The Weekend Kick-Off with Chris Callaway

Playoff Season

We’re on the cusp of full-fledged NBA and NHL fever…if that’s something you follow.

Here’s a quote from an article, quoting a Harris Poll.
In 2014, 35 percent of fans call the NFL their favorite sport, followed by Major League Baseball (14 percent), college football (11 percent), auto racing (7 percent), the NBA (6 percent), the NHL (5 percent) and college basketball (3 percent).
That number isn’t exactly indicative of how many NBA and NHL fans there are, but it may indicate the volume of die-hards in the United States, if that makes sense.

I don’t think that many people will contest […]

Jordan Spieth and the future of golf

Saying that “golf is back” implies that a) golf was ever away and b) there’s an impact on the present, but you know what? I’ll say it.

Golf is back.

At the very least, golf is in a very good place.

That’s great news for golf as a sport, as well as the perception of golf as well.

According to various sources, the TV ratings for The Masters yesterday were up 23% over last year’s mark, and on Saturday, ratings were up by almost 48 percent and were the highest since 2011.

Tiger Woods was transcendent for a solid decade-plus (1997-2008), and has certainly […]

Sam Dekker declares for NBA Draft

It’s the news that Wisconsin Badgers fans had been dreading, but anyone with any shred of realism knew this day was coming.

Sam Dekker is declaring for the NBA Draft.

He’s a genuine, good dude, who will represent the Badgers well for many years to come. As much as I’m sure even he would like to come back for his senior season and chase another title, it’s the right move to make. He played remarkably well during the NCAA tournament, and his stock not only has never been higher, but also probably will never be higher as well.

I don’t think I […]

Lauren Hill

There was something both inherently sad and inspiring about Lauren Hill, the 19-year old college basketball player who passed away today after battling brain cancer. The fact of the matter is, everyone knew that Lauren was going to die, soon, way sooner than anyone should.

For the most part, 99% of us are not going to have a lasting, widespread impact on the world. Lauren will.

Every story, every TV appearance, everything that made her story more public, had to make things maybe just a bit more real for her. The story was big because of her courage, but that courage […]

Brewers Opening Series

Adam Lind looks like he’s going to be a pretty good signing for the Brewers, so there’s that.

Outside of that, I didn’t find a whole lot to be optimistic about through Milwaukee’s first three games.

First off, they’re 0-3.

Jonathan Lucroy is 0-for-12.

Ryan Braun is already nursing an injury.

The team as a whole is hitting .220, right at the Mendoza Line.

The OPS as a team is .568, third worst of teams that have played three games.

The pitching staff has given up the most runs in the league.

Frankie Rodriguez is still the closer.

What can we look forward to? Well, just last season, […]

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