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  • Painful Dominance

    Posted by Tom King

    When the Milwaukee Brewers play most of the teams in the National League you feel pretty confident that they will compete well and have a chance to win. They swept the defending champs from San Francisco earlier this season as an example. And then there are the St. Louis Cardinals. For some reason, the Brewers can't solve the Cardinals with or without Albert Pujols and Tony La Russa. The games don't seem as confrontational now that former Brewer Mike Matheny is at the helm but the results are mostly the same. The Cardinals swept a four game series this weekend and it wasnt pretty especially for the Brewer pitchers, Whether its Henderson & Axford or Estrada & Peralta, the Cardinal hitters feasted. The Brewers have a day off to re-group before hosting Texas for a quick 2-game interleague series. They then face a 10 game road trip that finishes up in St. Louis May 17-19th. We'll see if anything changes by then.

     

    Lebron James became the fifth player to ever win 4 MVP awards. He joins a pretty select company which includes Jordan, Jabber, Russell & Chamberlain. Lebron is playing the game at another level right now...scoring, rebounding, defense & passing as well as anyone in the game. It will be tough for anyone to dethrone the Heat.

     

    There are usually only a handful of drivers that have a chance any given week to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup race. David Ragan isnt one of them. But Talladega is different and yesterday Ragan won and his teammate David Gilliland finished second for the underfunded Furniture Row Racing Team. It's good once in awhile to see the little guys win one.

     

    I'm going to be reminding you this week about our big Wausau American Legion Baseball fundraiser. This Sunday we will have our annual Mother Day Pancake Breakfast from 8-noon at Bunkers Bar & Grill (formerly the American Legion Club) located on Golf Club Road on Wausau's Northeast side. It's $8 for all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, juice,milk & coffee...$5 for kids under 12. And we will be having the drawing for our cash raffle at noon. Tickets are $20 and first prize is $1500 with $500 as the second prize. other prizes include Brewer tickets and more. Tickets are still available by calling (715) 297-1893 and will be available up to the time of the drawing on Sunday. I hope you can join us!

    Thanks to the new owners at Bunkers for allowing us to continue this tradition!

    The Legion Baseball season for the Wausau Post 10 Bulldogs begins on June 7th. I will share the schedule and this years roster with you soon.

    If youd like to check ot a large number of Bulldog players...they will be squaring off for their high school teams on Tuesday as Wausau East hosts Wausau West in a doubleheader. If you can't make it to the games we will have them on the radio...3:45 pre game on FoxsportsAM1390 & FM 93.9.

     

    Songs Of The day   (from my I-pod)

    Louisiana 1927-Randy Newman (1974) Newman's commeoration of the Great Flood which killed 250 and left 700,00 ! people homeless.

    Love & Affection-Joan Armatrading (1976) I could never figure out why she didnt become a big star...what a voice and she wrote some great songs.

  • No One Believes Anymore

    Posted by Tom King

    There are outstanding performances in sports everyday. There are also players that sustain that kind of performance over time whether it be for a period of days, weeks, months or years. Do it long enough and you will earn millions of dollars and possibly a spot in your sports Hall-Of-Fame. But it seems that we no longer believe what we are seeing. If a player in any sport does something incredible many people automatically assume he is getting artifical help or cheating in some way. The latest is Boston pitcher Clay Bucholz who blazed brilliantly as a rookie a number of years ago throwing a no-hitter in one of his early starts. He then went into a prolonged funk bothered by a bad back. he got hit hard and struggled mightily. When he returned in the middle of last season he started to turn it around and since then he has been one of the best pitchers in the major leagues. This year he has been nothing short of spectacular. But now, former pitcher Jack Morris, who called his game from the tv booth the other night thinks he knows why. Morris claims that after viewing video of the game, he believes that Bucholz is throwing a spitball.

    The fall-out of Lance Armstrong, Barry Bonds and the rest of the PED cheaters continues to haunt our sports...it probably kept Jeff Bagwell out of the Hall-Of Fame...it most certainly has most fans around the country looking askance at Ryan Braun...so it's almost quaint that a player can be charged with soemthing as ancient as "loading up" the ball. Other pitchers who have been thought to throw a spitter,played up the fact that nobody really new...if a hitter is thinking about that, he's not ready to hit...but Bucholz flatly denied loading the ball. I would imagine that the tv cameras will be focused on his every move from here on...because we have been lied to so many times that nobody believes anybody anymore.

     

    So the Golden State Warriors have advanced in the NBA playoffs, upsetting the Denver Nuggets. That means that injury-prone Andrew Bogut who was dumped by the Bucks, is still alive while the Bucks are sitting at home. Bogut is a good guy and although I havent seen the Warriors play this year (usually too late for me) I understand that they play a very entertaining brand of hoops led by Stephen Curry.

     

    The Woodchucks are welcoming Adam Kramer back to the team this summer. Kramer is a Wausau West grad and was also a standout on back-to-back Wausau Legion State Tournament champions earning State Tournament MVP honors in 2009. He's 5-1 this season at Concordia-St. Paul and pitched well in his first stint for the Chucks last summer.

     

    Songs Of The Day  (from My I-pod)

     

    Lotta Love-Nicolette Larson (1977) After singing background & harmony on the Neil Young album "Comes A Time", Larson hit it big with her own album and had a hit with this Neil song. She died young in 1997 of brain cancer and liver failure.

    Louise-Bonnie Raitt (1977) from her album 'Sweet Forgiveness. When I first heard this I thought it was one of those old folk songs handed down. It sounds like it could have been written in the 1860's. It actually was written by a guy named Paul Siebel in 1970. If he was shooting for a classic old feel he succeeded.

     

  • "Short Term Memory"

    Posted by Tom King

    That was the term used by Brewer reliever John Axford yesterday after he gave up 4 runs in the 8th inning of a loss to Pittsburgh. He was talking about the fans who booed him off the field. Look, I agree that sports fans can be unreasonable...they expect athletes to produce every time out...there is no room for error in their mind...and they have every right to boo if they feel like it...that comes with the price of the ticket. But John Axford and every relief pitcher in baseball knows that their job is a "what have you done for me lately" deal. It doesnt matter that you've thrown well in your last 4-5 outings...it doesnt matter that the pitch that was hit for a homer was a good pitch that the hitter golfed from below his knees... it doesnt matter that the other team is made up of professional athletes that are pretty good....all that matters to the fans , is get the job done.  Fans are a fickle lot...and Axford knows it. But unless he can avoid meltdowns like yesterday...he has no future in Milwaukee...at least from the fan's perspective.

     

    Jim Boylan is out as interim coach of the Bucks. Don't worry about him. He's an NBA lifer and will undoubtably get an assistant's job somewhere next season. Now it's time to think about the next coach and the choice to go young and fresh or old and experienced. Some of the names being bandied about include Kelvin Sampson, Stan Van Gundy and Brian Shaw. Van Gundy is intruiging...he is an excellent coach and a fiery guy. Shaw is a former player with no pro head coaching experience. With few vets under contract, the Bucks are going to be a very different team next season...it will be interesting to see which direction they go.

     

    For the second day in a row I saw an excellent high school baseball game on Wednesday. Wausau East and Stevens Point battled for 13 innings before SPASH pushed across a run for a 3-2 win. Both teams had chances to win many times as they combined to leave 26 runners on base. the Lumberjacks havent had much success against the Panthers the last few years so they have to be encouraged that they could go toe-to-toe with the 7th rated team in the state and come up just short. You can hear my call of the game as a podcast on wsau.com or foxsportswausau.com.

     

    Songs Of The day   (from my I-pod)

    Lost In The Sun-Dan Fogelberg (1981) a track from his magnum opus "The Innocent Age". Fogelberg was much more than just a balladeer...he could rock out too.

    Lost On The River- Mark Knofler & Emmy Lou Harris(2001) from a Hank Williams tribute album called Timeless. It's a great collection of artists doing Hank songs ranging from Dylan & Petty to Beck & Keb Mo. This a beautiful version of a great song.

     

     

  • Witnessing A Gem

    Posted by Tom King

    I watch alot of high school baseball. Whether it's scouting for the Wausau Legion team or being the radio voice of the Lumberjacks I'm at the ballpark most of the spring. Last night I watched one of the best high school games I've ever seen. Wausau West and Stevens Point hooked up in an old-fashioned pitcher duel.  The Warriors Jordan Huenherfuss and Austin Schulfer of the Panthers traded zeros into the 10th inning before West put together a rally for a 1-0 win. Justin Duffy lined a single just out of the reach of the diving Spash leftfielder which scored the game winner. Huehnerfuss may have been as sharp as I've ever seen him, changing speeds, moving the ball around and dropping his curve ball in at key moments. Schulfer had 9 K's and both pitchers combined for only 2 walks. You don't need offensive fireworks to have a great game to watch...just two pitchers at the top of their game.

    The second game of the doubleheader was also an extra inning affair as Stevens Point beat West 4-3 in 9 innings. A bases loaded walk forced in the game winning run.

     

    I'm supposed to head back to Point today for a radio game between Spash and Wausau East if the weather cooperates.

     

    What the hell happens when Yuny Betancourt puts on a Brewer uniform? The much maligned infielder (some sabrmetric guys say he is one of the worst players in the majors) continues to lead the Brewers to wins. His solo homer last night proved to be the game winner as the Crew beat the Pirates again. Ron Roenicke has stayed with the slumping Rickie Weeks and he finally had a game last night 3-5 with a homer and 5 rbi's. The Brewers go for the sweep in day baseball today...pre game at 11:35 on WSAU.

     

    The Minnesota Wild lost their starting goaltender to injury during pre-game warmups last night and still almost beat the Chicago Blackhawks in Game one of their series. The final was 2-1 in OT as Josh Harding had 35 saves.

     

    Golden State coach Mark jackson said the Denver Nuggets played "dirty"basketball last night as they beat the Warriors to stay alive in the playoffs. He accused Denver of sending "hit men" after Stephen Curry who has been awesome so far. After watching the Bucks-Heat series and seeing what the refs are allowing it seems that the league is ok with going back to the slug it out style of the 90's when Pat Riley's Knicks and teams like the Pistons were slugging it out. It's not pretty.

     

    Songs of the day  (from my I-pod)

     

    Lost Highway-Hank Williams (1949) he didnt write it but alot of people think he did. it's actually a Leon Payne song but ole Hank did it proud

    Lost In The Ozone-Commander Cody & the Lost Planet Airmen (1971) a cross between country-swing and Grateful Dead like jamming led these guys to some success in the early 70's. The story is George Frayne (aka Commander Cody) was an art student and teacher from Oshkosh when he decided to pursue his music

  • Wearing Bernie Out

    Posted by Tom King

    The Milwaukee Brewers returned home to the friendly confines of Miller Park last night and began a three game series with the FIRST PLACE!? Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates have had very little success in Milwaukee the last few years. The Brewers are 45-7 against Pittsburgh at home since 2007. The Crew went a'thumpin, hitting five homers in the game including back to back shots from winning pitcher Yovanni Gallardo and Nori Aoki in the fifth. Jean Segura, Carlos Gomez and Yuny Betancourt also went deep. Betancourt continues to amaze with his performance driving in three runs. He has four homers, 17 RBI's and an OPS of 788 for the Brewers filling in for the injured Aramis Ramirez. It will be interesting to see what Ron Roenicke does when Ramirez returns. Gallardo won his second game since his DUI arrest, allowing only one run over seven innings. There is no reason why this team can't be in the hunt all season.

     

    The Badgers will take on Ohio State on September 28th and it will be a night game. The announcement came yesterday that the game will be a Primetime matchup on either ABC or ESPN. It will mark the fourth time in the last six years that the teams will play at night. The Badgers have no problem playing under the lights. They are 31-6 in such games dating back to 1995.

     

    Bucks forward Luc Richard Mbah Moute, who is one of the players under contract for next season, says the system needs to change. He says the Bucks need to find a new style to play whether or not Jim Boylan returns as coach. Mbah a Moute said that this was the most talented Bucks team he has played on but could never be consistent. It will certainly be a new look Bucks team next year as far as personnel.

     

    The Journal-Sentinel says Aaron Rodgers is getting a $35 million signing bonus and a $500,000 workout bonus as part of his $110 contract extension last week. Despite that and the extension for Clay Matthews, the team should have plenty of cap space for this season. Rodgers contract will only count 12 million against this yeasr cap. They are currently 13 1/2 million under the cap with possible extensions looming for guys like James Jones and BJ Raji.

     

    Music Notes

    The Monkees are going back on tour this summer but it looks like only in the East & West. Mike Nesmith joined Peter Tork and Mickey Dolenz last year for a succesful tour so they decided to do it again. Dolenz will make a solo apperance later this month at Lake-Of-The Torches casino in Lac Du Flambeau.

     

    The two-part Eagles  documentary is hitting stores today. It includes an 8 song diisc of material from the 1977 Hotel California tour. Its an excellent look at the band, warts and all. The tour this summer will feature the return of Bernie Leadon but alas no Don Felder or Randy Meisner. They will appear at Summerfest in Milwaukee.

     

    Songs Of the Day   (from my I-pod)

    Lost & Found-Eric Clapton(2005) a bluesy track from the Back Home LP.

    Lost & Lookin-Sam Cooke (1963) an R&B classic from the "Night Beat" LP featuring a 16 year old Billy Preston on organ. Cooke's voice might have been the smoothest intrument out there.

  • Decisions, Decisions

    Posted by Tom King

    No NBA general manager will be busier this off-season than John Hammond of the Bucks. With his team swept away by the Heat juggernaught yesterday, hammond will begin the analysis of this past seaosn which saw the Bucks see-saw back and forth from very-good to mediocre. Too many leads slipped away. Too much inconistency from your best players. There is no shame in losing to the Heat, who are close to etching their names next to the Jordan era Bulls, as the best NBA team ever. But you certainly have to look at the string of disappointing losses down the stretch of the regular season that forced the Bucks to play Miamai in the first place.

    It's obvious that the Bucks need more inside scoring. When the guards scored the Bucks could compete...when the didnt the team had no chance. Maybe John Henson is the answer to team with Larry Sanders inside. Maybe the answer is in a trade or a free agent signing...but whoever it is...it needs to be first priority.

    Brandon Jennings can be a free agent and the Bucks can match any offer he gets but at this point why would they want to? Earlier this season I said they needed to re-sign him but his play down the stretch was so erratic that Coach Jim Boylan actually benched him in the 4th quarter of Sunday's game. You dont give a max contract to a player that cant even be on the floor during crunch time of the playoffs. JJ Redick is also a free agent and Monta Ellis has a player option for next year and has given no indication if he plans to exercise it.

    I think Jim Boylan is a good coach who should get a full year or two to see if he can meld the good young players that Bucks have with whoever they will aquire in the off-season and see if they can make a few playoff runs. Not that it matters in the grand scheme of things..unless Lebron gets boared in Miami and leaves as a free agent in a couple of years...no one in the East is going to challenge the heat for supremacy.

     

    The Packers actually traded up in the fourth round to aquire running back Jon Franklin from UCLA. Along with Alabama's Eddie Lacy, who was taken in the second round, the Packe seems to be sending a message that they would like to run more or at least have a semblence of a balanced attack. Actually. the team will probably run as much(or as little) as they have in the past. They still have Aaron Rodgers (now the highest paid player in the NFL) and he's not getting paid to hand the ball off. Hopefully Lacy & Franklin can give them more yards per carry than the guys they've been using, but it's still going to be pass first, ask questions later at Lambeau Field this season.

     

    The Brewers went 3-3 on their west coast trip and now return home for nine games with Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Texas. The expect to get Aramis Ramirez back in the next week or so and having him back in the 4 hole should help Ryan Braun see some better pitches. And how about the play of Jean Segura? we knew he could flash the leather when he came over in the Grienke deal...but he, at least right now, is hitting much better than expected. It''s nice to know you won't have to worry about the shortstop position for awhile.

     

    How happy is Wisconsin when they saw the new alignment of Big Ten Football? They did it geographically this time and the Badgers have been put in the much easier West Division. The other teams out west include Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern, Purdue and Nebraska. The East has Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, Indiana, Maryland & Rutgers. There really is no reason why Wisconsin cant be playing in the Big Ten title game almost every year. And how does poor Indiana feel? Good luck against Rutgers & Maryland in the fight to stay out of the cellar every year.

     

    Billy Joel was the headliner at the first weekend of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Joels hasnt decided if he wants to play live anymore and he said this show and couple of others coming up will help him make his decision. I'm told it was an excellent show that features the Preservation Hall Jazz Band on the song "Scenes From An Italian Resturant". He also dipped deep into his bag for "Root Beer Rag".

    This is a huge two week music festival that not only features alot of jazz bands but also rock and pop like Patti Smith, Fleetwood Mac, Earth Wind & Fire, Hall & Oates, Los Lobos, and New Orleans mainstays Dr. John and Aaron Neville. Sounds like a good road trip someday.

     

    Songs of the day   (from my I-pod)

    Losing My Mind-Cranberries (2012) call it a reunion album if you want..."Roses" is their first recorded work in ten years..good to have that voice back

    Losing My Religion-REM (1991)  a hit...yes indeed a hit for the alternative darlings

  • Finally!

    Posted by Tom King

    Its been a long time comin but the spring high school sports season is finally getting cranked up. It was pretty much a lost month of April and that means May will be jam packed with games for baseball, softball, girls soccer, track & field, lacrosse, golf and boys tennis. We have a busy high schoolm baseball weekend for you on FoxsportsAm1390 & FM 93.9. Tonight the Wausau East Lumberjacks will play their first game of the season as they take on Northland Pines at approx 7:15. Then tomorrow its triple-header action...first up is DC Everest vs Lakeland at 11am...that will be followed by Wausau East vs Edgar on tape delay and then Everest will take on Merrill in a Valley matchup. Just keep checking the Foxsports AM1390 facebook page for updates on schedule changes for East & Everest baseball throughout the month of May.

    Wausau West is also in action saturday as they host hartford in a doubleheader at 10am.

     

    The Packers go D-line and they pick a guy who Ted Thompson says has the versatility to play anywhere on the line in the 3-4 defense. Datone Jones and 6.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss last season for UCLA.

    Wisconsin center Travis Frederick was a late first round selection by the Dallas Cowboys.

     

    The Miami Heat are just too much for the Bucks. Milwaukee had a 10 point lead late in the first half but Ray Allen hit consecutive three pointers to cut the deficit and Miami pulled away in the second half. The Bucks will look to stave off elimination on Sunday.

    Allen became the all-time playoff three point leader last night. It just highlighted one of the worst decisions in Bucks history by giving up on Ray Allen all those years ago.

     

    Hiram Burgos will make his second major league start tonight as the Brewers open a weekend series at LA. You can hear the game on WSAU.

     

    Songs Of The Day   (from my I-pod)

    The Losing-Pretenders(2002) a track from the eighth album "Loose Screw". Chrissie Hynde is one of the great voices of rock

    The Losing End-Neil Young (1969) Neil gets his country groove on from one of my favorite albums "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere". Love that harmony

  • Pick Or Trade?

    Posted by Tom King

    The Green Bay Packers have the 26th selection tonight in the first round of the NFL draft. Ted Thompson makes it very clear that he prefers more picks rather than a high pick so the chance of a trade down is still there. Obviously the Packers dont have a ton of needs to step right in to the starting lineup. They are looking for depth and the thinking is that they will go for a lineman, probably on the defensive side of the ball. Safety is also a possibility although they havent taken a safety in the first round since George Teague a long time ago. I say running back is a need, if not in the first round then certainly in the second. If they can get Montee Ball in the second round I think they should pull the trigger...I believe with his blocking and pass catching skills he can be a three down back in the NFL.

    One thing I do no...all of the mock drafts that you have wasted time reading will be blown to pieces early tonight. Nobody really knows how the dominoes will fall.

     

    The case is being made for replay to be expanded in major league baseball. Another example reared its head last night in the Brewers-Padres game. The Brewers winning streak ended with the tying run on second base in the 9th inning on a blown call of batter interference. As someone who has umped before I realize that the call is a tough one. To see if a batter is out of the box on a chopper and the ball touched him is not easy...so why not, for any call when the game is on the line...have a replay umpire in the booth or at a central location watching several games to make the call. It only makes sense. I dont want the field umpires to go off the field to review calls but a system can be implemented to make this work. It's coming...hopefully by next season.

    The Brewers also have to be close to making change at second base. Rickie Weeks is struggling both at the plate and in the field. When Aramis Ramirez returns next week I wonder if they will consider playing Alex Gonzalez at second base? I cant remember a player who looks so much like he should be a stud...and yet struggles so much wiith both the bat and the glove than Weeks.

     

    The weather continues to play havoc with the spring high school season. Right now I am scheduled to have baseball for you Friday and Saturday. East is scheduled to play Northland Pines at Wiiter Field in Wisconsin Rapids on Friday night at 7:15 and at Edgar on Saturday morning at 10am. Both games can be heard on Foxsports1390 & FM 93.9. Neither one of these games was originally scheduled but the Lumberjacks have yet to play a game because of the weather so they are looking for any way to get on the field.

     

    Songs Of The Day  (from my I-pod)

    Los Angelenos-Billy Joel (1974) Written after his own exile in LA during the early 70's. From a very underated album called Streetlife Serenade

    Los Angeles-Counting Crows (2008) another cautionary tale of a rock & roll outfit in the City of Angels. Lucky you can get a good taco.

  • Keep That Excitement Tempered

    Posted by Tom King

    The Milwaukee Brewers have won nine straight games after a terrible start and everybody seems to be back on the bandwagon. At the risk of sounding like a grumpy old man I would ask you to temper that excitement a bit. Milwaukee is getting fat by beating the teams they are supposed to beat. Yes I know they swept a series from the defending champion Ginats but San Fran is not the same team they've been the last couple of years and they played one of those games without Buster Posey. The Brewers have built this winning streak at the expense of the Cubs and Padres and the only reason they are not the worst teams in the majors is that Florida and Houston exist. So excuse me if look at this streak with a bit of a jaundiced eye. I love the fact that Jean Segura is playing like we thought he could...that Yuny Betancourt is helping the team survive the injury to Corey Hart...and that the bullpen as all of sudden become lights out...but until they start winning some of these games against teams like St. Louis, Cincy & Atlanta I'm not going to print my playoff tickets yet.

     

    The Bucks-Heat game was an embarressment to the NBA last night. Not that they care. It's painfully obvious that the league wants the Heat to advance and will do everything they can to make that possible. Yes, Miami is a better team than Milwaukee, but that doesnt mean they need the help that was being provided by the men in the striped shirts. The Bucks could have been at the free throw line everytime they drove the lane early in last nights game but the refs decided to swallow their whistles and it became more of an mma fight inside. Ronnie Gerritson (who is known far and wide as a terrible official) ACTUALLY TEE-D UP LEBRON AND THEN CHANGED HIS MIND AFTER  KING JAMES PLEADED HIS CASE. Jon McGlocklin said he had never seen anything like it in his 50 years in the game. We have heard before that certain officials are assigned to certain games in the NBA when the league wants a certain outcome....the thing is the Heat don't need this kind of help. Let them play an upstart team like the Bucks straight up and if the underdog can somehow knock off the reigning champions...you would think that would be a great story. But apparantly not one that David Stern is interested in.

     

    Wausau East has a new football coach. He is Scott Mallien who comes from Green Bay Notre dame where he was defensive coordinator. He also has alot of head coaching experience...12 years at Green Bay Southwest and Peshtigo. Mallien, who will teach social studies at East, replaces Steve Jung who left to take the head job at Neenah High School.

     

    The entire Badger football coaching staff including head coach Gary Andersen will be in town tonight for the Mendota Gridiron Event at Dales Weston Lanes.

     

    Songs Of The Day  (from my I-pod)

    Lord Grenville-Al Stewart (1976) One of his historical songs from "The Year Of The Cat...its the story of a British Admiral from the 1500's killed in battle based on a Lord Tennyson poem written from the perspective of his disallusioned crew.

    Lorelei-Styx (1976) from the Equinox album...the band was in the middle of their ascent that would make them one of the most popular acts of the late 70's. They played Central Wisconsin many times back in those days

  • Team Streak

    Posted by Tom King

    The 1987 Milwaukee Brewers became known as Team Streak after ripping off 13 stright wins to open the season. This year's version of the Brewers left fans despairing by going 2-8 to start the season before now winning 8 straight. They became the first team in major League history to start a season 2-8 and then win seven in a row to get back to .500. And they are doing it as a banged up ballclub. Two guys who have been instrumental to the streak are Yuny Betancourt, who continues to belie the repuation he has among the sabermetricians as the "worst player in baseball" , and Jean Segura who is playing like the Brewers believed he could when the made the Zach Grienke deal.

    Betancourt hit another homer last night and Ryan Braun went deep as well, his 6th of the year as the Brewers crushed the Padres. They are now just 1 1/2 games out of first place in the Central and have Yovanni Gallardo on the mound tonight. You can hear the game on WSAU...pre game at 8:35.

     

    The Bucks will try and recover from their poor second half as they take on the Heat tonight. The Bucks are game and their guards are better than what Miami has ...but Milwaukee(along with every other team in the league) has no answer for Lebron James. Not only scoring but rebounding and especially passing. James should be the unanimoius choice for MVP and although the "best player ever" talk still starts with Michael Jordan, you can now start to at least have a conversation about it.

     

    Music news

    Richie Havens passed away at the age of 72. His biggest hit was an excellent re-make of the Beatles "Here Comes The Sun" but he will always be remembered for being the first act on stage at Woodstock. He got the gig as the band who was scheduled wasnt ready so havens got on stage and played to placate a restless crowd. His improvised "Freedom" became a classic.

    Bob Dylan' summer tour will include some pretty cool guests. Wilco, My Morning Jacket, Ryan Bingham and Richard Thompson will join Dylan at various shows between June and August. He will be playing Midway Stadium in St. Paul (July 10) and Toyota Park in Chicago (July 12) on this swing through the Midwest.

    The Allman Brothers are hitting the road in late summer. Some shows will include Steve Winwood. The only midwest dates announced are August 20 & 21 at the Chicago Theater.

    Rush is back on the road after their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. They are the headliner at Summerfest on July 4th.

    I bought my tickets yesterday for Joan Osborne who will be under the big blue tent at Big Top Chatauqua in Bayfield on August 17th. They have a bunch of good shows lined up this summer. If you havent made the trip to see a show...it's a really great venue and that area around Lake Superior is spectacular.

    Songs Of The Day   (from my I-pod)

    Freedom-Richie Havens (1969) if you were stuck in traffic..here is what you missed

    Here Comes The Sun-Richie Havens (1971) here is a live version of his cover. It's one of the better covers of a Beatles song.

  • Revenge Comes Early

    Posted by Tom King

    The Packers will travel back to San Francisco to open the 2013 season. They will get a chance to avenge last season's playoff loss on Sunday September 8th in a national game on Fox. The schedule maker did them no favors by following that with the home opener against Washington. That means the Packer D will be chasing Colin Kapernick and Robert Griffin III on consecutive weekends.

    They will have their bye in week 4. They also play three Sunday night games Oct 27 at Minnesota, Nov 17 at New York Giants & Dec 8 vs Atlanta at Lambeau. They will host the Bears in a Monday night matchup on Nov 4th and will also play at Detroit in the annual Thanksgiving game.

    For those making travel plans here is the complete schedule

    Sept

    8 at San Francisco   3:30

    15 Washington       noon

    22-at Cincinnatti    noon

    29 bye

    Oct

    6 Detroit               noon

    13 at Baltimore     noon

    20 Cleveland        3:30

    27 at Minnesota    7:30

    Nov

    4 Chicago            7:40

    10 Philadelphia    noon

    17 at New York Giants   7:30

    24 Minnesota      noon

    28-at Detroit       11:30

    Dec

    8 Atlanta            7:30

    15 at Dallas       3:30

    22-Pittsburgh    3:30

    29 at Chicago   noon

     

    Yovanni Gallardo bounced back from his DUI arrest earlier this week and tossed six innings of 1 run ball in a 7-2 win over the Giants. He also hit a two-run homer off Matt Cain. Cain gave up three two-run blasts as Ryan Braun and Jon Lucroy also went deep. The Brewers have won four in a row and open a three game weekend series with the Cubs tonight.

     

    Songs Of The Day   (from my I-pod)

    Looking Forward-CSNY (1999) a Neil song and title track from a reunion disc. By the way, CSNY is releasing an album from the 1974 tour later this summer which Graham Nash says is going to be awesome.

    Looking Out-Brandi Carlile (2009) I just got turned on to her stuff...her first album came out in 2005. Its good roots country-rock. Strong voice and song-writing chops. I think she's going to be at Summerfest this year.

  • One Down, One To Go

    Posted by Tom King

    The Green Bay Packers wrapped up Clay Matthews for 5 years yesterday, making him the highest paid Packer in history, at least until Aaron Rodgers signs his extension. It will average around 13.2 million a year. Matthews said he's glad the Packers put enough trust in him to award him the monster deal and vowed to continue "unwavering perserverance on the field". Now if he can only stay healthy.

    Matthews and Rodgers have the same agent so expect the burner to heat up on that deal in the next couple of weeks. They had a couple of sticking points they were working through. Rodgers' deal is projected to be in the 25 million a year range.

     

    The Brewers got a game-winning hit from Blake Lalli..another homer and 2 RBI's from Yuny B...Kyle Lohse taking a no-hitter into the sixth...Jim Henderson with a scoreless ninth inning of a tie game...and now three wins in a row. They play day baseball today against the Giants...pre-game at 11:35 on WSAU.

    The Brewers also signed a no-risk minor league deal with Francisco Rodriguez. K-rod will go to extended spring training and see if he has anything left. The Brewers have 30 days to promote him to the majors or release him. He pitched for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic.

     

    The Bucks didnt have to face Kevin Durant , and Russell Westbrook didnt play much and that led to a win over OK City in the regular season finale. The Bucks rested some of their regulars as well. John Henson led the way with a career high 28 points and 16 rebounds. The Bucks will open the playoffs at Miami Sunday night at 6pm. They will also play Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday the 28th with games on the 30th , May 2 & 4 if necessary.

     

    Songs Of The Day   (from my I-pod)

    Looking For The Next Best Thing-Warren Zevon (1982) from the album "The Envoy" which didnt do well upon its original release but included some gems like this one.

    Lookin For The Heart Of Saturday Night-Tom Waits (1975) I didnt discover Waits until college but this came out my senior year of high school . You can almost smell the stale beer and cigarette smoke. How many nights did we spend out "lookin"...