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Only three Green Bay Packers made the list of all-time NFL greats.
Only three Green Bay Packers made the list of all-time NFL greats. (Photo: Green Bay Packers)

Lots of Packers ignored on the latest all-time best NFL players list

Milwaukee loves lists, especially when someone else does one where we show up as a positive and praiseworthy place to live.

Great bars, best lake, finest craft beers – you know it and we love lists and usually trumpet them loudly.

Well, there’s a new list out and if it doesn’t get your dander up and make you swear, then your credentials as a real Wisconsinite may be revoked. They will at least be suspect.

This list comes from Rantsports.com. Rant is a media company, founded in Illinois and now doing web sites that range from sports to chic fashion to pets and politics.

Well rantsports is now out with a list of the 50 greatest National Football League players of all-time. You can see the list and who was the best of all-time here.

It’s not a bad list, but there are only three Green Bay Packers on the list – Forrest Gregg, No. 42;Brett Favre, No. 11;  Reggie White, No. 8.

To say this casts suspicion on the entire selection process is like saying the whole Kardashian family is nuts.

For example, there are five Dallas Cowboys and five Pittsburgh Steelers on the list. The Colts have four as do the Rams and the Bears. Green Bay is tied with Oakland with three each.

Let’s take a look at what may well be the most glaring error in the creation of this list.

Lance Alworth, a wide receiver for the San Diego Padres during the days of Air Coryell was No. 30.

A pretty good argument could be made that the Packers have had at least two wide receivers who were better than Alworth.

Don Hutson revolutionized pro football with his pass catching. At various times he held virtually every receiving record in the books.

And James Lofton was widely regarded as about the best receiver of his time, even though he played on chronically bad teams under Bart Starr the coach.

Starr the quarterback doesn’t even get a mention on this list despite being the field general for what may well have been the greatest teams in the history of the league.

Most of the players on t…

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The boys from "The Book of Mormon" have landed at the Marcus Center.
The boys from "The Book of Mormon" have landed at the Marcus Center. (Photo: Joan Marcus)

"Book of Mormon" bashes into Milwaukee like a profane, hilarious maniac

If you find yourself wandering into the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts in the next couple of days, be forewarned: You'll have to check your faith at the door.

The "Book of Mormon" arrives in town with all the subtlety of an out of control car smashing through the window of the local hardware store.

This musical won nine Tony Awards in 2011, including Best Musical. It also could probably have won the award for the most blasphemous, scurrilous, rakish and downright profane musical ever to hit the stage.

Oh, let’s not leave out the fact that this play is so funny it had a capacity crowd roaring Wednesday night. I mean roaring.

The story concerns two young Mormon boys, Elder Price (David Larsen) and Elder Cunningham (Chad Burris), who are sent out on their first mission. They land in a village in Uganda, something that is out of their wheelhouse.

What follows is a story complete with: Jesus Christ, Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, armed barbarians, Yoda, an angel named Moroni, natives, devils, Jeffrey Dahmer, Hitler, skeletons, dancing girls, a warlord with an unprintable name, villagers who are ravaged by AIDS and the whitest group of boys ever to grace the stage in recent years, the Mormon boys.

The first song the boys hear when they land in the village is "Hasa Diga Eebowai" which can’t be translated here. Suffice it to say that the middle finger and God figure prominently in the phrase.

This play was put together by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, who are the creators of "South Park" and Robert Lopez who composed the music and lyrics for "Avenue Q."

This touring production is a first class event with a cast of lively and outstanding actors, singers and dancers.

Burris stands out in his role as Elder Cunningham. Think Chris Farley as a young man and you’ll get a feeling for what Burris brings to his role.

While the sacrilege and dirty jokes may well be the calling card for "Mormon," the truth is that this show resembles and reinvigorates the Rodge…

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Leaving Matt Garza in the game raises questions about whether the Brewers gave up last night.
Leaving Matt Garza in the game raises questions about whether the Brewers gave up last night. (Photo: Milwaukee Brewers)

Lopsided loss to Mets raises questions about whether Brewers tossed in the towel

One of the most interesting things about baseball, and one that provides a pile of fuel to sports talk radio and water cooler fan discussion, is what the team does when it’s getting killed early.

That’s the issue that faced the Milwaukee Brewers over the weekend when they were walloped, 14-1, by the Mets at Citi Field. (Note: The Brewers blanked the Mets on Friday, 7-0.)

Brewers pitcher Matt Garza gave up 10 hits, three walks and 10 runs in just over three innings. That it was brutal and ugly and Garza had to stay out there, getting duped on over and over as the parade around the bases went on and on for the Mets.

As you watched the slaughter, the question came up about whether manager Craig Counsell and the Brewers were throwing in the towel and giving up after just four innings. By the time the game came to an end there were no Brewers starters left on the field.

Counsell, in video from the Brewers' website, was realistic after the game trying to explain what happened and why he left Garza in the game.

"I figure it was just an ugly game and that’s why we’re happy there’s a game tomorrow," he said.  "You flush it away at the ballpark and get ready for tomorrow. It just happened fast. It snowballed pretty fast. I wish I could have gotten him (Garza) out of their quicker and wish I had.

"I thought he made a mistake to (Wilmer) Flores (who hit a grand slam)  but didn’t think he was pitching that poorly. I thought he could get through that inning and then keep going quite honestly. It’s one of those nights when it didn’t go right."

For his part, Garza didn’t dodge any questions about what happened.

"It's on me," Garza said. "My job is to go deep; I didn't. I didn't get anywhere close to what I wanted to accomplish. You just 'wear it and move on."You 'flush it' and go. It's like a fight. You get knocked down, and it's how you get back up. That's all it is. Am I going to lay down or am I going to get back up? I like getting back up. That's…

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Ben George, Tamara Martinsek and David Ferrie  star in "City of Angels."
Ben George, Tamara Martinsek and David Ferrie star in "City of Angels." (Photo: Windfall Theatre)

Windfall's "City of Angels" is a ponderous evening of complex storytelling

"Out of all da dames in the woild who cudda walked inta my office dat day, why did it hafta be dat dame?"

That line, and versions of it, has been uttered by hundreds of private eyes, each time setting in motion a story that unfolds mystery by mystery by mystery.

That line comes to mind watching the ponderous musical "City of Angels" that opened over the weekend at Windfall Theatre.

This comic opera – and I use the word "comic" loosely and the word "opera" in all its overwrought and confusing storyline – was supposed to be a magic trip back to the days of film noir. No such luck.

The production is loaded with good actors and singers. But they seem trapped in a story, or stories, that develop so slowly that at some point it became easier to cry "uncle" and just sit back and wait for it to come to an end.

This play features two stories.

One is about a writer named Stine, who is working on a screenplay while trying to maintain his artistic purity. The second is the story that Stine is writing – a private eye named Stone gets hired by a hot dame to find a missing girl.

The play moves back and forth between these two stories, moving each one along at a snail’s pace until we get to the end where some long winded exposition tries to tie up all the loose ends and clue the audience in on what really happened.

Doing a play like this is enough of a challenge, but when faced with a too warm theater, a first act that lasted one hour and 35 minutes and a play that asked us to sit still for three hours, it was almost too much to expect this to hold together.

Or to hold my attention.

I really had high hopes for this show. Carol Zippel, the producing director at Windfall, directed this show, and she has long had a great touch with musicals.

What this needed, more than anything else, was a scalpel. There was just too much. Too much music, too much talking and not nearly enough precision.

There are jokes in this script but the overwhelming reaction to them was that…

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