Another Wisconsin upset? Why not?

Another Wisconsin upset? Why not?

OK, Bucky. It's time for another upset.
The eighth seeded University of Wisconsin Badgers tangle with the No. 4 seed Florida Gators at 8:59 p.m. CDT today in Madison Square Garden in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.
By shear strength and tenacity, a gator would handle a much smaller badger in the critter world. Most betting lines give the Gators basketball team an edge, too. However, don't count out the Badgers.
As a reminder, I was one of those doubting Wisconsin fans who said the Badgers wouldn't make it to the Sweet Sixteen, and maybe not survive their tournament opener. Here they are, back in the Sweet Sixteen for the fourth straight year. And we all know anything can happen once you are one of 16 teams left in the Big Dance.
I believe Wisconsin's winning formula is based upon five…

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Don't pick against Badgers in NCAA Basketball Tournament

Don't pick against Badgers in NCAA Basketball Tournament

Nice going Bucky. You busted my bracket, and I couldn't be happier.
I was one of those who said it wouldn't surprise me if the University of Wisconsin men's basketball team lost in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. The Badgers won.
I also said there was no way the Badgers would knock off No. 1 seeded Villanova to reach the "Sweet Sixteen." I was wrong again.
Just when you expect Coach Greg Gard's team to fold, they some how, find a way to win in NCAA Tournaments.
On paper, both before and after the game, the Badgers should have lost. Villanova was one of, if not, the hottest team in the country entering the tournament. The Badgers, on the other hand, were struggling.
Glancing at the box score after the game, the Badgers should have lost, too. They made only 7 of 16 free throws…

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Badgers have lots to prove

Badgers have lots to prove

So, University of Wisconsin basketball players and coaches are unhappy they were snubbed by the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee.
I agree. The Badgers were snubbed.
How could a second-place finisher in the Big Ten regular season and conference tournament be dealt an eighth seed?
What's even more infuriating is how other Big Ten teams fared.
There's no question that Big Ten Conference champion Purdue (14-4), deserved a No. 4 seed. However, Wisconsin and Maryland tied for second in the conference standings at 12-6. Maryland is a No. 6 seed compared to the Badgers' No. 8. Minnesota finished fourth at 11-7 and is a No. 5 seed. Michigan State, Northwestern, Michigan and Iowa shared fifth place at 10-8 with only Iowa missing the NCAA tourney. Michigan is seeded No. 9, Northwestern No. 8 and…

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Let's talk Packers, not Super Bowl

Let's talk Packers, not Super Bowl

Many of us would rather watch the Green Bay Packers meet the New England Patriots in Sunday's Super Bowl.
It wasn't to be. After a marvelous regular season/early playoff run, the Packers simply ran out of healthy bodies against the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship. The Falcons were a better team and deserved to win.
While millions of viewers will be tuned into Sunday's Super Bowl, Packers' fans are already looking ahead to the 2017 regular season. It should be interesting considering the Packers used a six-game win streak at the end of the regular season to finish 10-6.
Specific dates for the 2017 regular season haven't been finalized yet, but we do know Green Bay's home and away opponents.
Here is a look at the Packers' 2017 schedule, including their opponents' 2016 regular season…

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Player input remains backbone of County Amateur Golf Championships

Player input remains backbone of County Amateur Golf Championships

How does that go again?
Throw something against the wall. If it sticks, great!
In late 1990, then La Crosse Tribune publisher, the late Sanders "Sandy" Hook, asked an overweight, baldheaded golf writer about starting up the "old County Amateur" again.
I agreed. The La Crosse County Amateur Golf Championships were re-born in 1991.
The Men's tournament blossomed to 200 entries. A Women's County Amateur, Seniors County Amateur and Juniors County Amateur followed. Through the years, the County Am had lots of peaks and a few valleys, but some how, some way, it survived.
The Men's tournament has a long, storied history. It began in 1932, discontinued during the war years of 1943-1945, and then was dropped again from 1976-1990 before the Tribune stepped up to the plate.
The County Am appeared dead in…

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What was I thinking?

What was I thinking?

It wasn't on my bucket list.
It was the farthest thing from my mind when we arrived in Cloquet, MN, late on Dec. 22.
The next day we went outdoors to get some fresh air. As always, I headed for the trail in the woods behind our oldest son, Jon's home in the country. I helped build the walking trail several years ago and enjoy finding all sorts of deer tracks along the trail.
I could hear our youngest son, Evan, and two grandsons, Jackson, 9, and Bryson, 7, sliding down the hill on Jon's property. Everyone was laughing and enjoying fun in the snow as I emerged from the woods to the top of the hill.
I watched as the boys effortlessly snowboarded down the hill with Ev's snowboard. My better half, was snapping one photo after another and laughing along with the boys.
After watching Bryson sail down…

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