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The off-season is the best time to be a Brewer fan. Oh, the optimism! Best Case Scenario is an opportunity to dream in “what ifs” and see what happens when the Brew Crew catches all the breaks. This Brewer cocktail is made up of two parts dreaming big and one part reality. Feel free to shake your head and pour over ice.

Today, we look at the middle infielders (catcher, second base, and shortstop). It wasn’t many years ago this group looked very different, not necessarily better or worse, just different. Remember when Yuniesky Betancourt was the starting shortstop in 2011? Okay, in some areas it was worse. Much worse.

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Here we go again, but this year it’s going to be different, I HOPE. Sure the Bucks are fighting for the eighth spot, but this year it’s not an “All In” scenario, it’s building for the future. (Note: Any time trading for J.J. Reddick is considered ALL IN should send red flags shooting out of your ass!)

FRONT COURT
Let’s start with the potential superstars. We already know Larry Sanders is a defensive monster and there is HOPE that John Henson will join him soon. Two defensive stoppers on the front line is a great start to building a championship caliber team. Next, let’s talk about kid nicknamed the “Greek Freak”, Giannis Antetokounmpo. Is it too early to know what this eighteen year-old will bring? Absolutely. Is it too early to compare him to Toni Kukoc? Not for Bucks fans with lots of HOPE. There you have it – three youths full of potential. Throw in Ersan Ilysova, a known commodity, and I’m giddy. Shit, we need a back court.

BACK COURT
The HOPE here is addition by subtraction. Remove the gunners (Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis) and replace with more responsible ball handlers. Wait, Brandon Knight and O.J. Mayo are gunners too! My response: At least they will attempt to play defense and get to the rim more than their predecessors.

COACH
Larry Drew has a reputation as a Players Coach. I have no opinion on this. The Bucks have gone through so many “Players’ Coach”, “Disciplinarian Coach”, and “X’s and “O’s Coach” iterations over the past years it’s difficult to say what will work. Since Don Nelson, only George Karl has had consistent success. That leaves A LOT of coaches that have come and gone through the Bradley Center turn-style. Early reports indicate Drew will try and get out and run with this group, giving them a fighting chance. Love this idea, in theory.

MANAGEMENT & OWNERSHIP
Every year John Hammond turns over this team, you can’t do that every year. No one needs Giannis and/or Henson to show promise more than Hammond. I have been brainwashed to think Hammond can take a lot of “good” players and make a great team ala the Detroit Pistons a few years back. Each year – oh who am I kidding, I look at the roster this year and with the right chemistry believe this team can be great. Damn you Hammond and your brainwashing! Herb Kohl continues to support the Bucks staying and needing a new arena. With a lot of push back I believe it’s going to take a significant private contribution from someone, hopefully it’s not Microsoft or Starbucks.

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NBA 2013-14 Preview

October 12th 2013 14:40


Tis the season for team recaps so I’m taking a lighter approach. Here are some VERY off-the-cuff predictions and comments on the upcoming 2013-14 NBA season.

After a year of regression, injury, and a LOT of drama, a down year from Dwight Howard could remove him as a lock for the Hall of Fame…

Despite all of the moves to acquire veterans, the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks must put their differences aside, get along, and combine teams. Deron Williams, Paul Pierce, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Garnett, and Tyson Chandler starting with Joe Johnson and Amar’e Stoudemire off the bench would be incredible. Not too mention the luxury tax implications from having a $300 million dollar roster. Seriously though, it’s still the only way they are over-taking the Miami Heat…

So the whole “going to win this with a lot of good not great players” is still the attitude in Indiana?

I am hopeful that instead of “center” or “power forward” the words “comedy relief” will be printed next to Oden and Beasley in the Miami Heat media guide…

It will be fun to watch post-game interviews for every game the Philadelphia 76ers win. They will be so pissed (due to the orders to tank), but have to force a positive smile…

The Milwaukee Bucks finally disassembled their fringe playoff team and started over, building an team expected to compete as a fringe playoff team…

Training camp always breeds optimism. Go Wizards!

Easy to see L.A. Lakers are way too dependent on a couple aging veterans and have glaring defensive holes. The over/under on Kobe Bryant team blow-ups has to be around 25, right?

On the flip side the L.A. Clippers are looking to ignore their franchise curse and compete for a championship. So, I’m just going to say it: How long until something tragic happens to Chris Paul? Three weeks?

The Kings are staying in Sacramento and not moving to Seattle. Still not sure how this is possible, but yeah Sacramento – you keep the team you used to like, but don’t really like anymore…

Russell Westbrook will miss the start of the season, putting a lot of pressure on teammate Kevin Durant. After losing Harden last year, let’s keep a close eye on the frustration meter…

Despite everything going wrong this off-season in Laker land, the team still considers themselves a championship contender. I disagree but am giving the Lakers an A for training camp optimism…

How long before Dallas Maverick owner Mark Cuban tries to sell a stake of his team on Shark Tank?



West Teams that are going to rock – Spurs, Clippers, Thunder

West Teams that are going to be horrible – Jazz, Suns, and Kings…

West Teams no one cares about – Timberwolves, Nuggets, Pelicans…



East Teams that are going to rock – Heat, Bulls, Pacers

East Teams that are going to be horrible – Bobcats, Magic, and 76ers…

East Teams no one cares about – Hawks, Raptors, Bucks…



Prediction 1: The Miami Heat struggle with injuries

Prediction 2: The Indiana Pacers beat Miami in the playoffs (2nd Round)

Prediction 3: The New York Knicks beat Indiana…Just Kidding

Prediction 4: Pacers vs. Clippers in Finals (Note: Imminent Paul tragedy is postponed 1 year)

Prediction 5: Lowest TV ratings ever

Prediction 6: Media focuses on Nets/Knicks merger that occurs the same time as the finals

Prediction 7: Nets/Knicks boast $400 million dollar team salary for 2014-15, still don’t win a championship…
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Week 2 NFL Fans Suicide Watch

September 21st 2013 01:42


Most NFL rankings pay attention to the top half of the league. Here we don’t discriminate. This week a look at five teams that have no hope, very little hope, or have already killed the bottle


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I feel like a loser watching the NBA finals. Not because of the game, teams, or that I was spending time watching a game. No, I felt like a loser because I root for the Milwaukee Bucks


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After their destruction of the Milwaukee Bucks, the Miami Heat have at least a week before their next series starts. Let’s look at a couple potential ways the team will be resting and preparing for their next opponent.
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With the NBA Playoffs first round underway it’s time to bring back the NBA Playoff Power Rankings. As always, these rankings are to be taken to heart!
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First Round Thoughts and Predictions

April 18th 2013 00:35


The NBA Ramblings: The Playoffs are Here!
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We continue our NBA Playoff matchup preview with the Western conference. If you thought the East had some intriguing first round matchups then you are going to love this!
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College basketball is over, spring is here, and it’s officially time for NBA playoff basketball. The first round match-ups are locking down. Let’s start with the Eastern Conference and see which teams are lining up and early picks for the favorites


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