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07.23.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Nicole
(Written on Monday, but the blog was down) I had this half written before tonight's game started, so I'm going to just keep going that way and not let the start to tonight's game effect what I'm saying. I was on a message board reading someone else's "keys" to this series and one involved Ned Yost not trying to "out manage" Tony LaRussa. The point of this is that Ned is NO Tony LaRussa....
07.23.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Nicole
Found this on Deadspin Mallards fans eat beetles for free Duck Blind tickets (with photos)                The Capital Times                         —             7/18/2008 6:49 am Would you eat a beetle for $30? Well, as many as 250 Madison Mallards fans did Thursday night. The Mallards hosted Beetle Eating Night at the Duck...
Monday, July 7, 2008

Jim Cryns on Sports

Our society is enthralled with ceramic images of athletes whose heads bounce and wiggle like a man suffering from chronic seizures. Left fielder Ryan Braun is the latest player to be ridiculed in such a manner. The doll is altogether unimpressive, a slim guy with an enormous cranium holding a bat above his head. His body is slightly contorted in a batter’s stance on a large wheel of cheese. Braun’s name is etched between his legs adjacent to a missing wedge. The bobble-head has eyebrows like a Cro-Magnon, and spindly Barney Fife arms.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008

…and also Bob Uecker, Brett Favre and Tom Crean

With this column, I am in an enviable situation where I can talk about Wisconsin sports with immunity. I do thank the folks at the Shepex for this window. I’ve covered the teams—pro, college and otherwise—for 15 years so it can’t be said I haven’t seen my share of the landscape. I’ve seen team managers, general managers, public relations and media managers come and go. I’ve been lucky to have off-the-record talks with coaches, stars, bench-warmers, Hall of Fame players. I’ve listened to jokes next to the batting cage told by Ken Griffey Jr., and have laughed at some risquokes offered by Gorman Thomas.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Jim Cryns on Sports

It’s not easy being a “franchise player.” You’re picked out of a sea of potential players, hopes riding incredibly high, visions of pennants, world championships. That’s a lot of pressure for a young kid. Just ask Tony Mandarich (The Big Bust), or Pat Listach (former Brewer rookie of the year.) While Listach wasn’t a complete failure, he never lived up to expectations. Kenny Lofton, the player Listach beat-out for rookie of the year, went on to much greater success. Number one picks are a blessing or a curse. Management has to pick the front-runner, or risk alienating their fan-base. Keeping an established player can be just as harrowing. History does repeat itself and that’s bad news for the Brewers.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Jim Cryns on Sports

That’s what makes sports great: surprises. We’re surprised the Brewers were able to send three players to the All-Star Game. We’re astonished we have a baseball team who, in the thick of the season, acquired a reigning Cy Young Award winner. We’re surprised we’re talking about Brett Favre in July after he told the world he was done with football. Surprises keep you young with anticipation, on your toes. That’s a good thing . . .
Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Online Exclusive

The Milwaukee Brewers, like many other MLB teams, are being kicked in the teeth once again after living up to their end of a bargain. It appears the Brewers ‘Ace,’ Ben Sheets, is looking to take his accomplished resume elsewhere. Sheets says he’s headed in the direction of free agency, and we know how that usually turns out for the Brewers: bubkes. Despite the fact Sheets has been stained with injury, the Brewers have done a pretty good job trying to retain talent and has been candid about their intentions with players.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
It’s odd that after 25 years of frustration, the better the Milwaukee Brewers get, the louder grows the chorus of self-styled experts second guessing their success. Brewers’ General Manager Doug Melvin just completed an eye-popping deal at the midpoint of the season, trading the team’s top minor league prospect for one...

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