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I came upon this sweet ride last evening on a side street just off West Wisconsin Avenue in beautiful downtown Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. My guess is that it's owner was enjoying the Friday fish fry across the street at Spinnakers. (Be sure to try the fried walleye!)
Nice, huh? Check out the custom wheels and trim. With that paint job, at a distance, I thought this thing was a taxi. But taxis don't usually fly flags from their rear windows.
I really like the hood ornament...
I was a bit disappointed that it didn't sport an Aaron Rodgers bobblehead on the dash. It did, however, have a nice line of helmets in the rear window...
I'm not a Packers fan at all, even though I live in Wisconsin. Can't do it. I grew up in Chicago and remain a (frustrated) Bears fan. So I had no clue as to who "Old 66" is. Make that was. I'm guessing that's close to blasphemy in some Wisconsin sports circles. Oh, right! It's Ray Nitschke! Of course! Back in the days of Lombardi and Bart Starr. Sure. When football was more about grit and determination and less about freakishly overdeveloped guys doing stupid things like the Lambeau Leap.
I'm all for showing your team spirit and wearing the colors (green and yellow... yeah... umm, no.) A fan's got to represent. I get it, although many would say this is pushing it. But, hey, why not? This person clearly loves their team, and I bet they really love this car.
In closing, I'd like to offer the owner a bit of advice: If you really do love this car, best that you keep it in Wisconsin. That paint job won't last five minutes up I-94 Minnesota or down I-94 in Chicago.
We had friends over for a bar-b-que Sunday. I figured I'd put the World Cup game on the big screen in case anyone wanted to watch it.
Jesus God! What's that annoying sound? Are there killer hornets in the stadium or what? Not being a football/soccer fan, I was not familiar with the vuvuzela. I mean, sure, I've seen those long plastic horns in Toys 'R' Us before, and also in the hands of kids under the age of ten. But WTF? Adults are blowing these damn things no-stop at the matches. MUTE.
Thankfully, the people at the Discovery Channel were happy to explain the vuvuzela insanity, sort of...
We've all know how crazy -- even violent -- football/soccer fans can be. I think that if I was sitting amidst a bunch of people blowing those stupid things non-stop, I'd be prone to violence too. And people tell me they think hockey fans can be obnoxious.
To quote legendary Wisconsin hockey coach Bob Johnson, "It's a great day for hockey!" Indeed, it is.
Happy? I'm f***ing delirious!
Updated June 10, 2010 at 5:30 PM CDT...
Patrick Kane's winning goal is worth another look:
I find it amusing that even after the game is well over, Flyers fans are still mealy-mouthing the game ending, calling it horrible, questionable, controversial... and so on. Laughable. But fitting, given the Flyers' fans' collective reputation.
Meanwhile, Lord Stanley's Cup is where it belongs right now: Chicago!
I love the Chicago Blackhawks. While watching them take game one of the Stanley Cup finals just now, I couldn't help but think my favorite Hawk player ever... Denis Savard. Loved the guy so much we named our dog after him. (That's Savvy over to the right...my avatar for all things needing an avatar. Her official AKC registered name: Blackhawks' Savoir Faire, of course.)
The best thing about Savard, aside from his spirit, was his Spinorama...
Here's hoping the Chicgao Blackhawks bring home Lord Stanley's Cup this season!
A quick look at trending topics on Twitter has "Duke" at number five. Probably because there's a lot of stuff like this tweeting around...
Suck it duke!!!!! Go badgers!!!!!!!!!!! [from BenKj]
The Wisconsin Badgers hosted the Duke Blue Devils here in Madison tonight, and kicked their collective ass. It was a beautiful thing.
From Rob Schultz of the Wisconsin State Journal...
One of the most hyped nonconference games in the history of the
Kohl Center certainly did not disappoint Wednesday night.
The University of Wisconsin men's basketball team got a
career-high 26 points from senior point guard Trevon Hughes and
upended Duke 73-69 in a Big Ten/ACC Challenge game that ended with
the student section emptying out on the court in a wild
Wisconsin (5-1), which never trailed in the game, improved to
5-6 overall and 3-1 at the Kohl Center in Challenge games. The
Badgers also won their fourth straight game over an ACC team.
Duke (6-1), who got 28 points from junior forward Kyle Singler,
lost its first Challenge game (11-1). The victory also propelled
the Big Ten to its first win in the 11-year series.
The Badgers never trailed. Never. Hahahahahahahaha! I'm not a huge basketball fan, but even I know this is huge. Nice job, Bucky! And the crowd goes wild...
[Wisconsin State Journal photos by Craig Schreiner]
Anyone who witnessed the first 12 minutes of the Blackhawks' game against the Calgary Flames
on Monday night would find it hard to believe the night ended with the
Hawks at center ice raising their sticks in a victory salute.
After spotting the Flames a five-goal lead in the first 11:43, the
Hawks roared back with three goals in the second and one in the third
and went on to record an amazing 6-5 come-from-behind overtime victory
at the United Center.
The comeback matched the biggest in NHL history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
True, it sucks to be Detroit these days, what with GM and Chrysler going bankrupt and all. But it's nice to see a city like Pittsburgh and a team like the Penguins get to spend the next year owning Lord Stanley's cup.
From the winner's hometown daily paper...
It was said that the Detroit Red Wings could not lose Game 7 of a Stanley Cup final on home ice. They did.
That Marc-Andre Fleury could not be counted on to win big games. He has.
That these Penguins were not ready to be champions. They are.
They defeated the Red Wings, 2-1, in Game 7 at Joe Louis Arena last night to earn the third Stanley Cup in franchise history.
The driving forces behind the victory were forward Max Talbot, who
scored both goals, and Fleury, who turned aside 23 of 24 shots and made
a lunging game-, season- and Cup-saving stop on Nicklas Lidstrom with
about a second to play.
Penguins center Evgeni Malkin, who led the playoffs in scoring with
36 points, received the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player
in the postseason.
"He told us before the playoffs that he was going to lead us to the
Stanley Cup," right winger Bill Guerin said. "He's an amazing
competitor, an amazing player."
Meanwhile, from the loser's no-longer-daily* paper...
The last 6 minutes could have ripped out your insides. Fans on their
feet, screeching their vocal cords. The Red Wings surging, their lungs
burning, as they chased the only thing that mattered. One goal. One
goal. One goal could make up for the whole night and turn this thing
from hopeless to hopeful, reverse destiny, roll the stalled parade
floats. Music blared in the breaks: “I want it all, and I want it now!”
Chins up. No complaints. The Red Wings, who led their series, 2-0 and
3-2, lost the last two chances at the Stanley Cup, and then lost the
Cup itself. It was no cheapie. No cursed bounce or haunted ricochet.
The Penguins were the better team this night. Their defense was better.
Their offense was better. Their pressure was better. And their puck
protection was better. You aren’t likely to win when you give away that
little rubber thing 11 times more than the other guy, as the Wings did.
Yeah, as a long suffering Blackhawks fan, I loathe the Red Wings... mostly because their fans are so freakin' smug. Every season they seem to have this air of entitlement about the cup, in the same way Yankee fans are about the World Series. Of course, when you have the history to back up all that arrogance, you can get act like you've already won each season. And they do.
Not this year, Detroit. And for those who would say the City of Detroit needed something good to happen, I suppose another cup victory would have been nice for the broken down city that is home to the failed US Auto industry.
Oh, who am I kidding? I couldn't be happier.
* I know, they create an edition daily, but no longer deliver it every day of the week. I'm just a Detroit hater today. (Today?) Shame, shame, shame on me.
The amazing thing about this video clip is not what field reporter Roger Millions says. It's how cool and collected the studio anchor transitions away from the indiscretion. I wonder if they teach you how to take one of these hand-offs in broadcast journalism courses.
Of course, this is a hockey reporter, and this kind of language is rather tame compared to where I used to sit in the United Center.