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"Tuesdays with Aaron" is as good as the game itself, if not better.
"Tuesdays with Aaron" is as good as the game itself, if not better. (Photo:

This is even better than a Packers game

Admittedly, I'm a much bigger NBA fan than I am of the NFL. I'm a Packers fan, but rarely watch more than about a quarter each week. Football just has too much stop and start for me, and while the weather's still nice it's hard to lock myself inside on a Sunday. That said, I'll watch basketball anytime. It's my sport. But not the point of this blog.

To my point, now. Even though I'm not watching the Packers as much as I once did, I do my best to never to miss "Tuesdays with Aaron" on ESPN Radio. For me, it's even better than the game.

Why? Of course Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is good, very good. I've never met him, but from every indication, he's open, honest and genuine. These traits all shine through on his game day interviews but they really standout in the longer form, more casual setting that host Jason Wilde and the good people at 540 ESPN have developed for "Tuesdays with Aaron."

Wilde's a pro. Yes, I know him and he used to blog for us, but his credentials and personality speak for themselves. He asks great questions and makes the segment appeal to both hard core NFL fans and casual bandwagon jumpers. This isn't easy to do.

The play-by-play break downs are especially good. Again, even for non football fans. Maybe it's because you seldom hear professionals at Rodgers' level go into such detail, but more likely it's because Rodgers and Wilde both know their crafts very, very well.

ESPN Milwaukee president Craig Karmazin told me that the response to the segment has been overwhelmingly positive as well as global in reach. He gets emails from Packers fans across the world and noted that many soldiers over seas are big fans of the show.

I'm certain more in-depth segments like this are on the way. Fans love them, and the leagues have to like the way they connect players with fans. Personally I'd love to see a similar interview type show with the Bucks and Brewers.

But for now, I'm giving thanks for and highly suggesting you check out t…

Interfaith event at Marquette is an opportunity to learn.
Interfaith event at Marquette is an opportunity to learn. (Photo:

Event at Marquette seeks commonality in faiths

In this blog, I urge Milwaukeeans to sample different faiths. It's enlightening and powerful.

On Tuesday, Nov. 27 religious leaders from Milwaukee will gather at Marquette University to discuss the challenges facing faith groups in Milwaukee and identify ways to increase mutual cooperation. It's a bit easier than my idea and free to attend.

The event runs from 4 to 6 p.m. in Cudahy Hall, 001, 1313 W. Wisconsin Ave.

"Working Together against Violence: The Contribution of Religious Communities to Social Harmony," will bring together religious leaders from the local Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh communities. It will be moderated by Rev. Thomas Michel, S.J., visiting Wade Chair of Theology at Marquette University.

During the program, leaders will share how they have experienced violence, how their faith communities have responded and what has worked. According to Irfan Omar, associate professor of theology at Marquette, the goal of the event is to learn "from each other and to discuss how each community can strengthen itself and be better prepared to respond and prevent all forms of violence by building newer interfaith alliances and increasing mutual cooperation and understanding."

The event is sponsored by the Marquette University Department of Theology, the Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality, the Office of Mission and Ministry, the Center for Peacemaking, Manresa for Faculty and the Niagara Foundation of Wisconsin.

Participating religious leaders:

  • Rabbi Marc Berkson, Senior Rabbi of the Congregation Emanu-El B'ne Jeshurun in River Hills
  • Rev. Donna Brown, Pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church on 28th and Wisconsin Ave.
  • Manpreet Kaur, a doctoral student at UWM and member of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin
  • Mayank Mital, board member of the Hindu Temple of Wisconsin
  • Imam Ronald B. Shaheed, the Imam of the Sultan Muhammad Masjid and Director of Education at the Clara Mohammed School
  • Gelong Thubten Tsultrim, a retreat leader and a tea…

Wisconsin native drops 138 points by launching 71 3-pointers


Jack Taylor, a native of Black River Falls, and a Grinnell College sophomore guard, scored an NCAA-record 138 points during his team's 179-104 win Tuesday night against Faith Baptist Bible College in Iowa.  

This type of scoring is amazing, even for a Division III  game. He played 36 minutes and took practically every shot – 108 shots total. All other players on the team combined took only 28 shots. He was 52-108 from the field and 27-71 from 3-point range.  

Ball hog, yes. Scoring machine, still yes.

Here are the highlights.

The West Coast loves Milwaukee's fresh coast.
The West Coast loves Milwaukee's fresh coast.

West Coast gets wind of Milwaukee, "the City of Creativity"

The latest bit of glowing, national attention for our city comes from the West Coast on the pages of StarkInsider.

Travel writer "extraordinaire," Janice Neider was here in October and wrote a wonderful piece called "Milwaukee – the City of Creativity." The folks at Visit Milwaukee helped coordinate her travel and stay.

As many are, Neider was surprised at all that Milwaukee offer. She writes, "I recently returned from a surprisingly fabulous girlfriend getaway trip there joined by my NYC big sis. When I invited her to join me she exclaimed, 'Why would I want to visit Milwaukee? Isn't that where Laverne & Shirley lived? Have you ever heard me say I'd really like more beer, brats and ballgames?' A couple of days later she sure was singing another tune about this all to often-overlooked city."

Yep, it's pretty great here, Janice. Thanks for the visit and kind words.  

You can read the full story here.  Neider also has a piece on this month's Kohler Food and Wine Experience.