I'll make this short. First of all, I'm not a Floyd Mayweather fan. I respect him for what he is - an incredible tactician and a tremendous defensive boxer. His record is impressive at 47-0. But is he one of the great boxers of all time? NO. BoxingNews24.com did an AMAZING job of detailing just how overrated "money may" really is. Look at who he's beaten to get to 47-0. Not really impressive. Great boxer? NO DOUBT. One of the greatest of all time? Nope. As Ric Flair said, "To BE the man, you've got to BEAT the man"!!
Now his father has all but guaranteed that Mayweather will fight his longtime rival, Manny Pacquiao some time in 2015. I'll be honest, when I 1st heard the news, I got excited. I've wanted this for a long time. Then it hit me - it's 2014, NOT 2007. Pacquiao will be 36. Mayweather will be 38 depending on the date of the fight. 38. Think about that.
This fight SHOULD have happened when both boxers were closer to their incredible prime. Why hasn't it happened? According to MANY people, it's because Mayweather didn't want to damage his undefeated record. I agree. Even as recently as LAST MONTH, Pacquiao claims "money may" has ducked him AGAIN.
Will I watch the fight? ABSOLUTELY. Will it set records for Pay-Per-View buys? I have no doubt in my mind. I just wish it would've been 7 years ago when we REALLY could have seen these two at their best.
P.S. - My best guess is that this fight happens on May 2nd, the night of the Kentucky Derby. Mark that down. I'll take Floyd in pts...but I'll be rooting for Manny.
The giant sized elephant in the room every week at Badger coach Gary Anderson's post game press conferences is his team's big hole at the quarterback spot. Its a mystery how a consistant Top 25 football program can be going thru this weekly drama that is here to stay for the rest of the season. Neither Joel Stave or Tanner McEvoy are starters at high division one level. Both may be able to get the job done at Utah State,but this is Wisconsin. I'll be curious this Saturday to see how both are used against Illinois.
Watching bad quarterback play at the collegiate level is a painful experience, Thru five games, its about as bad as I have seen the QB position since before the Alvarez era. Is basketball starting soon?
Now that the wild card games are over and we can get to the Divisional series' rounds of the Major League Baseball Playoffs, I thought I'd offer my predictions out there.
Note: I picked Oakland and San Francisco in the WC games so I'm officially 1-1.
NLDS San Francisco vs Washington. On one hand you have the team with the best record in the NL in the Washington Nationals. They're young, exciting and REALLY good and don't forget about. And then there's the Giants who have won 2 World Series titles in the last 5 years. Washington has truly been building for this. NOW is there time.
X-Factor: Washington P Doug Fister who won 16 games (after time on the DL) & has a 2.41 ERA after getting traded by Detroit in the offseason. He was AMAZING for the Tigers in the postseason and he'll do it again. I'm taking the NATIONALS IN 4.
Dodgers vs Cardinals. How do you bet against LA? They say pitching wins - They're rotation is LOADED with the Cy Young/MVP winner in Clayton Kershaw ALONG with Zack Greinke and the UNDERRATED Hyun-Jin Ryu. And then there's the Cardinals…who just…ugh….win because it's "The Cardinal Way"…PUKE
X-Factor: Yasiel Puig – his mistakes cost LA a run at last year's World Series. Will he play under control & be the dynamic player he's developed into or will his emotions get the best of him again? I'm taking the Dodgers in 5.
Detroit vs Baltimore. Detroit made the biggest move at the trade deadline by acquiring pitcher David Price. LOOK AT THAT ROTATION – Scherzer, Price, Verlander, Porcello. YIKES. The Orioles' Nelson Cruz had a MONSTER season.
X-Factor: Detroit closer Joe Nathan. His ERA is 4.81. HE'S A CLOSER. Keep it together and the tigers will go to the ALCS. Fail? Well, do you remember LAST SEASON? I'm betting on the starters and an healthy offense- Tigers in 5.
Royals vs. Angels. WOW – what a game we all saw in the AL Wild card. Can KC have ANYTHING left, emotionally? The Angels are the bullies with the best record in baseball. Will they be able to handle the speed of Ned Yost's Royals?
X-Factor: LA's Josh Hamilton – he's back & (allegedly) healthy after missing 22 of the last 25 games. Which player will he be? I'm rooting for KC, but I'll say ANGELS IN 3
NLCS – Nationals over Dodgers ALCS – Tigers over Angels World Series – Nationals over Tigers – Doug Fister gets his revenge in game 7 for being traded.
It's funny how time flies when you're having fun. To think back to January of 2005 when we launched a sports talk station on AM1250 and mostly everybody in the business thought we were crazy thinking that a second sports talk station could make it in Milwaukee. There were times in the first few years where we weren't sure if we were going to make it or not but now almost 10 years later not only are we going strong but expanding to the FM Dial with 105.7 The Fan. Almost 10 years into this and still I run across people that simply have never heard of the station but now they will and that means only good things ahead!
None of this would be possible without the unbelievable support that we've received from you throughout the years. From our Sports Bucks promotion with our station personalities on the money in place of Presidents and then the huge auction where people used their Bucks to get great things like golf clubs, a nice size TV, and a lease on a truck to name just a few of the things that were up for auction. Then there was the time we had listeners banging on a Drew Rosenhaus piñata in front of Magoo's during the Javon Walker hold out from the Packers. Kevin Hunt then with Channel 4 in town did his sports from there! Can't forget about the Favre-que we did at Matty's in New Berlin during his first game against the Packers as a member of the Vikings. We had a couple junker cars painted purple with a number 4 on it that we hammered on with a sledge hammer…Horny Goat Brewing provided girls for our dunk tank wearing number 4…we had people dropping their jerseys into pits of fire…food and drink specials all with 4 in mind too! That was a blast!
Tim Allen has been doing his Brewers post game show now for 9 years!! When he started some in our building didn't think it would last a full year because of the lack of support within Milwaukee for the Brewers. Heck the flagship wasn't doing anything but a 15 or 20 minute wrap after games! 9 years later Tim is going strong with the post-game show and since then we've added a 1 hour pregame show as well. We've had our share of moments on that show including broadcasting outside of than Fiesta Garibaldi on the day the Brewers clinched their playoff berth in years! Champagne was being sprayed and there was a party going on!
Can't forget about our High School sports coverage! After trying to find the right combination for our high school shows, Mike "Big Time" McGivern came to the rescue and since and led the best high school coverage in the area! Whether it's our Varsity Blitz Scoreboard Show on Friday nights, which features about 15 different reporters out calling in scores from games and getting winning coaches on the air or the Varsity Blitz Coaches show on Saturday mornings from 10am til Noon through football and basketball season you simply can't match what he does! Student Athletes of the Week, Teams of the Week, and even a local high school band playing as his bumper music on the Coaches Show it's simply done the right way. I couldn't be more proud of any one thing we do then I am of where Mike "Big Time" McGivern has went with our High School coverage.
And who saw Bill Michaels leaving WTMJ and heading to us?! I certainly didn't! And who would have thought that his show would be carried state wide on 13 stations? Not this guy. Truly amazing the impact that he's had on the station since his arrival. Did I mention that Bill and Gary Ellerson are doing their Packers Post Game Show state wide as well? Yep. They are!
As we move into this new era, I want to say THANK YOU! Without you, none of this would have been possible! Can't wait to see what the next 10 years brings!
Listener (Jake, West Allis) - Bal WR Steve Smith - 32.90 pts Gary - Packers QB Aaron Rodgers - 28.88 pts Ramie - Chi RB Matt Forte - 22.10 pts
Sparky - NO QB Drew Brees - 21.20 pts
Leroy - NO TE - Jimmy Graham - 20.60 pts