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Monday, January 02, 2006

On Mixed Football Blessings

Sorry I haven't posted too much recently. My work days have been long and exhausting, because I've been picking up mountains (almost literally) of trash. Almost every day has been 50-100% more trash than normal, because of Christmas and New Year's Eve. Good grief, y'all are disgusting slobs around the holidays....

Anyway, on to the mixed football blessings.

Today, I had two football events that both elated me, and depressed me.

The first one is that my Beloved Bucky Badger of the University of Wisconsin won its bowl game today, against the Auburn Tigers. I hadn't given Bucky much chance of winning, because Coach Barry Alvarez hasn't had much success (like....none) against teams from the South Eastern Conference, and Auburn had a MUCH better team than Bucky had faced in previous bowls. (Actually, Bucky had faced only one SEC team previously, three different times: the hated Georgia Bulldogs.) The win elated me, since I had resigned myself to Bucky getting blown off the field by yet another SEC team.

The win depressed me, though, because it was Coach Barry Alvarez's last game as head coach of the University of Wisconsin Badgers. He is stepping down as coach to devote his attention to being the athletic director for the UW, full time. While I am glad for his promotion (not really a promotion. He's been the AD for the past year.), I am saddened because Coach Alvarez made it possible for me to be a proud Badger fan. He took over a team that was one of the whipping boys of the Big Ten Conference, and turned Bucky into THE team you had to beat to win the Big Ten. Not a bad legacy to leave. Good luck, Barry. You'll be missed on the sidelines.

My other giddy-happy moment was when I found out that "coach" Mike Sherman, of my (almost as) Beloved (as the Badgers) Green Bay Packers was given the freedom to search for employment elsewhere in the NFL. That's right. "Coach" Sherman got fired today. HOORAY!

I'm saddened about this ONLY because it means the Indestructible #4, Brett Favre, will probably retire now. Brett has been quite vocal about his unwillingness to learn yet ANOTHER offensive scheme this late in his career, so, he's probably going to call it quits in about a month. Farewell, Brett. Now is as good of a time as any to leave. Leave while it's a choice, not a neccessity. Thank you for the years of making it possible to be a Packer fan again.

Of course, Brett just MIGHT want to hold off on that retirement for a month or so....it seems his old quarterback coach, Steve Mariucci, is looking for work right now....

Hey, a guy can dream, can't he?

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