Congrats to first year Wausau East Girls Basketball coach Andy Meyer as his Lumberjacks won their first game of the season last night beating Tomahawk 54-33. The East girls program has a ways to go before being competitive night in and night out in the Valley but you can see the strides that have been made by Meyer and his assistant Chris Schell. They almost got past DC Everest earlier and have been in some of their other games as well. The girls have kept playing hard and were finally rewarded last night as a smothering pressure defense led to a bunch of Hatchet turnovers and some easy buckets for East. This a young team and watch for them to get there in the next couple of years.
A nice win as well for the Mosinee hockey team shutting out the #6 team in the state Appleton United 4-0 on the road.
Big hoops night tonight as Wisconsin plays at Northwestern. We'll get our first look at how Bo Ryan will handle the loss of Jon Leuer. The Pointer men & women play at Platteville...and the Bucks are back at it in Portland.
Former Badger goalie Curtis Joseph announced his retirement from the NHL yesterday. Cujo ranks 4th on the all-time wins list and is the winningest goalie never to win a Stanley Cup.
Charles Woodson won the NFL's defensive player of the year award yesterday and this wasn't as cut & dried as Packer fans would like to think. Woodson beat out Darrelle Revis who had a fabulous year for the Jets. He shut down most of the top recievers in the league this year and plays in New York. Credit the sportswriters who vote for this award for looking past the big city glitz to little old Green Bay.
Songs of the Day
Don't Bring Me Down-Animals (1966) a Gerry Goffin/Carole King songwhich went top ten even though Eric Burdon and the band didn't like doing pop songs..preferring a grittier form of r&b. But they knew if the wanted hits in America they had to look to the Brill Building for some of the tunes.
Don't Bring Me Down-ELO (1979) a different song and ELO's biggest American hit getting to #4. It was adopted by NASA as Skylab came hurtling back to earth that year. A propulsive beat and Jeff Lynne's signature sound featured here in a 1986 concert.