bob Uecker will be returning to the broadcast booth on Friday as the Crew is set to start a three game set with the Washington Nationals. Uecker, sidelined earlier this season after needed heart surgery, is expected to tentatively return for the home games while eventually traveling with the team later on down the road.
Haven't done one of these in a long while, but watching the Astros/Cubs game on WGN this afternoon inspired me. Is that Astros managers Brad Mills, or David Palmer's Presidential Chief of Staff Mike Novick?
With this site being based out of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, you're probably going to find more Travis Diener coverage here than anywhere else (and Cory Raymer coverage, for that matter). But the guys at Anonymous Eagle did a nice job of picking up our slack today, as they have nominated him for the SBN Wisconsin Hall of Fame. Pretty good little article on him if you want to check it out. How much more weight would this argue have though if he would have come back to the state as a member of the Bucks?
My little crusade this week for the Brewers to win six of their seven games against the Pirates and Nationals isn't just some cute little thing I'm doing to get more readership to the blog (because trust me, that's not working), it's more or less an actuality that if this club is going to be competitive they have to start performing. As we get deeper into the season here, it truly looks like a two horse race between the Reds and the Cardinals for the NL Central, and if we want to stake a claim in that race we have to produce. And in a week where wins are an absolute necessity, it's always a thrill to see your beloved Brewers go down by nine runs in the first inning of a ballgame.
Maybe I've just been a bad fan this season, but I have to say that I was more interested in Monday night's Brewers game against the Pirates than I have been for a game for quite some time. With this little challenge that I've created for the Brewers this week, you may remember it as the one that few people care about, I've kind of created my own drama to get behind this team. The challenge for Milwaukee this week is to win six out of their seven games against the Pirates and the Nationals, because that's what I realistically think is what they need to do if they are going to have a shot in the playoffs and prevent themselves from becoming sellers. After one night, things are so far so good.
The Bucks search for a backup point guard may have ended on Monday when Keyon Dooling was signed to an undisclosed two-year contract. Dooling has played ten years so far in the NBA, most recently with the Orlando Magic and the New Jersey Nets. He's a solid veteran signing in a market where all of the point guards were pretty much already signed, minus Fond du Lac native Travis Diener who is still available (although rumor has it he's a bit too preoccupied with and old school NBA Jam arcade machine to focus on where he'll be signing. Just a rumor).
Here's what happened last night on Entourage...
Sanders was the real star of the Summer League team, and he played the most minutes for any Bucks player in the five games. He averaged 14 points a game, which for a guy that isn't supposed to be a force on offense is very impressive. He also had some highlight reel blocks that really showed his true game as well. It was also good to see him find a little bit of a jumper and hook shot. Those are things that he really needs to work on to be the next big thing. Watching him play five games is really getting me pumped for the NBA season to start.
Lets look at some highlights from this Summer League:
* DeMarcus Cousins had somewhat of a triple-double in one of the games with 16 points, 12 rebounds, and ten fouls. Yes, ten fouls, in one game. It is just Summer League so no one fouls out. My guess is he never does this again in his career.
* Lazar Hayward played well for the Timberwolves, as they drafted him with the last pick in the first round. He averaged 14 points a game, and 3.5 rebounds per game in his four games played. He was a surprise pick in the first round, but hope it works out for him.
While watching MLB Network the other night, I was almost floored when I heard the broadcast team talk about the Brewers as if they were not out of the playoff race. As it stands after Milwaukee's series with the Braves, the Brewers don't appear to be in any type of position to contend as their record sits at 42-51. It's not a good record by any means, and while I realize that one good streak could still catapult the Crew back into the discussion, it's not going to happen. This team has been eight, nine, ten games under .500 for the last two months, why should we expect any different now? They are not showing signs of improvement, and they are not the type of team that can put all the pieces together. Not this season at least.
Although the details remain cloudy, the one thing that is clear is that Johnny Jolly will not be playing football with the Packers this season. In fact, he may never suit up for the Green and Gold again. Jolly was suspended "indefinitely" by the NFL, a suspension which is sure to last for the entire 2010 season and possibly longer. The reason for the suspension was a violation the NFL's Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse, but it's a pretty hefty charge for someone who has never been suspended before.
I worked a 40 hour week this week for the first time in a long, long time, and the exhaustion has caused me to turn in early on this Friday night. Thus, I would like to enlighten you with just the box score for tonight's game. I may be curbing back a bit on the Brewers recaps anyway, and instead writing longer articles when I truly feel the need. Unless you're looking for three paragraphs of "this team sucks" after every loss and "this team won, but they still suck" after every win? If that's the case, let me know.
There's a very good indicator of how things work here at The Bucky. If you follow us, you know that we like to bang out as many posts as we can and constantly keep the site updated. If you follow us, you also know that we really like to drink alcohol. Ergo, the less posts there are the more alcohol we drank. That being said, the Brewers lost last night to Atlanta 2-1, with the only run being a Corey Hart homer. I'm going to give the Player of the Game to Dave Bush though, who pitched very well and just didn't get the run support he needed. Complete standings for the POTG are always listed on the right-hand side of the blog, and you better believe that they matter!
Even though I am not subscribed to ESPN the Magazine, I have still been receiving issues in my mailbox for the past year. This is not a problem I am likely to look into however, especially now that Aaron Rodgers will be gracing the cover of their next issue. The Packers quarterback will be featured on the Mag's NFL Fantasy Special edition, which is just another sign that people all over the country are falling in love with this kid.
Milwaukee Bucks draft pick Larry Sanders looked very good in his second summer league game, and that is really what you'd like to take out of these contests. In both games he was all over the court on the defensive end, but Tuesday night he was tops in the scoring department as well. Sanders finished the game with 22 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 blocks. He also made a three pointer with .7 seconds left to tie the game. The only problem is Demarcus Nelson fell down when the Grizzles were executing their inbounds pass, and that allowed Sam Young a wide open three for the win. Really if it was a game that mattered they would have seen that Young didn't actually get the shot off in time, but it is the summer league so no one really cared.
Ryan Braun delivered the first highlight of the 2010 All-Star game when he made probably the best defensive play he's made since he switched to left field, robbing Josh Hamilton of extra bases in the fourth inning. But other than that one play, the Milwaukee Brewers representatives did nothing of note in the annual Midsummer Classic. And that's nothing new.
Because we can always use a little Batting Stance Guy in our lives...
He stole the show in the first round of the 2010 Home Run Derby, but was nowhere to be found in the second, but Corey Hart will still take a solid third place in the contest. Granted, that means nothing. Hopefully for Brewers fans thought, this Derby won't prove to be a microcosm of Hart's season (a hot home run hitter in the first half/round, cold as ice in the second).
How about a new feature here on The Bucky Channel? After watching this season's premiere episode of Entourage where literally nothing happened, we decided we'd fill you in on the plot of each new episode just in case you missed it. Here's what happened last night.
The 2010 World Cup final will not be a game that will be shown to young students who are trying to learn just how beautiful of a game soccer can be, because this was not soccer at it's finest. But at the end of the 120 minutes that were played, it was a game that if nothing else decided a winner. To me, soccer really isn't a game that you can just watch for five minutes of and get a true idea of what's going on. You can flip on a baseball game and watch an inning or two, you can watch a couple of drives during a football game, but soccer is more of a story. To appreciate what you've just witnessed when you watch soccer, you have to watch the full affair.
I used to have a pretty insane crush on a young woman, even though she had no sexual interest in me. We would hang out all the time and while I was pining for her love, she was just enjoying our friendship. Every now and then she would throw me a bone - a glance, something she said, a sensual touch - and she would lead me to believe that a relationship may one day be the outcome after all that I had invested. But alas, that never materialized, for she was a dicktease. And such are the Milwaukee Brewers.
Spain vs. Netherlands - 1:30pm - ABC
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