by Tom King
I've talked before about my aversion to the stadium experience
these days. Since the advent of big-screen, high def tv, the cost and
hassle of attending a game in person has lost alot of its appeal. But
there are still some sports where being up close and personal will give
you insights and enjoyment much better than a tv viewing experience
will. Basketball is one of those sports. For those of you who have never
attended an NBA game the difference is shocking. The size,
speed,strentgh and athletic ability of these players is off the charts.
And since any tv broadcast only shows you what the director wants you to
see, being there in person opens up much more of the game. And being
close to the action is an added bonus. I am fortunate to be able to
score press passes for various games and will be at the Wisconsin-UWGB
mens basketball game Saturday night at the Resch Center. This Badger
team seems to be making a transition from the typical, grind it out Bo
Ryan team to a more uptempo (or at least somewhat more uptempo) team
that's not afraid to play transition basketball. The UWGB Phoenix are
no slouch either and I'm looking forward to see what they can do. The
other thing you see up close is how the players interact with each other
and with the coaching staff. You can tell alot about a team by how they
handle time-out situations. It's one of the perks of this business to
be able to cover games from a great vantage point and I'm looking
forward to the opportunity.
The Bucks are game but so banged up that it's impossible to form any opinions on how good this team can be. They have 7 healthy bodies right now and have a meat-grinder back-to-back tonight in Indiana (the Pacers are unbeaten) and tomorrow at home against Kevin Durant and the Thunder.
I'm going to be very interested to see how Scott Tolzien performs
after a full week of practice. It just goes to show if youre willing to
keep plugging away you might get a chance. Mike Lucas made the
observation yesterday that Tolzien was invited to the NFL combine as a
senior...but not to be looked at or considered...he was brought in to
throw to the wide receivers that were being considered.
As the fall high school season winds down, the winter season is close to beginning. The State Girls Swimming championships are happening in Madison today and tomorrow...and the football playoffs continue tonight. There are a few games being played in Central Wisconsin. Hartland Arrowhead faces Hudson tonight at Goerke Field in Stevens Point. Somerset plays Winneconne tonight in Marshfield. Stiehm Stadium at DC Everest has two games...tonight it's Amherst vs Stanley-Boyd and Saturday afternoon Shiocton faces Hurley.