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Marquette has spirit!  GO MU.
Marquette has spirit! GO MU. (Photo: David Bernacchi)

Marquette and UW make top 20 in country for school spirit

We’re passionate and loyal in the Midwest.  We love our teams, schools and communities.  So, it’s really no surprise that both Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison rank in the top 20 for "colleges with the most school spirit."

The Princeton Review recently released its 2017 college rankings. You have create an account to see all of the results, but more than 140,000 students contributed to the study.  From the results of "How popular are intercollegiate sports at your school?" the data revealed the 20 colleges with the most school spirit. 

As a Marquette grad, I’m proud but, again, not surprised, that MU landed near the top 10.  There’s a pride and unique passion at MU.  Bucky shares it, too, and also boasts a big-time football program that helps increase its reach and spirit.

No matter where your loyalties lie, here’s the full list as presented by Business Insider.  MU at No. 12 and Bucky at No. 16.

We are Marquette!  U-rah-rah! Wisconsin!

As easy way to sample custom clothing.
As easy way to sample custom clothing.

#JHFitTour is coming to Milwaukee

I like clothes, love to buy them too. But, in stereotypical male fashion, I don’t really like to shop. Plus, Amazon killed its MyHabit site recently so where am I to go – online or off – for my fashion needs?

Sure, I shop at Harley’s, love Moda3 and Milworks but even as I explore a few of the monthly services like FiveFour Club I’ve been searching for a better fit for my fashion needs.  So, recently, I tested J. Hilburn.  The customer service and fits have been outstanding, and for some crazy reason the clothes even landed a runway gig for me last spring. Clearly elevating my fashion game. Big thanks to my stylist and rep, Lisa Gibb.

It’s a bit odd and maybe uncomfortable for some guys to get fitted for clothes at the office or at home.  It works and is worth it, though.  And this weekend and next week you’ll have the chance to casually explore the custom fit clothing world of J. Hilburn as the brand brings its fashions to Milwaukee with the #JHFitTour.

Here’s the full deal. 

The traveling #JHFitTour, a state-of-the-art mobile studio, will stop at the following locations:

Sunday, Sept. 11
Delafield Brewhaus
3832 Hillside Dr.
5-8 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 12
The Wicked Hop
345 N. Broadway
4-8 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 13
Milwaukee Athletic Club
756 N. Broadway
11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Allen Edmonds will join J. Hilburn representatives at the Milwaukee Athletic Club stop.  You should join them, too. 

It's not necessary, but you can RSVP for any of the three stops here

Get to the Third Ward this weekend.
Get to the Third Ward this weekend. (Photo:

Third Ward, Public Market team up to "pet your whistle" this weekend

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The Milwaukee Public Market is owned and operated by the Historic Third Ward Association and the Business Improvement District (BID No. 2 ) that it sits in. So it makes perfect sense that the anchor of this great Downtown neighborhood is giving back to the community this weekend during the Third Ward Art Festival.

The market will encourage people to "pet their whistle" as it helps raise money for the Wisconsin Humane Society. MPM will offer seven wines from five different regions at three outdoor locations along Broadway during the festival, with proceeds from the beverage sales benefiting the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS).

"The Third Ward Association has done such a terrific job partnering with Amdur Productions to grow this festival into a highly anticipated event," said Peg San Felippo, MPM’s certified sommelier and volunteer coordinator. "We thought adding a versatile wine and beer element would not only make it more enjoyable for attendees, but would also be a great way to raise money for charity."

In addition to wine and beer, the public market will serve bottled water, the proceeds of which will also be donated to WHS.

"We are so honored to be receiving the proceeds from the wine, beer and water sales at this year’s event," said Bridgette Frommell, vice president of development at WHS. "The Milwaukee Public Market is such a stellar example of a business that makes Milwaukee stronger by giving back to those in need. We couldn’t be more grateful for their commitment to saving the lives of homeless animals in our community."

The Third Ward Art Festival is free to attend and runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Have you seen some swans in Grafton?
Have you seen some swans in Grafton?

Missing: Michael Cudahy's swans

It's not a lost dog or cat – rather swans. Yep, swans. 

Milwaukee philanthropist Michael Cudahy, 92, is searching for a family of swans that he owns. According to Andy Nelson at the Pabst Theater, he's asking for your help locating them. Thus, this blog. 

Swans aren't the most loving of animals. They can be vicious and, like many large birds, very protective of their young. At least that's my experience with the ones I've seen in Lake Country on lakes like Pewaukee, Okauchee and Nagawicka. So use caution, should you go hunting for Mr. Cudahy's birds. 

There are three main species of swans in Wisconsin; Cudahy's are Trumpeter swans: all white, black bill with a narrow, salmon-red stripe along the base of the lower bill.  

The missing family is a dad, mom and three kids. The kids tip the scales at about 30 pounds, while the mom and dad are around 60 pounds. All were last seen last night (Wednesday), according to Nelson, "south of Grafton in the Milwaukee River."

Swans can move from body of water to body of water, but chances are they are still floating near Grafton on the Milwaukee River. 

If you know anything about the whereabouts of theses swans please contact the Pabst Theater at or via phone (414) 286-3164. They'll pass the messages along to Mr. Cudahy. 

There you have it. My good deed for the day is done, now go do yours. Find these swans! And, if you want, read my 2002 interview with Cudahy here. Old school.