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Tailgate Oddity
Nov. 24, 2014 6:40 am

I've been to plenty of tailgates. You might go as far as to call me a connoisseur. But I saw something yesterday in Minneapolis that I had never seen before, and in all honesty, hope I never see again.

Let's set the scene: there was a crew of boisterous Vikings fan that had quite the set-up. Multiple grills, a TV, booming stereo, hammerschlagen, trophy bucks on a plaque, and...a kiddie pool filled with live fish. Strange, but whatever. It was impressive.

Until...one of the guys grabbed a live fish, took a hammer and nail, played to the crowd a bit, and then proceeded to skewer this live fish right into the tree stump. There just so happened to be a portrait of Aaron Rodgers in between the fish and the tree, so that might be the message he was trying to send, but I really felt bad for the fish.

I'm not much of an outdoorsman, but I know that before you filet a fish, you bash it over the head. Boom, done. But this guy proceeded to drive a nail right through its midsection. I wasn't gonna call PETA, but come on dude, you're better than that. And no one thinks you're a big tough guy.

Champagne Stanton
Nov. 18, 2014 2:57 pm

$325 million is just a stupid amount of money. No way the contract ends well. But Giancarlo Stanton gets to live a life of luxury now, because he's really good at hitting baseballs.

How would you celebrate signing a contract worth 1/3 of a billion?


I'd probably celebrate in a very similar manner.

Golden age of football in Wisconsin
Nov. 17, 2014 1:58 pm

They may not result in national championships or Super Bowls, but there is some incredible football being played in Wisconsin, and it starts with ridiculous individual performances.

We've become accustomed to games like Aaron Rodgers (and Jordy Nelson, and Randall Cobb) had Sunday vs the Philadelphia Eagles. 341 yards...3 touchdowns...no interceptions...yawn.

And I sound dismissive of that in the most appreciative way ever. Aaron Rodgers is a golden god that needs to be worshipped at football altars all around Wisconsin.

But Aaron Rodgers plays on Sundays. On Saturday, Melvin Gordon III stole the show.

Against Nebraska this past weekend, Melvin had a better day than any college football running back has ever had. Ever. And they've been playing college football for a long time.

25 carries for 408 yards. That's stupid. 16.3 yards per carry. That's just absurd.

If the season ended today, Gordon would have the 36th best season ever with 1,909 yards. But the Badgers still have two games left. It's crazy to think that he'd be able to duplicate his 400-yard day against either Iowa or Minnesota, but he could average 200 yards per game against those two. Hell, he's averaging 190 yards per game, so why not? Another 400 yards total could vault him into elite all-time territory, like top 5 single season, all time.

If he wasn't stuck behind the likes of James White and Montee Ball, who, by the way, are both in the NFL, he'd be mentioned among the all-time greats.

He's firmly in the thick of the Heisman race too. He's a distant second at 2-1 odds, with Oregon QB Marcus Mariota at 1-4 odds, but he's in the conversation.

It's crazy that every weekend, Wisconsinites get to see such talent on both Saturday and Sunday. Treasure it while you can.

Nov. 14, 2014 2:38 pm

I understand making a point, but this might be a bit much.

Kind of funny though.

Some animal sanctuaries in Maryland and Virginia have new additions after a man tried to prove to his ex that he had moved on. Last week, the Washington, DC Humane Society had 15 fluffy baby chicks turned in by a postal worker after they were mailed to the woman. Her ex-boyfriend included a note with the baby birds indicating they were proof there are "plenty of other chicks" out there. Turns out, there's nothing illegal about mailing baby chicks in the U.S. Mail.

What a guy: an unhappy ex-boyfriend recently mailed 15 baby chickens to a woman in Washington, D.C.

The best part is that last line. The USPS had to update their policy on mailing birds. 

Wednesday night in Madison
Nov. 13, 2014 2:21 pm

I haven't been to a rock show at an arena in, well, ever.

They're awesome.

The majority of the shows I've been to were various outdoor concerts, whether it be UWL, Fort McCoy, Summerfest, fairs, etc.

None of them were like Alice Cooper and Motley Crue last night.

It's fascinating to see the amount of thought that goes into the theatrical side of things at a show like that. Lights, pyrotechnics, props, costumes, so on and so forth. It's a lot. And when done right, it's awesome.

Plus, Gary and I got to meet this guy, who insisted that we take a picture of us choking him.

Nov. 11, 2014 2:32 pm

I'm not a hunter, but this can't help the deer blend in.

A deer seen running through a northeast Ohio neighborhood with a plastic pumpkin on his head is free to eat and drink again. An animal sanctuary employee found the deer Monday and knocked the bucket off its head when he tried to tackle the animal. Folks in the town of Mentor spotted the deer last week and were concerned about the bucket's effect on its ability to survive.

The effect would be that it would get shot quicker than normal. 

Making history
Nov. 10, 2014 1:58 pm

It's always cool to be a part of something historic. And luckily for me last night, it was the good kind of history the Packers were making.

The first, and relatively minor, note was the record crowd at Lambeau Field last night. I was just one of the 78,292 fans at the Packers game last night, which set a record, largely because they sold standing-room only tickets to the game. The crowd was awesome at the game. Especially on plays like this.

The second was Aaron Rodgers. That dude is pretty good. Six touchdowns in one half? Jeeze. Selfishly, I wish he would have been able to get seven or eight TDs, you know, just to rub it in, but still. It was remarkable. Laughable at times. I wanted him to get the touchdowns so I could say I WAS AT THE GAME WHEN RODGERS SET THE RECORD, but I'll settle for a 55-14 ass whoopin'.

Go. Pack. Go.

Cutler being Cutler
Nov. 7, 2014 11:21 am

I'm pretty pumped to head to Lambeau this weekend to watch the Packers take on Chicago.

This made me even more excited.

Every Interception Jay Cutler has thrown against Green Bay from Vegard Vangstad on Vimeo.


Billy and Paul
Nov. 6, 2014 2:09 pm

Billy Joel. Doing the damn thing.

Billy's version of the classic will kick off The Art of Paul McCartney, a tribute compilation for Sir Paul.

Here's more from Rolling Stone:

Joel's version of "Maybe I'm Amazed" kicks off the massive Art of McCartney compilation, which sees release on November 18th. The rest of the roster is filled out by big names like Bob Dylan ("Things We Said Today"), Brian Wilson ("Wanderlust"), Barry Gibb ("When I'm 64"), B.B. King ("On the Way"), Chrissie Hynde ("Let It Be"), Smokey Robinson ("So Bad"), Heart ("Letting Go") and many more. McCartney's own son James appears on the album as well, recording a version of the Beatles' "Hello Goodybe" with the Cure, which Rolling Stone exclusively premiered in September.

My anaconda don't
Nov. 5, 2014 2:41 pm

As soon as I was about to be really surprised by this story, I saw that it was from Australia, and my reactions was "Oh. That makes sense then."

Either way, it's still a little crazy - a man wants to get eaten by an anaconda. No truth to the rumor that Nicki Minaj is somehow involved.

From News.com.au:

Paul Rosolie, a Naturalist and Wildlife Filmmaker, has made a custom-built snake-proof suit that he will test when he is eaten by the beast.

The risky experiment, which aims to document what it?s like to enter the belly of the creature, will air on the Discovery Channel on December 7.

The show has already copped some criticism though with animal welfare organisations worried about the welfare of the snake.

Nov. 4, 2014 2:23 pm

This is one of my favorite internet videos to come out every year.

I think it's a good judge of which kids have good parents.

Hello, Newman
Nov. 3, 2014 1:33 pm

I read this story, and couldn't get a certain image out of my mind.

According to WatchDog.org -

An investigation has been launched into a Neenah postal carrier who allegedly dumped into a recycling bin hundreds of political advertisement mailers from the campaign of Mike Rorhkaste, Republican candidate for Wisconsin's 55th Assembly District, Rorhkaste tells Wisconsin Reporter.

Neenah Postmaster Brian Smoot, who was alerted to the incident on Thursday, confirmed there is an ongoing investigation into the matter, and referred Wisconsin Reporter to the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Postal Service. OIG representatives there did not return several phone calls seeking comment.

Mail? Sabotage? That could only mean one thing.

God I can't wait for this election to be over.

Free For All
Oct. 31, 2014 2:48 pm

It seems like the scene out of a movie, but apparently, it's real life.

According to the Washington Post,

A door malfunction on an armored vehicle sent money flying along Interstate 270 on Friday morning.

The incident, which began about 8 a.m., initially was thought by officials to involve the crash of an armored vehicle that was headed northbound on I-270 near Route 80 in Urbana.

The driver of the vehicle, which was owned by Canada-based GardaWorld, was in the far left lane of the interstate when a lock on a door of the Ford E-350 van malfunctioned. A bag of cash fell out, sending bills flying.

Drivers stopped, got out of their vehicles and started grabbing the cash, police said. So many vehicles stopped that they essentially shut down the northbound lanes of the road. No one was injured. When a fire official also stopped and turned on the emergency lights of his vehicle, drivers fled onto Route 80 with money, police said.

Something seems fishy. How do locks on armored trucks like this suddenly "malfunction?" And are you allowed to keep money that you find flying about? Do you have to declare it on your tax return?

KC Trolling
Oct. 30, 2014 2:00 pm

I love myself some intelligent sports fans.

Steve Perry, a diehard SF Giants fan, had been making his presence known throughout the playoffs. And he ultimately did get the last laugh, but this is pretty good.

Steve Perry

Garth Brooks spent time with the Royals spring training back in 2004, so I guess, that's the best KC can do. But trolling Steve Perry from like 20 feet away is pretty solid.

Oct. 29, 2014 3:07 pm

This is one of my favorite sports moments of all time. I hope tonight's game can live up to expectations.

PS - Tim McCarver totally called exactly what was going to happen.

Friday night comedy
Oct. 28, 2014 3:08 pm

David Testroet is coming to the Black River Bar & Grill on the north side of La Crosse this weekend. Want to win tickets to check him out? Head to the contest page.

Oscar Tavares
Oct. 27, 2014 3:31 pm

I hate the St. Louis Cardinals. I really do.

But more than anything, it comes out of a deep-seeded respect for the way they run their franchise. I hate them because they're so good at what they do.

Oscar Tavares was a shining example of that.

Just 22 years old, Tavares made an impact with the Cardinals this season and was poised to be a nuisance for the Brewers and the rest of the MLB for a long time.

Tavares died Sunday in a car crash in the Dominican Republic.

It's an impossible situation to try to handle. First and foremost, his family having to deal with their loss, but the Cardinals' family too.

It also put the journalists at FOX in a tough spot, having to handle, verify, and relay the news during the broadcast of a World Series game. And, to use a baseball cliche, they knocked it out of the park.

Journalists are people too, as evidenced by the emotion you can see in Erin Andrews' eyes here.

Watch the video, it's worth it.

Bueller? Bueller?
Oct. 24, 2014 2:53 pm

I don't call into work all that often, as the nature of my profession (and good health! knock on wood) doesn't really allow me to, but if I were going to, I might use one of these.

According to Career Builder, here's a list of the top 10 most unbelievable excuses used this year for calling in sick.

When asked to share the most dubious excuses employees have given for calling in sick, employers reported hearing the following real-life examples:
-Employee just put a casserole in the oven.
-Employee's plastic surgery for enhancement purposes needed some "tweaking" to get it just right.
-Employee was sitting in the bathroom and her feet and legs fell asleep. When she stood, up she fell and broke her ankle.
-Employee had been at the casino all weekend and still had money left to play with on Monday morning.
-Employee woke up in a good mood and didn't want to ruin it.
-Employee had a "lucky night" and didn't know where he was.
-Employee got stuck in the blood pressure machine at the grocery store and couldn't get out.
-Employee had a gall stone they wanted to heal holistically.
-Employee caught their uniform on fire by putting it in the microwave to dry.
-Employee accidentally got on a plane.

High Life Heist
Oct. 23, 2014 2:29 pm


Well, kinda. 

Van Thomas was trying to live the American dream. After years as a trucker, he bought a semi three weeks ago and started a company of his own.

Thomas was traveling from Texas to Pompano Beach and was on his last stop before a delivery in Orlando when his entire truck and alcohol cargo was stolen.

"I don't mean to cry about it but I'm just trying to do the best I can and make a better life," Thomas told WFTV.

Inside the truck was 44,000 pounds of Miller High Life, which comes out to about 9,700 four-packs.

Just when Thomas thought he lost everything, he received a phone call telling him the truck and most of the cargo had been located.

"Oh, my God. That's beautiful," he said.

The call came in from detectives that the truck had been found in Miami.

I'm not sure I see the upside to stealing 38,000 beers. It's not like you're gonna be able to sell them second hand, and you can't even make a dent in the supply before it goes skunky. Glad the guy got his truck back though, even though only "most" of the beers were returned.

Jesus pay my tab
Oct. 22, 2014 3:11 pm

I don't think "Jesus take the wheel" and "Jesus pay my tab" have the same sentiment.

Oklahoma's KOKH TV reports that after drinks and a meal Kristi Rhines told workers at a restaurant in Lawton that Jesus Christ would pick up her tab. Apparently, she explained that she was married to Jesus and that he would enter the restaurant with the money. Police were called to the scene and confirmed that Rhines didn't have any cash on hand to pay the bill. She was arrested on a fraud charge.

Married to Jesus. Hmmm. If that excuse doesn't work in the south, I doubt it'd work anywhere.

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