While Packer fans unhappily face the end of the season this morning, state hoops fans continue to enjoy a run of success that doesnt come around very often. The Badgers and Pointers are both unbeaten and kept it rolling with victories this weekend.
Wisconsin struggled last night but came back and beat 22nd ranked Iowa 75-71. Bucky missed 12 of their first 13 shots from the field and trailed by 11 at halftime. Ben Brust scored all 19 of his points in the second half keying the comeback. Four of those points came from the free throw line after Iowa coach Fran McCaffrey picked up back to back technical fouls and was ejected.
The Badgers are 15-0, 2-0 in the Big Ten and have matched their best start in school history. you have to go back to 1913 to find that.
I cant tell you how entertaining I find this team. They win but its how they win that makes this special. Yes Sam Dekker is a special player...but he's not any more important to this team than 3 or 4 other guys. Yes they pass and pass but now they also run and shoot and really don't care who scores. I think its rare to find a team at this level of D-1 basketball that plays this unselfishly.
With the Big Ten as strong as it is this wont last. There will be some losses...maybe even three or four...but that shouldnt change the way we look at this team. It is something special and as a hoops fan I'm going to savor it.
But we here in central Wisconsin only have to go a little down the road to find another form of perfection. Bob Semling's UWSP Pointers are unbeaten after topping La Crosse on Saturday and they are ranked first in D-3 hoops nationally. And they can win multiple ways. In many games this year they have won by raining down three-pointers. This weekend that wasnt working. They didnt hit their first three until almost halfway through the second half. so they decided to drive to the hoop and pound it inside. And it worked as the Pointers came back and moved to 12-0 on the season. It's been a nice progression over the years...from the 70's and 80's and 90's success of Dick & Jack Bennett to now where the team is consistently good under Semling and does it with mostly in-state kids.
Two teams...both unbeaten in January...Will it come to an end? Probably. But why not enjoy the ride while it lasts.
The Packers finished the season as a banged up bunch and came up just short. A couple of drops on possible interceptions and that game could have gone very different. I know coaches dont use injuries as excuses but why not? This Packer team would have been much tougher defensively if they were healthy. Will their be some changes? Probably. but I don't think it will be the changes that alot of fans seem to want. I'll be surprised if Dom Capers is replaced. It seems the Packer brass and Mike McCarthy don't agree with the Caper haters that he is the problem with the defense.
I'm very close to quitting Twitter. For all of the good information that I get from the site...the critical postings of some almost make cruising the site intolerable. For every solid reporter there are some who bathe in a broth of their own self-importance and it reaches it's height during a Packer game.
A tough day for music on Friday with the death of Phil Everly. It's almost impossible to list the number of singers and musicians that were influenced by the Everly Brothers. Just know that the world of popular music over the last 50 years would have looked very different without the Everly Brothers in it.
When Will I Be Loved-Everly Brothers (1960) a more pop outing for the Brothers as they moved to Warner Brothers and moved away from their rockabilly roots. it went Top Ten
All I Have To Do Is Dream-Everly Brothers(1958) a #1 smash which featured Chet Atklns on the record.
Long Time Gone-Everly Brothers (1957) from an LP called "Songs Our Daddy Taught Us" an early example of that fabulous harmony