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To Boo Or Not To Boo: That Is The Question

by Tom King

You'll remember that back on Opening Day at Miller Park last week Ryan Braun was given a standing ovation. Many Brewer fans have seemed to forgive him for his past transgressions and are willing to root for the Brewer slugger again. Obviously the team needs him to produce if they are going to contend this season. Fans of other teams are not going to cut him any slack of course, and Philadelphia was no different on Tuesday. Fans unleashed their displeasure on Braun before the game and before every at-bat and Braun responded in the best way possible. He hit three home runs and drove in 7 in a Brewer victory. He also had a diving catch in the outfield. He hadn't homered in over 90 at-bats and his balky thumb had been bothering him. But he said after the game that he gets motivated by the boos...He said"baseball is a challenging game for all of us , and its a long season and playing in an environment like this is motivating" "I wouldnt say I want it to be like this, if its my choice. But I dont have much say in how the fans are going to react. I might as well make the best of it and use it to my advantage."

I would think that most athletes dont want to play the villian role. Some embraced it. Bill Laimbeer & Charles Barkley come to mind. But Braun made his choice when he used PEDS and lied about it. His sterling reputation is in shreds for most people outside of Wisconsin and many within our borders. For those of us that want to concentrate on what happens going forward we can only hope that he can continue to channel the negative feedback into positive results.

Those wrestling fans of a certain age saw a piece of their childhood disappear yesterday. Just a day after appearing on WWE Monday Night Raw, The Ultimate Warrior (Jim Hellwig) died at the age of 54. He was inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame this past weekend at their big Wrestlemania event. In the late 80's and early 90's he was one of the biggest stars of the ring and his crazy, nonsensical promos became legendary. It was pretty obvious at the time that he was using PEDS and like many wrestlers of the era, his body paid the price and he ended up dying young.

BTW, Mean Gene Okerlund once worked the night shift at WRIG Radio in Wausau before he hit the big-time in the WWE.

That wasnt the only hit that old-time wrestling fans experienced. The Undertaker had won 21 straight Wrestlemania matches before Brock Lesnar beat him Sunday night and sent him to the hospital. We all know that pro wrestling is scripted but when two large gentleman start doing some of the moves that they do in the ring injuries do occur. The Undertaker, who is nearing the end of his career was sent to the hospital with a concussion and a bad neck injury.

Songs of The Day (from my- I-pod)

Mr. Lee-Bobbettes (1957) a slice of female doo-wop from the streets of Spanish Harlem

Mr. Pitiful-Otis Redding (1965) a tune that Redding co-wrote with guitarist Steve Cropper...its been covered by many artists and bands