April 27, 2017
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Brooks’ visit brings back memories of 1996 Packers

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I’ve watched sports closely for 32 years, since age 7, as a fan and reporter, and likely will for the rest of my life.

But even if I live till 100, I’m certain I’ll never enjoy a sports team more than the 1996 Green Bay Packers.

The connection to that team felt personal.


Larsen: Kasper is living the dream

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When people ask me, “How are you?” my go-to response is usually, “Living the dream.”

In actuality, Len Kasper is living my dream.

Clearing up a few things

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Some observations, thoughts and a couple corrections regarding St. Joseph senior Sidney Cooks breaking the county girls basketball all-time scoring record on Tuesday night:

n First of all, I screwed up. This may come as a huge surprise — surely, a shocking revelation to my wife, for one — that I made a mistake. But I did.

Truttschel: Tom Brady sits atop the QB list

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It’s true that the greatest quarterback in NFL history wears the No. 12 on his chest — but he’s not the No. 12 you may be thinking about.

No, Green Bay fans, our own No. 12, Aaron Rodgers is not the greatest of all time. That honor goes to New England’s Tom Brady.

A step in the right direction for Pro Bowl

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While most of my energy was focused on other things Sunday night, I did have the NFL Pro Bowl on in the background and took a few opportunities to catch a glimpse.

Admittedly, I didn’t see much — but I did read some reviews on the game and those seemed positive.

Big menu for the big game

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When it comes to watching sports, football in particular, you might say I’m a bit intense.

Some observers would pass it off as merely being passionate. Others might portray it as frothing lunacy that’s in dire need of severe psychological evaluation.

Father Time is ticking

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There really isn’t any way to nicely evaluate what happened to the Green Bay Packers in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game loss to Atlanta.

It was ugly, and the Packers never really were in contention.

Trump picks the Packers?

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While watching the Inauguration Day ceremonies Friday morning, it caught my attention when one of the broadcasters said President Trump planned a relatively light weekend and would really get to work Monday.

Given his football background, I figured he must want to watch today’s NFL’s conference championship games.

Plenty of unknowns

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Did you know?

n If Green Bay wins Sunday, the Packers will be the first team to reach the Super Bowl after starting the season 4-6 or worse. They are just the third team to make the conference championship after starting that bad.

Another grind awaits

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At 3:40 p.m. today, Green Bay Packers fans will put themselves through a familiar three-hour grind.

Fists will be pumped. Expletives will be shouted. Hands will be high-fived. Anger will be displayed. Remote controls, or maybe even small children, will be tossed in the air in glee or agony. And more than a few beers will be consumed.

A fried chicken taco shell?

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Taco Bell recently announced it is selling a taco with a shell made entirely out of fried chicken later this month, so none of the following should surprise any of us ...

n A man was so upset about the San Diego Chargers’ decision to move to Los Angeles, he bought a carton of eggs and shot them at the team’s headquarters. Of course, he did it with a phone in his hand so he could broadcast it live on the Internet.

Some Packers fans target announcers

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Started by a Brookfield man, there’s a petition circulating on change.org to remove Fox Sports’ Joe Buck and Troy Aikman from broadcasting Green Bay Packers games.

Pathetic if you ask me — and never going to happen — but as of Wednesday night, it had more than 21,000 supporters.

Finding love for the Bucks

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Any man that’s been in a long-term relationship or been married to a woman is surely familiar with the dreadfully predictable plot of most Lifetime movies.

Lovelorn female in her mid-30s was hurt by a previous relationship, can’t trust men, has had several bad experiences and is ready to give up on finding her true love. Then, out of nowhere, she’s rescued by the man of her dreams, just when she least expects it.

Finding love for the Bucks

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Any man that’s been in a long-term relationship or been married to a woman is surely familiar with the dreadfully predictable plot of most Lifetime movies.

Lovelorn female in her mid-30s was hurt by a previous relationship, can’t trust men, has had several bad experiences and is ready to give up on finding her true love. Then, out of nowhere, she’s rescued by the man of her dreams, just when she least expects it.

Sports offers many moments to remember

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During the opening voiceover of the Rose Bowl broadcast Monday, a line caught my attention: “We watch sports not for what happens, but for what might happen.”

I couldn’t agree more.

Kid had vision of his future

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Lots to get to in my weekly grab bag of “You can’t make this stuff up” ...

— Kid finally gets his autograph: When Miles Wood was 11 in 2006, he wrote a letter to Washington’s Alexander Ovechkin and included the star’s hockey card.

Owning up to my mistake

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Several weeks ago, my cousin, Anthony, proclaimed on social media that not only would the Green Bay Packers win the NFC North — they were destined for a Super Bowl title.

Being the dedicated pessimist, I quickly hurled a volley of good-natured insults his way.

Holiday Classic a big hit

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High school and college basketball fans know the “tournament feeling.”

And there’s nothing quite like it.

Leading off: A perfectly good use for a Zamboni

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Only in America. And only in Canada.

So a man in Pennsylvania tried to pay a $20 parking ticket with a bag of loose change only to be turned down, but a week or so ago a picture was posted on Instagram of someone in Canada who drove a Zamboni into the drive-thru lane of a Tim Hortons for coffee.

A little too early to declare it’s 2010 all over again for Packers

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“Packers fans, does this feel like 2010 to you?”

That was a question posed on sportstalk radio Wednesday afternoon.

Watered down NCAA football schedule killing tradition

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Being a lifelong sports nut, I usually can find just about anything to entertain me, especially at this time of year when college bowl season is in full swing.

But this year is where I draw the line in the sand — enough is enough.

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