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Friday, Feb. 27, 2009

The Fairly Detached Observers

What a mess. Alex Rodriguez, baseball’s hope to succeed Hank Aaron as the unblemished home run king, instead joins Barry Bonds and others whose achievements will always be questioned. A-Rod’s admission of past steroid use—prompted by...
Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009

The Fairly Detached Observers

Here we go again. Brett Favre has told the New York Jets he’s retired, just as he told the Packers a year ago. It didn’t stick then, and the Observers have their doubts now. Frank: That was pretty obvious of Favre, to re-retire the day after the Observers’ weekly deadline. As though that would keep us from sending a few...
Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009

The Fairly Detached Observers

Forget what groundhogs or weathermen say. Winter is gone thanks to the magic words of baseball: “Pitchers and catchers report.” The Brewers’ spring flingin’ starts this weekend. The Observers never stop flinging it. Artie: The Brew Crew was mighty thin in starting pitching before adding Braden Looper this week...
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009

The Fairly Detached Observers

Six hours of Super Bowl pregame coverage. SIX HOURS! And that was just on NBC; four hours on ESPN put the TV gasbagging into double digits. The Observers pride themselves on never watching one second of such “maybe this, maybe that” silliness. As kickoff approached, the only blather they listened to was...
Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009

Sports in Real Life

I’ve spent the last few days in Daytona Beach, Florida. Yes, the weather has been great. Seventy degrees and sunny, but technically, I was working. During the past few weeks I’ve been working with umpires. Major League Baseball type umpires. First, an article with umpire legend and Milwaukee native, Bruce Froemming. This week, I’ve been at the Harry Wendelstedt Umpire School in Ormond Beach, Florida. Like you, I didn’t...
Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009

Tonight @ The Bradley Center - 7:30 p.m.

The Milwaukee Bucks take on the Atlanta Hawks tonight at the Bradley Center at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009

The Fairly Detached Observers

All great partnerships can benefit from occasional times of separation. And so can the Observers, or at least half of them. Frank: There’s been big football news since we last met, but I’ll need help with details. As you may have heard, I recently spent some time in California. Artie: Oh yeah, I got a clue from the dozen...
Monday, Jan. 19, 2009

Sports in Real Life

For many years I’ve been daydreaming about sports. Not in your traditional “I wish I were Hank Aaron, or Tony Mandarich” kind of dreaming. In this wonderment I look at a sport and consider why some things aren’t different or more sporting. How could we make professional sports more interesting? What if we made golf balls out of something a little denser? How about filling the little orb with ball bearings or cement? Let’s see Tiger blast a chunk of concrete off the tee 300 yards...
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009

The Fairly Detached Observers

If you love the Milwaukee Brewers and heavy metal classics, you should enjoy this year at Miller Park. Baseball’s all-time leader in saves, Trevor Hoffman, has agreed to become the Brewers’ closer in 2009. In today’s high-decibel ballparks, most home-team closers enter to a butt-kicking anthem, and in San Diego...

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