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  posted on 8/28/2006 at 04:27 PM
Just had to post this article, and mind you I said "sports events" not just "sports". The Sports Guy never fails to entertain, but this is pulitzer material here. Can we just elect him president for this one? All other sports journalists should be committing sepukku after reading this one...Enjoy


http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=simmons/060825

 

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  posted on 8/28/2006 at 09:50 PM
Thanks for the post, Bob. My buddies that I'm going to the ABB show with tomorrow do a Badger/Packer weekend every year that I'm sure resembles this article quit a bit. Every football fan should experience Lambeau.
 

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  posted on 8/28/2006 at 11:12 PM
Definately, Simmons made the pilgrimige properly, except he left before the game was over. Can't fault him for that, though. And you're right, he didn't even touch upon Madison on football saturdays.

I love when his friend explains cheesecurds to him. I've tried explaining them to people outside the midwest and they look at me in horror. Last time I went to Madison, as I was sitting for my return flight, I realized I forgot to have any while I was there. Luckily it's still WI and the airport store had them - I bought a pack while I waited. Mmmmm....cheesecurds....

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  posted on 8/29/2006 at 05:23 AM
Brett, that's one of the funniest sports stories I've ever read! That Bill Simmons had me cracking up even when I didn't get the references!
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Why WI sports events are tops in a nutshell...
And here's the Wisconsin nutshell :



 

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  posted on 8/29/2006 at 06:40 AM
I've been in Beansnappers strip joint twice. Outstanding. Grade A prime US choice merchandise. I highly recommend it.

 

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  posted on 8/29/2006 at 06:42 AM
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Every football fan should experience Lambeau.


Or as I like to call it. Lame blow. Just get a whiff of the paper mills, enough to gag a maggott.

 

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  posted on 8/29/2006 at 09:21 AM
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don't get me started. lambeau is sick but camp randall and football saturdays in general are simply the greatest days.


Yeah it's been forever since I've been to a Badger football game. I used to live right next to the stadium when I was in college. We'd still be hungover from the night before and our friends would just come in a wake us up at 8am to start tailgating. Damn that was a freaking blast. The whole city would go crazy.

And he's right on, going to a Packer game is like going to an elephantized high school game - the whole town acts like their kid is playing that day. You could rob every bank in Green Bay on a football sunday and no one would notice.

 

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  posted on 8/29/2006 at 10:09 AM
Classic line:
11:15 -- We head downtown for beers at Mo's Pub. Unfortunately, they're showing baseball highlights and ... well ... even I'm willing to concede that Derek Jeter might be the MVP this season. He's the undisputed leader of the Yankees, A-Rod's on-field shrink, the guy every Yanks fan wants up there in a big spot, and if that's not enough, he's hitting .341 and gets to tell Nick Lachey, "sloppy seconds." Impressive résumé.

 

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  posted on 8/29/2006 at 12:06 PM
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You could rob every bank in Green Bay on a football sunday and no one would notice.
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I work in juvenile justice, and I've always joked that the best delinquency prevention program in Green Bay is a home Packer game. Not because it keeps kids from committing crimes, but because the police are so busy dealing with adults who are acting like juveniles that they have no time to arrest juveniles! The pager is always slow during a home game.


 

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  posted on 8/29/2006 at 02:15 PM
Dylan on Halloween in Madison - I wonder if he knows what he's in for. If anyone can bring drunken college kids to their senses, it's Dylan.

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camp randall and the beacon theatre, in that order, are my two favorite places on earth.




Great place, I have yet to see the renovations from the inside. I remember watching Ron Dayne break Williams' record there - what a day. That OSU upset a few years ago almost started another epic riot.

Now that I'm in NYC it's weird when I talk to people that went to a college here that didn't have a city-wide campus. NYC is a great place to play, but there is no substitute for a nice Div I campus as your sandbox. I miss brats on everyone's front lawn at 10am.

 

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  posted on 8/29/2006 at 02:43 PM
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11:15 -- We head downtown for beers at Mo's Pub. Unfortunately, they're showing baseball highlights and ... well ... even I'm willing to concede that Derek Jeter might be the MVP this season. He's the undisputed leader of the Yankees, A-Rod's on-field shrink, the guy every Yanks fan wants up there in a big spot, and if that's not enough, he's hitting .341 and gets to tell Nick Lachey, "sloppy seconds." Impressive résumé. [/quote]______________________________________ I just got back to my desk with a cup of coffee and nearly spit out a gulp after reading that hysterical line !

 

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  posted on 8/29/2006 at 02:48 PM
We haven't even touched on Badger hockey! It's nearly a religion! NCAA champs - Men and Women! Now that my daughter will be at UW-Madison, I have a built in reason to attend Badger football, basketball and hockey.
 

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I'm a football fan first, not even a big hockey fan at all, but I'll admit that Badger Men's Hockey is the best sporting event at UW, hands down. Camp Randall is great, those football saturdays are awesome, but being right there near the ice with all the diehards is where it's at. More intimate crowd, fans are more into the game than the casual football game attendee. Though I can't really compare it to UW basketball since I never got tix below the upper deck.

I was in a bar in NYC in midtown with my cousin (fellow UW alum) and my brother (UWEC alum) when the final NCAA hockey game was on. Man did we ever piss everyone off in the joint. Once it was sealed everyone in the joint pretended they hadn't been watching it.

 

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  posted on 8/29/2006 at 05:12 PM
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hockey games are definitely fun but they don't compare to football games. the hockey crowd is quirky, very into dancing, and in general is only a very small cross-section of the student body. the football games, everyone and their uncle turns up for the game and most of em are wasted. granted, the hockey fans are more into the game. theres always plenty of folks at the football games who don't really care at all about the game. but the atmosphere is without comparison anywhere in the big 10. and the girls show up in force to the football games, while only the hockey ladies show up to the hockey games. basketball games are great, though the atmosphere is a notch below football, but for big games like illinois the kohl does rock.



I guess I'm talkign about the actual spectator experience rather than sporting evet experience. Football games will always be a bigger event and party since there are only 7 football games annually compared to a series of hockey games every other weekend. I love the football games, but I enjoy the event of it and the all day tailgating party more than I do the actual standing in the bleachers. I'm a football fan first, but hockey is a better spectator sport in my opinion, while it's the reverse when it comes to tv. Unless the game was really close (ie, we weren't getting blown out by Fresno or Syracuse) by the third quarter I was usually ready to head back to the keg and skip the 5th quarter. I could usually convince a few cute girls to follow suit, too.

 

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  posted on 8/29/2006 at 10:13 PM
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what year did you attend UW? i imagine that if it was before 94 or so there were some painful football times. fortunately my 3 years have been amazing as far as athletics are concerned. hoping for the best year yet to cap off a great career.


Actually I was there from '99-'03 but I grew up in Madison so I had been going to Badger games for years, I guess I'm totally spoiled. It was nice to be there while we were winning, but I was never a big Alvarez fan - we won, sure, but I knew the Badgers were never going to be a top tier team after we tried to tangle and got it handed to us by Syracuse and Colorado in the mid-90s. I was actually kind of sick of them by the time I got to school there, I guess that's why I was more into the hockey and basketball (and women's volleyball). I guess that's also why I was more into the party than the team - I was kind of a closet Penn St fan, but they can't party like we can. Up at 8am after 4 hours of drunken sleep for an 11am kick off and then post-party, maybe a little nap inbetween. Probably a good thing there were only 7 of those every year.

Never was one for the KK. When I was there it was fun but could be pretty intolerable - we went there when we were in high school, it was always kind of a joke if you went there and you were actually over 20 years old. I was usually up closer to the capital, Irish Pub, The Dane, Genna's, Silver Dollar, The Momo, or the Echo, Silver Dollar, Amy's.

I moved to NYC not long after college and haven't looked back. It's still my hometown and I love Wisconsin (just went back over the 4th of July for some house parties, bar crawls, and A-bars) but 20+ years was good enough for me. I've got a Packer bar near me here in Brooklyn so I'm all set.

I haven't even read anything about the football team this year - totally out of the loop. How's the new coach looking?

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  posted on 8/30/2006 at 12:55 AM
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fortunately my 3 years have been amazing as far as athletics are concerned. hoping for the best year yet to cap off a great career.
Your great career as a fan? Fair enough!

Weird coincidence: Today I went to the public library for the first time in a few weeks. For one thing, I wanted to see a local paper because I need to buy a new fridge. This is a problem you guys don't have up there, because any time of year you can just open a window and keep cheese from spoiling and keep your beer frosty; open two windows for ice cream.

So, what newspaper is lying out on the table: the Capital Chronicle or whatever!
Lead story: Violence on King Street, centered on the Club Majestic.
I immediately thought of two threads I was just active in: this thread and a "Whipping Post" one on a spike in crime in certain places.

Sorry to change the subject. Go, Illini!
Basketball, that is, because football . . .

 

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  posted on 8/30/2006 at 10:08 AM
Yeah, Majestic changed while I was there, but it still wasn't as bad as everyone says it is. I guess it's all relative. They used to put on some great burlesque shows, though, gotta love flailing tassles and boobs.

 

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Marc and Brett, thanks for the fan training and campustown reports. Last night the Illini beat their first rivals, Eastern Illinois, but that's like the Badgers beating UW-Whitewater. I don't follow Illini football because it would probably compromise my immune system and make me sick, wasting my anti-couch potato sports fan workouts. These would go like this a few times a week (either watching a baseball game or a TV drama):

* I'm basically lying in bed watching TV, and there's the end of a half inning (or a drama's commercial break).
* I do a 4-5-minute routine with situps, crunches, pushups, weights, and repeat pushups, situps, and crunches.
* By now the game (or show) has started back up, and I lie back down.
* There's soon another break between innings (or for commercials), so I'll repeat my little routine.
* I'll do this 5-10 or more times in a row.

Thanks for the Club Majestic info. I don't get up to Madison every year, but whenever I do get there, I have to walk around campus and the State Street part of campustown.



Club Majestic is at 115 King Street, which I see is east directly opposite the Capitol from State Street. I don't know that I've ever been down that way far on foot, besides just walking around the Capitol square. I've been all over the area west of that Hamilton axis running through the Capitol; also SE down to Monona Terrace.

I'll have to check the club out when Lil' Kim is playing there.

Wait--that would be a double-trouble rap X burlesque night. I meant Little Feat!

By the way, Brett, I'm referencing this thread in a recently revived thread on the sausage races at the Brewers games.

 

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This looks like a movie I'd like to see:

"There's a new Godfather in town, and he's sporting a mullet!" - WFRV.com



"Standing between comedian Joe Keegan and The Tonight Show is the Godfather of Green Bay.

"Joe Keegan (Pete Schwaba) is the Rocky of stand-up comedy: a 15-year comedy veteran who was pegged for stardom early in his career but has blown every major audition he's ever had in legendary fashion. Fresh off a recent fiasco with a heckler that included a broken nose, Joe's friend Kenny (Lance Barber) tells him he can get them an audition for The Tonight Show and that it's a 'can't miss.'

"The one catch is that it's at a roadside bar in tiny Pine Lake, Wisconsin, hometown of Tonight Show talent scout Harvey Skorik, who never misses 'Rocktoberfest.' Having doubts but needing a break from L.A., Joe reluctantly agrees to go. . . .

"Things finally start looking up for Joe Keegan until he learns that the biggest audition of his life will be in front of his toughest crowd yet: Packers fans, deer hunters, and the Godfather Of Green Bay, Big Jake Norquist (Tony Goldwyn), a former high school football star turned drug dealer who is also in love with Molly [Lauren Holly].

"Filled with great characters, big laughs, and surprising twists, The Godfather Of Green Bay will not only make you laugh--it'll leave you with such a warm feeling that you'll want to move to Pine Lake, Wisconsin!"

http://www.godfatherofgreenbay.com/main.html




Best Comedy
Godfather of Green Bay, dir. by Pete Schwaba
http://www.midwestfilm.com/2005Best%20of%20Winners.php




Bears fan pokes fun at Packermania
But filmmaker does it with love in festival feature

By PIET LEVY {Dude, what kind of spelling is "Piet"?! }
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  posted on 9/26/2006 at 07:39 PM
I have been wanting to see this, also. I heard it was shot at least partly on location here in G.B. Us upper midwesterners are still recovering from "Fargo", ya know, eh?
 

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  posted on 9/26/2006 at 09:09 PM
There's always Zack Braff's "The Last Kiss" which takes place in Madison. Haven't seen it yet...I liked Garden State but I think I'll stick to "Back To School".

 

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  posted on 9/27/2006 at 11:21 PM
Had lunch for work with a Green Bay Packer fan/Brett Favre Walks on Water and Never Does Wrong Fan Club Member.

I'm glad I follow football, b/c if I based what Favre did during his career on what he said, I would BELIEVE he never threw a single interception.

 

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Had lunch for work with a Green Bay Packer fan/Brett Favre Walks on Water and Never Does Wrong Fan Club Member.

I'm glad I follow football, b/c if I based what Favre did during his career on what he said, I would BELIEVE he never threw a single interception.


Yeah, I hear ya, a lot of Favre idol-worship to the extreme, either his receivers run the wrong routes, couldn't handle the pass or the line wasn't blocking. Though when all things go well it's more Favre magic. The media doesn't help - guys like Chris Berman, Terry Bradshaw, Peter King, and John Madden might as well be John, Luke, Mark and Matthew (if I hear one more person say 'he plays just like a kid out there'...). But he is one of the greatest quarterbacks ever, I'm glad I got a chance to watch him growing up, especially those first few years. The guy was amazing to watch back then and still has flashes of brilliance now and then.

I was in a Brooklyn bar for the opener and my brother and I (huge Packer fans, but not blind ones) were criticizing the Packers while the Bears tore our hearts out for four quarters. Another Packer fan sitting next to us got pissed after hearing us criticize a losing team and decided to dress us down calling us "shit-ass Packer fans". We were like 'are you watching the same game?' Eventually his girlfriend grabbed his drunk as and took him home.

After going years without a decent team you can't blame Packer fans for being loyal to the guys that brought success back to Title Town (hell, even Don Majkowski got a standing ovation when he was one of several Packers honored at a halftime ceremony two seasons ago). The bar was so low for WI sports, all you could do was cheer for the best. I heard a rumor that UW played MSU in the early 80s. UW scored first and then gave up 50+ unanswered points. After it was over WI fans stormed the field, took down the goal posts chanting "we scored first!" I have no idea if that's true, could be an urban legend, but I'd be more suprised if it wasn't true.

WI people like beer and sports go well with beer. Can't blame a bunch of jolly drunks trying to squeeze as much joy out of a season or a sports legend as they can. I mean, once football season is over, there's nothing but cold and snow. Long time between January and training camp.

 

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  posted on 9/28/2006 at 04:07 AM
I've always thought Milwaukee was the best stop on the Indy Car circuit. Other than IMS of course. Great venue, great fun to be had.
 
 


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