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A Brewers fan, fresh off spring training, breaks down the 2010 roster

The possibilities are endless for a baseball junkie's favorite team when the season record is 0-0, and I'm no different: My prediction for this year's Milwaukee Brewers season record is, as always, 162-0. >More
 Expecting more from Wisconsin men's hoops

Following this Sunday's humiliating 87-69 loss to Cornell in the second round of the NCAA men's basketball tournament, Badger fans divided into two camps. One is proud of this year's team for finishing near the top of the Big Ten standings and winning in the tourney's first round. Pundits predicted a .500 record or worse this year and the Badgers overachieved, they feel. >More
 Madison Memorial advances to state title game... again

Until we hear otherwise, let's just work under the assumption that Madison Memorial's boys basketball team will be playing in the state high school championship game at the Kohl Center every year, okay? >More
 Memorial toughs it out

Minutes after leading the Madison Memorial boys basketball team to the 2009 state championship last March, coach Steve Collins was already thinking about 2010. "We talked about it in the locker room just now," he told me on his way to the bus. "I've learned that with kids, you've got to plant the seed early." >More
 More teams, less thrilling

Currently, the NCAA Division I men's college basketball tournament fields 65 teams, accommodating 31 conference champions and 34 at-large bids. The whole thing lasts three weeks, with two rounds played each weekend. It is, aside from the Super Bowl, the nation's biggest sporting event, with diehard fans pitting their picks against those from people who don't know a screen-and-roll from a box-and-one. >More
 Defense buoys women Badgers

On March 15, the Wisconsin women's basketball team, now 20-9, will likely receive its first NCAA tournament bid since 2002. It will be the Badgers' first trip to the "big dance" under seven-year head coach Lisa Stone, named the Big Ten Coach of the Year by her peers this week. Expect Stone to receive huzzahs during this weekend's Big Ten tournament in Indianapolis. >More
 High drama at the Palace

More than at any other Madison high school, East hosts basketball games that are community events. You're likely to spot all sorts of characters, from Harmony Bar owner Keith Daniels to musical satirist Peter Leidy, exhibiting their East Side Pride at the gym affectionately dubbed "The Palace." But East's allotment of 600 tickets for tonight's tilt against Madison Memorial sold out in 20 minutes on Monday, and it didn't take Memorial students much longer to scarf up theirs, leaving none for the general public. >More
 Worst. Olympics. Ever.

Over the weekend, I sat on my couch wat-ching NBC's broadcast of the Winter Olympics featuring moguls skiers...sitting on a couch of their own. After each run, NBC spent significant camera time on the reactions of these world-class athletes awaiting their scores while reclining comfortably at the base of the hill. >More
 Getting a bead on the Badgers

It was fun to browse Twitter and fan message boards after the Wisconsin men's basketball team beat Duke on Dec. 2. The nationally televised game had Badger fans living in Asia exchanging virtual high fives with UW alums in New Jersey. >More
 The Saints come marching in

I happened to be in New Orleans in the summer of 2001 for the jazz funeral of Ernie K-Doe, the Big Easy native whose song "Mother in Law" briefly topped the Billboard charts 40 years earlier. I stood in front of a bank on Canal Street, sweating through my shirt in the mid-July heat, sipping a can of Dixie beer offered by a white-haired gentleman in an immaculate seersucker suit. >More
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