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Success On The Field Means Full Coffers

by Tom King

The Green Bay Packers set new records last year for total revenues, net income & operating profits. Profits jumped by 26% to 54.3 million dollars. Net income rose by 1% and total reveunues increased 2%. Mark Murphy said the increases were due mainly to their success on the field. He said the team also benefited from the new collective bargaining agreement which dropped player costs. Those will increase this year with new contracts for Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews and others. Stockholders will review the financial data a week from today but most fans don't care...all they care about is that training camp opens two days later.

The Bucks used their amnesty clause on Drew Gooden yesterday. Gooden didnt play much last season. The team will still owe him on the last two years of his contract but it will not count on the salary cap. He had signed a 5 year deal back in 2010. The amnesty clause was part of the last collective bargaining agreement and can only be used once by each team to rid themselves of an onerous contract.

A couple of pretty good Legion baseball pitching performances last night. Logan Mallek set a team record with 20 strikeouts for Stevens Point in a 3-2 win over Merrill. And Cal Giese pitched a complete game shutout for Plover in a 6-0 win over Wausau.

Music News

It's Rock Fest week in Wisconsin....two big festivals in Oshkosh and Cadott. Top bands in Oshkosh include Van Halen, Ratt, Queensryche, Godsmack, Great White and Twisted Sister. Cadott will feature Kiss, Motley Crue, Korn and Slash among many others.

Steely Dan fans can rejoice...Becker and Fagen say they are in the studio making a new record. They say its still early in the process and will feature some songs that were started decades ago and finished up now. It would be their first studio release since 2003's "Everything Must Go". They start a new tour this Friday in Atlantic City.

Songs Of The Day  (from my I-pod) a couple of tracks from "Everything Must Go"

The Last Mall-Steely Dan (2003) the first cut from the LP

Things I Miss The Most-Steely Dan (2003) One of the most erudite break-up songs ever