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Wilson's Baseball Dream is Just That

by Tom King

Russell Wilson spent the weekend moonlighting. The Seattle Seahawks quarterback was at spring training camp with the Texas Rangers. He took grounders and worked with ranger manager Ron Washington on footwork. Wilson had been an infielder in the Colorado Rockie minor league organization before giving up the game when he transferred to Wisconsin for his final college football season. As we know he parlayed that into an NFL career that has blossomed early. Washington and some of the other Ranger coaches say that with alot of work and repetition he might be able to make it as a baseball player but lets not kid ourselves. As much as Wilson might love baseball and might like to become a two-sport athlete ala Deion Sanders, there is no chance of that happening. Some scouts including noted baseball scout and analyst Keith Law of ESPN say that Wilson was never really a major league prospect when he played before. His bat just wasnt strong enough to merit much consideration. Playing quarterback in the NFL is hard...hitting a baseball consistently at the major league level is harder.

The Rangers picked him in a draft with a late round pick to come to spring training and talk to their young players about what it takes to win and what it takes to be a pro...if he gets a rush by getting back on the baseball field for awhile, good for him. But lets not make this something it's not.

The Badger mens basketball team returned to the AP Top 10 on Monday. They jumped five places to #9 after winning their 7th game in a row on Sunday. They have two regular season games remaining this week...home with Purdue on Wednesday and on the road at Nebraska on Sunday. They have a bye in the first round of the Big 10 Tournament which begins next week.

The Pointer mens basketball teamw will host a D-3 NCAA Regional this Friday and Saturday. The Pointers will play Marian College on Friday night at 8. the early game has St. Olaf vs Central of Iowa.

I'll be on the road to Rhinelander tonight as the high school girls basketball tournament begins. Wausau East will play the Hodags in a D-2 game at 7pm on Foxsports Radio AM1390 & FM 93.9.

Songs Of The Day   (from my I-pod)

Monk's New Tune-Michael Franks (1993) an homage to old time jazz from this excellent songwriter and vocalist. From a very good album called "Dragonfly Summer"


Monkey In Your Soul-Steely Dan (1974) a track from one of my favorite albums...Pretzel Logic.. When this first came out we played in over and over about ten times at a poker game one night