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Tuesday, March 16, 2010
It's not a national holiday yet, but for basketball fans it might as well be. The first week of the NCAA Division I tournament, with 48 games Thursday through Sunday, will have millions anchored to their couches rooting their favorites—and their office-pool choices—into the Sweet Sixteen. In this state, the usual hopes for Marquette and Wisconsin...
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
For a longtime sports fan, a special joy occurs when a game stirs memories of past fun and a sport's timeless beauty. Then there are events that show how much things can change, when the old-timer feels like Dorothy after the tornado: "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore." One of the Observers...
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010
Last January the Green Bay Packers were looking back on a 6-10 season, a seven-win dropoff from 2007. Brett Favre had left, but the offense didn’t falter in Aaron Rodgers’ hands. The big problem was defense, so general manager Ted Thompson...
Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010
Twelve years ago a thrilling summer lifted Major League Baseball out of the slump created by 1994's labor strife and canceled World Series. The revival was fueled by the "Mac and Sammy" home-run derby, with Mark McGwire smashing the single-season record and Sammy Sosa right on his heels...
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Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010
When the Bradley Center opened in October 1988, it was a gift-wrapped jewel for Milwaukee sports fans. The $90 million arena, paid for entirely by Jane and Lloyd Pettit, helped keep the Bucks in town and raised hopes that Milwaukee would also land an NHL team. The Pettits dropped the latter idea for financial reasons, but for more than two decades...

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