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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

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1. Lights, free rides and more for opening night
As a fan and a Milwaukee advocate, I love to share great things happening Downtown. One of these, for sure, is the huge Bucks logo on the side of the BMO Harris Bank building.
2. Zen and the art of longboarding
What exactly is a longboard? Well, it sure looks like a skateboard. But, it's longer and wider with larger wheels.
3. Brewers name Darnell Coles new hitting coach
Today, the Milwaukee Brewers announced that Darnell Coles, who spent the 2014 season as the assistant hitting coach for the Detroit Tigers, will be the Brewers' new hitting coach. Coles replaces former hitting coach Johnny Narron, who was fired on Oct. 10.
4. Thunderstruck: Milwaukee saw Cain coming
In 2010, Lorenzo Cain was a late-season call up for the Milwaukee Brewers, and we quickly became devoted followers. Then, he was traded to Kansas City for Zack Greinke, which helped the Brewers reach the 2011 National League Championship Series. This year, Cain has helped lift the Royals to the World Series. We saw it coming, didn't we?
5. Find Aaron Rodgers' wallet for charity
Green Bay Packers fans can find Aaron Rodgers' "wallet" and help raise money for United Way.
6. Roenicke to return, two coaches will not
The Milwaukee Brewers announced on Friday that manager Ron Roenicke, who was under contract for 2015, will return for that season. Two coaches will not, however, in hitting coach Johnny Narron and first base/infield coach Garth Iorg will not.
7. Bucks name Feigin team president
The Milwaukee Bucks announced the hiring of Peter Feigin as the team's new president, bringing the 44-year-old in from his position as the chief marketing and revenue officer of Deluxe Entertainment Services Group.
8. A rock 'n' roll Packers T-shirt
The "Red Hot Julius Peppers" T-shirt is now available at the Too Much Metal Showroom.
9. In one game, who do you take: Manning or Favre?
Peyton Manning joined Brett Favre as the only quarterbacks to ever throw 500 touchdowns. But who do you take in one game? The single game that you have to win. The one the whole world is watching. There can be no doubt about the answer.
10. Braun undergoes thumb surgery
The Milwaukee Brewers announced Thursday that outfielder Ryan Braun underwent a cryotherapy procedure today on his right thumb.
11. Thunderstruck: No excitement in Packers win
While watching the Packers roll by the Bears Sunday, 38-17, Green Bay Nation was given cause to rejoice. But still, my emotions did not take over. I did not rejoice. I did not dance at the Packers' success. Why? Because I don't believe in this Packers team. I don't think this is a team that can contend for a Super Bowl title.
12. Bucks Fan Fest returns for second year
After its debut last fall, the second annual Bucks Fan Fest returns to the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Fan Fest is once again free and open to the public, and highlighted by the team's annual open practice, which takes place at 11 a.m.
13. Brewers will honor Selig with retired number
Allan "Bud" Selig was at Miller Park Friday night, the second-to-last stop on his tour of Major League Baseball's ballparks as acting commissioner. It was the team he founded, and the house he built -- and current principal owner Mark Attanasio announced the club will retire jersey number 1 next year in Selig's honor.
14. What's BJJ?
Nova Gyms in Oak Creek just happens to specialize in this martial art.
15. After a three year hiatus I'm going to hit the links again
I gave up a lifetime of playing golf three years ago for a number of reasons, not the least of which was the surprise and sudden death of my closest golf partner. Friday I am going to play golf again. Why, I'm not sure. I have cleaned my clubs, found my shoes and freshened my golf glove and I'm ready to give it another test. Like they say, no fool like an old fool.
16. Bucks charity golf outing unofficial start to season
The Milwaukee Bucks once again teamed up with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to raise money in the fight against the disease with the team's annual golf outing on Monday at Westmoor Country Club in Brookfield. It was a light-hearted start to the new season for a good cause.
17. Thunderstruck: Sports as a Special Victims Unit
We all used to wake up every morning to look at the late scores from the night before. And maybe we still do - to an extent. But there was a definitive time last week that continues today - where the first thing I check is what athlete was arrested/committed domestic abuse/broke our societal covenant in some way.
18. 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.
19. Aaron Rodgers: king of photobombing
Not only is Aaron Rodgers my beloved quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, he is also an amazing photobomber.
20. 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?
21. 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.
22. 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.
23. 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.
24. 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!
25. 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.