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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

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126. Braun's power surges no surprise
Ryan Braun hit three home runs Tuesday in Philadelphia, his first since May 2013. Suddenly breaking out with multiple homers shouldn't be a surprise for Milwaukee Brewers fans, however. In fact, he will probably hit three more in the next few days.
127. Marquette adds assistant coaches
Marquette University has announced that new head coach Steve Wojciechowski has made two hires for his coaching staff - former Duke University teammate Chris Carrawell and former Drake University head coach Mark Phelps.
128. A female racing sausage?
I was feeling a little blah today - thanks, seven-year winter - when I received a message from my pal Lisa Roe asking me and food writer / contributor Lori Fredrich what our thoughts are about including a female racing sausage to the Brewers' lineup.
129. The "Second City" comes up small again
Personalities in Chicago have taken it to Milwaukee Brewers fans for their vocal support of outfielder Ryan Braun, to the point of calling us "idiots" and "stupid saps." Maybe it'd be worth listening to if it didn't seem so small-minded.
130. A Marquette fan reacts to Wisconsin's Final Four berth
I won't be going to Dallas for the Final Four, but I'll be watching as I'm sure you will be. It's great for our state when any of our teams rise the ranks and battle for a title. Nothing brings us together like sports and championships. But, this doesn't mean we can't keep our loyalties.
131. The Opening Day omen
We put a lot of weight on Opening Day, but what does it really mean?
132. Opening Day never gets old for Brewers
Hope always springs eternal for the faithful on Opening Day, but it does for the men in uniform, too. The Milwaukee Brewers hope for a bounceback season in 2014, and it begins today at Miller Park.
133. Now the games count
Opening Day has always been a special day for me. It was 16 years ago, on April 7, 1998 that I celebrated my first day of self employment (and the birth of at County Stadium. I haven't missed many since then.
134. Badgers fans looking for a flight to the Final Four?
Wisconsin has made the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament, and Badgers fans are looking for ways to get down to Dallas to support the team.
135. Tozer leaves Wave, team released from MISL
After two decades and multiple championships, Keith Tozer and the Milwaukee Wave have parted ways. And, the team has been released from the struggling Major Indoor Soccer League, and now looks for a new home.
136. Milwaukee's one not-so-shining moment
It's been four days since Monday Madness, when Milwaukee-based social media was set aflame by rumors of Shaka Smart's hiring by Marquette University. Tweets were delivered - and re-tweeted - furiously, and the day ended with camera crews camped outside of the Al McGuire Center on the Marquette campus with nothing to film.
137. Cords will remain Marquette AD, search for coach continues
In a press conference called, in part, to address the media frenzy that surrounded the Marquette University head men's basketball coaching search, interim athletic director Bill Cords revealed he will remain in that capacity until 2015.
138. AVP Tour to include Milwaukee stop
The Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) returns to Milwaukee this season for the first time since 1998. The tour reaches Bradford Beach July 4-6.
139. My 1992 letter to the editor could have been written today
This weekend marks the seventh time Marquette University, Milwaukee and the BMO Harris Bradley Center have hosted the NCAA Men's basketball tournament.
140. Roenicke's 2015 option picked up
The Milwaukee Brewers have exercised the 2015 club option on manager Ron Roenicke, general manager Doug Melvin announced on Saturday.
141. Buzz Williams leaves Marquette
Buzz Williams has left Marquette University to become the head men's basketball coach at Virginia Tech.
142. Sorry, Dad, there is no mercy in sports
University of Oregon Ducks and former Milwaukee Hamilton High School basketball player Elgin Cook admitted he started beating his dad, former Bucks All-Star Alvin Robertson, in one-on-one a couple years ago. He smiled when he talked about it. It's something any child (and parent) can relate to.
143. UWM sets tournament viewing parties
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has set up a number of watch parties for Thursday's NCAA Tournament game between the Panthers and Villanova, including events at Friday's Front Row at Miller Park, Stubby's and the UWM Union Gasthaus. There is also a pregame social for fans in New York.
144. Wave future up in air
The Major Indoor Soccer League may not exist in 2014-15, leaving the future of the Milwaukee Wave in question.
145. Grab a seat at UWM's Selection Sunday seeding party
With their 69-63 victory over Wright State in the Horizon League championship, the UWM Panthers have already provided the 2014 NCAA tournament with its first dose of madness. Now, it's just a matter of finding out where our local Cinderella will end up and who they will play.
146. Hank the Dog is People magazine's cover pup
People and print might be a bit late to the puparazzi parade that Hank the Dog is more than leading, but the most famous dog in baseball and maybe America is on the cover of People's print pub this week.
147. In case you missed the season's best alley oop
You must see this amazing alley oop executed by the Bucks Rim Rockers. Sure it took two takes, but it was stellar and a testament to the skill level of the entire squad.
148. My 2014 Brewers spring training checklist
Each March, before I flee Milwaukee and head to sunny Arizona for Brewers spring training, I make myself an informal checklist of what questions I'd like answered on and off the field.
149. Viewing party set for Panther NCAA bid
The UWM men's basketball team plays Tuesday night for the Horizon Conference title and, more importantly, for a berth in the NCAA basketball tournament. For those looking to cheer on the hometown squad, the Panther athletic department has scheduled a viewing party for fans at Major Goolsby's, the famed sports bar downtown.
150. An open letter to Brett Favre
Brett Favre, I've got one word for your spring 2014 look - dayuuuuuuuuuum!