Wrapping up the Holidays for the Bucks, Badgers and Packers

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Bucks

The Bucks had an important win on Saturday night over the Oklahoma City Thunder.   The Bucks could not afford another close loss and when they turned the ball over to the Thunder in regulation it was not looking good.  The Bucks clamped down on Durant and with smart use of their fouls were able to get the game into overtime. 

In overtime Michael Redd got hot and the Bucks were able to hold on for a 103-97 win.  Redd, Bogut, and Jennings made strong contributions and Mbah ah Moute played defense on Durant about as well as can be expected.  Luke Ridnour also had a nice overtime performance to help the Bucks to the win.

The Bucks are at New Jersey Tuesday night, then host the Bulls on  Friday before a six game west coast trip including the Lakers, Suns, Blazers, Warriors, Jazz and Rockets.  The Nets and Bulls games are vital for the Bucks to pull out wins in as I do not think the Bucks can expect more than two wins (likely only one) out of the West Coast trip.

Badger Basketball

Over the last few days the Badgers have hammered Ohio State, who was an overrated #15 ranked team at the time, and Penn State. 

Ohio State was without their star Evan Turner.  I am not sure it would have mattered much in this one as the Badgers will firing on all cylinders in the 65-43 home win.

I watched none of the Penn State game.  Playoff implication NFL football will always trump early season conference college basketball games.  Still, it is a road win for the Badgers 63-46.

This may be the best all around team Bo Ryan has had since the elite 8 team.  This team is very deep and has more ways to beat you then previous Ryan teams.  Their biggest asset in my mind is finally having multiple scoring options in Hughes, Leuer and Bohannon to go along with added athletic ability with Evans and Wilson.  It should be an interesting ride and I really look forward to this week as they play at #11 Michigan State on Wednesday and host Purdue on Saturday.  We will find out a lot about the Badgers ceiling after these two games.

Badger Football

It is a little belated, but congratulations to the Badgers Champs Sports win over Miami 20-14 last week.  The game was not as close as the score and it looks like the win over Miami has already brought in a couple of recruits.  Sherard Cadogan a DE/TE from New Jersey and James White from powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale both committed to Wisconsin since the win.  They are both listed as three star recruits and it sounds like both were swayed by the Badger performance.

They should have been.  They Badgers looked bigger, stronger, and at least comparable in team speed.  It is very refreshing to still see some teams knock the crap out of people and get rewarded in the current spread obsessed college football landscape.

Packers

Kudos to McCarthy for not taking the foot off of the gas pedal, resulting in a blowout of Arizona 33-7.  I do not care if it gives Arizona motivation or not, there is too much momentum to be lost by sitting guys for an entire game.  I cannot understand why coaches continue to make the same mistake year after year.  These days the NFL is too close amongst the top 10-12 teams to fall out of synch, then get it back for the playoffs.  Yes, you can risk injuries that may put you at a competitive disadvantage but I do not think those injuries are nearly as bad as the attitude that can sink in by sitting guys.  Football is not a passive sport and sitting guys is a passive act.  I think the Packers and Vikings both played it correctly yesterday and one or both of those teams will get into the NFC championship game because of it.

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