Hooping it up

Hooping it up

She's a little rickety when she plays the game, just like me. August bees fly out of her backboard when someone banks a shot, and they dare all comers with their swarming D. Still, she sits regally (though not regulationally) atop a driveway court that slants steeply to the street. And, oh the stories she [...]

It’s still too soon to pass the Bucks

It’s still too soon to pass the Bucks

Thirty-five years ago, I wrote an article encouraging Brewer and Packer-obsessed Wisconsin sports fans to follow the Milwaukee Bucks. Headlined "It's too soon to pass the Bucks", the column argued that an Alton Lister slam dunk from a Sidney Moncrief alley-oop was at least as exciting as a nine-inning baseball game, and suggested that a [...]

Spring in Wisconsin

Spring in Wisconsin

We hear spring in Wisconsin long before we see it -- the sweet call of the first brave robin, the squish of mud beneath our feet, the cheerful babble of river water finally flowing free. Driveway basketballs bounce off pavement finally cleared of ice, swings creek happily in the park and people chat on street [...]