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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014

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1. Reports: Gary Payton to mentor Giannis
Reports out of Greece say that former NBA All-Star point guard Gary Payton has been hired by new Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd to work with second-year player Giannis Antetokounmpo.
2. Aaron Rodgers: king of photobombing
Not only is Aaron Rodgers my beloved quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, he is also an amazing photobomber.
3. Are NFL teams hiding bad behavior by other players?
How many teams have players in their locker rooms who are in the kind of trouble currently dogging the NFL and that the teams are hiding with fingers crossed that they don't lose a player to suspension?
4. Defensive indifference
Entering play tonight, the Brewers are 1.5 games out of the playoff picture. Right now, all of Milwaukee should be very excited about the Brewers, starting with me. Yet, for some reason, we're not.
5. Better to be lucky than ... mediocre
Through two weeks of the NFL season, one thing is readily apparent while watching the 2014 Green Bay Packers - they are NOT ready for Prime Time. They may be ready in weeks 16, 17 and the playoffs - and that's what matters. But right now? This is a mediocre football team, with an above-average (but not great) offense, and a below-average defense.
6. Thunderstruck: McGehee is still a good guy
I am fiercely loyal. Loyal to my friends, loyal to my family, loyal to my teammates and loyal to my coworkers. When I perceive injustice, I go at it head-on. I'm passionate, especially when I perceive unfairness. I might get a bit outspoken at times, but that's only because I feel I am fighting a just cause. So I get where former Brewers and current Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee was coming from Thursday night.
7. Hank the Dog comes to Brewers' rescue with new children's book
The Brewers are desperately trying to pull themselves out of a devastating tailspin. Even when they win, they seem to lose - as evidenced by last night's Giancarlo Stanton debacle. Sounds like a good time to get baseball's favorite canine Hank the Dog back in the spotlight!
8. Autographs provide a trip down memory lane
I was (OK, still am) a sports nut. I love the games. I have an appreciation for the players and respect what they do. But when I was a kid, the athletes (and some coaches) were superheroes. I only saw them on TV, or maybe a couple times a year at a ballpark. One way for a younger me to connect was to write letters and ask for autographs. I came across those old mementos recently, and it was a flashback to a simpler time.
9. Thunderstruck: Brewers aren't THIS bad
For the past eight years, I've been part of "The World's Greatest Sports Talk Show," "Homer & Mitch" and "Homer & Thunder." It was in this final incarnation that I really had the opportunity to share and to opine, to commiserate and to celebrate - all with you. I loved my time at ESPN Wisconsin, but it's time for me to connect in new ways.
10. Roenicke deserves major blame for Brewers crash to earth
The Milwaukee Brewers can still run and hit and pitch and throw and catch as well as they ever could, but they aren't doing any of those things even decently now. And I think it's the fault of the manager.
11. Win Bucks free season tickets for life
The Milwaukee Bucks announced the popular "Click 'N Pick" ticket packages that allow fans to put together their own custom plan of at least 10 games, and this season's packages, feature an added incentive, as one "Lucky Bucks Fan" who purchases and attends at least 12 home games that all result in Bucks wins will be given lower-level season tickets for life.
12. Brewers will screen all fans at Miller Park on Sept. 11 and 13
In coordination with new procedures established by Major League Baseball, the Milwaukee Brewers have announced that all fans will be screened with metal detectors on Thursday, Sept. 11 against the Miami Marlins and again on Saturday, Sept. 13 against the Cincinnati Reds. Fans are encouraged to arrive early on those dates to accommodate the screenings.
13. Marquette names Bill Scholl new athletic director
In a release sent today, Marquette University announced it had hired Bill Scholl as Marquette University's next vice president and director of athletics. Scholl has more than two decades of athletics administration experience and oversaw 19 NCAA Division I athletic programs at Ball State University. He will begin at Marquette in mid-October.
14. Soccer march planned to support pro movement
The Milwaukee Soccer Development Group is hosting a tailgate and a soccer march from the Twisted Fisherman Crab Shack to the Valley Fields stadium in advance of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Marquette University men's match on Sept. 17. The tailgate and march is designed to not only support the two college programs, but to display Milwaukee's interest in pro soccer coming to the city.
15. What is Braun's role in Brewers' collapse?
As the Milwaukee Brewers' swoon continues it won't be long before the finger pointing starts in earnest. I wonder if anybody is going to bother to look at the new right fielder, Ryan Braun.
16. Brewers' director of amateur scouting Bruce Seid passes away
The Milwaukee Brewers announced this morning that Bruce Seid, the organization's director of amateur scouting, passed away unexpectedly yesterday while visiting his family in Las Vegas.
17. 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.
18. 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.
19. 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.
20. 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.
21. 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.
22. 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.
23. 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.
24. 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.
25. 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.