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With the olympics being the current story in all sports here is an update about our local teams, starting with the professional teams.
BREWERS. Spring training is opening and the boys of summer will soon be testing their skills. The outlook for the Brewers is that there is not much difference from last years team. The big change is that 32 pitchers will vie for the final roster. Left handed pitchers are more available than before and the idea is to have 3 pitchers who do not miss their assignments. The competition will be keen but spring training games normally do not determine which pitchers stay. Braun and Fielder again give the brew crew an exceptional 1/2 punch in hitting and with Escobar at shortstop and Weeks back the infield should be better. Corey Hart must, and I repeat must have a standout season equal to his big payday. Catching is so-so and is a big question mark and changing catchers every year does not help the pitchers much. Badly needed is someone who can drive in runs. Early season wins over the Cubs and Cardinals and winning the one run games are mandatory.
BUCKS. Still not as good without a healthy Michael Redd Coach Skiles has done a good job and is ready for a play-off run. The strange trade with the Chicago Bull is hard to understand when teams do not make deals when competing in their own division. But then, what does make sense in pro basketball ? Andrew Bogut has the keys to success and it would help if the referees give him more respect when he is bullied by opposing Centers. Jennings is still a rookie and cannot carry the team alone. Your guess is as good as mine for the playoffs.
MARQUETTE. Buzz Williams has proven to be a coach who can field a competitive team with a minimum of talent and size. Some say the Big East is not too strong this year but then the eastern sports writers have no use for the midwest. Not very deep MU will most likely not make the big dance and will settle for second best. The future is bright.
WISCONSIN. Say what you want but Bo Ryan always gets the most from his players and this year is no exception. Anything can happen in the Big Ten tournament and the Badgers are in a good position to make a credible run. Complain about their slow deliberate style if you want but their winning record speaks for itself.
As for the Packers first the game is to not lose starting players to free agency, but it will happen. Set for QB and a potent offense in order to improve the Pack has to acquire offensive linemen. Another running back never hurts. The defense just has to find a way to keep pressure on the opposing QB.
The potential for a pro football lockout will cause permanent damage to the game.