The Badger basketball team was ice-cold for most of the game yesterday and lost to Illinois in the Big Ten Tournament. I know Bo Ryan will whip his troops at practice this week but the way I look at it...it's not that bad. Conference tournaments are really only important for bubble teams or those tring to get into the NCAA Tournament. Illinois had much more to play for...add that to Hughes & Bohannon both having tough shooting days...and it equals a first round exit...which for me means an extra two days of rest to prepare for the Big Dance. Hughes also got kneed in the thigh early in the game and wasnt right until he nailed a few three 's late. Take their spirited comeback which put them in a position to tie with 11 seconds left as a better indicator than the loss itself.
The Packers signed Nick Collins & Ryan Pickett to long-term contracts yesterday...Collins for three years, Pickett for 4.
The Bucks win again! Against another good team! Milwaukee has won 11 of 12 after topping Utah last night. John Salmons has been a revalation for the Bucks.
The Brewers hammered the Cubs yesterday as they got back-to-back homers from vets Jim Edmonds and Gregg Zaun. The Brewers could do alot worse than Edmonds on the bench this year. And Zaun is an improvement over Kendall. They also are getting excellent pitching for the most part this spring.
MLB Network was showing the 1975 All-Star game from County Stadium in Milwaukee yesterday. I was there as an 18 year old sitting in the upper deck and watching one of the greatest collection of talent you can imagine. Morgan, Rose, Garvey, Cey, Bench, Aaron, Yaz, Reggie, Munson, Carew, Nolan Ryan, Seaver, Brock,...the list went on and on. and the swings and pitching motions of these star players was much different than you see now....just a different philosphy on how to do it. Yaz hit a three run homer but the NL prevailed. Henry Kissinger threw out the first pitch . It was also interesting hearing Curt Gowdy, Joe Garagiola and Tony Kubek call the game. It was a two hour trip in a time machine...I love MLB netwok.
How about Antigo and Merrill squaring off in the D-1 boys basketball sectional championship game and a trip to State. I don't know for sure but if I had to guess...i would say it has never happened before. They play in Marshfield tonight at 7.
Songs of The Day (from my I-pod)
Eminence Front-The Who (1982) Pete Townsend takes lead vocals on this one. it's hypnotic keyboard pattern is used by many sports teams while introducing lineups. Check out the youthful lloking Townsend in this video compared to this years Super Bowl.
Emotional Rescue-Rolling Stones (1980) the disco-flavored title track from a number 1 Lp because let's face it...when you come right down to it...the Stones are a dance band.