July 30, 2015

Steelers-Packers preseason game time change

Packers logoThe Pittsburgh Steelers announced their August 23 preseason game against the Green Bay Packers at Heinz Field has been moved from a 7pm kick time to a noon start.

The switch was made because of a conflict with the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The Pirates had their start time against the San Francisco Giants switched from 11:35 a.m. to 7 p.m., to accommodate ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball.

PNC Park and Heinz Field are close in proximity causing the Steelers to make the schedule change.

Badgers add Van Vliet to 2015 basketball recruiting class

MotionW_2ColorWisconsin men’s basketball coach Bo Ryan announced today that Andy Van Vliet has signed a national letter of intent to attend Wisconsin and play basketball for the Badgers this season.

Van Vliet joins a Wisconsin 2015 class that already includes Alex Illikainen (Grand Rapids, Minnesota), Khalil Iverson (Delaware, Ohio), Brevin Pritzl (De Pere, Wisconsin) and Charlie Thomas (Clarksville, Maryland).

Van Vliet is a 6’11 forward from Brasschaat, Belgium.  The 19-year-old left-hander has both length and shooting range.  He has played as an amateur for the Antwerp Giants on its “B” team in 2014-15 and regularly scrimmaged against and played with the team’s “A” roster.  The Antwerp Giants “A” team features former All-American and Iowa State Cyclone DeAndre Kane and former Arizona Wildcat Kyle Fogg.

Van Vliet also competes on the Belgian youth national team, competing in the European Championship on the nation’s U16, U18 and most recently the U20 team this month.

Badgers picked to win Big Ten’s West title

Paul Chryst

Paul Chryst

Big Ten media members have selected the Wisconsin Badgers, in their first season under new coach Paul Chryst, to win the Big Ten’s West Division title.

The media also selected Ohio State to win the East Division, which means a rematch of last years Big Ten title game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on December 5.

The Buckeyes smothered the Badgers in the 2014 Championship game 59-0.  They’re favored to beat the Badgers again this season.

The polling is conducted by

Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa was selected the Defensive Player of the Year.  (Wisconsin’s Vince Biegel finished tied for 7th and safety Michael Caputo finished tied for 10th).

Buckeye tailback Ezekiel Elliott was tabbed the league’s Offensive Player of the Year.  (Wisconsin tailback Corey Clement placed fifth in the voting).

Brewer bats go silent in the desert

Brewers Manager Craig Counsell: Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

Brewers Manager Craig Counsell: Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

The Milwaukee Brewers dropped 3 of 4 games in the desert, falling 3-0 to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday at Chase Field in Phoenix.  It was Arizona’s second straight shutout, the first time they’ve collected back-to-back shutouts since June 3-4 of 2011.

With starters Adam Lind, Carlos Gomez and Jean Segura held out Craig Counsell’s lineup, the Brewers had just four hits and went 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position.  In the four game series, the Brewers converted just 3 of 26 times with runners in scoring position.  Over the last three games, the Brewers scored just three runs and went 0 for 19 with runners in scoring position. [Read more…]

Favre humbled by fan response

QB Brett Favre - Photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

QB Brett Favre – Photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

GREEN BAY – Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre told reporters Saturday that s much as his enshrinement to the team’s Hall of Fame means to him, the news of his ceremony selling out in 90 minutes touched him even more.

“I was absolutely in awe when I got word that it sold out in an hour and a half,” Favre said during a news conference prior to his induction banquet. “It says a lot about the whole situation. If there were ever any doubts prior to tickets going on sale, there are not anymore.

“I am more honored by that than by the Hall of Fame induction itself,” Favre said.

Favre, who was called the greatest player to ever play for the team by former Packers President Bob Harlan and Hall of Fame General Manager Ron Wolf, diffused most of the credit to his former teammates, coaches, and front office support.

“I don’t really have a message in the speech,” Favre continued, noting that while he has prepared remarks he will likely not use them. “There are so many people within this building that people don’t know…that are very important to me and are essential to me being before you right now.”