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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

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1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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!
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. 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.
19. 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.
20. 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.
21. 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.
22. 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.
23. 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.
24. 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.
25. 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.