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  • Brewers-Mariners from Peoria

    Greeting again from Arizona. We'll be carrying the Brewers-Mariners game live from Peoria starting at 1:55 p.m. I'll also be live tweeting from Peoria with updates and other observations so feel free to follow along and join in on the conversation.

  • Bracket Brief: Horizon League Tournament preview

    Championship Week unofficially begins today with two conference tournaments: The Horizon League and the Big South. The Horizon League was one of the first mid-major conferences to tweak it's tournament bracket, thus rewarding regular season play. As such, the teams that play tonight (including Milwaukee and Green Bay) must win four games over the next week to get the automatic bid. The top two seeds (Valparaiso and Detroit) gets byes into the semifinals.

  • Greetings from Maryvale

    Greeting from Maryvale! Greg Matzek and I will be here all week with updates from Brewers spring training.

  • Bracket Brief: The first of many late nights

    Yesterday I outlined the teams that are locks, almost locks and bubble teams. This deep in the season most teams have only three or four regular season games left and for the bubble teams every game now carries significance.

  • Bracket Brief: Marquette and Wisconsin are locks

    With 19 days left until Selection Sunday the bubble expands and contracts daily. But what about the teams that have built so strong a case that they're already a lock to make the NCAA Tournament? As always, a lock is defined as a team that would be an at-large team even if they lost all of their remaining games. Below are the teams that I believe are now a lock to make the tourney:

  • It's spring again, everybody knows it's spring again...

    Well okay it's not quite spring but if you've got cabin fever fear not, college football spring practice is just around the corner. Thanks to the folks at they've compiled a list of spring game dates and times. There are a handful of games in March before the action really gets going in six weeks. Yet another reason why I like to call February "the month of anticipation."

  • Bracket Brief: Last dance for BracketBusters

    It's BracketBusters weekend in college basketball and this is the time for the mid-majors to make some headlines. Unfortunately, this year's edition will be the last of the ESPN-created event, which was designed to showcase mid-major schools that had a chance of making the NCAA Tournament. Over the last 11 years the profiles of several middies has risen, even to the point where some (like Butler and VCU) aren't even in mid-major conferences anymore. So give ESPN credit for creating something that actually did what it was supposed to do.

  • Full tentative 2013 NFL Draft order

    The NFL released the full round-by-round order for April's draft. The selection order does not include compensatory picks, which will be awarded next month. As I blogged before the Packers are expected to receive one compensatory pick for the loss of Matt Flynn in free agency.

  • Bracket Brief: Projecting the NCAA Tournament field


  • Bracket Brief: Can Marquette win the Big East?

    Is it time to start believing the Golden Eagles could actually win the Big East regular season title? By dismantling Pittsburgh over the weekend Marquette remains in a three way tie for first place with Syracuse and Georgetown.

  • The Charles Woodson release

    No one is immune to the "new normal" of the NFL. Internet reports have surfaced throughout the day that Charles Woodson will be released. The NFL is a business like any other and when a flat salary cap meets rising salaries, cuts will be made by every team.

  • Bracket Brief: who is really #1?

    Another wild week in college basketball is in the books with four of the top five teams taking a loss. Indiana stays in the top spot this week but are they the team to beat? It seems like no one wants to stay at #1. This trend could set the tone for a wide open NCAA Tournament.

  • Once again the road to the Super Bowl goes through Washington

    From Donald Driver's retirement to cap-cutting moves around the NFL, everyone is looking ahead to the 2013 season. Looking for a favorite for next season? Well, last year we found an interesting quirk: every year since 2006 the eventual Super Bowl champion played the Washington Redskins during the regular season.

  • Packers hold 26th & 55th picks in 2013 NFL Draft

    With Baltimore's win in Super Bowl XLVII the first round draft order is set. As NFL Network once reminded us, we're all undefeated again so it's time to turn the page to the 2013 season. The complete draft order (with the addition of compensatory picks) will be set during the NFL's annual meeting in late March. Also if I'm reading this right, the Packers hold all seven of their original picks. However, the Packers will likely receive one compensatory pick for losing Matt Flynn. Here's how the first two rounds look:

  • Super Bowl predictions

    Greg Matzek & I bring back an old tradition of making Super Bowl predictions. But we don't just predict the score, we throw out a few prop bets as well. Here's how we see Super Bowl XLVII playing out:

  • Donald Driver's legacy

    News of Donald Driver's retirement shouldn't come as a big surprise. The veteran turns 38 on Saturday and saw his role with the Packers diminish so much that he had to volunteer to play on special teams just to see the field. Driver only wanted to play with the Packers and when it became clear that this would be his last go-around with the Pack it was time to call it a career.

  • Get ready for Super-baugh XLVII

    Whether you want to call it the Super-baugh, the Harbowl or anything else, get ready for an onslaught of Harbaugh vs. Harbaugh this week. But while there will be much talk on the sibling rivalry the focus should be on the quarterbacks.

  • Was Brandon Jennings snubbed?

    With the unveiling of the NBA All-Star reserves came disappointment among Bucks fans. Once again, Milwaukee will not be represented in the All-Star Game. Brandon Jennings has put together a solid first half, certainly worthy of all-star consideration. So was he snubbed?

  • Senior Bowl Week begins

    Most NFL people are in Alabama this week for a week's worth of Senior Bowl activities. I've been saying the last few years that Senior Bowl week is becoming one of my favorite weeks of the year. This is the time that NFL teams start the process of building a Super Bowl team and a solid performance in Mobile this week will go a long way in helping a player's draft stock.

  • College football all-star game season

    For 28 NFL teams the focus this weekend will not be on the conference championship games but rather on a pair of college football all-star games that usually serve as the launching point for NFL Draft season.

Upcoming games

Saturday, August 29
Eagles at Packers, 5 p.m. on 620WTMJ
Reds at Brewers, 5:35 p.m. on 94.5 KTI Country

Sunday, August 30
Reds at Brewers, 12:35 p.m.

Tuesday, September 1
Pirates at Brewers, 6:35 p.m.

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