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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Forgive Me, I'm Rooting for the Heat

The casual sports fan may not be too interested in this year's NBA Finals. You have Mark Cuban, the outlandish owner that isn't liked by everyone. You have the Miami Heat, one of the most villainized teams of all-time just because of how ridiculous LeBron James' announcement was that he was going there. Most people that do tune in will be rooting for the Mavericks I would assume, but that's just because of how purely hated the Miami Heat really are. I will not be one of those people, as I will be rooting for the Miami Heat.

To be honest, I'll be pleased with the outcome either way. The Mavericks deserve to win a championship - they've been so good for so long and like him or not Mark Cuban is the best owner in the game. But I do want to see LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh stick it to everyone who hates them. The thing is, the reason that most people hate the Heat is because they are good. That's about it. Some people might hate them because they are a division rival, some people might hate them because of how "The Decision" played out, some might hate them out of jealously, whatever. To hate someone or something though just because they are good, I've never really been in favor of that.

I hope, that as fans of Wisconsin sports, that you rooted with me these last two weeks as the Heat was taking on the Chicago Bulls. As a fan of Wisconsin sports, it should be a rule that you don't root for any Chicago team (possible exemptions can be given to the Chicago Blackhawks because of the whole no NHL team in Wisconsin thing, but that's still a reach for me). But now that the Heat are in the Finals I will still be rooting them on. They are good, and dynasties are good for the league. Villains, believe it or not, are good for the league. They are clutch, they have proven people wrong time after time, and they are doing what it takes to go after what they want - an NBA Championship. Yeah, The Decision was stupid, but LeBron James went to Miami because he wanted to win a championship. You can't blame a guy for wanting to win at the highest level, and you can't blame the Miami Heat for doing whatever they can to make that possible.

You can hate them if you want, but I'll be rooting for them. Let's Go Heat.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Problems with the Fox UEFA Broadcast

I give kudos to the Fox Network for broadcasting the UEFA Champions League Final on their main broadcast network rather than a subsidiary like FX, Fox Sports Net, or even the actual Fox Soccer Channel. By putting the game on "big Fox", the powers that be were giving this game as much exposure as possible. To any soccer fan, this game is about as big as it gets, outside of the World Cup. The final features the two best clubs in the world, and even though I try to pimp up the MLS at every opportunity, I'm not that big of an idiot to know that, world-wide, the MLS is viewed as a second-tier league and rightfully so. For me, the expectation of the broadcast from Fox was that they would deliver a well-produced, well-package game, entertaining to die-hards and first-time viewers alike.

I couldn't have been more wrong though in what to expect. In the same vein of how Fox dumbed down their college football broadcasts by showing shots of the university's bands at nearly every possible turn, Fox did even more disgrace to the game of soccer by dumbing it down as much as possible, at one point even explaining that teams in soccer and football both have eleven players on the field at the same time. Seriously. And worst of all, they had Michael Strahan enlighten us with that fact:

My goodness. Michael Strahan should be nowhere near a soccer broadcast of any kind, the same way he should be nowhere near the sitcom genre. Yet, Fox decided to bring him in and cater this broadcast to the casual sports fan rather than the die-hard soccer fan. To me, that's a huge mistake. First of all, this game was broadcast on a Saturday afternoon and in most cases you were only going to watch this game if you knew it was on. I'll venture to guess that not too many people that stumbled onto this soccer broadcast when they were channel surfing stayed with the program. You either like soccer, or you don't. That's just how it is. Trying to get Michael Strahan in there to make it appealing to fans of American football isn't doing anybody any favors.

Second, didn't people just get sucked into the World Cup last summer? Even if you are a sports fan that doesn't care too much for soccer, you at least understand the game a bit don't you? Yeah, the offsides rule can be confusing at times, but do you really need a former defensive linemen telling you that soccer players can play the ball with their heads? No! You don't, I know you don't. It's one thing to dumb down the broadcast, but it's another thing to assume that nobody has ever heard of the game of soccer before. It's not like Fox doesn't know how to package a soccer game either, as they have a little channel called the Fox Soccer Channel. And a second channel called Fox Soccer Plus! They know what they are doing, and they can do it quite well. There really was no need to give it the "let's teach soccer to the game of America" treatment.

Now as I shared with you a few weeks ago, I recently did participate in the broadcast of a high school girls soccer game at the radio station I work at, and I would say that the broadcast was a bit dumbed down, but in the way that it should have been. The game that we broadcast was aired at 5pm on a Thursday, which is typically a big time for listenership as it's a) drive time and b) our big nightly news show. The news was preempted for soccer, so for those people that did stick around I wanted to make sure that they knew exactly what was happening. Soccer is a tougher sport to describe on the radio than basketball or football in my opinion, and I wanted to make sure that people that were listening to soccer on the radio for the first time could follow with me. I have to believe that the percentage of people that listened to me by channel surfing was larger than the percentage of people that watched the game by channel surfing, just because of the different market samples and natures of the mediums.

When I say that we dumbed down the broadcast, again, I mean that in a good way. What our broadcast of the game was turned out to be the play-by-play of a soccer game mixed with explanatory details of what was happening, and why. The way I dumbed the broadcast down - and the more I keep saying "dumbed it down" the less I like that phrase - was that I took the time to explain things such as why a team would play more defensively when they are inferior, what a goalkeeper does when she isn't facing a lot of shots. Things of that nature that are beneficial to hear to both soccer fans and first time listeners alike. At no point did I ever assume that someone that was listening was so unfamiliar with soccer to the point where they have never heard of the sport. That may not have been Fox's intention, but it is how the broadcast came off. And that really isn't acceptable for a game of that magnitude in a sport that people are, in fact, familiar with to some degree.

The experience was even worse for fans of the game in the Minneapolis / St. Paul market, as the broadcast was interrupted with weather coverage, and the anchor, Tim Blotz, kind of went off on the fans that were calling the station. Here's the footage, courtesy of Awful Announcing:

As the author at AA, Matt Yoder, notes "I wonder if he would warn Vikings fans, NBA fans, or college football fans to not "cheese us off." I've never seen an anchor arrogantly dismiss a viewing audience like that, that takes some serious marbles. It's also the first time I've heard "cheese us off" since 1945". Well said.

For more on the garbage that was the coverage of the UEFA Final, make sure you check out EPL Talk's take on the matter as well as more on how insane Fox 9 was about their weather coverage.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Bucks Survivor: Week Six

Despite the fact that I think there has only been one week in the four year history of Bucks Survivor where we've had more than 30 votes, the contest continues on if for nothing than pure stubbornness on my behalf. Can't blame a blog for trying, right? Anyway, last week was a double elimination round, and thus we say goodbye overwhelmingly to Jon Brockman. Joining the Brockness Monster is Earl Boykins, and we're down to an eight man Bucks squad. Now the fun begins. First, the results:

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (5%)
Carlos Delfino (0%)
Jon Brockman (47%)
Earl Boykins (15%)
Drew Gooden (10%)
Ersan Ilyasova (0%)
John Salmons (10%)
Larry Sanders (0%)
Andrew Bogut (5%)
Brandon Jennings (5%)

We'll go double elimination again this week, and soon we'll be able to figure out who next year's starting five and sixth man will be. The voting can be done at the top right hand side of the page, and will be open until this Friday at noon. Happy Survivoring.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Don Gorske Eats a Big Mac out of a Blender

As a native of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, I take a particular pride in my hometown as I'm sure you all do. But while the man who ate 25,000 Big Macs may have been joked about on the late night talkers and amongst your friends, I look to this fellow resident as a hero. I'm proud of you Don Gorske, I really am. The thing I like about Gorske is that he's kind of in on the joke, he's knows the habit of his is a weird one. But the guy is in great shape, has a good sense of humor about him, and Monday night George Lopez wanted to see just how much Gorske really did like Big Mac. So he gave him one.... after it was mixed with Coke in a blender. Here's the full interview.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Bucks Are Not Trading Brandon Jennings

I love the internet. It's incredible. And now that I have unlimited access to it once again as my computer has been returned to me, I'm falling back in love with things all over again. But for as great as the internet is, it's also pretty terrible. Tonight's example: The Internet creates and accelerates rumors when they shouldn't have been created in the first place.

Sometime in the next 24 hours, you may hear that the Bucks are looking to trade Brandon Jennings. That sentence isn't even close to being accurate, but the chance that you hear the claim is strong. Why? Because posted an article titled "Is Brandon Jennings on the Block?" The answer, again, is no, and Matt Moore's article never says that he is on the block. What Moore does do however is reference an article from the Cleveland Plain Dealer that suggests he may be.

If you follow the link to that article, you'll see that the story is centered around the Cleveland Cavaliers and whether they may or may not look to Europe with the number four pick in this summer's draft. Separate from the article, there is a little sub-article with snippets under the heading "overheard at the combine". One of those such snippets is this - The Milwaukee Bucks reportedly would be open to listening to offers for guard Brandon Jennings.

Let's analyze that for a little bit. The Bucks reportedly... The word reportedly in journalism is really nothing more than an synonym for maybe. So already this story is a non-story. Secondly, no shit they'd be open to listening to offers for Jennings. If you're a general manager, what good does it do to say that someone is untradeable? The fact that you will listen to offers doesn't mean that you are looking to trade someone, and I feel like that's the connection that some people will be making. And it shouldn't be so.

Now that I got that off of my chest, it's time for you to keep deciding who you would like to see continue to be kicked off this Bucks squad. Let's take a look at the results from this last week's Bucks Survivor:

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute  (0%)
Earl Boykins (0%)
Keyon Dooling (35%)
John Salmons (15%)
Larry Sanders (0%)
Andrew Bogut (0%)
Brandon Jennings (5%)
Ersan Illyasova (0%)
Drew Gooden (15%)
Jon Brockman (30%)
Carlos Delfino (0%)

So while Jennings is definitely sticking around, it looks like we're ready to get rid of one of his backups, as Keyon Dooling has been eliminated from Bucks Survivor. That leaves us now with ten guys left in the contest. Since we've fallen behind a little bit week-to-week, the next two weeks are going to be double elimination. You can vote for one player on the top right hand side of the page and then the two guys with the highest vote totals will be booted.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Jerry Kelly As The Horned Frog

No, this isn't a way to promote the TCU mascot, rather that is fellow Wisconsin native Jerry Kelly. He made a bet with fellow golfer J.J. Henry, who graduated from TCU, on the Rose Bowl. Which ever team won the game, the other guy had to tee off wearing the Mascot outfit. Unfortunately for Jerry Kelly, and fellow Wisconsin fans, TCU was able to defeat Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. This seems like years ago, even though it has only been five months. I think it seems a long time ago, because well the Packers won the Super Bowl and that threw my whole understanding of time for a loop.

As a guy who loves to get out and swing the clubs. I can't imagine how hard it is to hit a ball with a huge Horned Frog head on your head. It is hard enough just golfing normal. They have clip of the video, so chcek it out. Maybe someday someone will have to tee off wearing the Badger Mascot outfit.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Fond du Lac to Become Center of Media Universe

This was the scene at a Fond du Lac McDonald's when my fellow citizen Don "Are Those Starburns?" Gorske ate Big Mac number 20,000 in 2004, so I can only imagine what the scene will be on Tuesday when he puts his chompers into number 25,000. It's a ridiculous story. The guy at his first Big Mac in 1972, and really hasn't eaten anything else since. It's more than just a favorite meal though, it's a way of life for this guy. Because Big Macs are 90% of his solid diet - as he'll explain to Morgan Spurlock in the video below - he's about as skinny as they come and his cholesterol is just fine. However, his taste buds are kind of shot, so that sucks.

Now, despite living in the same city as this guy for roughly my entire life, I have not had the pleasure of meeting him. Perhaps I'll try to get him on my radio show soon, but I have the feeling that he's going to be in high demand for awhile. Say what you want about how legit of an accomplishment this is, but people seem to love him. I did see him mowing his lawn the other day though, and I was a bit star struck. And he ate number 18,000 at my high school during some big press conference during my senior year. So there's that.

Either way, congrats Don. You have a level of fame and anonymity that we all can only dream about.

Friday, May 13, 2011

A New Anthem For Milwaukee

Besides one mention of Brandon Jennings, this video really has nothing to do with sports. But this video was sent to me and I wanted to share it with the world. Simply titled, "Milwaukee", it's the anthem for a new generation of Brew City. There are plenty of words in here that I wouldn't want your children to hear (and the old NSFW disclaimer applies), but have a listen if you please.

Bucks Survivor: Week Four

Part of me thinks that it was Chris Douglas-Roberts that somehow orchestrated the crash of Blogger, just because he didn't want to be kicked off of Bucks Survivor. While that may seem a bit unlikely, dude is ultra-sensitive, so you never know. Regardless, Blogger is back up and that means CDR is out, as a majority of voters decided it was his time to leave this Bucks team. CDR garnered 54 percent of the vote, and I'd like to know how much of that was contributed to his recent comments on Twitter about the death of bin Laden. Either way, he's gone, and the voting moves forward. First, a look at last week's numbers:

Larry Sanders (0%)
Andrew Bogut (0%)
Earl Boykins (6%)
John Salmons (6%)
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (6%)
Brandon Jennings (6%)
Ersan Ilyasova (0%)
Jon Brockman (9%)
Drew Gooden (0%)
Carlos Delfino (0%)
Chris Douglas-Roberts (54%)
Keyon Dooling (12%)

The next round begins now, and we'll move the voting to last until Friday. Remember, you can vote in the poll at the right hand side of the blog. Vote for the Bucks player who you would like to see get kicked off of the team before any other. Things have been going pretty much to script so far, although there are a few people that seem to have an agenda to vote Brandon Jennings out right away, which I find interesting.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Bucks Survivor: Week Three

Another week come, another Buck gone on Bucks Survivor, the game that is only still being played as an excuse to show off the best logo in Bucky Channel history (thanks, bro). Interesting week this week on Bucks Survivor. I know CDR got a late push to be kicked off from Gweeds after the two of them went back and forth a little bit on Twitter on Sunday night after Douglas-Roberts' made some posts that seemed to be a bit unpatriotic. Despite Gweeds' best efforts though, it's Corey Maggette who is - if you ask me, surprisingly, sent packing this week with 25 percent of the vote. I've been voting for Keyon Dooling the last two weeks, only because he got chalk in my eye when I was able to sit courtside during my trip to Memphis in February, so I was kind of expecting someone like him or Brockman, guys that don't see much floor, to get the boot. But instead it's Corey Maggette. The results:
Andrew Bogut (3%)

Earl Boykins (0%)
Jon Brockman (7%)
Carlos Delfino (0%)
Keyon Dooling (11%)
Chris Douglas-Roberts (18%)
Drew Gooden (3%)
Ersan Ilyasova (0%)
Brandon Jennings (7%)
Corey Maggette (25%)
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute  (3%)
John Salmons (14%)
Larry Sanders (3%)

We have every intention in dragging this contest out as long as we can, so keep on voting! You can of course do that on the right hand side of the page here at The Bucky Channel. Polls close next Wednesday.

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