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The Packers' newly unveiled Color Rush uniforms could've been much worse.
The Packers' newly unveiled Color Rush uniforms could've been much worse. (Photo: Packers.com)

Packers unveil Color Rush uniform, avoid all-gold nightmare

Last year, the NFL and Nike teamed up to create Color Rush, a weekly marketing-campaign game where the two teams would wear amped-up versions of their usual uniforms. A few weren't bad, but for the most part, it was a needless exercise in branding and merch sales that occasionally made games unintelligible for colorblind viewers and somehow managed to make the Jacksonville Jaguars look even worse.

So, of course, the NFL and Nike not only brought it back, but they also doubled down on it, putting every team into supercharged colorful versions of their regular jerseys and making every Thursday night game a Color Rush contest.

That includes the Packers, which got me all concerned that Green Bay's perfect, classic look might be transformed into some godforsaken all-gold look that, while somewhat historically founded, would look like a bunch of wild mustard bottles took the field. 

Well, yesterday, the NFL released the Color Rush looks for all 32 teams and ... phew. 

That's not a bad look at all! Going all white would seem to run against the premise of something called "Color Rush" (all green might have been the best path to take), but it's a clean look that's nice on the eyes and still appears like the Packers. And there's history being made: According to SportsLogos.net, this marks the first time the Packers will have worn white pants since 1958. 

The Packers will bust out their Color Rush look against the Chicago Bears on Thursday, Oct. 20. Meanwhile, here's what the Bears will look like:

Oh, that's not too bad either! You know, maybe I've been too cynical about this whole Color Rush thing. After all, according to the NFL, all of the proceeds made from Color Rush sales will go toward charity. Th…

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Piece of evidence No. 1,235 that this "Mad Max: Fury Road" behind the scenes clip is the best movie of the summer.
Piece of evidence No. 1,235 that this "Mad Max: Fury Road" behind the scenes clip is the best movie of the summer. (Photo: YouTube/ESPORTS TV)

This "Fury Road" pre-CGI clip is better than most of 2016's summer movies

This past summer was a big ol' explosion-filled bummer. And in case that point wasn't made extremely clear after "Suicide Squad" and "Alice Through the Looking Glass" and "The Angry Birds Movie" and countless other disappointments and countless other just plain overtly bad ideas, here comes this glorious clip of pre-CGI "Mad Max: Fury Road" action footage just to rub this year's crapitude further in our faces. 

WITNESS!

There's more true awesomeness packed into that barely four minute clip than I would say a solid 97 percent of what we watched this past summer. Thanks for rubbing it in, Mad Max!

Everyone who saw "Fury Road" knew that much of what made it such a thrilling, insta-classic experience is that most of the action on screen was actually real, practical stunt work and special effects – that it was actual people driving actual cars with actual flamethrowers across an actual desert ... and then blowing the hell out of all of it. Now, I'm usually not one for behind-the-scenes footage – I think it takes some of the magic out of the movie itself – but to see these stunt people and technical masters in untampered glory pulling these stunts off and smartly putting themselves on the line somehow actually adds to the magic of the film.

A film, just as a casual reminder, with a 71-year-old director and his 73-year-old cinematographer behind the camera. Seriously, how does this movie exist?

There's still talk of sequels to "Fury Road" – some chat about a Furiosa-led follow-up, other chat about it being called "Mad Max: The Wasteland," even more chat about whether director George Miller will be at the helm for whatever comes next – but nothing confirmed yet; Miller's gone back and forth several times on his involvement and his ideas. Considering the film didn't technically blow Warner Bros. execs' minds at the box office ($378 million worldwide isn't a massive number anymore, especially with a $150 million budget), I imagine they'll take their time to fig…

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County Executive Chris Abele released a statement today about the parks' stance on Pokemon Go.
County Executive Chris Abele released a statement today about the parks' stance on Pokemon Go. (Photo: Pokemon Go Facebook)

County Executive Abele releases pun-filled statement on Pokemon Go

This week, news broke that the Milwaukee Parks Department was in a mild turf war with Pokemon Go, sending a letter to Niantic, the company behind the game, about permits for using Lake Park and the rest of the park system. The responses from the Parks Department and the County Executive's office were similar: They like Pokemon Go, and they like people going to our parks, but they'd also appreciate a little more order and responsibility on the company's part for the sake of the parks and surrounding communities. 

Today, County Executive Chris Abele released an additional statement in the hopes of clarifying their stance on Pokemon Go and reasoning behind the original letter. It's fairly identical to what his office and the Parks Department said yesterday – just this time, with an incredible amount of puns. We're talking Gene Shalit levels of punnery coming from the "Milwaukee County Exeggutor."

Here's the statement – titled "We WANT You to Pika-choose Milwaukee County Parks" – and if you want, make it a fun game and take a drink at every Pokemon pun:

"I believe strongly that access to public spaces inspires passion for parks as a part of people’s daily lives, helps promote a strong sense of community, and encourages learning and stewardship. From expanding our beer gardens to bringing futsal to Wisconsin, it’s always been our Instinct to enhance Milwaukee County’s award-winning Parks System and create opportunities to welcome more people to our Parks whenever possible.

"That’s why I was discouraged by recent reports that created some confusion around the County’s position on Pokémon GO.

"We’ve enjoyed watching the Pokémon GO phenomenon take off in our County parks. Pokémon GO has brought thousands of new users into our parks at events like our Poke-nic in Mitchell Park and just by visiting Pokestops all throughout the County.

"While these parks visitors new and old are welcome additions, and most are respectful of our shared public space…

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The man catches up with the statue.
The man catches up with the statue. (Photo: Twitter/Henry Winkler)

The Fonz visits The Fonz

Henry "The Fonz" Winkler is in Milwaukee today for tomorrow night's Wisconsin State Fair "Happy Days: Live" main stage show. So what does The Fonz do to kill some time in the city that helped make him famous? We'll give you one guess ...

Obviously (even if you hadn't read the headline or looked at the lead photo). 

Wednesday night's main stage celebration will feature not only Winkler, but also fellow Jefferson High alums Anson "Potsie" Williams and Donny "Ralph" Most live on stage, presenting music, rare photos, clips, never before seen videos, conversation and a Q&A session with the crowd.

The special touring engagement was originally in tribute to the classic sitcom's 40th anniversary, but due to the recent death of "Happy Days" creator Garry Marshall, it's hard to imagine the event tomorrow night not taking on some extra significance and bringing out some extra emotions.

We don't know where else Winkler's heading around town, but we do know he and the rest of the "Happy Days: Live" trio will take the stage tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. Meanwhile, The Bronze Fonz will be on the Riverwalk indefinitely.