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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Fairly Detached Observers

Where will it end? Manny Ramirez has joined Alex Rodriguez on the list of baseball stars who have either tested positive for banned drugs or come under suspicion of using them. Not that the Observers are surprised. Artie: So Manny gets a 50-day suspension? Cripes, I wouldn’t mind...
Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Fairly Detached Observers

At last the Miller Park roof was open for the Milwaukee Brewers' 13th home game of the season. Beaming down on a 4-3 victory over Arizona were the sun and 44,000 fans, including the Observers. After zipping back Downtown on the No. 90 bus, they continued to bask and confab. Artie: Wow! The first pitch was at 1:07...
Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Fairly Detached Observers

The Observers split their forces for the first time in 2009, with Frank on a family visit to New York and Artie manning the central office in Milwaukee. They talked by phone after the first day of the NFL draft. Frank: The Big Apple media didn’t say much about the Packers’ top picks. How’d it go for the Green and Gold? Artie:...
Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The Fairly Detached Observers

Big-time sports isn’t recession-proof. Major League Baseball enters its season fearful that attendance will drop. The NBA recently took out a $200 million line of credit to help financially ailing teams. NASCAR sponsorships have disappeared and teams are shrinking. Milwaukee’s PGA tournament won’t have...
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Predicting the results of Major League Baseball seasons is no easy task. One can’t rely on laws of science like the ones that bring lovely, snow-free weather to Wisconsin every April. Nor can one simply use common sense, like all those experts who foresaw so easily that greed, corruption and governmental apathy just...
Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Fairly Detached Observers

The first week of the NCAA basketball tournament began well but ended sadly for local fans. Marquette beat Utah State, 58-57, but lost to Missouri, 83-79, despite a stirring second-half rally. Wisconsin upset Florida State in overtime, 61-59, but went cold against Xavier and lost, 60-49. Scanning the survivors in the...
Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The Fairly Detached Observers

And so it begins: three weekends of hysteria known as the NCAA basketball tournament, when players vie for glory and bracket scholars chase an economic stimulus package called the office pool. The Observers’ predictions, of course, are for entertainment purposes only. Artie: I think I filled out my bracket too quickly...
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Baseball was in the air when the Observers met on the balmy day that preceded the dreary weekend. With the major-league season a month away, fans had something besides spring training to focus on: the second World Baseball Classic, aimed at building the sport’s international appeal. The Observers have global...
Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The Fairly Detached Observers

Crunch time is here in college basketball and it’s near—well, kind of getting near—in the NBA. That makes every game important for the Marquette Golden Eagles and Wisconsin Badgers, fighting for maximum advantage in the NCAA tournament, as well as the UWM Panthers and Milwaukee Bucks, fighting just to have...

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