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Split Allegiances
Mar. 27, 2015 3:36 pm

Last night was thrilling, as a basketball fan. I was emotionally invested in three of the four games airing last night, as I am a joint Wisconsin Badgers/Notre Dame Fighting Irish fan, and I may or may not have had something riding on the Arizona-Xavier game. (Legally speaking, of course.)

It made for an interesting evening. I love this Wisconsin Badgers team, and have watched probably 99%  of their action this season. I?m all in. It?s easy to be a fan of this team, and given the fact that so many people from around the state and around the community are Badgers fans as well, it?s fun to root for them.

I?m also a Notre Dame fan, stemming from my childhood. My dad is a Domer, so I was raised cheering for ol? Notre Dame. I think they are extremely well coached and likable as well, and the fact that they took down the likes of Duke and UNC in the ACC Tournament doesn?t hurt. I?ve never really seen a direct conflict of interest in my household, because the two teams rarely if ever play each other. They?re one game away now, but with Arizona and Kentucky in the way, I?m not sure they are destined to meet-up, and cause an rift in the Callaway household.


Inside the Park Nachos
Mar. 25, 2015 2:56 pm

As if my arteries weren't clogged enough as it is, the Brewers have to go and do something like this. Let's be fair: I'd eat just about anything crusted in Doritos.

Yahoo! describes it like this:

Nachos are great, but they are a difficult item to eat on the go. And, if you're anything like me, you need to consume your ballpark food the instant it's placed in your hand. With nachos on a stick, that's no longer a problem!

The 'Inside the Park Nachos' are packed with taco meat and crusted with Doritos. That will be topped with cheese sauce and sour cream, and will be served with salsa. 

They're also debuting a brat that apparently "has everything":

This brat has everything: fries, gravy, cheese curds and sauerkraut are placed on the dog. That gets covered with cheese sauce, fried jalapenos, sour cream and chives.


Catfish Catasrophe
Mar. 20, 2015 1:04 pm

Over the past few years, we've all learned the digital term for catfished and how it basically means being deceived and led on by a person over the internet.


This...is much more literal. And appropriate, I suppose, given that it is a Lenten Friday.


Somehow, someway, all of the fish survived. I don't like fish. I would have noped out of there pretty quick.

Fireworks Display
Mar. 19, 2015 8:06 am

Ever wonder what the police do with all those fireworks they confiscate? No? Well you're about to find out anyways.



20,000 pounds is 10 tons, in case you were wondering. Three and a half days to explode them all seems like a great use of taxpayer money, although you can't really keep explosives sitting in a warehouse, I suppose.


Cheese
Mar. 18, 2015 6:29 am

Apparently there is a company out of North Carolina whose sole job is asking people stupid questions. It's called Public Policy Polling, and they asked 1,071 Wisconsin voters to answer various questions about sports, food and pop culture in this glorious state. The answers were...boring.

From the PPP report:

-There actually is one thing in Wisconsin (narrowly) more popular than Aaron Rodgers: cheese. 80% of voters in the state have a favorable opinion of cheese to only 5% with a negative one. Beer is popular too, with a 65/24 favorability rating. But it can't match up to cheese- when asked which of the two they like better 66% of voters pick cheese to only 23% for beer.

WHO DOESN'T LIKE CHEESE? Unless you're lactose intolerant or something like that, YOU BETTER BE EATING CHEESE EVERY DAMN DAY.

All this proves is that I think we found the 5% of people that should find a new state to live in.


Cost Map
Mar. 13, 2015 3:31 pm

Someone had way too much time on their hands compiling this, but the results are fantastic.

This dude presented the question "How much does _______ cost in" and then added every state, and shared his results here. 

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Wisconsin's and Minnesota's answers are kind of boring. Connecticut, on the other hand, wants to research exactly how much that hooker is going to cost them.


Secret Service
Mar. 12, 2015 2:54 pm

This story is something else. Mostly funny, if you ask me.

Per the Washington Post:

Two Secret Service agents suspected of driving under the influence and striking a White House security barricade disrupted an active bomb investigation and may have driven over the suspicious package itself, according to current and former government officials familiar with the incident.

Secret Service officers on duty considered the agents? behavior to be erratic and suspected they were drunk, according to current and former officials familiar with the incident.

An agency official said the two employees had been moved to ?non-supervisory, non-operational assignments.? They were not put on administrative leave, which has been a typical procedure when agents are under investigation for alleged misconduct.


Fishermen
Mar. 11, 2015 3:41 pm

I saw plenty of brave souls enjoying the 55 degree weather out on the ice of Lake Onalaska today, but science will always win. Trust me.

From the Pioneer Press:

An angler was rescued from atop his partially submerged vehicle Tuesday after it broke through the ice on a reservoir north of Duluth as officials are urging residents in northern Minnesota to stay off the ice.

"It's damn embarrassing," Bill Weckman, 60, of Duluth Township said after rescue crews extended a ladder to reach his Kia Sorento about 100 feet from shore near the Rice Lake Dam at about 1 p.m.

"I wanted to get off early before it got warmer," he said, as temperatures climbed to record highs in the region. "It's a two-wheel-drive (vehicle) and I wanted to get off before it got slushy."

Weckman said he went out on the lake to fish at about 9:30 a.m. As he headed back to the boat landing, he was driving about 30 mph when the vehicle broke through the ice without warning and started to sink in shallow water. Weckman climbed out through an open window and waited on the vehicle's roof until rescuers arrived.


The temperature at the Duluth airport reached 57 degrees at 1 p.m., a record for the date.]

That's right. Ice melts when it gets warm. I know you want to catch that last lunker, but use your freaking head.


Early NFL Free Agency
Mar. 10, 2015 1:51 pm

Through the first few days of the Free Agent Frenzy, as it applies to the NFC North, a few things are clear: The Packers haven't gotten worse, while their stiffest competition, the Lions and Bears, certainly have. (Sorry Vikings. I like some things you guys are doing, but you're not there yet.)

Case in point: Green Bay was able to (agree to) re-sign Randall Cobb to a 4-year, $40 million dollar deal. That's pretty damn close to the 4-year, $39 million dollar deal that Jordy Nelson signed last summer. That makes them the 10th and 11th highest paid wideouts in the league, according to OverTheCap.com (http://overthecap.com/position/wide-receiver/). They're both locked up through 2019, at a good price. That's a win for the Packers.

And now Bryan Bulaga too! The off-season for the Packers is already a win. Cobb and Bulaga were their two biggest priorities, and they're bringing both back on deals that work within the salary cap. Huge.
Via ESPN.com (http://a.espncdn.com/photo/2015/0224/nfl_g_packts_576x324.jpg)

Ndamukong Suh is set to sign a $114 million contract with the Miami Dolphins. That's a heck of a lot of money. He's a heck of a player, and is now gonna stomp on Tom Brady instead of Aaron Rodgers, but it unquestionably makes the Detroit Lions worse (well, certainly not better). Say what you will about his shenanigans on the field, but Suh is an All Pro defensive tackle.

The Chicago Bears have also agreed to trade wide receiver Brandon Marshall in exchange for a freaking fifth-round pick. The one thing that worried me as a Packers fan about playing the Bears was the duo of Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey. Now, that duo is no more. The Bears certainly aren't better, in my opinion, after the trade.

The Vikings got put in a tough spot after the whole Adrian Peterson situation, but they showed promise without him, led by Teddy Bridgewater. I think they'll be good enough soon, but just not yet.

Acoustic Thunderstruck
Mar. 6, 2015 6:32 am

"Thunderstuck" is not only a great song, but one of my favorite drinking songs either.

But this has nothing to do with chugging tequila. This is just damn impressive.


Japan Cat Island
Mar. 4, 2015 7:56 am

This sounds like literal hell on earth.



An army of feral cats rules a remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one.
Originally introduced to the mile-long island of Aoshima to deal with mice that plagued fishermen?s boats, the cats stayed on ? and multiplied.
More than 120 cats swarm the island with only a handful of humans for company, mostly pensioners who didn?t join the waves of migrants seeking work in the cities after World War Two.
Aoshima, a 30-minute ferry ride off the coast of Ehime prefecture, had been home to 900 people in 1945. The only sign of human activity now is the boatload of day-trippers from the mainland, visiting what is locally known as Cat Island.
With no restaurants, cars, shops or kiosks selling snacks, Aoshima is no tourist haven. But cat lovers are not complaining.


Read more about this place that I'd never like to go anywhere near: http://www.therakyatpost.com/world/2015/03/03/its-raining-cats-and-tourists-on-aoshima/#ixzz3TQKuyr5a


George Harrison
Feb. 27, 2015 2:55 pm

I never know how to properly use the term "irony" but I'm pretty sure this fits.

It was (what would have been) George Harrison's 72nd birthday on Wednesday, and Los Angeles wanted to do something to replace the George Harrison Tree that had been infested with bugs.

What kind of bugs you might ask?

Beetles.

From the LA Times:

But a Los Angeles City Council member, a longtime fan and other Harrison admirers are doing their part Wednesday, on what would have been the former Beatle?s 72nd birthday, to right a wrong committed last year when an insect infestation ? yes, they were beetles ? killed what was known as the George Harrison Tree.
When word went out last year that the original tree had been felled by tree beetles, news quickly shot around the world and the story made international headlines.
Councilman Tom LaBonge, whose Fourth District includes Griffith Park, helped plant the original tree in 2002, not long after Harrison died Nov. 29, 2001, in Los Angeles, from cancer at age 58.
?We had a tribute on the steps of the observatory,? recalled LaBonge, now in his final term of office, ?and several hundred people wrote notes, which we?ve collected in a book ?We Remember George.? ?


ShipSnowYo.com
Feb. 26, 2015 3:26 pm

I can't tell if this guy is an idiot or a genius. Probably both.

Via CNN/News8000

For $89, self-styled entrepreneur Kyle Waring will ship you 6 pounds of Boston-area snow in an insulated Styrofoam box -- enough for 10 to 15 snowballs, he says.

But not if you live in New England or surrounding states.

Via ShipSnowYo.com
"We will not ship snow to any states in the northeast!" says Waring's website, ShipSnowYo.com. "We're in the business of expunging snow!"

His website and social media accounts claim to have filled more than 133 orders for snow -- more than 30 on Tuesday alone, his busiest day yet.



Jeeze. 133 times 89 is $11,837. The things some people spend their money on.

PnR
Feb. 25, 2015 4:19 pm

So many things end poorly, or get drawn out, or leave you wanting more.

The finale of "Parks and Recreation" was none of those things.

Sure, showrunner Michael Schur was able to wrap things nicely in a bow for each of the characters, but after seven years of one of the greatest sitcoms of all time, isn't that what they deserved?

Parks and Rec was good TV, and it made me happy. When all is said and done, you can't ask for much more.


Storming the Court
Feb. 24, 2015 3:44 pm

I'm in this crowd somewhere.

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It was 2010, after the Badgers football team upset top-ranked Ohio State. Was it fun? You bet. Was it safe? Absolutely not.

When Kansas State's men's basketball team upset Kansas last night, they stormed the court. Jayhawks coach Bill Self gets it, but he wasn't thrilled.

Here are his comments, via WaPo:

?I wasn?t nervous for me,? Self said afterward. ?There were several students that hit our players ? not saying like with fists, but when you storm the court, you run in, you bump everybody, stuff like that. This has got to stop.

?Court storming is fine, but surely, you can get security to the point where player safety is not involved like it is over here. The last several times they?ve won, they?ve stormed the court on us. That?s disappointing that that happened again, but we also allowed it to happen again by not playing well. 

I agree with everything he said here. Especially with the bigger point about player safety. It's not a problem until it's a problem.


Oscars speeches
Feb. 23, 2015 2:31 pm

The Oscars telecast as a whole was pretty ho-hum, but there were a few acceptance speeches that really hit home for some people.


The sincerity of Best Actor winner Eddie Redmayne


The social statement on women's rights by Patricia Arquette


And my favorite, the weird, different speech by Graham Moore.


The acceptance speeches, for the most part, were spectacular. Often, they're the best part of the show. So why are we trying to play these people off? I understand the dangers of live TV, and working within time constraints and all that, but for many people, like Graham Moore, that was probably the best 5 minutes of his life. Why cut it short? Certainly there has got to be a better way than awkwardly playing orchestra music over the top of these speeches.

OSCARS
Feb. 20, 2015 2:52 pm

I don't really like awards ceremonies, but I like awards, if that makes sense.

I've seen Birdman and it's...interesting, but it wouldn't surprise me if it won best picture. It's apparently going to be a very close race.

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What that all means is that this is historically close.

Read more here: http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/the-race-for-best-picture-is-among-the-closest-in-oscar-history/


Piggly Wiggly Bumper Cars
Feb. 18, 2015 4:15 pm

I know, we shouldn't be making fun of this poor old man but...come on.

The good news is that no one got hurt, right?


BRING IT ON: MINNESOTA
Feb. 17, 2015 7:44 am

I'm disappointed I missed this yesterday, because this is the real highlight of the weekend.


There was apparently some controversy at the MSHSL state dance championships. HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS. DANCING. DRAMA.


No, it wasn't the Rancho County Toros. (PS - There must be some clovers in the atmosphere)

IT WAS RIGHT IN OUR BACKYARD.

Per Deadspin (and yes, DEADSPIN IS REPORTING ON HIGH SCHOOL DANCE)

Officials disqualified five Minnesota high school dance teams after their symbolic protest at the state finals over a rival team's alleged plagiarized championship routine in what was basically the exact plot from the classic and very great high school cheerleading movie, Bring It On.

The allegation is that the drill team from Utah's Copper Hills High performed an incredible routine last year which Faribault then plagiarized and performed this year. One theory is that Faribault ripped it directly from Copper Hills after seeing it on YouTube; another is that Austin High School, another Minnesota squad, saw Copper Hills's routine on YouTube, stole bits of it, and then performed a new routine in a competition earlier this season. In that very competition, Faribault performed after Austin, and were so taken with it that they jacked Austin's routine?which, of course, wasn't completely theirs to begin with.

The MSHSL investigated. And they found that no tomfoolery or shenanigans had occurred. 

After a review of the report from the school and a review of video and other information, there was complete consensus on the part of League staff and the Dance Team Rule Coordinators that a violation had not occurred.


Their outfits and makeup is terrifying. I hope this isn't the last we've heard of this story.

Wayne's World
Feb. 16, 2015 2:25 pm

I got sucked into the SNL 40th anniversary special last night, and I'm glad I did because it was spectacular.


You forget how good some of the sketches are, especially iconic stuff like Wayne's World.


Mike Myers and Dana Carvey have still got it.

Kanye is the worst.

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