There is a new poll out that asked the question "Who is the most hated sports figure in Wisconsin" and the answer may surprise you. You might think it would be Ryan Braun. The Brewer slugger popularity as certainly plunged since he admitted using PEDS and lying about it. Only 15% of respondents had a positive opinion on Braun. Earlier this year he had a 60% approval rate. You might think the most hated would still be Brett Favre. Nope, He has actually moved up to 50% approval...up from 26% in 2010. It will probably be sooner rather than later when Favre is welcomed back to Lambeau and his number and name are added to the "Ring Of Honor".
No the #1 disliked sports figure in the Badger State is a former Badger. Bret Bielema has pretty much burned his bridges in the state. Only 6% of poll respondents had a positive opinion of Bielema. Now granted many Badger fans never held Bielema in high esteem and that's probably a main reason why he left and why he doesnt have fond memories of his stay here even if they won alot of games. But his abrasive personality continues to grate even though he's no longer here and his wife's tweet after the Badger loss at Arizona State won't help..."karma" indeed.
Its no surprise that the most popular sports figure in Wisconsin is Aaron Rodgers. 75% of respondents like Rodgers...only 7% don't. You wonder where those 7% live.
The wild card pennant races, especially in the American League are incredibly close again. All of this stress and hard work to make it to a one game playoff . And it's amazing to me that there are tons of empty seats at these games. There were some owners back in the 50's and 60's that thought TV was going to kill the live crowds. Back then thought the tv picture was so bad that you had to go the ballpark to really enjoy the game. Now with big screen high-def at home the stadium experience (at least for me) is not as enjoyable as it once as. Plus the cost is certainly a factor.
Congrats to Tomahawk's Alyssa Lampe as she brings home a bronze medal from the World Senior Wrestling Championships in Hungary. And also congrats to Stevens Point native Janell McCarvelle who is back in the WNBA playoffs with the Minnesota Lynx.
The fall high school season is really heating up. This Saturday features the first leg of the Valley Conference volleyball matches and the Smiley Invitational which is one of the Midwest's largest cross country races. It's held at the Tribute Golf Course (the old Legion) in Wausau and is named after long time Wausau High and Wausau EAst Track & cross country coach Bill Smiley.
It's a football doubleheader tonight on Foxsports1390 & FM 93.9. First up I'll be out at Thom Field as the Wausau East Lumberjacks go for two wins in a row as they host Appleton East...game 2 is Appleton West at DC Everest.
Looking forward to a couple of musical biographies that have been released in the last couple of weeks. "Simple Dreams" is Linda Ronstatdt's look at her life and "Wild Tales" take a look at the life of Graham Nash. Both should be very interesting reads for those of a certain age.
Songs of the day (from my I-pod)
Me & Julio Down By The Schoolyard-Paul Simon (1972) a playful look at his old neighborhood. From his self-title Lp
Me and Mrs Jones-Billy Paul (1972) another classic from 1972...this one so smooth you'll slide right off the satin sheets...some of today's soul singers could take some lessons from thses old school guys....like how to sing with a cigar in your mouth