Under going extensive training and USBC coaching from fellow co-host Dwight Albrecht and contributor Phil Brylow to try to make a run at Professional Bowlers Tour.
Lemme give you some background on my love for the sport..(Yes, IT IS a sport!)
I grew up just over the border in Mundelein, IL, a stones throw away from Mundelelin Lanes (now Lakeside Lanes) where my parents and I bowled leagues and where I got my first job as a lad.
When I wasn't cleaning up the bowling alley or dealing with a lane problems, I'd be bowling, ALOT! Part of my pay, FREE BOWLING! How could you NOT take advantage?
At one point, it was suggested that I try to make it on the Professional Bowlers Tour. At that same time the wonderful world radio entered my life and I chose radio instead of chasing my dreams of the PBA...UNTIL NOW!!
Thursday night, Sparky asked me who was going to win between the Bucks and Lakers. Despite a four-game losing streak, I said the Bucks would win. Why? Well, why do you think?
If you’ve followed the Bucks to some extent this season, you’ll be aware that the Bucks like to play guessing games with the fans of Milwaukee and SE Wisconsin. They can come out and play their best against the best of the best, and then struggle to defeat the worst of the worst. Every time you want to hop onto the Bucks bandwagon, you’re forced off of it. Then, when you’re not paying attention to the team, the Bucks get on a roll. And when a nice stretch of wins grabs the fans’ attention, what happens? The Bucks turn the winning streak into a losing streak…
I’m sick of it…I feel like I’m in The Twilight Zone…
Rod Serling:This is Joe Zenzola. He works in sports radio. For years, Joe has been a die-hard Bucks fan. However, in this last season, he’s been on a roller coaster of emotions with his favorite basketball team. Every time the team is winning consistently, Joe begins to express how the Bucks could be a force in the NBA. But as soon as he does that, his team starts a trend of losing streaks. And once he wants to blow up the team and rebuild, the Bucks start to win again. Joe is just as disoriented as other Bucks’ fans. The Bucks’ successes and failures will drive Joe to madness. What Joe doesn’t know is…he’s really in… ‘The Twilight Zone’.
The latest example of this came on the day of the NBA Trade Deadline. Furious beyond belief, I did not like the J.J. Redick trade. The Bucks gave up too much to get him; I guess I would have felt a little better if the Bucks also landed Josh Smith, but that turned out to be a failed deal because Atlanta wanted Larry Sanders (Thank God, Bucks management didn’t deal the SWAT Man!).
The Redick deal, however, was puzzling. Yes, when the Bucks were playing great basketball earlier in the season, I felt they could use an extra shooter. But after seeing the inconsistency of maintaining a winning record and a chance to move up in the Eastern Conference playoff race, acquiring an extra shooter was meaningless. This season, like so many in the last several years, has been more repetitive than brushing my teeth. Ready to throw in the towel for the season, I believed it was time for a drastic change…
Instead of trying to make the eighth seed quota that Herb Kohl seems to be infatuated with, I felt it was time to blow up the team, rebuild it around Sanders and Henson, and move forward. Many fans would agree, I’ll do ANYTHING to see the Bucks win just ONE NBA Title in my lifetime! Once the Redick deal was made, though, the Bucks got on a role…
While filling in for several of the Robert Haack Diamonds Basketball Post Game Shows, there was one night where the Bucks were just three games behind the Nets for the fourth seed in the East. The fourth! At that point, I actually pondered kissing Herb Kohl and John Hammond’s feet. Could this be a sign of another FEAR THE DEER run? J.J. Redick was doing a great job off the bench, Monta Ellis was stepping up his game to another level, and Brandon Jennings, knowing he needs to do something to raise his value, decided to pass the ball around more. Nonetheless, this formula was working and the Bucks were winning…I cannot believe I almost wanted to apologize to Bucks management.
And then…another losing streak started…
Since winning six of eight after the Redick deal (including a 2-1 west coast road trip), the Bucks are 3-7. Bucks fans, I’m tired of the roller coaster ride. I hope you are, too.
Whenever I’m negative and pessimistic, they win. Whenever I’m excited and optimistic, they lose. I can’t take it anymore. Here are three things worth noting; one of those is a special message directed towards the Senator.
First, observe all the big wins and bad defeats for the Bucks this season…
(Oh, and by the way, the Bucks still need to face the Bobcats twice, and the T-Wolves, Magic, and Raptors all once. Don’t expect 5-0, folks)
Secondly, over on Facebook, I posted a poll question. “Yes or no, would you blow up and rebuild the Bucks’ organization?” Of 200 responses, only 25 people on the 1250 Facebook page said ‘No.’ Well, Mr. Senator?
Now a message for Senator Kohl…
Mr. Senator, you are a man of the people, correct?
You were one of two senators to represent the people of the State of Wisconsin for a long time, right?
Now, you run a business, correct?
Yes, we’re talking about the business of the Milwaukee Bucks. In order to be successful in a business, you need to put out a product that consumers want to buy into. Consumers will make it clear what they want. So, Mr. Senator, give the consumers what they want. You represented people while in political office, so why can’t you represent the fans of this city? Why can’t you give them what they want?
Look at these names…Corey Maggette…and Stephen Jackson…and John Salmons…and Drew Gooden…and Richard Jefferson…among others…ARE NOT THE ANSWERS. You can't expect to put a winning team on the court with names like these. Well aware of the finiancial situation, I understand getting a superstar to Milwaukee is impossible. However, you can find other avenues…And if you can’t, then do what the people say.
If seven of every eight fans want to blow this thing up, what is so difficult about that? I’ll blame myself if that leads to 20 straight seasons of failure; I’m cool with that! It's time to start taking some risks. Most buisness take risks...You have nothing to lose, Mr. Senator.
You’re attendance is crap anyway. A .500 basketball team with an eighth seeded playoff appearance is unacceptable for any fan base. That doesn’t win you a championship. Why should that mentality fly?! REBUILD this franchise. Otherwise, sell the team, make your millions, and retire. This franchise can only be successful if the owner knows what he or she is doing. With all due respect, Senator Kohl, as an owner of an NBA franchise, you don’t know what you’re doing. I’m convinced this team is doomed with you at the helm…I’m sorry.
Disappointed, flustered, and irritated, I don’t know what else to say. I’m sick of the constant guessing games and roller coaster rides. This isn’t some emotional theme park. I want the Bucks to be the best team in the league; I want them to win an NBA title. And so do you Bucks fans…We deserve better.
This offseason might be the biggest offseason in the franchise’s history. There are several directions to go, and it will be interesting to see where Herb Kohl and John Hammond decide to take this organization. Just make this team better in the long haul…
Happy Sweet Sixteen! How's your bracket look?? I've got 10 of these 16 in mine... Time for my S16 Day 1 picks!
3Marquette vs 2Miami
Can "The U" keep rolling? As long as their PG Shane Larkin keeps playing at an "ACC POY" level, they sure can. But, will he handle the pressure of the Golden Eagles? Also, how will the loss of C Reggie Johnson affect Miami in the middle? Gonna be interesting considering MU is one of the best rebounding teams in the tourney.
Prediction: Vander Blue carries to the Elite 8 Marquette 65 The U 58
6Arizona vs 2ohio state
I almost got my "Iowa State to the S16" pick right (stupid Aaron Craft-aren't you sick of him too?) Oh well...this should be a great matchup. osu's Craft vs AZ's Mark Lyons. Deshaun Thomas VS Solomon Hill
Prediction: I'll take the upset here: Zona 71 suckeyes 65
4Syracuse vs 1Indiana
IU has looked "good" so far...The Cuse has looked "Great" (minus that whole 12 minutes with out a basket thing vs Cal)...Will the SU zone frustrate IU or will Victor Oladipo & Jordan Hulls shoot over the top & get Tom Crean to the E8? Buzz vs Tom Crean would be fun, but....
Prediction: I'll take the SU size/physicality: Syracuse 70 Tan Tom 65
13La Salle 9Wichita St
According to my bracket, this was supposed to be Wisconsin vs Gonzaga. So i guess i was way off...I LOVE the athleticism of both teams. WSU is a really fun team to watch. Great guard play. I won't lie: I don't know a lot about these two...who does?? Plus "Shockers" = cooler than "Explorers"
Prediction: This isn't VCU from 2 years ago. WSU 71 Lasally 67
Green Bay General Manager Ted Thompson must be a heck of a gambler. Packers fans, you better hope he's Chris Moneymaker + Phil Ivey + the guy from Rounders. So far, he's let WR Greg Jennings, DB Charles Woodson and WR Donald Driver go. Yes, only 85 REALLY hurts. He allowed the Falcons to steal RB Steven Jackson for a few extra pennies (a position of NEED) And what has he done? Signed LBs Brad Jones & Robert Francois and brought in a backup K who couldn't make the 49ers last year.
The Packers are really banking on young players (again) to step up like they did in 2010...2011...2012.... I have no idea what's going to happen in the draft (nobody does with TT) but Teddy T's most recent draft picks MUST STAY HEALTHY this year if they hope to get back to the NFC title game and beyond. Right now you can't depend Nick Perry & Jerel Worthy to give you 16 games next year and even if they do, how good are they? I don't even know what their time schedule is at this point.
Everybody in the NFC North is making moves..well, everybody but Green Bay. We'll have to see how that turns out...We should all still subscribe to "in ted we trust" ...but for how long?