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1. Thanks for the assist, Jabari
We enjoyed Bucks Fan Fest on Saturday. These types of events are fairly standardized for teams today and many have made them multi-day affairs with countless attractions and ways to earn your cheers and cash. On Saturday, the Bucks players did their best to be unique and stand out.
2. Brewers name David Stearns as new general manager
This afternoon, Brewers chairman and owner Mark Attanasio named David Stearns as the team's new general manager, taking over for Doug Melvin, who announced last month that he would be stepping down from the position.
3. Gus Johnson, Marques Johnson join Bucks TV broadcasts this season
The story broke last night on, and today the Bucks made it official announcing with FOX Sports Wisconsin (FSW) the additions of Gus Johnson and Marques Johnson to the organization's broadcast team.
4. Urban Ecology Center hosts inaugural HKE MKE benefit hike event
The Urban Ecology Center will host its inaugural HKE MKE, a 2.5-mile benefit hike, on Sunday, Sept. 20. The event, presented in partnership with Bartolotta Restaurants, will go through the trails along the Milwaukee River, beginning and ending at the Urban Ecology Center's Riverside Park branch.
5. Bucks statement on Park East purchase agreement for new arena
The Milwaukee Bucks released the following statement from President Peter Feigin.
6. Why Deadspin thinks you and the Packers suck
It is the most profane of preseason traditions: Deadspin's annual NFL Why Your Team Sucks series. Every year, columnist Drew Magary goes through every team in the league, mercilessly burns them to the ground and salts the ground they once proudly stood upon. And now he's finally made it to the Green Bay Packers. It's not pretty.
7. My letter to the Milwaukee Common Council
We all need reminders of the importance of keeping the project on pace. So, since it's public record once I submitted it last week, I'm sharing the letter I sent to all members of Milwaukee's Common Council.
8. Mourning Jordy Nelson (through Olivia Munn and Aaron Rodgers' Dubsmashes)
Yes, the Packers will probably be just fine without Jordy Nelson, who's done for the year with a significant right knee injury. But sometimes, you just need to grieve ... with a collection of Dubsmashes from Olivia Munn and Aaron Rodgers from before the injury that eerily fit this time of great sadness.
9. Rating Milwaukee's "uniform attractiveness"
It's fun to analyze, pontificate and rank team uniforms and logos. Paul Lukas' latest work on ESPN ranks "uniform attractiveness." Milwaukee falls into his group with two major pro sports teams (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL). He also does a ranking of the 20 cities with three or more teams.
10. The painful way a Milwaukee guy helped Jason Day win the PGA Championship
Fore! "What the heck was that? Did I just get stung by a bee?" Nope, it was Jason Day's errant tee shot. And, it pelted a Milwaukee fan right in his back.
11. Bucks host town hall meeting; sign Landry
The Bucks and Ald. Milele Coggs will host a town hall meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 20 at the Hillside Family Resource Center, 1452 N. 7th St. to discuss the impact of a new arena a block from the Hillside housing complex. The Bucks also announced the signing of Marcus Landry today.
12. Bucks release statement on arena bill signing
This morning, Gov. Scott Walker signed the Bucks arena funding bill at the Exposition Center at the Wisconsin State Fair.
13. Marquette basketball launches new app
Today, my alma mater - Marquette - helped fuel my fan fire by releasing a new app that is available for free download, thanks to a partnership with Bluechip Athletic Solutions, Inc.
14. State Assembly passes financing package for new Bucks arena
The financing package for a new Downtown arena for the Milwaukee Backs has passed the legislature after the Assembly voted 52-34 Tuesday to pass the measure. The bill provides $250 million in public funding to build the $500 million building.
15. My letter to the state legislature
Today I'm writing to ask the members of the state legislature to please vote yes tomorrow for the new Wisconsin arena and entertainment district in Downtown Milwaukee. It's important and vital to our state's long term viability. You should call or email your state representative, too.
16. Assembly sets July 28 vote on public financing package for Bucks arena
State Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke said today the Assembly will be in July 28 to vote on a public financing plan for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena. Last week, the State Senate passed the package easily on a 21-10 vote.
17. Admirals debut new logo and uniforms on Wednesday night
The Milwaukee Admirals will usher in a new chapter in team history and unveil a new logo and jerseys on Wednesday, July 15 at 6 p.m. at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
18. Can Frank Kaminsky get you to shop JCPenney?
On the evening of the NBA Draft, Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky rocked a JCPenney suit that featured tanks sewed on the inside. Frank the Tank, get it? Now, he's starring in new commercials for the store.
19. I'm not a Bucks fan, but build it now!
While I only passively care about what happens on the court, I nonetheless passionately, urgently and desperately request Milwaukee and Wisconsin to get its act together and build the Bucks a new arena before it's too late. Just like I preached in the mid '90s when the Brewers were semi-genuinely eying Charlotte as their new home, I'll say it again: Build it now.
20. Know the facts before jumping to conclusions of Middleton's Bucks contract
Everyone is free to make their own decision on Khris Middleton's new contract with Milwaukee. Just make sure to have all of the facts straight before jumping to any conclusions.
21. Milwaukee loses boxing legend Sam Cicerello
Brew City boxing legend Sam Cicerello died on June 28, at age 90.
22. A fable about three boys, a fancy lemonade stand and a village of dummies
Three boys went into their piggy banks and decided they wanted to build a great lemonade stand. They had a great recipe and wanted their new stand to be the pride and joy of a new village. But the new village wouldn't help them so the boys moved to another village with nicer people.
23. "Hockey, meh?" Hockey, yes!
For every reason Dave Begel says, "Hockey, Meh!" there's a reason why I was obsessed with this NHL postseason. I grew up in a town where there was no hockey. No one played it. No one watched it. All we knew was that no one playing it had teeth. We all took offense when anyone mentioned it as the fourth major sport in America.
24. Abdul-Jabbar shows fierce support for embattled white NAACP official
The woman who has lived as a black person for years and is the president of the Spokane NAACP has resigned her job after here parents outed her as being white. Former Milwaukee Bucks center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as written a fascinating column for Time Magazine on the issue.
25. Have you ever caught a foul ball?
Have you ever caught a Major League foul ball? Or more than one? And do you still have them? It's a pretty special moment, I must say. I'm not sure I'll ever do it again.