The Green Bay Packers beat the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, 21-16 in its home season opener before a sold out Lambeau Field crowd.The
Packers got off to a fast start scoring three touchdowns in the first half.
But the defense for the Vikings made some half-time adjustments and shut the Pack out the rest of the way. But Minnesota’s offense couldn’t take advantage of their defense’s stellar play and was held to sixteen points by a Packer defense that gave the Vikes fits all day. The season opener was dedicated to the late Packer great and NFL and Packer hall of famer Bart Starr who was the quarterback in the glory days of the Vince Lombardi era, and a former head coach of the team in the mid-to-late 70s. Starr’s wife, Cherry Starr, was on hand for the half-time festivities and was given a helmet her husband wore during his playing days. She was escorted onto the field by another Packer legend, former star Quarterback Brett Favre. –All photos by Kim Robinson
Beloved Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon nicknamed the ”president” for his Obama like voice and demeanor, is now a part of the Indiana Pacers team in a sign and trade deal.
Malcolm Brogdon played his college basketball at the University of Virginia, before being selected as the 36thpick in the NBA draft by the Bucks. Brogdon quickly became a fan favorite on and off the court. Just after a year of being drafted he was named rookie of the year, and helped to start the organization Hoops2; dedicated to raising money for clean water in African villages.
In the city of Milwaukee he has been a pillar also, being active in the community in various capacities, as well as speaking out on issues such as segregation in the city.
We thank you all your work Mr president, well wished in Indiana.
As the Milwaukee Bucks charge through an electric season, Marques Johnson, five-time NBA All-Star and Bucks Legend, is lined up to serve as emcee for the 2019 Bartolotta Restaurants Gala-lotta event to support Running Rebels Community Organization. The Running Rebels EPIC Gala-lotta is set for September 26, 2019 at the Italian Community Center.
Marques Johnson, whose number was retired by the Bucks this spring, is Co-Chair of the Running Rebels Full Circle Campaign, a $4.1 million effort to raise funds to better serve at-risk youth in Milwaukee. At the Gala-lotta, Mr. Johnson will share stories of his epic career as Running Rebels tells the story of its EPIC Mission to provide mentoring, positive engagement, and loving guidance to youth in Milwaukee’s central city.
Bartolotta Restaurants will cover the total cost of event food, staffing, and venue. Every penny raised through sponsorships, ticket sales, and silent auction will go directly to support Running Rebels and their work with young people in Milwaukee.
“We have chosen Running Rebels for the 2019 Gal-a-lotta recipient because one of our tenets of operation is to help our community,” says Alyson Sandstrom, business development manager at The Bartolotta Restaurants. “We were so impressed with the work they have done with Milwaukee’s youth … and we can’t wait to facilitate this gala and fundraiser for a group that is making such a positive impact in our city.”
Since 1980, Running Rebels has been supporting and inspiring at-risk young people to find their purpose and create lives of accomplishment, integrity, and contribution. The organization provides mentoring, arts, athletics, and academic support to approximately 2500 youth annually from facilities at 1300 W. Fond Du Lac and 225 W. Capitol Dr.
The Running Rebels EPIC Mission is to Engage the community, youth, and their families, Prevent involvement in gangs, drugs, violence, and the juvenile justice system, Intervene and guide youth by helping them to make positive choices, and Coach youth through the transition into adulthood.
Clark will lead the crowd on a one-mile, parade-style walk followed by a block party featuring stage entertainment with Clark, prizes, family-friendly activities, free books for kids and lunch.
The proceeds from the Walk for Children benefit Next Door’s critical early childhood education programming for Milwaukee children living in poverty.
The Walk for Children is Next Door’s largest community event of the year and comes during the agency’s 50thanniversary. Next Door will also celebrate the Walk’s presenting sponsor—the Harley-Davidson Motor Company. Harley-Davidson has served in this role since the Walk for Children began in 1989. This year, the legendary motorcycle company surpassed the $1 million mark in employee support for the Walk.
Event registration begins at 9 a.m. at Next Door’s main campus at 2545 N. 29thSt. The Walk kicks off at 10 a.m. Guests can register the day of the event, however, Next Door encourages everyone to sign up in advance at www.nextdoormke.org.
The Milwaukee Bucks bounced back from a first game loss to the Boston Celtics in the second game of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals at the Fiserv Forum recently. After losing 112 to 90 in the first game of the seven game series, the hometown team roared back, winning game two 123 to 102! Look for this series to go the full seven games. #fearthedeer
MILWAUKEE (Feb. 21, 2019) – The Milwaukee Bucks will honor former Bucks player and general manager Wayne Embry before tonight’s game against the Boston Celtics. The City of Milwaukee and State of Wisconsin are recognizing Embry for his accomplishments and impact on NBA history by proclaiming today Wayne Embry Day. Bucks and Fiserv Forum President Peter Feigin will join Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in presenting the official Wayne Embry Day proclamations, with the ceremony set to take place at 6:45 P.M. at center court.
Embry played the final season of his career with the Bucks in their inaugural 1968-69 season. In his 11-year playing career, Embry was a five-time NBA All-Star and won an NBA Championship with the Boston Celtics in 1968. Embry went on to become the first African-American general manager in NBA history, holding that role with the Bucks from 1972-79. He was also named NBA Executive of the Year in 1992 and 1998 serving as general manager and later president of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Photos by Kim A. Robinson
By Pat Baldwin Head men’s basketball coach University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Things have been difficult for the Milwaukee Panthers over the past month or so. We had a tough five-game road trip and our team has been dealing with some adversity. It’s not the first time our players and coaches have had a rough stretch, and it won’t be the last.
Anyone who plays a sport at any level – and especially at the NCAA Division I level – is going to have to fight through adversity at some point, whether it’s a heartbreaking loss or an injury or a slump. With that experience come lessons that can help not only with basketball, but also other areas of life.
I can draw from some things in my past to help me, our coaches and our players get through this. As a sophomore at Leavenworth High School in Leavenworth, Kansas, I was the starting point guard. I was the youngest player on the varsity and, in our first league game, I played poorly. I put up a couple air balls, turned the ball over a bunch, and we lost the game.
Later, when we were watching film, I could hear someone in the crowd – a really good friend of mine – yelling, ‘Get Pat Baldwin out of there!’ That was tough. I don’t know if I ever lost confidence, but you’re second-guessing yourself. My coaching staff was really good in that situation, reassuring me that I was a good player. It’s just one game, they told me. There will be many more, and you’ll improve and get better, which I did.
Then, at Northwestern University, I faced the most challenging thing I’ve ever gone through athletically, because I wasn’t used to losing. My freshman year, we didn’t win a single Big Ten game. So, dealing with adversity and learning how to overcome it was something that was forced upon you.
Later, as an assistant coach under Chris Collins at my alma mater, we had to scrape our way up from the bottom of the barrel again. The first couple years were tough. We played Wisconsin when the Badgers had Sam Dekker and Frank Kaminsky, and the score at halftime was 40-12. But we helped our players develop Teflon skin and learn how to fight and overcome things, and in my fourth year as an assistant, we made it to the NCAA Tournament.
So, I’m not discouraged. Don’t get me wrong – I want to win. I want us to have all the success we can possibly have, but I’m not discouraged because I haven’t seen even one second of quit in our players. The litmus test, after tough losses or a stretch like we’ve just gone through, is practice. I see our guys working extremely hard. Guys are texting me: “Coach, can I come in and watch film?” “Coach, can I get up some extra shots?” I look in their eyes and I can see the commitment. They’re 100 percent invested in the process and in each other.
That doesn’t mean it’s been easy. We talk all the time about the big picture, and for young adults, that’s sometimes hard to see. They’re impatient for success, and there’s nothing wrong with that. The thing we’re impressing on them is development, getting better, and that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. But we also stress the urgency of today. That’s the reason we work so hard. That’s the reason we do skill development every single day in practice. We’re working to get better.
We talk about hammering away at the rock. At some point, that rock is going to crack. And when it does, we are going to do some great things.
From Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II, Alderwoman Chantia Lewis, Alderman Khalif J. Rainey, Alderman Cavalier Johnson, Alderwoman Nikiya Dodd, Alderman Nik Kovac, Alderman Robert J. Bauman, Alderman José G. Pérez, Alderman Mark A. Borkowski, Alderman Michael J. Murphy, Alderman Tony Zielinski
It is unfortunate that certain state legislators in Madison have worked in opposition to their African American colleagues to block Wisconsin native Colin Kaepernick from being included in a state Black History Month resolution.
But here in Milwaukee we welcome the addition of Mr. Kaepernick to our city’s 28 Days of Black History project and look forward to his profile being featured on our city’s main page and on the City Channel. As we note in the project – an effort to celebrate Black History Month by featuring those who have left their mark on Milwaukee’s Black history – Black history is still being written and is ever developing.
We understand that Mr. Kaepernick is a controversial figure, but Black history makers tend to be controversial by nature. Few, if any, were accepted by the broader society when they were doing their work, but in hindsight, our nation recognizes that their counter-cultural actions were crucial to the growth of our country. Mr. Kaepernick was born in Milwaukee and his willingness to stand up for what he believes and against the violent and oppressive (and sometimes deadly) treatment of Black and Brown citizens by law enforcement has brought attention to some of the most important issues of our time. Quite simply, by doing so he has made history.
Additionally, he has donated generously to help many worthwhile causes across the U.S., including two Milwaukee groups, the I Will Not Die Young Campaign and Urban Underground.
Unlike some in Madison we are truly honored to feature Colin Kaepernick as part of our Black History celebration.