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Believe it or not, "Hammerin'" Hank Aaron is on Twitter! And he made news with his last tweet.
Believe it or not, "Hammerin'" Hank Aaron is on Twitter! And he made news with his last tweet. (Photo: Rubenstein / WikiCommons)

Hank Aaron tweets? Yes, he does

In this day in age, I guess you have to assume that everyone who is anyone (and especially those are no one) has a Twitter account.

But count me as totally surprised that none other than Henry Aaron has a Twitter account. And, I’m apparently very late to the part, considering he has nearly 44,000 followers since joining (I’m guessing) in late March of last year.

I had the privilege to meet Aaron one time – on the eve of his commencement address at Marquette University – and we had a pleasant chat. He had a presence. The "it" factor. Of course he did. He had things to say, and you felt that what he did say carried some weight with it.

I bring this up because he’s only tweeted eight times.

The first seven are sort of odds and ends from the past year, promoting some appearances and the Atlanta Braves – but then he made news by tweeting the following at Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman:

 

 Love it. And Sherman’s response:

Another small reminder of how cool Twitter can be, which often gets lost amid all the insanity (and idiocy) that usually occurs.

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Of course the Packers logo would be a bicycle if it were a hipster. (Image: Dave Rappoccio / kissingsuzykolber.com)
Of course the Packers logo would be a bicycle if it were a hipster. (Image: Dave Rappoccio / kissingsuzykolber.com)
The Green Bay Packers actually do ride bicycles every year at training camp. (Photo: Jim Biever / Green Bay Packers)
The Green Bay Packers actually do ride bicycles every year at training camp. (Photo: Jim Biever / Green Bay Packers)

What the Packers logo would look like if it were a hipster

One of my favorite internet inventions are repurposed, or reimagined sports team logos. Some are humorous, some are ugly, and some are better than the current one. This time, the talented David Rappoccio (whose work you can find at TheDrawPlay and KissingSuzyKolber) wondered "what if NFL logos were hipsters?" And the best rendition is, by far, that of your Green Bay Packers.

Of course it's a bicycle.

With a wedge of cheese as a seat.

It made me laugh, immediately. Hipsters are ... well ... everywhere in Milwaukee. And we all know they (and non-hipsters) love their bicycles. It just seemed like a great call.

Toss in the fact that the Packers actually ride bicycles during training camp, and this logo is a winner.

 

Many were worried there would be empty seats at Lambeau Field for Sunday's playoff game.
Many were worried there would be empty seats at Lambeau Field for Sunday's playoff game.

Packers ticket issues could've been avoided

GREEN BAY – The dominant storyline for much of the week leading into this afternoon's NFC Wildcard game between the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers wasn't centered around X's or O's – it was the fact that the famed fans of the green and gold weren't going to sell out Lambeau Field.

Of course, the game did sell out (thanks to sponsors stepping in) but it's a situation that could've been avoided – by fans buying tickets!

All week long I listened to talk radio hosts and fans blast one another at first, and then ultimately, the team, for the game nearly being blacked out in Wisconsin – which would’ve been the first time it happened since the strike-shortened season of 1982.

Many issues were cited as to why the Packers didn’t sell out within a day or two, but the primary one I heard about was the new policy of not refunding the money laid out for games that aren’t played – they would instead be applied directly to next year’s season ticket packages.

It is true – this was a policy change enacted for the first time.

But – it was not a surprise, or at least it shouldn’t have been.

Season ticket holders were informed of this change when they received all of their 2013 ticketing information.

Now, I’m like many others – no one reads the "terms" of things anymore. We just click "agree" if it’s online or toss the paper away if it’s the same thing (we assume) we get year after year.

Why did the Packers do this? Trust me, it wasn’t to "screw" with anyone.

Honestly, it’s a logistical issue. Last year there was a change in playoff ticket buying, where people could use credit cards as opposed to cash or check. Fans could do that again this year. That was done, presumably, as the request of fans and to make things easier for everyone.

Well, let’s just say when you start doing things digitally, speed isn’t always guaranteed – especially when you’re trying to move money around if games are played, and then also trying to secure…

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The Dead Man's Carnival helped me ring in the New Year in Milwaukee.
The Dead Man's Carnival helped me ring in the New Year in Milwaukee. (Photo: Molly Snyder )

First Milwaukee New Year's a great one

My two-year anniversary at OnMilwaukee.com is coming up in March, but I’m still finding new things to experience in and around Milwaukee, and "firsts" are always a lot of fun. I spent my first New Year’s Eve in the Cream City this week, and it was a lot more fun than I expected.

I first checked out a New Year’s Eve tradition, which was the Harlem Globetrotters entertaining downtown at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. I’d never seen the Globetrotters, but of course heard about them for years (loved the cartoon from back in the day!) and while I went in unsure of what to expect it proved to be more fun than I anticipated.

I expected it to be kid friendly and perhaps somewhat dull for an adult, that wasn’t the case. Our entire group of 30-somethings were definitely entertained.

We then headed to Umami Moto for a nice dinner, treating some out-of-towners to one of Milwaukee’s better sushi establishments. We had a great table watching the snow fall outside, outstanding service and excellent food. Owner Omar Shaikh even took a minute to say hello and welcome our visitors, which was a great touch.

 As for what to do when the clock struck midnight, that was a little harder to determine. I was pleased with the variety of options Milwaukee had to celebrate the New Year, from high end "gala" type events to lower key dinner and drink options.

We elected to go off the map and take in the Dead Man’s Carnival at the Oriental Theatre. This was something we’ve never seen in this way – or at least not for a couple hours – and for our guests the theatre itself was a treat to see.

While we couldn’t get a cab to save our life, getting around the city was surprisingly easy and safe as a designated drive. (Yes, I say surprisingly because I did expect the roads to be in poor sh…

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