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In Holiday Guide Commentary

Squad Six helped make the Bucks hot in 2010.

In Holiday Guide Commentary

Best show of the year? "FNL."

In Holiday Guide Commentary

Growing Power's Will Allen.

2010 Picks: Jeff Sherman

Compiling year-end lists is tough. So much happens on daily basis, much less every year, that it's hard to remember all the good, bad and ugly.

Thankfully, I usually choose to cast away the bad and ugly and focus on maximizing the good in my life. So, from what I remember through memories, Tweets, stories, friends and family here are a few of my favorite things from 2010.

Event -- In our city of festivals, we're never at a loss when it comes to events. 2010 saw the return of Summer Sizzle, the Historic Third Ward's jazz festival. It was a great day and night marked with near perfect summer weather. I love this event and was thrilled to have it back. Staying in that neighborhood, the opening of Spin Milwaukee was another big one. Sure, you had the star power of Susan Sarandon, but Spin's opening meant something new and different for Milwaukee. I welcome risk takers and innovators and love what Spin's brought to Milwaukee's table.

Team -- The 2009-10 Milwaukee Bucks. This group, at many times without its best players, truly came together last season and provided some of the most entertaining pro basketball Milwaukee's seen in years. As a passionate fan, I hope this year's squad finds similar juice.

Coach -- Marquette men's coach Buzz Williams hasn't had big time tourney success yet -- but he will. With his team last season and this season so far; he's proven he's one of the most caring, hardest working coaches in the country. Check out his practices, his speeches and his intense sideline sessions. Williams coaches beyond the game and instills the values and principles of Marquette into his players. For what he does on and off the court, Buzz is my coach of the year.

TV show -- Not even close here. "Friday Night Lights," hands down, is the best show on TV. Honest, real and emotional, the show strikes a near perfect balance of life and sports. It's exciting with its football and character-driven with its fine acting. 2011 brings the show's final season. It's time to end it on top, for sure, but my DVR and I will miss it. Runners-up: "Boardwalk Empire," "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel," "Mad Men" and "Sherlock."

Gadget -- It's not really a gadget, but the iPad is easily the device of the year. It's changed the way I read books, watch video and consume news. I love it and can't wait to see what future versions bring.

Person -- Naming a person of the year is always tough. The easy choice to pick a friend, parent or family member. Those are the people closest to us. Yet, this is a Milwaukee publication so I need to find someone who made an impact on our community. Hmm. My choice? Will Allen. I haven't met Mr. Allen yet, but his Growing Power, Inc., his mission of building sustainable food systems that are equitable and ecological, coupled with his amazing PR machine have truly put Milwaukee on the positive national map. Hats off to Will Allen and Growing Power.

Music -- Country once again dominated my iPods and radios. Brad Paisley's "Hits Alive" and its 25 tracks is a great compilation and a testament to his recognition as CMA "Entertainer of the Year." Paisley has fun with music, doesn't take himself too seriously but can get personal as evidenced on the first disc's new single "Anything Like Me." I also really liked Darius Rucker's new release. John Mayer's expanded edition (original released in 2009) of "Battle Studies," released this year, also is very good. Mayer's CMT "Crossroads" show with Keith Urban was another strong point of the year. Both are strong songwriters and the show was very entertaining. While I'm at, add Urban's "Get Closer" to this category. Great pop/rock/country mix.

Challenge -- Ah, politics. Milwaukee's biggest challenge of the year? Transportation. Sink holes, freeways and, of course, modern rail. I believe things happen as they should, but the politics of transportation in our area have become downright stupid. Businesses and people need quality transportation – roads, rail, sidewalks, bike paths, etc. – and if Milwaukee wants to be world-class we need to fund and build an integrated transportation system. Let's hope 2011 brings bigger and more collaborative minds.


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