Foul balls

Reason fires a brushback pitch, so to speak, at former Major League Baseball commissioner and Brewers owner Bud Selig in a book review: If not for Bud Selig, erstwhile owner of the Milwaukee Brewers, and his single-minded determination to control Major League Baseball’s costs by imposing a salary cap on players, George W. Bush probably […]

A Pioneer and a gecko

UW-Platteville announces: Dillon Villhauer‘s 75 yard punt return for a touchdown in their game against North Central College on Sept. 12 is nominated for the GEICO Play of the Year, Intersport announced today. Each week, fans vote for the GEICO Play of the Year and the winner will be announced during GEICO’s Best of College Football 2015 on CBS […]

Competing legends

Two of the greatest announcers of all time, Dick Enberg and Vin Scully, announced that next baseball season will be their final baseball seasons. Scully is only the greatest baseball announcer ever invented, and that comes even from people who announce baseball for a living. Scully started announcing Brooklyn Dodgers games in 1950 at 22, […]

A Play of the Day

CNN used to have a nightly sports show, CNN Sports Tonight, which included a nightly Play of the Day. One Play of the Day occurred at the end of a 1985-86 UW basketball game against Illinois, in which a Fighting Illini hit the game-winning shot at the buzzer. The video for the Play of the […]

Another announcer I watched

The Houston Chronicle reports: Milo Hamilton, a signature voice of Major League Baseball who roamed the big league map for three decades before finding in the Astros and in Houston the team and town for which he had been searching through a long, storied career in broadcasting, died Thursday. He was 88. Hamilton’s son, Mark, […]

What the 1% do

I was once asked if I was RightWisconsin’s Savvy Pundit. I am not, but I certainly agree with this: The PGA Championships have tens of thousands of visitors coming to see our state at its finest. The direct economic impact of this major championship runs conservatively near $100 million. The positive exposure the state gets […]

Giant Gifford

Another voice of my youth died this past week. Frank Gifford disproved the claim that everyone is famous for (only) 15 minutes. He was known to my generation as the play-by-play voice of ABC’s Monday Night Football for a decade. To my parents’ generation, he was known as a football player for the New York Giants when the […]