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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014

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1. Brewers out of top spot for first time since April
The Milwaukee Brewers fell out of first place on Labor Day with a loss to the Chicago Cubs, the first time the Crew has been out of the top spot since way back on April 4. Here's a look at some of the odd numbers in that streak, and some events that went on as the Brewers were taking over first.
2. Barry Alvarez's cabana gets major coverage from Wall Street Journal
Former Wisconsin Badgers head football coach and current athletic director Barry Alvarez was profiled in the Wall Street Journal, but not for his accomplishments on the Madison campus. Instead, it was about his spectacular cabana behind his home.
3. Admirals release 2014-15 schedule
The Milwaukee Admirals released their 2014-15 schedule, and they will start at home on Oct. 10 for the first time in four seasons. The Ads will play a 76-game, unbalanced schedule that will conclude over six months later when they play on the road in Chicago on Saturday, April 18.
4. Milwaukee beach volleyball expands to more locations
Todd Gawronski - who almost single-handedly transformed Bradford Beach from a desolate, dirty and dangerous place into the sparkling safe location it is now - is spreading his wings to six other Milwaukee County parks, with more to come.
5. Packers fans named best in the NFL
People love the Green Bay Packers, both in Wisconsin and around the country. But exactly HOW much do they love them? Enough to be named the best fans in the country? Forbes got to the bottom of it with a new ranking.
6. Bucks offer unique new ticket feature this season
The Milwaukee Bucks announced the "Cheer the Future" team ticket plan, a unique offer that makes it easier than ever for fans to attend all Bucks home games this season and beyond. Under the new package, fans who buy a "Cheer the Future" season ticket plan in select locations for 2014-15 are eligible to receive steep discounts - even free tickets - on the same seats for the 2015-16 season.
7. Brewers announce playoff ticket options
In preparing for the possibility of October baseball, the Brewers are now offering four options to secure tickets to Brewers postseason games at Miller Park.
8. Wave hosts open tryouts for 2014-15 season
In advance of the 2014-15 season, the Milwaukee Wave, now a member of the 24-team Major Arena Soccer League, will hold open tryouts Sept. 12-13.
9. USA Triathlon takes over Milwaukee
The USA Triathlon Sprint National Championships were held downtown Milwaukee over the weekend, and the city witnessed nearly 5,000 athletes from every state in the nation on the lakefront, centered around the Milwaukee Art Museum and Discovery World. Milwaukee drew the country's top triathletes in all age groups because the top 25 finishers in each age breakdown earned a spot for USA Triathlon's Team USA, an amateur group that will represents the country at various multisport world championship events.
10. Wisconsin Club Country Club to undergo renovation
One of the city's, if not the state's, top golf courses will undergo a multimillion-dollar renovation beginning next month. The Wisconsin Club Board of Directors approved a $3.5 million makeover of its private Country Club, located at at 6200 W. Good Hope Rd., by renowned architect Bruce Hepner.
11. Peers pick Parker to win Rookie of the Year
In a survey of 38 incoming NBA rookies, first-year Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker was selected as the most likely to win the NBA Rookie of the Year award.
12. Stricker named Ryder Cup vice captain
Madison resident Steve Stricker, a 12-time winner on the PGA Tour who is now in semi-retirement, was named as a vice captain for Tom Watson's United States Ryder Cup team. He joins fellow Madison resident Andy North alongside Watson.
13. Too Much Metal celebrates "Wisconsin's number" with Favre news
It's been a long time coming -- six years -- but the Green Bay Packers and Brett Favre have made up and now the Super Bowl-winning quarterback will finally get his number retired. But did you know that means all three "4's" in Wisconsin's major sports will be hung from the rafters? Too Much Metal commemorates the symmetry with a shirt.
14. Favre's return not a truce but a sign of historical reverence
Brett Favre is coming back next year to get into the Hall of Fame and have his jersey retired. This whole thing is being treated like some kind of armistice but it was the Packers' deep desire for honoring their past that was the driving force.
15. Brewers host Golf Night at Miller Park
"Golf Night at Miller Park" will take place on Saturday when the Milwaukee Brewers host the Los Angeles Dodgers at 6:10 p.m. to advance the PGA Championship, which is preparing to make its third visit to Whistling Straits in Kohler, Aug.10-16, 2015.
16. Foster added to Bucks coaching staff
Former Milwaukee Bucks forward Greg Foster has joined the team's coaching staff under head coach Jason Kidd. Foster spent last season as an assistant with the Philadelphia 76ers.
17. Brewers, Cardinals make deadline deals
The race for the National League Central crown is already hot enough, but the St. Louis Cardinals stoked the fires by acquiring two starting pitchers while giving up major league pieces. The front-running Milwaukee Brewers responded by bringing in a Gold Glove-winning outfielder for some prospects.
18. Where does the Downtown alderman think a new arena should go?
Many civic leaders, via the various media in town, have offered opinions. There are several good choices, and I'm certain due diligence will be done before a final selection is made. First, though, I want to know where Ald. Bob Bauman thinks a new entertainment arena should go.
19. Coldwater Canyon a golfer's treat
There is plenty of great golf to take advantage of in Wisconsin Dells, but Coldwater Canyon - now part of the Chula Vista Resort - is a must play for travelers and residents alike.
20. Should managers get a Hall of Fame asterisk, too?
This morning, like many of you, I heard retired baseball manager Tony LaRussa on NPR's "Morning Edition" talking about his induction this weekend in the the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. He suggested Mark McGwire should be inducted into the Hall of Fame but with an asterisk. As a manager who benefited from McGwire's performance, should LaRussa's plaque have an asterisk, too?
21. Bowling centers fall into the gutter
If you do a Google search for the phrase "bowling is a dying sport," you will discover that folks have been predicting the demise of keggling since the dawn of the digital age.
22. I'm coming home: Wisconsin's all-time nine
"I'm coming home." LeBron James rocked the sports world with those three simple words. It got us thinking - what if all of Wisconsin's baseball players did the same thing? Then we realized, wait, there aren't enough active players left to field a full squad. So, we made an all-time team. Did we get it right?
23. Bucks will have a uniform change this year
One of the most anticipated changes Milwaukee Bucks fans hoped for with new owners was some kind of uniform change or alteration. Unfortunately, jerseys for the 2014-15 season were planned long in advance. But, the NBA is doing something unique for the teams that have won championships -- which means there will be a change after all.
24. Segura returns home following death of son
Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Jean Segura has left the team to return to the Dominican Republic following the death of his 9-month-old son.
25. The Prince's new clothes: Fielder goes nude for ESPN Magazine
The ESPN The Magazine Body Issue is famous for its portraits of nude athletes. They made a distinctive choice for the cover this year however with former Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder.