October 10, 2015

Former Packers head coach, Lindy Infante dies

Packers logoFormer Green Bay Packers head coach Lindy Infante passed away on Thursday, at the age of 75.

Infante was a head coach in the NFL for six years, compiling a 36-60 record.  He was the NFL Coach of the Year in 1989 with the Packers, but his only postseason appearance came in 1996 with the Indianapolis Colts in a wild card game loss to Pittsburgh (42-14).

The Packers hired Infante in February 1988, about a week after George Perles, the coach at Michigan State, backed out of the job 24 hours after accepting it.

Infante was the 10th coach in Packers franchise history, compiling a 24-40 record in four seasons before being fired by new general manager Ron Wolf not long after the final game in 1991.

Infante died of pneumonia.

Bulaga to practice in pads today

Bryan Bulaga

Bryan Bulaga

After undergoing surgery to repair a sprained M-C-L and torn meniscus in his left knee, Green Bay Packers right tackle Bryan Bulaga was projected to be out four-to-six weeks.  But Bulaga returned to practice less than three weeks after the injury, going through a non-padded workout on Wednesday.

If everything checked out from Wednesday’s workout, Bulaga said he plans to practice in the teams padded practice on Thursday.

There is no guarantee that Bulaga will be able to play against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, but his return is a good sign.

“It’s going to be a day-by-day deal,” Bulaga said.  “I’m just trying to get feedback every day from how it’s feeling and watching the tape to see if I like the way I’m moving.  I think that’s a big key, if you can get out [Read more…]

Bucks trim training camp roster to 18

Milwaukee Bucks logo 10The Milwaukee Bucks’ training camp roster is down to 18 players, after they waived forward Jon Horford and guard Charlie Westbrook.  The Bucks signed both in mid-September as free agents.

Westbrook is a Milwaukee native who had four points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal in Tuesday night’s pre-season loss to the Chicago Bulls.

Westbrook played nine minutes and Horford played six minutes.

The Bucks lost their preseason opener against the Bulls.  Their next game is Saturday night at home against the Detroit Pistons.

Benzschawel returns to practice

Beau Benzshawel:  (Photo by David Stluka).

Beau Benzshawel: (Photo by David Stluka).

Wisconsin right tackle Beau Benzschawel is back on the practice field as the Wisconsin Badgers get ready for Saturday’s Big Ten matchup at Nebraska.  Benzschawel has been out with a knee injury since preseason camp back in August.

The redshirt freshman took about half the snaps with the number-one unit and offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph says he did well.  It’s possible that Benzschawel could play on Saturday.

The Badgers and Cornhuskers are both 0-1 in Big Ten play and both need a victory to stay in contention for the Big Ten Western Division crown.

The Badgers also don’t know if they’ll have wide receiver Alex Erickson for that game.  Wisconsin’s leading pass catcher continues to go through a concussion protocol after being hurt in the loss to Iowa last Saturday.

Erickson says he went through a light cardio workout yesterday.


Niebrugge ties for fourth at Erin Hills

Erin Hills

Erin Hills

Mequon amateur golf standout Jordan Niebrugge finished in a tie for fourth at the Erin Hills Intercollegiate tournament northwest of Milwaukee.

The Oklahoma State senior finished his three rounds at five-under-par 211.  Niebrugge had the lowest score by an amateur in a major when he placed sixth at this  year’s British Open.

Niebrugge helped the Cowboys take second place at Erin Hills, which will serve as the host for the 2017 U-S Open.

Southern Methodist won the tournament at 13-under-par.  Marquette, which hosted the eleven-team tournament, took fifth at 12-over-par.  Wisconsin was sixth at 18-over-par.

Jonathan Garrick of U-C-L-A was the individual champ at ten-under-206.  Oliver Farrell tied for eighth to lead Marquette.  Michael Abrahamson was the top Badger, tying for 14th.