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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...
Sports
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...
Sports
Monday, Jan. 5, 2009

Sports in Real Life

It's unlikely that snow-blowing will ever become a Winter Olympic sport, and that is a shame. Picture ten of the world's best blowers lined up on a track, roaring, revving and jumping at the start. Envision the white arcs of snow...
Sports
Monday, Dec. 22, 2008

Sports in Real Life

Former Cubs pitcher Milt Pappas signed with the Orioles out of high school back in 1957, before Robin Yount was a zygote. His signing bonus, $4,000-essentially what CC Sabathia drops on lunch. This was an anomaly as these were the days when almost every player went to the minors and earned their stripes, riding on crappy busses and learning how to throw a change-up. In September of 1971, Pappas retired...
Sports
Monday, Dec. 15, 2008

Sports in Real Life

I’ve lived in Wisconsin since 1975 (a transplant from the Chicago area) and Green Bay sill mystifies me. How can a town with virtually nothing else going for it–besides Bay Beach–hold on to a thriving NFL franchise? Lambeau Field is a frozen oasis in the midst of a chilly abyss. In high school at Whitefish Bay, I can recall watching Packer games on a small black and white television in my room. Lynn Dickey and James Lofton provided the background noise while I feigned an interest in my chemistry homework...
Expresso
Monday, Dec. 8, 2008

Creating a local currency in Riverwest

Riverwest organizers hope to jump-start the local economy using a local currency- "River Currency"
Sports
Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008

Sports in Real Life

Every once in a while I get a hankering to look up an ex- Major Leaguer. Luckily for me, former Brewer pitcher Jerry Augustine still lives in the Milwaukee area and works in the insurance game. Augustine pitched for the Brewers from 1975-84, during which he compiled a won-loss record of 55-59. Afterwards, he spent 11 seasons as head coach of the UW-Milwaukee baseball team. Last week I spoke with Augustine for probably longer than he wanted, but once I get going, it’s hard to stop. If Augustine charged by...
News
Monday, Dec. 1, 2008
The downward spiral of the economy has been gaining momentum for quite some time. People are growing wary of the current low gas prices, waiting for the other shoe to drop as they watch gas prices shoot above $4 dollars a gallon once again. This fear breeds conservative spending habits, and a rethinking of how much cash will be spent this December. Shoppers and retailers were given a preview of holiday sales...
Sports
Thursday, Nov. 27, 2008

Sports in Real Life

There are a few sports-themed movies that have been embedded into our psyche. There are the obvious- Bull Durham, A League of Their Own-but there are seminal films too. Pride of the Yankees, Bang The Drum Slowly, Slap Shot. I suppose the original Longest Yard might make that cut. Now, Hollywood says a film is being made about a non-fiction interpretation of the Oakland Athletics and its GM, Billy Beane. Oh yeah, superstar Brad Pitt is rumored to play Beane...

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