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Fans around the world will see how Giannis Antetokounmpo likes to throw down during the NBA Slam Dunk Contest.
Fans around the world will see how Giannis Antetokounmpo likes to throw down during the NBA Slam Dunk Contest.

"Greek Freak" headlines NBA Dunk Contest

Giannis Antetokounmpo is an expressive young man, quick with a smile, and quicker still to get above the rim and throw down vicious dunks. 

He's creative in the way he attacks the rim, and he makes it a point to finish loudly – like this: 

So it's no surprise that a Yahoo! Sports report notes that the second-year Milwaukee Bucks forward will participate in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest during its All-Star festivities in New York, Feb. 13-15.

Antetokounmpo was likely headed to New York anyway to play in the Rising Stars game, which pits the game's top first and second-year players against one another. 

The 20-year-old forward is averaging 11.7 points and 6.1 rebounds while shooting 49.7 percent from the floor through the first half of this season. 

It's almost like being outside when you play simulated golf at FORE! Milwaukee.
It's almost like being outside when you play simulated golf at FORE! Milwaukee.

Swing away the cold at FORE!

The wind shooting up Water Street cut through my scarf, my gloves, and my knit hat. I reflexively tightening the grip on the steel in my left hand, and brought my right up to my face to keep the scarf from allowing any more of that biting cold to hit my skin.

I got a few odd looks on the short walk from the OnMilwaukee.com office, down a few blocks to 530 N. Water St.

After all, it’s not every minus 9-degree day that you see someone in Downtown Milwaukee hurriedly carrying golf clubs through traffic.

"It’s always 72 degrees in here all the time," laughed Tim Grogan, the PGA professional who owns and operates FORE! Milwaukee, an indoor-golf range and bar.

We wrote about Tim and FORE! about this time two years ago when he launched his idea of having a walking-friendly, Downtown golf facility.

"That was the big reason for doing this kind of business Downtown – it was the convenience," Grogan said. "With the road construction in the Milwaukee area, it takes too long to go golf. And that’s golf’s problem. It takes too long. By the time you leave the house, it’s a six-hour ordeal."

Initially, he was in the Third Ward, but that building was sold.

This is his first winter at the current location on Water Street, and let me tell you, it was a nice mental reprieve to think about golf on one of the coldest days of the last few months and Grogan says he’s seen an uptick in corporate and special events, as well as boom in leagues.

"We’re still drawing people in from the Third Ward, we’re close enough there, to get our customers from there, and we’re getting new customers from Wisconsin and Water St., the busiest intersection in Milwaukee," Grogan said. "Business guys are starting to see it."

The most important aspect of FORE! are the four high-tech simulators, where you can literally play entire round of golf – every shot from first tee to 18th green – and have the ball respond as it would outdoors.

I’m a fan of golf technology and my incredulit…

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Milwaukee artist Ray Nitti took photographed the walk for Dontre Hamilton Tuesday afternoon in downtown Milwaukee.
Milwaukee artist Ray Nitti took photographed the walk for Dontre Hamilton Tuesday afternoon in downtown Milwaukee. (Photo: Ray Nitti/Instagram)

Milwaukee hip-hop community reacts to Hamilton decision

Many people in Milwaukee gathered and protested throughout the afternoon Monday when Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm announced that former Milwaukee police officer Christopher Manney will not face any criminal charges in the death of Dontre Hamilton on April 30.

Many of Milwaukee’s most prominent voices in hip-hop not only participated in the protest but voiced their opinions on social media:

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Lammi Sports has purchased the assets of the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame.
Lammi Sports has purchased the assets of the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame. (Photo: David Bernacchi)

Lammi Sports acquires Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame assets

Lammi Sports Management announced it has acquired all of the assets for the 63-year-old Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame, located alongside the UWM Panther Arena on 4th Street.

The assets of the Hall of Fame, which was established in 1951, will now be managed the newly created Wisconsin Hall of Fame, LLC. The company will create a board of advisors comprising notable sports executives and media members from around the state, community leaders and athletes. 

This is welcome news to many in the city, who have felt the Hall of Fame has been marginalized – and largely forgotten – by many sports fans. 

As someone who moved to Milwaukee, the wall on 4th Street was a great way to learn about Wisconsin's rich sporting history. But, you rarely see passerby on non-gamedays on that block, and even then people just sort of wander past it. 

When there are so many halls of fame out there, from the league's to the individual teams and schools, it's hard to maintain relevancy

I'd still like to see the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame rolled into a new Milwaukee Bucks arena project, but until then this new management has said it will host year-round events including holding its induction ceremony at the Wisconsin Center, host a nomination luncheon,  conduct "Speaker Series Breakfasts" and, potentially, a Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame touring exhibit.

This is all slated to begin no later than 2016 to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Hall.

"Lammi Sports is honored and humbled to preserve and restore this historic Wisconsin sports property," Brian Lammi, founder and CEO of Lammi Sports Management said in a statement released by the firm.

"We want to thank the Wisconsin Center District and the Wisconsin Sports Development Corporation for their faith in Lammi Sports Management to oversee this iconic trust that salutes athletic excellence in Wisconsin. We also want to commend the Wisconsin Sports Legacy Group for their grass roots efforts to revitalize the Hall.…

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