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Exciting...But Jeez Is It Long

by Tom King

We've talked about how exciting the current playoff finals have been in both the NBA and NHL. The Heat and Spurs have played some games that have been decsribed as some of the best ever. Meanwhile the Blackhawks and Bruins just keep giving us OT after OT after OT.  My problem, if you can call it that, is that Friday is the first day of summer. Maybe I'm just old but I can remember when pro hoops and hockey were winter sports and the playoffs went into late May or early June at the latest. By now many people, including me are involved in activities that keep us outside and away from our TV screens. I realize that with today's mobile technology we can watch almost anything wherever we are...but isnt the point of doing outdoor activites to enjoy the outdoors? The answer is simple of course...shorter regular seasons. Many of the regular season games feature exhausted players going thru the motions, nursing nagging injuries and just trying to survive until playoff time. The NHL featured a truncated schedule this year because of the lockout...what if that compressed schedule was stretched out over the regular season? Fewer games...less meaningless games...get to the playoffs sooner and finish up the hockey & basketball seasons before the leaves have fully bloomed. It will never happen of course...fewer games means less cash...and as we are constantly reminded...in pro sports it always comes down to that.

The Woodchucks are struggling. They dropped a doubleheader in Wisconsin Rapids last night. That's now eight losses in a row for a team that was expected to be one of the better squads in the league. The chance for a first half title is pretty much gone...time to focus on getting healthy and working to improve for a second half push. The Chucks host Wisconsin Rapids tonight before heading to La Crosse for the weekend.

The Wausau Legion Post 10 Bulldogs dropped their matchup with Marshfield last night 8-6. Shoddy defense and the stellar work of Marshfield pitcher Tanner Brown had Post 10 down 8-2 going into the 9th inning when the Bulldogs made a game of it with four runs highlighted by a three run homer from Dylan Detert. It was his second bomb of the night.

Tonight in Legion ball Wausau is at Plover, RSW travels to Marshfield and Stevens Point is at Wisconsin Rapids

Songs of The Day   (from my I-pod)

Lullaby Of Birdland-Sarah Vaughn (1955) a George Shearing tune that Vaughn makes her own...from a very nice album featuring trumpeter Clifford Brown

Lullaby Of Broadway-Bette Midler (1973) from her first album Midler conjures up the old stage classic from 1935