Packers, Brewers fans enjoy ‘Super Sunday’

It was a great Sunday for Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers fans.
The Packers moved to 3-0 in the NFC’s North Division with a 37-30 victory over the New Orleans Saints in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday night.
The Brewers lost to the St. Louis Cardinals, 5-2, in their season finale, but still became the first team in Major League history to make it into the postseason playoffs with a losing record (29-31).
The Brewers, sneaking into the playoffs as the No. 8 seed, face the top-seeded Dodgers in the best-of-three series in Los Angeles beginning Wednesday. While it’s a monumental challenge, the Brewers at least have a chance.
“There’s no reason to apologize for getting in the playoffs,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “We beat the other teams, we got the eighth spot, and so we’re in. And we’ve got a chance. You’ve got to get in.”
And now, Counsell’s crew has a chance to win the World Series despite the odds.
“We had our ups and downs, but we were able to find a way to sneak in,” said Christian Yelich, who by his own admission had a sub-par season.
As for the Packers, veteran quarterback Aaron Rodgers was surgeon-like again and got his first victory in the Superdome in three career tries.
Green Bay’s defense came up with a couple of huge stops, but it was edge rusher Za'Darius Smith's hit on Saints’ Swiss knife quarterback Taysom Hill that forced a fumble that he recovered himself. The takeway provided spark the Packers needed to break a 27-27 tie with a go-ahead field goal. Green Bay's defense then stopped the Saints on a three-and-out, and Rodgers and Co., responded with the game-winning touchdown.
Referring to Smith’s huge defensive play, Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said, "He came up with the play of the game that really kind of swung it in our favor."
The unbeaten Packers face the 0-3 Atlanta Falcons in another prime time matchup Monday night at Lambeau Field.
Rest assured, it should be another interesting week for Brewers and Packers fans.

You make the call: Packers win... or lose?

The Green Bay Packers travel to New Orleans Sunday night for crucial NFL battle against the Saints.
What do you think? Packers win? Packers lose?
One thing is certain. Green Bay (2-0) already has two important NFC North Division victories in its back pocket. That’s huge. However, I’m not really sure how good the winless Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions are in this “way-too-early-to-say” NFL season.
Despite their loss to the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday night, the Drew Brees-led Saints (1-1) and ranked No. 7 offensively in the NFL, should give the Packers defense, ranked 21st in the NFL, all they can handle. On the other hand, we should find out just how good Green Bay’s NFL No. 1 offense stacks up against the Saints defense, ranked No. 23.
It could be and should be a great game, perhaps a shootout. If the Packers win, then yes, they are for real.
What’s your thoughts? Packers win... or Packers lose?
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Mepps rewarding hunters for squirrel tails again

Wisconsin’s small and big game hunting seasons kick into gear on Saturday and there should be plenty of opportunities.
Among seasons opening are: deer archery and crossbow, fall turkey, crow, bear, cottontail rabbit, gray and fox squirrels.
Speaking of squirrels, Mepps, located in Antigo in northern Wisconsin, is once again offering hunters a reward for their tails.
Squirrels are a plentiful natural resource. Plus, squirrel is some of the best wild meat and their skins are used for caps, coats, glove linings and many other items. However, the tail is usually thrown away.
Mepps buys fox, black, gray and red squirrel tails and will pay up to 26 cents each for tails, depending on quality and quantity. Plus, the cash value is doubled if the tails are traded for Mepps lures. All Mepps asks for is the squirrel tail with the bone left in. The rest of the squirrel is for hunters to keep.
Mepps uses squirrel tails to create hand-tied, dressed hooks for their world-famous, fish-catching lures. They’ve been recycling squirrel tails for over half-a-century. In fact, they have recycled nearly 8 million tails since the mid-1960s.
Mepps researchers have tested many different natural and synthetic materials for dressed hooks, but nothing compares to the action of a squirrel tail underwater. The fact is squirrel tails are all hair - no fur. Practically all other animals have fur tails with just a few guard hairs. Fur doesn’t have the same rippling, pulsating movement of squirrel hair in the water.
For details on the Squirrel Tail Program, either visit their web site or call 800-637-7700. Mepps, 626 Center St., Antigo, WI 54409-2496.
“We are focused on sustainability, we do not advocate hunting of squirrels solely for the purpose of sending in squirrel tails” said Nik Kolbeck, Mepps Communications Director.
I have used Mepps spinners for more than 60 years and wouldn’t be without a few different colors and sizes in my tackle box.

The biggest Packers' question is.........????

It was vintage Aaron Rodgers leading his Green Bay Packers to a convincing 43-34 victory over the NFC North Division rival Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.
Rodgers did it all, from his impossible pin-point passing, to his game management. He was in control from beginning to end.
Face it. The score was closer than the real outcome. And no one can deny it was a HUGE season-opening victory, especially against the Vikings.
It had to be strange playing in the Vikings’ empty, almost silent U.S. Bank Stadium for players. Obviously, the Packers responded much better than the Vi-Queens.
Now, it’s the Packers playing host to division rival Detroit Lions on Sunday in another empty stadium - Lambeau Field.
My only question is if, and when, the Packers score a touchdown, will there be a “Lambeau Leap?”

Young players breathe new life into Women's County Am

ONALASKA, WI - Most people roll their eyes and utter a snide remark such as “Is that all? Wow! Why even have it?"
Yes, there are only 18 players entered in Saturday’s 22nd annual La Crosse County Women's Amateur Golf Championship as presented by Pepsi-Cola of La Crosse at the Golf Club at Cedar Creek in Onalaska.
While 18 total players is slim by any tournament standard, only 10 women entered last year, including only two in Championship Flight. Saturday's Championship Flight boasts eight players along with 10 in the Low Net Flight, two more than in 2019.
As director of the County Amateurs for 30 years, I admit 18 is a far cry from the very first Women's tournament in 1996, when a groundswell of 66 players proved they deserved a County Amateur as much as the full 200-player Men's County Amateur.
That was then and then is now, particularly for the women. Entries dropped steadily from the first year to 2011 when lack of player interest forced the County Am Board of Directors to suspend the event.
Young players begged for a restart, so the Board resumed the 18-hole tournament in 2013 with Alli Plath becoming a two-time champion.
This year's tournament has a nice mix of ages from 17 to 78.
The youngest, Amber Nguyen, from Onalaska, is playing in her first "adult tournament," she told me recently. Nguyen joins defending champion Annie Balduzzi, 19, and Sydney Hubbard, 21, in the final threesome.
Hubbard says Nguyen is a great reminder of the fresh new group of girls entering the field and the impact they will have on women's golf in the Coulee Region and beyond.
Hubbard, a two-time winner, is also pleased to see a 44 percent increase in total entries. It's a start.
"I am so happy to hear the numbers are up this year," she said. "What I love most about this tournament, and why I couldn't wait to play in it, is that it's a way for women of all ages to come together, appreciate golf and advocate for little girls in our community to pick up a club. I live for that."
Well said, Sydney.
Now if we could only get more recruiting help from high school golf coaches - both girls and boys.