The (Short) Week That Was
A weekly review of the past week in sports and maybe not sports. Everyone else has a weekly list or 8 so why not us.
Ed. Note: Sorry all, due to the real job this week The Week That Was is collateral damage so I will leave you with this abridged version, like abridged to the point of non-existent:
1. Badger’s Best Guess: Wow, I was really close on my pick from last week (37-17, actual score 31-13), small consolation though. Going with the upset this week: UW 24, Iowa 20
10. Packer’s Prediction: Bye Week has come and gone, people are (mostly) healthy, Tauscher is signed and the Packers are playing the Lions. Packers 28, Lions 10
2nd Ed. Note: Since Wally was otherwise occupied this week, the BigSnakeMan will help flesh out the rest of this list.
2. As Wally alluded to above, general manager Ted Thompson of the Packers essentially admitted to shortsightedness on the offensive line by re-signing his starting right tackle of the last 8 years, Mark Tauscher. Best guess is “Tausch” will be starting in two weeks; by the Vikings game at the latest.
3. The Greater Milwaukee Open pro golf tournament officially ended it’s 42 year run. (More on that in a later post.)
4. The St. Louis Cardinals continued the generally sloppy play they exhibited at the end of the season against the Brewers by bowing out in 3 straight games to the L.A. Dodgers in the National League Division Series of the baseball playoffs. Seems Cards leader Tony LaRussa’s not such a managerial genius after all.
5. On the American League side of the playoffs, the New York Yankees rolled on in their quest to buy a World Series title by concluding their own sweep of the Minnesota Twins. As if the Yankees needed the help, the Twins had to win a play-in game against the Detroit Tigers, and then fly to N.Y. to play the Bronx Bombers all within 15 hours. At least they’ll get plenty of rest now.
6. Proving they can be just as intransigient as the NCAA, the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Assn. forced the Ashwaubenon boys soccer team to forfeit a regional playoff game because an H1N1 flu outbreak prompted school officials to terminate classes the last two days. The WIAA turned down Ashwaubenon’s appeal even though rival opponent De Pere had agreed to reschedule their game.
7. The Marquette University basketball team lost it’s probable starting point guard when freshman Junior Cadougan ruptured his right achilles tendon in a workout. Reports are that Cadougan will likely be out for the season. It’ll be interesting to see how MU coach Buzz Williams fares this year without his graduated “Big Three” of McNeil, Matthews and James.
8. Matt LaPorta underwent surgery this week on his hip and big toe. You may remember that LaPorta was the Milwaukee Brewers top minor league prospect who was sent to Cleveland in 2008 for pitcher CC Sabathia. LaPorta batted a hefty .254 with 7 HRs and 21 RBI for the Indians last year in 52 games.
9. And, finally, congratulation’s to BigSnakeMan’s own El Cerveceros fantasy baseball team for winning the 2009 championship. Much unlike their real life counterparts, El Cerveceros led nearly wire to wire all season. In the words of the great Tony Bruno, we would like to thank the other members of the All Consonants League for their participation.