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Monday, Oct. 12, 2009
The Observers got together by phone last week, with Frank in the East visiting family and Artie maintaining the home office. The main football topic was unbeaten Wisconsin taking on Ohio State in Columbus—although Frank had another big game on his agenda...
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Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009

That Was a Great Sting

Believe it or not, most of the sports world was not obsessing last week about football's Game of the Millennium at the Metrodome. The top story was the International Olympic Committee's choice of the host city for the 2016 Summer Games...
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Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009

The Fairly Detached Observers

The summer that began with high hopes for the Milwaukee Brewers has ended with Wisconsin fans moving on to great dreams for the Green Bay Packers. The Observers will have plenty to say about both teams in the coming weeks, but they took some time as autumn arrived to grill up a few...
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Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009

The Fairly Detached Observers

Sportsmanship took a shot in the face this month when a college football player slugged an opponent for taunting him after a game. It was an extreme, but hardly isolated, example of the frenzy that can grip players and fans far out of proportion to the importance of what we call “games."
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Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009

The Fairly Detached Observers

It’s a key part of the Athletes’ Manual of Cliches, right up there with “We’re taking this one game at a time.” When asked if they’re the favorites to win this year’s championship, coaches and players often do a variation of “Who, us? No, we’re the scrappy underdogs. It’s those other guys...
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Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009
Surely it was the least surprising news since Capt. Renault was shocked— shocked!—to find gambling at Rick’s cafe in Casablanca. Three weeks after saying he would stay retired, Brett Favre was back in uniform. This time it was the color he had wanted ever since the Packers “moved on” after his original...
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Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009

The Fairly Detached Observers

Green Bay Packer fans had some reason to be optimistic after the Packers dominated Cleveland in their preseason opener, 17-0. Milwaukee Brewer fans also were energized by some bold personnel moves and a three-game winning streak, but the Brewers coughed up a lead Sunday...
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Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009

The Fairly Detached Observers

On the field, the highlight of the Brewers’ 4-5 road trip was winning the series against Los Angeles, the National League’s top team. Off the field, the highlight was the Squall in the Hall. At the end of a 17-4 loss, Prince Fielder was hit by a pitch, clearly in retaliation for an HBP of the Dodgers'...

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