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The Bucks Will Be Better, Will Anyone Care?

by Tom King

NBA basketball has usually been a hard sell in Wisconsin. Outside of Milwaukee most hoops fans are more interested in college games than the Bucks. it hasnt helped that for the most part, the Bucks have usually fielded a mediocre team and hovered right around the edges of playoff contention every year.

Many pundits see the team as not making the playoffs this season. I'm not that pessimistic. The Bucks just barely made the playoffs last season and were quickly swept by Miami in the first round. you could tell that the team was splintered...some guys didnt want to be there. Managment decided to clean house and boy did they ever.

A new coach and 11 new players may be the biggest re-modeling job ever done to an NBA team in one off-season. And I think after an initial feeling-out process this team can be more than decent. They brought in some solid veterans like Caron Butler & OJ Mayo. Both can score...something the Bucks were clearly lacking last season. Two new point guards and Brandon Knight and Luke Ridnour. I like the veteran Ridnour more than Knight but both should be more than serviceable. Up front the Bucks are led by Larry Sanders (one of the best defenders in the league), Irsan Ilyasova  and John Henson who should take a major step forward with more minutes. And I like the #1 draft pick. They may have caught lightning in a bottle with Giannis Antetokounmpo. He has looked very impressive in the pre-season and has earned some minutes off the bench.

I'm not saying this team is comparable to the Bulls or Heat...but as Herb Kohl said yesterday they will not be tanking games to get a higher draft pick like some teams are apparantly going to do this season. How that is allowed by the league is a topic for another day.

The Bucks begin the regular season Wednesday night in New York. You can hear the Bucks on Foxsports1390 & FM 93.9.

The Red Sox are the better team in this World Series and are now one win away from clinching their 3rd title in the last 10 years. David Ortiz continues to amaze and the Sox escaped the non-use of the DH by taking 2 out of 3 in St. Louis. The Cardinal pitching has rightly deserved alot of attention but the Sox pitching has matched them and has exploited the holes in the Cardinal batting order. This may not get to a Game 7.

The Packers may not run the table but I'm willing to bet they win most of the rest of their regular season games. The remaining schedule just isnt that strong and the Packers are playing so well right now it might not matter who they play.

The remaining teams in the high school football playoffs have their opponents for round 2. Nekoosa plays at Columbus, Stratford hosts Arcadia, Amherst is at Westby, Edgar hosts Webster and Athens travels to Hurley. also Iola-Scandanavia is at Algoma, Greenwood/Granton travels to Pepin/Alma, Owen-Withee is at Glenwood City, Pittsville at Independence, Loyal at New Lisbon and Almond-Bancroft at Lake Country Lutheran.

Songs Of The Day  (from my I-pod)

Mexico-James Taylor(1975) from the solid LP "Gorilla" featuring Crosby/Nash on those soaring harmonies

Miami 2017-Billy Joel (1976) originally from the Turnstiles LP but featured on his excllent live album "Songs From The Attic'. He called it a 'science fiction" song.