There is always a lot of sports news that comes across the desk that doesn’t really deserve a full blown article but nevertheless should be noted by sports fans.
Here’s a sample of some of the latest news items.
The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, one of the most highly regarded oddsmakers, has put the odds of Wisconsin being the national college basketball champion next year at 50-1. Maryland, North Carolina and Kentucky are the favorites at 7-1. Big 10 teams ahead of the Badgers include Maryland, Michigan State at 30-1 and Indiana at 40-1. The Badgers are tied with Butler, Cal, Notre Dame and Texas. Let’s all hope our memory of this year remains intact.
Rumors, rumors, rumors – the lifeblood of being a sports fan. Rumors continue to swirl about the next head to fall in Wisconsin. The Packers seem safe. But there is a rumor about who will get the axe first, Doug Melvin of the Brewers or John Hammond of the Bucks. Melvin obviously has a good relationship with Brewer’ owner Mark Attanasio, but if the decision is made to have a fire sale and begin to rebuild, a new GM may be in store. With the Bucks, it’s no secret that coach Jason Kidd wanted to run all the basketball operations with the Nets. The speculation is that he wants the same power in Milwaukee which would most likely force Hammond out. Wonder who readers think will be the first one to go.
He’s been vilified and gone for quite awhile, but Brett Favre is coming back into the consciousness of Wisconsin sports fans. He’s having his number retired and Lambeau Field is already sold out for that event. He is also going to play football again – flag football in Camp Randall in July. He will face a team headed by former Eagles’ quarterback, Donovan McNabb. Favre’s team will include Frank Winters, Mark Chmura, Javon Walker, Andre Rison and former UW star Ron Dayne. Proceeds will benefit Favre’s foundation. Favre is 45 years old.
- Speaking of the Packers, the new lineup has …