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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014

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1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. What's BJJ?
Nova Gyms in Oak Creek just happens to specialize in this martial art.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. Aaron Rodgers: king of photobombing
Not only is Aaron Rodgers my beloved quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, he is also an amazing photobomber.
10. 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?
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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!
15. 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.
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. 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.
19. 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.
20. 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.
21. 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.
22. 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.
23. 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.
24. 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.
25. 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.