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The Manti Te'o girlfriend hoax is an unfortunate part of the sports scene.
The Manti Te'o girlfriend hoax is an unfortunate part of the sports scene. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling/Neon Tommy | WikiCommons)

I'm a young curmudgeon

It's nearly February, so of course I'm ready for 2014.

In less than a month we've learned all about fake (and dead) girlfriends; deer antler steroids; how Lance Armstrong lied about lying and that a bat can't coexist peacefully with basketball players.

And that's what I can think of just off the top of my head. Oy.

I love sports. It's a huge part of my life. Once I figured out I wouldn't be able to play them for a living, I wanted to cover it. Yet ... this stuff just drives me crazy.

I'd like to think I'm an old soul, maybe a little old school – but perhaps I'm just a young curmudgeon.

  1. I have no interest in the private lives of athletes. I don't care, never did. Now, the people in a player's private life make it hard – like when wives/girlfriends/siblings decide to tweet out their issues – but it's still a non-story in my eyes. It is in a lot of my colleagues, too, but in the end we're not the sole judge and jury on that one.

  2. About performance enhancers. This is a tricky one for me. I used to be a hard-liner – you cheat, you deserve to be exposed, shunned and kicked out of the profession. After all, if I plagiarize or make up facts and quotes, I'd be exposed, shunned and fired.

    But, I also realize that sports are entertainment and let's be honest – we were all entertained by the home runs in baseball in the late 90s. People who like cycling (hello?) were entertained by Armstrong. And, we all love the NFL (no, it's not natural for men of that size to run that fast). I said I wouldn't have voted for Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa on this most recent Hall of Fame ballot, but I'd vote for them the next time around. It's part of the game, unfortunately and deserves to be documented.

    Once the PED cat was let out of the bag 30, maybe 40 years ago, it was out. Now, it's a case where ignorance is bliss - as a fan, you just have to hope "your guy" is clean. It's a source of pride (see Frank Thomas and Chicago).

    As a reporter, it's black and white. Performance enhan…
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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was unstoppable in a playoff win over the Green Bay Packers Saturday night.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was unstoppable in a playoff win over the Green Bay Packers Saturday night. (Photo: Jim Biever/Green Bay Packers)

49ers had best quarterback on the field in playoff win over Packers

The 2012 season came to an unceremonious end Saturday night for the Green Bay Packers, a 45-31 drubbing at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers out on the West Coast.

We'll have more on this during the week here at OnMilwaukee.com, but the initial reaction can't be that of total surprise – and the hurt has to be less than what was felt following a 15-1 season a year ago.

While I firmly believed the Packers would be hosting the Seattle Seahawks next Sunday, I didn't think it would be a cakewalk over the 49ers. For much of the year, many felt San Francisco was the best team in football, but I felt the Packers had enough going for them to overcome Colin Kaepernick in his first playoff start.

Boy, did I ever underestimate the Milwaukee native. Or, perhaps I felt too good about this Packers defense. I wrote off the regular season performances against Adrian Peterson as aberrations, and felt vindicated by their play last week.

I never expected defensive coordinator Dom Capers and the Packers defenders to be so overmatched against Kaepernick, both on the ground and in the air.

He led scoring drives of 80, 80, 80, 93 and 93 yards. He helped the 49ers gain over 300 rushing yards and over 500 yards of total offense by rushing for 181 and throwing for 263 and accounting for four touchdowns. Time and again he fooled the Packers linebackers on the read-option, and blew by defensive backs for additional yardage.

He made his progressions in the passing game, zipped passes into tight coverage and prevented the defense from truly being able to key in on him and Frank Gore in the run game.

Rodgers ended the day with some nice stats, but even he admitted postgame his crew did not do enough.

Many fingers will be pointed at Capers, Erik Walden and the Packers defense – and they should be – but the harsh reality of Saturday's game is this: Colin Kaepernick, not Aaron Rodgers, was the best quarterback on the field.

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