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Wild Card Standings Update - July 5th, 2016

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I've been doing a Wild Card Standings Update podcast every day since mid-May. If you don't believe me, I'm not sure what to tell you. I've been doing them every day! Really, I have!

AUDIO (2 min): Wild Card Standings Update - Tuesday, July 5th, 2016
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He's How Old?

Who cares! That’s all I’ve been telling people as the Bucks 1st round selection Thon Maker has been the subject of many people questioning his age of 19 instead speculating he is actually 23.

Do I know if he is 19 or 23? No
Do I choose to believe that a multi-million dollar organization did their homework on him and know his age?      Yes
Do I think that Excel Sports Agency who seemingly has a close relationship with the Bucks would lead them down a wrong path when it comes to Maker’s age?  No
Do I think that Thon Maker is a better shooter coming out of the draft than Giannis was?  Yes
What role does Maker have with this team in the future?  Stretch 4/Center
Do I think that Maker can be a pivotal piece to a championship team in Milwaukee?  Yes

I’m not sure how you answered those questions, but if you answered them the same as me than why would you or anybody else be concerned about Thon Maker’s age. Let’s focus on Free Agency and avoiding Dwight Howard coming to the Bucks!! Go Bucks!!
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Meet me at the Cue Club on Thursday!

This year's NBA Draft is coming up Thursday night and we'll be at Cue Club of Wisconsin in Waukesha doing the Milwaukee Bucks Draft Show from 6 to 11. We're honored to have former Badgers basketball player Marcus Landry joining us this year as a guest co-host with Mike Maxcy and myself.

I really don't have strong feelings this year on any one player that I think the Bucks MUST pick at 10. In years past, I normally fall in love with a player or two and really lobby hard for the Bucks to take them. This years draft really doesn't scream star players to me, now that doesn't mean that stars won't come out of this draft, but I just don't see it as of now. Lots of rumors about Bucks moving players like Middleton, Monroe, or MCW for picks in the draft Thursday night. If they were to make those trades, this team becomes even younger and I just can't believe that Jason Kidd wants to get even younger than they are already.

The new stadium opens in 2018 and there is a TON of pressure to be a winning team by that point and I just think it's a HUGE gamble to make these moves to add 2 or 3 rookies to this roster right now. Now having said all that, the thought of Jamaal Murray of Kentucky and Buddy Heild of Oklahoma being the starting backcourt this season really excites me! I'm fine waiting longer for this to develop but I don't have the pressure on me like the Bucks do with a new stadium on the horizon.
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Wild Card Standings Update - June 9th, 2016

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Another win for the Milwaukee Brewers and a big four game series against the New York Mets is on the horizon. It's an exciting time to be a fan in Brew City!

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Wild Card Standings Update - June 7th, 2016

The Brewers had the day off on Monday, which gave other teams in the National League the chance to move ahead of them in the Wild Card Standings? How much ground did the Brewers lose on Monday? Find out in today's Wild Card Standings update!

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Wild Card Standings Update - June 6th, 2016

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A split series for the Brewers in Philadelphia, but how does it affect their standings in the Wild Card Race? Click below for the 90 second update, which includes a cameo from our insider Adam McCalvy!

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Wild Card Standings Update - June 2nd, 2016

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Whos says a team can't contend for glory while rebuilding? I've got your Wild Card Standings update in 90 seconds or less after a huge Brewers win over the Cardinals on Wednesday!


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It's Okay to Not Hate The Cubs

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I am not a Cubs fan.

Perhaps you're familiar with me, perhaps you're not. Maybe you listen to me on the radio during your morning commute, maybe you don't. For some, this could be one of our first interactions. But no matter your familiarity with me or your opinion of me, you’ve probably caught win that I’m the guy on The FAN who waves his “W” flag around with pride as often as the ghost of Harry Caray will allow. But I need one thing to come across and I need to make it very clear...

I am not a Cubs fan. 

However, I do not hate the Chicago Cubs. In fact, I don't even really dislike them. There may even be times this season that I find myself rooting for them to succeed, and the World Series very well may be one of those times. BUT...

I am not a Cubs fan.

I can’t believe I need to do this, but this is important for the future of how I'm perceived by you when I scream through your radio. I feel the need to proclaim that I'm a Milwaukee Brewers diehard. I have pages full of 1980's era Brewers police cards, I have boxes full of Miller Park ticket stubs. My favorite number is 19 in part because of Robin Yount. I saved the newspaper clipping of the first game I went to at County Stadium, an 8-7 Brewers win over the Orioles. I still have the Bob Uecker call of the clinching Ryan Braun home run on an old iPod I still use. I drank the bar out of what I thought was champaigne (it was cheap wine) when Plush hit home the winning run in 2011. And I think, most telling, is that I will gladly pay full price for a ticket here in 2016. 

So how has it become, at a station that has an afternoon show host who will wear a Cubs hat, Cubs jersey, and Cubs shoes (!!!) all on the same day during the middle of winter!, how has it become that I am the resident Cubs fan?
Well, here’s how.

1. I've admitted that I've liked the Cubs before - I have admitted this, and it is true. As a 6-year old kid thirsty for baseball in the late 80's and early 90's, the Cubs were the most accessible team. On television nearly every day, rather than just the one time a week a Sunday Brewers game was aired on Channel 12, the Cubs were there to fill my appetite of the game. My love of Paul Molitor and Robin Yount was rivaled only by Andre Dawson and Ryne Sandberg. One of my very first memories is sitting along the first base side at Wrigley with my parents and grandparents as we watched the Cubs take on the Mets. Remember, Milwaukee and Chicago were in different leagues - they never played each other - and it was okay to like both. And I did! But that was then, this is now. Think of all the things you liked when you were a kid. Things change.

I am not a Cubs fan. But, they were my gateway into becoming a baseball fan.

2. I predicted that the Cubs would win the World Series this season - This one drives me up a wall. I have learned quickly that if you say anything nice about a divisional rival, you suddenly become appointed a fan of that team. What is up with this way of thinking? I predicted last season that the Vikings would win at least ten games in 2015. "THAT MAKES YOU A VIKINGS FAN, BART". No, that makes me right. They won 11. 

I predicted this season that the Cubs would win at least 100 games and win the World Series. "SEE, HE'S A CUBS FAN!" Well, let's take a look at the standings. My Google Search for MLB Standings is showing me that the Cubs have the best record in baseball, and that they are on pace to win 117 games.

I am not a Cubs fan. But, I can overcome being petty and admit when a division rival has talent.

3. There are players that I like and they happen to wear Cubs jerseys - Is this the lynchpin? That purely as a baseball fan, I like the makeup of the Northsiders? Yes, I like Joe Maddon. I like Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, and Kyle Schwarber. Fantasy baseball dynasty leagues play a role in that. I like Theo Epstein. I like seeing teams that blow it all up to rebuild earn a payoff for their progress. I like that the Cubs climb back up to the top of the NL Central shows the current Brewers regime that it can be done.

I am not a Cubs fan, but I do appreciate good baseball. 

4. You HATE the Cubs, I don't - Throughout all sports, there aren't too many teams that I actually Hate. For the most part, I either love them or am indifferent to them. I don't Hate any of the Yankees/Lakers/Cowboys/Duke contingency. Not worth my time. I don't Hate the Bears or the Lions. I don't like when they win, sure, but I don't Hate them.
I guess there are only two teams in sports I really truly Hate. Teams that if they were retracted I wouldn't have any remorse for, and teams that I can't really understand how you'd become and stay a fan of their particular organization. The teams that I'd say I Hate are the Vikings (who I gave credit to just moments ago, remember, because that’s not forbidden) and the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cubs are not in that class for me. I can get how you'd grow up and root for the Cubs. I can see a world in which the Brewers don't exist and I'm a Cubs fan as an adult. Yeah, it sucks when Wrigley North is a reality, but I don't Hate the Cubs because of that. Put me in the "Don't Hate the Cubs, Hate a lot of Cubs fans" camp. Most of them are harmless, really. But it's the sheer quantity of how many Cubs fans there are in your home building that can be tough to swallow.

I am not a Cubs fan. But I get why someone would be.

Are those four things enough to make me a FAN of the Cubs? No. I don’t watch every game first pitch to final out like I do the Milwaukee Brewers. I can’t rattle through the Cubs 40-man. I don’t plan trips, outings, bachelor parties, dates, to Wrigley Field. Miller Park is that destination. I don’t feel in my heart for the Cubs what I feel for the Brewers. You know the Craig Counsell commercial on Fox Sports Wisconsin where he basically says we’re all the same because we’re stuck rooting for the Brewers? He’s talking to me in that commercial too. And I did tear up the first time I watched it! That’s a fan. And the Milwaukee Brewers. That’s my team.

As for the Cubbies, here's my mission statement: The Chicago Cubs are a team that I liked until I was about eight years old. I respect their organization and appreciate their rebuilding efforts. I like a lot of the guys on their team. It's annoying when Cubs fans takeover Miller Park. I picked them to win the World Series and it wouldn't ruin me if that actually happened. In fact, I'm kind of sick about hearing about how they are cursed. Just win one already. And if they are going to, it might as well be when the Brewers are this bad.

Again, I am not a Cubs fan.

But I fear I helped convince you that I am.

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Amanda Braun Shares UW-Milwaukee Performance Reports

On the Thursday morning edition of "Chuck & Wickett", UW-Milwaukee Atheltic Director Amanda Braun joined the program to answer some questions that have come up regarding the men's basketball program. The following is the performance report that she shared with 105.7 FM The FAN. (Hear the full interview at the link below)

AUDIO: UW-M Athletic Director Amanda Braun on Chuck & Wickett (4/14/16)
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Our First Tweets

Twitter is celebrating it's 10th Anniversary this week and while the world has changed a lot since March of 2006, we haven't seen too much evolution from Twitter itself. Sure, we're giving out hearts instead of stars and we no longer call it "twittering", but other than that it's still the same 140 character form of expression we fell in love with a decade ago.

I use the phrase "fell in love" with loosely, as I was pretty adamant against using Twitter when it first came out. I had a hard time understanding the point of it, I suppose. Now, it's the first thing I check when I wake up, the last thing I check before I go to bed, and it no doubt receives plenty of attention from me during the hours in between.

Nevertheless, it took me a full five years before I signed up for account, and I wanted to compare that to the rest of the FAN staff to see just how far behind the eight ball I was. With that, I bring you


Let's start with Wickett, who took the approach a lot of people took in the early stages, simply by sharing what they were doing at the time. Although I'm not too familiar with what a "Marquetee" is.
Chuck signed up not too long after Mike did, also going the route of sharing what he was doing. No surprise as to what that activity was...
The Big Unit actually shared some news with his first tweet...
...while the news Radio Joe shared on Twitter was that Radio Joe was on Twitter.

Sparky seemed to have had a problem with Twitter for awhile as well, not signing up until 2013 and needing motivation to do so.

Gary made his first tweet count, posting a very sharp picture of him and LeRoy.

As for Leap36, news of Nick Collins' injury was enough to get him to sign up for an account.

While the other Big Show contemporary decided to hit the hard hitting news of the day with his first excursion into Twitter.

Our boss went a different route, as his first tweet was in response...

As for the Fan account, we took the chance to root for our hometown team...

Looking back on these tweets, it's a good reflection on what we cover at The FAN. And there's been consistency over the years. We're still rooting on our favorite teams, we're still covering them from all angles, and Chuck is still eating. With Twitter, the more things change, the more things stay the same.

Okay, maybe not everything.

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