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Mike Wickett

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Wickett's World - WIAA Sectionals!
Wanna check out a good local high school sectional playoff game tonight? Here's the top 5...
1- 1) Milwaukee Vincent vs 2) Milwaukee King - 805 - Milwaukee South
Vincent features future Marquette Golden Eagle Deonte Burton.
2- 1) Milwaukee Hamilton vs 2) Racine Case - 7pm - Racine Case 
Despite being a junior, Hamilton's Kevon Looney may be the best in the state. Case has a HUGE advantage, playing at home. 
3- 1) Germanton vs 2) Arrowhead - 7pm - Waukesha West
Wanna see a team that's won 52 in a row? Check out #1 Germantown.
4- 1) Whitefish Bay Dominican vs 2) Kenosha St. Joseph - 605 - Milwaukee South
See future Marquette PG Duane Wilson. He's good. TRUST ME.
5- 1) East Troy vs 2) Brown Deer - 7pm - Marquette Unv HS 
East Troy features TWIN 6'9" future UWM Panthers: Alex and Brett Prahl.
there are more GREAT GAMES in the area, i just didn't have time to make a list of 10.

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Wickett's World - I don't know who Brandon Jennings is.
I don't know who Brandon Jennings is. 
This has been bothering me for quite a while. I usually can figure out a local player especially after covering him for several years. But Milwaukee Bucks PG Brandon Jennings? I'm not sure...i THINK i'm know which way I'm leaning, but i'm not totally sure yet. 
On one hand, he's said he wants to be the face of the franchise. In the past, he's said (paraphrasing) "who wouldn't want to be the face of one the NBA's 32 franchises". Ok..i'll buy that. Not exactly the most pursuadeing statement i've ever heard but whatever. "I want to win games and go to the playoffs" Again, ok...but that attitude's not getting 18,000 to the BC each night.
And then there's the other side of Brandon. The one who uses phrases like "we'll just have to deal with it" when his playing time is reduced after the trade. (try using that one on your wife after ANY dispute) Or when he says "now i see why guys like a big market" after playing in New York. 
I don't blame the guy for wanting playing time. I don't blame him for wanting to be the face of the team. I don't blame him for wanting to get paid like a top level PG (even if he's not). I don't blame him for his comments in the Dallas morning news "The Mavs are about winning". WE want a winner in Milwaukee too. WE want him to be great. WE want him to be a franchise player. 
I get the feeling that Brandon doesn't want to be here in Milwaukee. This is a far cry from his "it's like living in Europe. I like it because it's small" mantra we heard when he was drafted. Milwaukee is a proud city. Milwaukee is very protective of it's own. Turn on this city, and it's residents will quickly turn on you. Brandon's not bashing the brew city, but he's sure not showing it a lot of love. 
His attitude + what he says + what he DOESN'T say + with his his turnover prone play in the late stages of games = not helping his "q rating" in this town. I don't know what the plan is in the off season. Will the Bucks match an offer from another team? Not sure. General Manager John Hammond seems like he wants to. Would you? What's his ceiling? Can he get better? WILL he be happy in Milwaukee? Will he want to improve? What will his attitude be if he's resigned? Tough, tough offseason for the Bucks...again.
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Locations: MilwaukeeNew York
People: Brandon JenningsJohn Hammond

Wickett's World - I was living with Ferrets.
I was living with ferrets
Talking to former Marquette PG Travis Diener today, i wondered what was going on in 2003 when MU made their run to the final four...I had a roommate named Matt. Matt had 2 ferrets. Let me say...FERRETS ARE AWFUL...but more happened that spring...so...
Back in the Spring of 2003...
Aaron Rodgers was getting ready to start his first game..AT CAL.
Gas was on average $1.73/gallon.
Chuck Freimund was still in his mid 30's.
Justin Bieber was in the 3rd grade.
Mike McCarthy was in New Orleans.
50 Cent's "In Da Club" was #1.
Bo Ryan won his 1st Big Ten Title (in his 2nd season at Wisconsin).
"Chicago" won best picture.
WSSP was still 2 years away from going "all sports".
Bret Bielema was still at Kansas State.
Norah Jones was CRUSHING IT at the Grammy's.
Lebron James was finishing High School.
I was producing an afternoon show on WTKA, in Ann Arbor.
Lance Armstrong wins his fifth Tour De France...well, sort of.
Brandon Jennings was finishing MIDDLE SCHOOL.
And D Wade, Travis, Rob Jackson and Tom Crean were raising the bar at Marquette. 
Cheers to a great celebration on Saturday at the BC!!!
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Wickett's World - I don't want to be right...and I hope I'm not.
I don't want to be right...and I hope I'm not. 
When Arod was linked to the PED clinic in Miami last week, Chuck & I had a huge debate on whether or not Ryan Braun's name should even be brought up in the discussion. I was told i was nuts linking the University of Miami to Braun, just because he went there and worked with the strength & conditioning coach who was mentioned in the initial article. I was told "wait til he's on a list"...well...now he's on a list. What do you want next? 

In one of the documents sited in Jeff Passan's article, Braun's name IS LISTED NEXT TO "RB 20-30K". I'm no codebreaker, but RB? Ryan Braun. 20-30K? $20-$30,00. And don't forget Tony Boshch listed the amount of money owed by other players in SIMILAR notation. 

Now, according to his statement, Braun & his attorny used Tony Bosch's services to help sort out the T/E ratio and possibilities of tampering with samples. Does that cost $20K- $30K??? Right now, I have no idea...but it may. 
also...There was a note FROM BOSCH congratulating a runner named Juan Nunez that represents melky cabrera, that mentioned the "braun advantage" after Cabrera won the All Star Game MVP...later in the season, you may remember Melky came clean about using PED's. 
As i scramble to write down all of  my thoughts, NOTHING is concrete...and i hope the truth comes out and that Braun is found innocent. I WANT Ryan Braun to be clean but I think i speak for many when i say this is getting tough.
cheers to finding the truth...
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Locations: Miami
People: Juan NunezRyan BraunTony Boshch

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