Monday, October 10, 2011
It's been a great run, but will a cleated shoe soon fall?
You can tell a Wisconsin sports fan by the change that's taken place over the last nine months. He smiles a lot. Refuses to change habits (or clothes). Hugs strangers. Reacts to fixing a leaky faucet by either a) giving himself a championship belt, or b) going into "Beast Mode." The last month has seen the bandwagon only pick up speed. The Brewers captured the division, the National League Division Series and Game 1 of the NL Championshp Series. The Packers won a Super Bowl in February, the sixth of an 11-game win streak that continued Sunday night. The Wisconsin Badgers football team is also unbeaten and a contender for the national title. And oh, yes, the Milwaukee Wave won their fifth league championship back in the spring and the …
Saturday, October 8, 2011
St. Louis-area Patch editor Joe Scott makes his case for the Cardinals, while the Milwaukee area's Mark Schaaf argues for the Brewers. Plus, watch for Patch's real-time NLCS Fan Forum starting at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Oak Creek editor Mark Schaaf was just a twinkle in his father's eye during the last Suds Series, but better late than never: He's attended every playoff game at Miller Park and sleeps next to a Gorman Thomas bobblehead. When Nyjer Morgan tweeted “I hope those crying birds injoy watching tha Crew in tha Playoffs!" on Sept. 7, few could have imagined just how wrong Morgan would turn out to be. Well, the spelling and grammatical errors were obvious. But more importantly, the Cardinals were an after-thought in the playoff race at that time. You know how it turned out: St. Louis would go on a tear, catch and pass the Atlanta Braves on the final day of the regular season, and upset perennial favorite Philadelphia in the National League Division …
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Fans pack the stadium for the first of the weekend's playoff games against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
From the parking lot to the stadium, Brewers fans were ready to celebrate on Saturday. The Brew Crew came through, beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-1. Pitcher Yovani Gallardo was named performer of the game. He pitched eight innings and had nine strikeouts. Gallardo, Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder were the stars of the game. Together, Bruan and Fielder had five of the team's eight hits, including Fielder's two-run home run in the seventh inning.
Friday, September 30, 2011
It's tough celebrating a kid's birthday on an infamous date – but it helps when the stars align.
I have written that my son was born on Sept. 11, 2001. Every year is kind of a battle to block out the sadness and celebrate. Every year, I try to make it a little extra special for him. This year, we decided to celebrate his birthday by taking the whole family, including my parents, to the Brewers game. In honor of Awareness Day, the Milwaukee affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network sponsored a pre-game tailgating party and sold tickets as a fundraiser. We really enjoyed the food and friends at the tailgate party and then entered Miller Park to watch an important game between the Brewers and the Philadelphia Phillies, a team that the Brewers could end up facing in the National League playoffs. The Phillies came into Milwaukee …
Better Business Bureau warns that ticket scammers love the playoffs, too and provide advice to keep fans from getting burned.
Milwaukee Brewers fans beware! Scammers may be out selling fake playoff tickets. That the word from the Better Business Bureau of Wisconsin (BBB) President and CEO Randall Hoth, who warns that "sports fans can get burned by purchasing counterfeit tickets or paying in advance for tickets that never arrive." Reselling tickets has become a $10 billion a year business, including tickets bought and sold by professional brokers as well as those purchased and resold by speculators and season ticket holders. With the internet, the likelihood of being scammed rises dramatically as well. (Click here to see the Brewers playoff schedule.) The BBB offers the following advice for Milwaukee Brewers' fans seeking tickets:
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Bartz's will change its logo to Brewers-inspired logo as long as Brewers remain in the playoffs.
Milwaukee Brewers fever has one local business changing its corporate image for as long as the 2011 playoff run lasts. Bartz's the Party Stores announced Wednesday the official change of its corporate logo — a clown — to include a Bernie Brewer-inspired mustache as long as the Milwaukee Brewers remain in the playoffs. Don Bartz, owner of the party supply and costume stores in Waukesha, Wauwatosa, Greenfield and Menomonee Falls, is an avid Brewers fan and season ticket holder. "This has been a special season and we've always supported the Brewers as fans. Now we wanted to do something as a company," Bartz said in a statement. "We'll see how long this run can last. Hopefully, we'll still have this logo at the start of the 2012 season." Bartz…
Thursday, September 1, 2011
More than 660,000 people expected to travel in Wisconsin over the Labor Day weekend, slightly fewer than last year. But convergence of sporting events and holiday could make Thursday as hairy as any on the roads.
Wisconsin’s Labor Day weekend has an extra day this year, at least from the standpoint of action on the roads. But weather is expected to be great, road construction is limited and gas prices are not expected to spike, so there are plenty of positive factors if you plan to be out and about. Thursday features the Brewers at Miller Park against the rival St. Louis Cardinals at 3 p.m., a Green Bay Packers preseason game at Lambeau Field at 7 p.m. and the Wisconsin Badgers’ first football game of the year vs. UNLV, in Madison and also at 7 p.m. Combine that action with families pulling out of town that evening for their Labor Day getaway — or hurtling up from Illinois for a weekend “Up North” — and the state’s major thoroughfares could be …
Monday, August 1, 2011
Following the 2011 Milwaukee Brewers' every move? Blog for Patch about the team's ups and downs as it fights to make the postseason.
Down the stretch they come! With fewer than 60 games to go, it's looking like the 2011 Milwaukee Brewers have a legitimate chance to win Major League Baseball's National League Central Division and return to the playoffs. Patch is looking to join in on Brewers fever with a blog about the team as it seeks its first trip to the World Series since 1982. Are you following the team through wins and losses? Do you like to write? Then a Patch Brewers blog may be just for you! Bloggers will share their views with thousands of daily Patch users and will have access to our sophisticated platform to make observations about the team, vent frustrations and celebrate victories. Mostly, though, they'll be able to lead local conversations about the …