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Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009

Oh How They Can Deceive

Is it really just four weeks since Tiger Woods went from Ace of Perfection to Bogey Man of Betrayal? His Nov. 27 car crash and admission of infidelity have shattered one of the most profitable images in a culture where great athletes make more money as salesmen than sportsmen. The PGA Tour wonders...
Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009
It was a weekend of screen-watching for the Observers. They saw the latest rebuilt squad of Milwaukee Bucks go 1-1 to open the NBA season. There was the World Series, with Frank's Yanks taking charge in Philadelphia. And of course there was the second version of the football game...
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...
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...
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'...
Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009

The Fairly Detached Observers

A century ago there was a hit song called “I Love My Wife But Oh You Kid.” That sentiment applies to Wisconsin’s pro sports fans as football season nears: “I love my Brewers or Bucks, but oh you Packers.” With the Green and Gold’s training camp underway and the Brewers rocked by...
Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Fairly Detached Observers

More divided duty for the Observers last week, with Frank back in New York and Artie manning the home office. They confabbed by phone on a day when baseball held a celebration under a cloud. Frank: Hall of Fame induction day should have focused completely on Rickey Henderson...
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
The Milwaukee Brewers hit the all-star break stumbling, if not staggering. A listless 3-7 stretch against Chicago, St. Louis and Los Angeles left the Brew Crew two-and-a-half games behind the Cardinals in their division and four behind San Francisco in the wild-card playoff race...
Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The Fairly Detached Observers

Milwaukee may be losing two of its sports fixtures. The Wave, the city’s indoor soccer franchise for 25 years, learned last week that its league has shut down, and the team needs to find new ownership quickly to stay alive in a different league. And the Milwaukee Mile, a home for auto racing since...

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