Week in Review

I’ve been listening to a lot of satellite radio lately, which I consider — along with the digital video recorder, to be the greatest invention since the White Castle hamburger. A question has been crossing my mind — Culture Club or Duran Duran? Back in the day, I would have said Duran Duran, but now I think I would say Culture Club. Significant? Probably not.

Anyway, after watching the Badgers victory last Tuesday over Ohio State, I’m convinced that the biggest pitfall for the Badgers throughout the rest of the Big Ten season is their overconfidence. You saw it towards the end of that game as they almost let what seemed to be an insurmountable lead slip away. But knowing that they almost blew it gave Bo Ryan some talking points this week and will help to guard against taking it easy on Northwestern on Saturday afternoon, a team that they should beat handily. Me, I’ve already circled the Buckeye/Badger rematch on Sunday, February 25 in Columbus. It will be the next statement game for the Badgers before they head into the tournament with a very high seed.

A hoops team not doing as well as the Wisconsin Badgers, the Milwaukee Bucks, made a smart move this week in acquiring point guard Earl Boykins from the Denver Nuggets. The Bucks need to try to keep things together until they get some of their starters back from injury. Unfortunately, it may be too late come March, when Michael Redd returns, to dig themselves out of the hole the Bucks are unavoidably going to slip into. But making the trade sends the right message to the team and its coaches that general manager Larry Harris isn’t giving up on the season. The fans shouldn’t either.

Surprising no one, Mark McGwire didn’t get voted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. In my mind, the class of probable cheaters — McGwire, Palmeiro, Sosa, Bonds — should be voted in. We’ll never know exactly what they did and what they didn’t do, and even if they did everything they’ve been accused of, the fact that they had all have some degree of athletic skill can’t be denied. Not to mention the fans they brought back to the game, even if now it looks like the fans were duped like I been repeatedly duped waiting for that new Guns N Roses album. Does Axl Rose know that Abbey Road was recorded in the time it takes him to commission yet another press release announcing the future of the band?

On a side note, what’s with that band Hinder? Who are they, where did they come from, and can they go away? “Lips Of An Angel” is probably the worst song I’ve heard since Johnny Hates Jazz.

Oh, the NFL playoffs. Best weekend of the year for football. Four games, great ones should they be all. (Sorry, I forgot how to construct sentences all of a sudden.) I don’t like any surprises. Baltimore will beat up on the soft Peyton Manning, who I think is a better commercial actor than quarterback anyway. New Orleans will end the resurgence of Philadelphia Eagles back-up quarterback Jeff Garcia, who will have to go home to his Playmate of the Year girlfriend. Poor guy. Chicago will beat Seattle, if only because both teams have looked completely inept of late. If you have to miss one game, this is the game to miss. Brian Griese will be playing by the second half, but it’ll be like an upgrade from the Atari 400 to the Atari 800 — no one will notice much difference and they both will suck. In what will be the best game of the weekend, I look for New England to beat San Diego on the road. At first I liked the Chargers, what with LT and all, but New England’s got Brady and that poorly-dressed coach who just happens to be an idiot savant when it comes to sizing up and destroying football teams. San Diego’s got the untested Philip Rivers and Marty Schottenheimer, whose been about as successful in the playoffs as I’ve been learning how to play the mellotron.

Enjoy your weekend and the games. I’m off to re-assess the career of another 80s giant, Adam Ant. Was he better solo or with the Ants? Fascinating . . .

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