Another batch of winter weather--just seven weeks before the start of "summer" here in Wisconsin. Perfect timing, in the smack dab middle of WIAC outdoor sports' playoffs and piles of area high school track meets and double-headers. I think we need to put a dome over all of Western Wisconsin for when the weather is this stupid.
-The Eau Claire Express signed a couple of Eau Claire products to the team. This is something they've done since day one, and it's funny how those guys end up being crucial parts to the team's success. Expect to hear a lot more about the Express as we'll actually be giving them a weekly Sunday morning radio show later this month, and we're airing their games on Mix 98.1 this summer.
-The Minnesota Wild dropped their game last night to the Chicago Blackhawks in OT, continuing a theme of tough, heartbreaking losses to Chicago during the regular season. Minnesota will need to win those close games to advance, because Chicago is going to paste them in at least two games this series. Game 1 was their mulligan. The Wild can't lose like that again if they want to survive and advance.
-The Milwaukee Bucks dumped Jim Boylan after an impossible season that saw the Bucks end up as the warm-up squad for the Miami Heat machine. The Bucks roster is so horribly constructed that Phil Jackson couldn't triangle his way to a second-round playoff appearance. Boylan will be the first of many to go as Milwaukee hits the reset button on the franchise--with the future of the team in doubt, do you really expect any more knucklehead long-term contracts as the owner tries to sell the team?
-They're not even the dumbest NBA team we cover: The Minnesota Timberwolves actually lucked their way into a very talented roster, yet managed to destroy any future for the organization since Kevin Love is as good as gone when he opts out from his extension, and Ricky Rubio won't be sticking around any longer than required either.
-Finally, the Twins are at .500 while the Brewers lost today. Both teams are meeting or slightly beating expectations to this point.
Coming Thursday: Mike Penna, HRRN: Kentucky Derby broadcaster (the Derby will be on 880 WMEQ at 4pm); Bob Bradovich; local author Joe Niese, who wrote about Burleigh Grimes (book now available on Amazon and in local bookstores).