Blog Post Week 7

For this week, I decided to shy away from the usual Brewers blog I write about. I’m going to use Tom Pattison’s blog “Voice’s Eye on Football,” which is a blog that talks a lot about Warhawk Football. Tom really does a good job with it. In fact, he’s actually looked at a lot of my sports blogging. I wrote a Warhawk Football preview this summer that he told me he enjoyed.

In terms of content, Tom updates everything really frequently considering there’s usually a game every week or so. For last week’s game against UW-Eau Claire, he wrote about the fact that it was black out game, and even had the advertisement for the game. He has photos of people tailgating at the games. Also in terms of content, he has the information on where to listen to the game, the live video stream, live stats, and game notes from the game against UW-LaCrosse.

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The background color really works well with his blog. The background is black and sometimes people associate either the color black or purple with Warhawk Football. He has the title of the blog included with a shot of Perkins Stadium at the top of the blog. This really adds to the site because it clearly describes that this blog is about Warhawk Football and only that. The pictures also show that it is a blog devoted to only Warhawk Football. Tom has pictures from the Alumni Event on September 28th that included the WIAC champions from the past and numerous alumni. Really contributes to the site.

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Tom also includes multimedia to the site besides photos. He also includes his podcasts of Warhawk Football this week. He has one from after the Waldorf game. This contributes to the site because it put’s his voice on the site. It promotes his insight to the blog with interviews with Lance Leipold, assistant coaches, and players. These often featured on the game broadcasts on Kool 106.5 during the Saturday games during the season.

My NL East 2013 Preview

Here’s my 2013 preview of the National League East and how I think it will end up:

1. Washington Nationals – In 2012, the Washington Nationals won the NL East with great pitching along with some great hitting. In 2013, they made their team better by adding more to the bullpen and the rotation as well as adding a few more bats. The Nationals rotation is a whole lot better with the addition of Dan Haren as the number 4 in that rotation. It will be interesting to see how good Stephen Strasburg for a whole entire season. Strasburg was limited to 160 innings last year due to his Tommy John Surgery from the previous season. If Strasburg would have pitched in the postseason last year, no question the Nationals would have made a deep run in the playoffs. Along with Haren and Strasburg, they still have Gio Gonzalez who should have a great year along with WIAC product Jordan Zimmerman. The Washington Nationals added a big arm to their bullpen by signing former closer Rafael Soriano to a 2 year deal worth $28 million. This team has so many great bullpen arms. They have Craig Stammen, Drew Storen, Rafael Soriano, and possibly Tyler Clippard (if he doesn’t get traded). Now onto the hitting. They added Denard Span in a trade with the Minnesota Twins. They’ll be getting a full season out of the teenage phenom Bryce Harper. They still have Jason Werth, Ryan Zimmerman, Ian Desmond, Danny Espinosa, and they brought back Adam LaRoche. This team should be really good this year and it will prove that last year’s NL East Title which was the first Washington-based baseball team to advance to the postseason in 79 years wasn’t a fluke.

2. Philadelphia Phillies – This division should be closer than it was last season. The Phillies really got better as a team for 2013. They went out and improved their bullpen by getting setup man Mike Adams which should help deepen a bullpen that already has a great closer in Jonathon Papelbon. The Phillies went out and improved the supporting cast around Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, and Jimmy Rollins. The Phillies went out and traded for Ben Revere and Michael Young as well as signed Delmon Young. The acquisitions of Ben Revere and Delmon Young help bolster an outfield that already has John Mayberry Jr., Laynce Nix and Domonic Brown. The Phillies will definitely have some pop in their bats for 2013. The rotation which did struggle last year is mostly back, and buying any set backs this rotation which has Cole Hamels, Roy Halladay, and Cliff Lee should be back up their in the National League when in comes to how good their rotation is. The bullpen which also had some setbacks last year should be really good this year with that addition of Mike Adams. I fully expect the Philadelphia Phillies to be in the division race to the very end as well as the NL Wildcard Spot which I expect them to get one of the Wildcard spots in 2013.

3. Atlanta Braves – The Atlanta Braves will also be up their in the NL East in 2013, but I think they will fall short of making the playoffs in 2013. They have a decent rotation with Tim Hudson, Paul Maholm, Brandon Beachy, Mike Minor and the guy who seemed to be the hottest pitcher in baseball at the end of the year last year Kris Medlen. This team has a really good bullpen with Craig Kimbrel, Eric O’Flaherty, and Jonny Venters. They bolstered that bullpen by acquiring Jordan Walden from the Los Angeles Angels. Great arm for the Bullpen really strengthens a bullpen that already has some really good arms. The offense is a bit younger for 2013 with the loss of Chipper Jones. The infield still includes Dan Uggla, Freddie Freeman, Tyler Pastornicky, and Paul Janish. They still have all star catcher Brian McCann as well as Gerald Laird. In the outfield, they have Jason Heyward, Martin Prado, and they acquired Jordan Schafer, Reed Johnson and BJ Upton. The question about this team is who will replace the production of Chipper Jones. It’s going to be hard to not see Chipper’s bat on this Braves team after all he was the face of this franchise for a long time. I think BJ Upton will be that guy he brings about as much pop as Chipper Jones had to this lineup.

4. New York Mets – The Mets were an alright team in 2012, but I think they will still be at the bottom of this division in 2013. One of the huge reasons is the loss of knuckballer R.A. Dickey, who was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays in the offseason along with catcher Josh Thole. I think the New York Mets will really miss his arm in the rotation. Yes, they still have Johan Santana but R.A. Dickey was a dominant force in that rotation. They still have some great arms with Jon Niese, Dillon Gee, Bobby Parnell and closer Frank Francisco. The offense is still decent but isn’t as good as what the Nationals, Braves, and Phillies have. Those three teams have some really good bats in their lineups, and the Mets lack that a bit. Yeah they still have David Wright, Ike Davis, Jordany Valdespin, Lucas Duda, Daniel Murphy, and the recently acquired John Buck, but what this team lacks is another power hitter in addition to David Wright. We’ll see if they can acquire Justin Upton from the Arizona Diamondbacks they might be discussing that as we speak.

5. Miami Marlins – This team is going to struggle. This team lost a lot in the offseason. They lost their two aces in Josh Johnson and Mark Buerhle. They lost shortstop Jose Reyes and utility man Emilio Bonifacio. They lost all those guys in the monster trade with the Toronto Blue Jays. They still have a little bit of pop in their lineup with Logan Morrison and Giancarlo Stanton. I don’t know how long either of them will be with this Marlins club. There is a reason that Giancarlo Stanton should be pissed at the Marlins management. That reason is there was so much promise with this team last year. They spent a lot of money to get Jose Reyes last year as well as getting the new ballpark last year. They tore up what was a great team. That is why I think Giancarlo Stanton will be on the trade block come when the July 31st trade deadline approaches. This team will have some really young pitchers along with a offense that will struggle because of what it lost in the offseason despite adding power hitter Placido Polanco. Expect it to be a rough season in South Beach.

My 2013 NL CENTRAL PREVIEW:

Here’s my outlook on the NL Central for 2013 and how I think it could lineup.

1. Cincinnati Reds – I think this team is the team that could possibly end up winning the NL Central in 2013. They have great pitching in both the starting rotation and the bullpen. They have a strong rotation with Matt Latos, Johnny Cueto, Homer Bailey, Bronson Arroyo, and Mike Leake. Their Bullpen has some great arms including Aroldis Chapman, who is also rumored to be part of the starting rotation. To me Chapman is better off in the bullpen as their closer because of the velocity on some of his pitches. I think the rotation would be a bad thing to put him because it could wear him down a lot because some of his pitches reach over 100 MPH. They also have a great setup guy in Jonathon Broxton, who closed games for Dodgers for a while. The back end of the Reds bullpen reminds me of the 2011 Brewers team. They had Francisco Rodriguez and John Axford. This team has an almost as dangerous duo in Broxton and Chapman. They also have other decent pitchers including Nick Massett, Jose Arredondo, and former Cubs pitcher Sean Marshall. In addition to having the great pitching that they do, they have a great hitting team. They have the 2010 NL MVP in Joey Votto. They have the gold glover in Brandon Phillips. They have all star outfielder Jay Bruce. Who knows if Scott Rolen comes back? But if he does he’ll be a dangerous hitter and a great defender at third base for the Reds. They added Shin-Soo Choo in offseason in a trade that sent Drew Stubbs to the Indians. They have two young hitters in Zack Cozart and Todd Frazier (who probably will be taken over for Rolen if he doesn’t come back). They also have the former Cardinals outfielder Ryan Ludwick, who also is a dangerous hitter. This team in my mind wins the division because they are dangerous on the mound and at the plate, and they are the team that has the least holes in their team.

2. St. Louis Cardinals – This team as we have found out in 2011 when they won the World Series, is kind of scary. Everytime this team needs a clutch a bat or their offense needs to come up most. It happens. It happened in 2011 in their championship run and it happened last year in the NLDS against the Washington Nationals. You can’t count out this Cardinals team. Simply Put it. This team has a decent rotation. They have the two CY Young arms in Adam Wainright and Chris Carpenter. Carpenter is coming off an injury plagued season, where he didn’t pitched for the Cardinals until late September. They don’t have Kyle Lohse has their number three pitcher anymore. He is most likely gone, but the pitcher replacing him as the three is almost as good. His name is Jaime Garcia and he has shown some pretty good pitching in the past. He almost no hit the Brewers in 2011. That’s how good he is. The other two arms are Jake Westbrook and Lance Lynn. Westbrook in my opinion is kind of the weak link in this rotation because he doesn’t have velocity of Wainright, Carpenter, or Garcia but he is still a decent pitcher but is a great 4 or 5 in this rotation. Lance Lynn had a hot start to his 2012 campaign starting 9-0 but cooled off at the end of the season. Lynn is also a decent pitcher I think he is the number 4 in this rotation and Westbrook is the 5. This team has a great bullpen just like the Reds do. They have arms like Fernando Salas, Mark Rzepcynski, Trevor Rosenthal, Eduardo Sanchez, Joe Kelly, Victor Marte, Shelby Miller, Edward Muijica, and Mitchell Boggs. All great pitchers to have in your bullpen. Their closer is Jason Motte, who is one of the best closers of the last 2 years. The offense the Cardinals is still there with Carlos Beltran, Matt Holliday, David Freese, Yadier Molina, and Rafael Furcal. My question is who replaces the production that Lance Berkman had in this lineup. Instead of Berkman playing first base, it’s Matt Carpenter. They lose some production with the loss of Berkman. They also lost Skip Schmaker but I think they can replace his numbers with Pete Kozma. But yet again this team comes up in the clutch and yet it would surprise me that this team could upend the Cincinnati Reds for the NL Central title in 2013.

3. Milwaukee Brewers – The 2012 season for the Milwaukee Brewers started in disaster. They lost Chris Narveson, Mat Gamel, and Alex Gonzalez to season ending injuries. To me last year’s Brewers season had three themes: The injury plagued beginning, The Bullpen collapse in the middle, and the somehow beautiful run at the end where things all of sudden came together to finish the season above five hundred. In 2012, in those first two themes, Brewers fans were left thinking how is this team gonna end with a five hundred record. The thing is those two themes led to the trade of Zack Greinke. We’ll despite the injuries and bullpen collapse, and the trade of Greinke, a late August to September run did it. My question is can the Brewers carry the success they had at the end of the season to the begin of the 2013 regular season? If they do carry it on, the Brewers will higher than the third place ranking I have them at right now. The offense will carry this team not the pitching as that was what carried them in their 2011 run. The offense led league in home runs, runs scored and RBIs last year with Ryan Braun leading the team. Aramis Ramirez proved last year that his numbers could replace Prince Fielders. Rickie Weeks should carry over his end of the season to the beginning. He is someone to watch though because he had rough go of it at the beginning last year. They have two great hitting catchers in Jonathon Lucroy and Martin Maldonado. The Brewers are lucky to have that some teams are lucky to have one good hitting catcher. Norichika Aoki should be the starting right fielder for them, and showed last year that he is a great leadoff hitter. But the first 6 weeks the Brewers won’t have Corey Hart in their lineup. He will out the first six weeks, which will give Mat Gamel a second chance to play some more first base along with an upcoming prospect in Hunter Morris. When Corey Hart comes back, I expect Mat Gamel to go back to what his role is gonna be for the remainder of the season: a role player. Missing Corey Hart in this lineup could be a huge blow but the Brewers have enough guys to replace his impact in the lineup. I think Carlos Gomez is gonna back up his 19 homer season and prove to the Brewers that he is the long term guy in the centerfield. If Carlos Gomez has the season he had last year or even better than last year, he will get one hefty contract from the Brewers either during the season or after. The breakout player to watch for the Brewers ballclub is Jean Segura. What will we see out of the young and now full time starting shortstop of the Brewers. What will his numbers look like in first full season in the big leagues? Now on to the pitching. In the offseason, General Manager Doug Melvin said he would do two things fix the bullpen and get a veteran arm for the rotation. One of those things he did and one of those things he didn’t. Let’s start with what he did. Doug Melvin brought in some arms to help solidify the bullpen. He traded Raul Mondesi Jr. to the Rays for Burke Badenhop who can do two things pitch in the bullpen and start. He also signed Tom Gorzelanny to a two year deal and same goes for Gorzelanny that goes Badenhop. Both can start if needed, but their roles most likely will be in the bullpen. He also went signed another lefty reliever in Mike Gonzalez. They also signed in what could be reclamation project in Kelvim Escobar, who I think can help bullpen but if needed can help the rotation out. These moves do help the bullpen, but I still think it could have been solidified a bit more. Right now Jim Henderson is the 8th inning guy. He does have experience doing that, but there were other guys in free agency I think Melvin could have brought in that could have solidified this job more like a Francisco Cordero, Jason Isringhausen, Jon Rauch, along with former Brewers Todd Coffey and LaTroy Hawkins. The thing that Doug Melvin didn’t do was sign a veteran starting pitcher, and there were plenty of chances to get one. They could have gotten Ryan Dempster or even Kyle Lohse, but they kept thinking is one of these guys (Dempster or Lohse) gonna end up like Jeff Suppan or Randy Wolf. In my mind, I was thinking give them a shot they are better pitchers than either of those two guys. They had a shot to sign Ryan Dempster but blew it. He wanted one more year than Brewers wanted to offer him and he wanted to pitch in Milwaukee. If would have gotten him, it would have helped this rotation out a lot, But they didn’t. So instead the Brewers rotation are going to be throwing out a really young rotation, which can have it’s upsides as well as it’s downsides. Right now Yovani Gallardo has the only guaranteed spot in this rotation because he is the ace of Brewers. The other four spots will be filled by guys who are young but did really good jobs at the end of the season last year. like Michael Fiers (Who I expect to have a huge year), Marco Estrada, Chris Narveson (who is coming off his injury that sidelined him the whole year last year), Mark Rogers, Wily Peralta, and Tyler Thornburg. I don’t know how this rotation will lineup at the end of Spring Training, but I do know that the remaining guys are gonna pitch out of the bullpen. As I said before, if these guys pitch really well and the offense does what they should (you know put their team on their backs). If everything lines up the Brewers could very well pass the both the Cardinals and Reds, and end up the Post Season and it could result in another MVP trophy for Ryan Braun.

4. Chicago Cubs – This team is on the rise in my opinion. Theo Epstein did a lot in the offseason to improve his club. I don’t see this team winning the division anytime soon, but the moves he made show some promise for this club. Epstein went out and improved the pitching. He went out and got what will be the number 2 guy in the Cubs rotation in former Cardinals Pitcher Edwin Jackson. They brought in former Brewers pitcher Carlos Villanueva as well as Scott Feldman and Scott Baker. Epstein almost made a huge move by almost trading away his closer in Carlos Marmol for Dan Haren. If that move would have fallen through who knows what could of happened. They could have been a lot higher on this list, but with that they would have lost a huge arm in Marmol who is still a decent closer. This team has some pieces offensively. They still have young great hitters like Starlin Castro, Darwin Barney, Brett Jackson and Anthony Rizzo. They still got David DeJesus and they also signed former Giants outfielder Nate Schierholtz. The thing I’m looking forward to seeing with this Cubs team is how good will Anthony Rizzo be in his first full big league season with the Cubs. Everyone in the Majors is praising him now he has to go out and prove that he can produce those 30 homer, 100 RBI seasons.

5. Pittsburgh Pirates – This team has a lot potential, but they need to show it for a full season if they are going to compete in this division. The last two seasons the Pirates had the potential of making the playoffs and ending the 20 year drought of not having a winning record, but a collapse in both seasons continued it. The Pirates have some great pieces on their team including last year’s MVP Candidate Andrew McCutcheon and the hometown guy in Neil Walker. They added Russell Martin which should help this offense quite a bit.This team has a decent rotation with AJ Burnett, Wandy Rodriguez (who they will have for a full season), James McDonald, Jeff Karstens, Charlie Morton, and Francisco Liriano (who I think will at some point in 2013 join the Pirates starting rotation). They brought back reliever Jason Grilli, but the thing that I think will haunt the Pirates in 2013 is the fact that they traded closer Joel Hanrahan. This leaves me asking one question: Who will be the closer for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2013? If they still had Hanrahan they would be higher up on my predictions.

The Mayor of Kittatinny May Be Toast

The Mayor of Kittatinny may be out of a job after he was involved in a drunk driving incident on Saturday afternoon. Gustavus G. Petykiewicz, of 1845 Elm Drive, Kittatinny, was involved in a car crash involving two vehicles Saturday afternoon.

The Mayor of Kittatinny will now face a preliminary hearing in Schuylkill County District court on Tuesday morning at 9:00 AM. Petykiewicz will face a charge of causing great bodily harm by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle, which carries a maximum prison charge of 10 years.

Mayor Gustavus Petykiewicz is being held at the Schuylkill County Jail in downtown Kittatinny. He has exercised his right to remain silent, but did not wish to call an attorney.

His wife, Gloria Petykiewicz arrived at the jail at 3:02 PM and posted cash bail of $500. Mayor Petykiewicz was released to the custody of his wife.

The crash happened at State Highway 117 and Forebone Road in the Town of Frontenac, Schuylkill County just after 1:00 PM Saturday. Deputy Gordon J. Slivovitz was the first officer to arrive on the scene.

Deputy Slivovitz observed two vehicles at the scene, both were found upright in farmer’s field on the east side of Highway 117. One of the vehicles was a 1997 Buick Le Sabre, and the other vehicle was a 2006 Ford Explorer.

The Buick sustained heavy damage to its driver side and was inoperable.  The Ford also sustained serious damage to its front end and also was inoperable.

The driver of the Buick now identified as Robert H. Doane of Kittatinny, was found at the wheel and bleeding profusely from the head. He was conscious and he was wearing a seat belt, but disoriented and complaining of abdominal pain.

The driver of the Ford now identified as the Mayor of Kittatinny, Gustavus G. Petykiewicz, was found at the wheel of his vehicle not wearing a seat belt, also was conscious but disoriented.  The Mayor did not appear to have received injuries, but his speech was slurred.

An open half-empty bottle of Fleischmann’s vodka was found on the passenger side vehicle floor. There was odor of alcohol permeated in the vehicle.

When the deputy asked the mayor if he had been drinking, the mayor responded by saying: “You’d be drinking, too, if you were me,” said Mayor Petykiewicz. “Do you think we could just keep this quiet? I’m the mayor of Kittatinny.”

Mayor Petykiewicz consented to a breath test, which the blood alcohol content was a .14. The legal limit for intoxicated driving in Pennsylvania is .08.

Mayor Petykiewicz also failed a field sobriety test, stumbling to the ground. He was examined by paramedics on scene and the placed under arrest.

Paramedics were concerned that Mr. Doane might have sustained injuries to the spine. A nursing supervisor at the hospital in Wilkes-Barre, reports he is in satisfactory condition with several broken ribs, a broken jaw, and various abrasions and contusions to the head, chest and abdominal area, but no spinal injuries.

 

The Affect of the Renovation of Drumlin on the Campus of UW-Whitewater

One of the issues on the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater campus this semester is the fact that the Drumlin dining hall is being renovated. The renovation of Drumlin has caused students on the west side of campus to spend more time eating in the University Center this semester.

The campus has offered many options for these residents such as the Graham Street Café, Unos, and the Ike Schaffer Commons.  Each place operates at different times of the day for those residents.

“We have 3000 students on the west side of campus that are eating in Esker and the University Center,” said Thomas Pellizzi Jr., who is an assistant director in the University Center. “I think we’ve been really good at explaining why it is happening and hopefully the students will understand that they will have a new dining hall.”

The Ike Schaffer Commons has breakfast from 7 AM until 10 AM. It also serves food from 1 PM to about 6:30 PM.

The Graham Street Café offers food from 8 AM to 10:15 AM, and also offers food at 2:30 PM til 6:30 PM. Students are only able to get certain thing at the Graham Street Café such a bowl of soup with a piece of bread or a certain sandwich.

Unos down in the Down Under offers food most of the time. They offer food during the weekdays for students on the west side from 1 PM until midnight, and on the weekend they offer food from 11 AM until midnight.

The Renovation of Drumlin not only affects the students.  It also affects the employees of each of places in the University Center.

“There’s a lot more people who are going to Unos, so there is more people working at Unos because we know more people will be eating there,” says Junior Dominic Brown, who works at Unos.

Some students find it hard to schedule when they eat around the times the University Center offers the meal transfers to the students.  Some students work around their own schedules to determine what time of the day is best to go eat at the separate places in the University Center.

“They need to be more flexible with when they allow students to use their meal plans,” says Junior Matthew Manley-Browne.  “Obviously there’s going to be more people there which also make for some extremely long lines to wait for food.”

When Drumlin is complete there will be a lot of different food choices at the dining hall. It will be a lot different from the old Drumlin where it was more of a food court -type concept.

“Drumlin is going from a food court concept back to an all-you-can-eat concept,” said Pellizzi. “It will almost be the same concept as Esker Dining Hall, the entire upper level will have 5 different stations where you can get food from. There is a Pantry, a hard stone pizza, an international grill, a dessert area, and a sandwich area.”

In addition to the upper level, there will also be a sub sandwich place in the renovated Drumlin Dining Hall in the lower level. This sandwich shop will operate the same way as Prairie Street does on the other side of campus.

The lower level of Drumlin will also carry a grocery store. Both the sandwich shop and the grocery store will be open until 2 AM.

Steve Jobs gives Commencement Speech At Stanford

Steve Jobs gave the commencement speech to Stanford University’s Class of 2005 yesterday.  Jobs said that this was the closest he had ever been to a college graduation.

Jobs talks about how he was an adopted child, and how his birth mom wanted him to have parents who were graduates from college. As it turns out that didn’t happen, his birth mom ended up learning that the parents that adopted him weren’t college graduates. Him mom never graduated college, and his dad didn’t graduate from high school. Yet they both promised to her that Steve Jobs would go to college.

Jobs attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon for six months. He chose a college that was expensive, and he just didn’t know what he wanted to with life.It meant a lot for Steve Jobs to be here at Stanford University because he actually never graduated from college. He was a college dropout.

Steve Jobs started Apple with Steve Wozniak in his parents’ garage when he was 20. When Apple grew they hired John Sculley of Pepsi-Cola.

After ten years after starting Apple, Jobs was fired from his own company. He was fired from Apple because he and the board of directors both had different visions for the future.

Jobs viewed this as a good thing because he still loved what he was doing. During the next five years, Steve Jobs worked for a computer company called NeXT and also started the animation company Pixar.

During this five year period, Jobs also met his wife Laurene Powell. Pixar went on to create the world’s very first computer animation film, “Toy Story” and now is the most successful animation studio in the world.In a “remarkable” twist, Apple bought NeXT and Steve Jobs returned to Apple.

The last part of his speech was the most moving. He said that you should take each day at a time and how this affects a college student’s future job. Jobs talked about how you don’t know when you are going to die. Jobs talked about how he had pancreatic cancer, and the first diagnosis was that he would die in three to six months. It turned out that the type of pancreatic cancer Jobs had was rare, and it could be treated with surgery. Jobs had the surgery and is fine.

Jobs said know how some people don’t want to die. He talks about how death can be a good thing because it takes in the old and comes out with the new.  He said that the college students were the “new.” If one job doesn’t work, try another job because maybe that will work. He talks about connecting the dots. Looking back you can connect the dots, but looking forward you can’t connect the dots. For Steve Jobs it was when he got fired and when he started Apple Computer. Another moment of Jobs life is after he had cancer and how he knew how to make the most of everything.

Jobs encouraged the students not to give up on life. If something else doesn’t work out for you, try something else. “Stay hungry, stay foolish.”

WSMA Marching Band Championships hosted at Whitewater

The WSMA marching band championships were held on campus this weekend.  Several high schools from throughout Wisconsin participated in what was an amazing event.

The event was supposed to be held at Perkins Stadium, but because of the weather it was moved inside to the Williams Center.

“This event has been truly remarkable, having to move inside. The event wouldn’t have happened without having the cooperation of Gary Harms, the athletic department, Lance Leipold and the coaches and players, the athletic director, campus police services, a lot of Whitewater alumni helping out came in last night and taped off the football field in the Kachel Fieldhouse with some students and a couple other adults last night. It’s gone remarkably well. It was a tough call to make. It was in the best interest of the students. A lot of bands use lots of electronics, and water and electronics don’t mix well together,” said Dr. Glenn C. Hayes, director of the UW-Whitewater Marching Band.

The event was hosted by UW-Whitewater’s own marching band. Their show this year is cover bands, which is all rock music including music by Queen and Cold Play.

They always come up with creative ideas for field shows to impress not only the crowds at Perkins Stadium but the crowds at the WSMA Marching Band Championships every year. The last two years, they have done Looney Tunes and last year they did superheroes.

They start rehearsing for these events before school even starts. All the band members come to Whitewater in late August and they get started by memorizing all the music, which includes the fight song and the show along with a few pep band songs here and there.

The Warhawks Marching Band plays at every home game for the Warhawks Football team at halftime, and they also perform the 5th quarter show at the end of the game. They also usually travel to Salem, Virginia, especially the last few years because the football team has played in the Division 3 National Championship game against Mount Union the last 7 years.

The director of the band is Professor Glenn C. Hayes. He is in his 26th year at the helm of the Marching Band at UW-Whitewater.

“It’s been a really great season for the Warhawk Marching Band, really spectacular. Really dedicated students in the band and they really made the university proud.” said Professor Glenn C. Hayes.

He often calls the band “Wisconsin’s Finest,” due to their tradition as a good marching band. This year’s drum major is a senior named Mallory Hillock.

Milwaukee Bucks 2012-2013 Preview

The Milwaukee Bucks are coming off a season where they narrowly missed the playoffs. Clearly the Milwaukee Bucks have a shot and changing that this season. The Bucks have two legit guards that can put up 25-30 points a night in Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis. The question all the NBA experts want the Bucks to answer is can they coexist for a full season? Monta Eliis came in last year in a trade that sent Andrew Bogut to the Golden State Warriors. This move not only helped the Bucks last year. It sets them up for this year and the future. The Bucks this year are a team full of depth at the Power Forward/Center positions. They have a newcomer that they acquired in a trade with the Houston Rockets in Samuel Dalembert. This move also allows Drew Gooden to move back to the Power Forward position which is a spot he is more comfortable playing at. The Bucks resigned Ersan İlyasova to a multi-year contract. Ilyasova is player to watch at the small forward position because last year it seemed like he was on the rise. He put up quite a few 25 plus games for the Bucks last year. Expect him to do that again, which means the bulk of the points for the Milwaukee Bucks will come from Jennings, Ilyasova, and Ellis. Tobias Harris is another guy to watch out for he did really well in summer league, he could start if they don’t go with Ilyasova right away.They also brought back a former Buck, Joel Prysbilla which adds to the depth at the center position. Mike Dunleavy is also back this year he’ll be coming off the Bench for the Bucks, along with Beno Udrih, Marquis Daniels, Larry Sanders, Luc Richard Mbah Moute, Expe Udoh, and rookies John Henson and Doran Lamb. I fully expect the Milwaukee Bucks to make a run at a playoff spot. Hopefully a 5-6 seed in the playoffs right behind Boston. I put them there because of the fact that Derrick Rose will be out for the Bulls til about February which also help the Bucks in their quest for the Central Division Title in the Eastern Conference.