Sports are the things that can bring us down to a level we haven't hit in awhile, or carry us through things we didn't know we could handle.

"Sports are the things that can bring us down to a level we haven't hit in awhile, or carry us through things we didn't know we could handle."
Ok, so now that the NFL season has been officially over for a few weeks, it's time to move on.  All I have to say about the Packer loss is that, even in ignominious defeat, I was right.  If you don't believe me, read my last post.  How many of these "keys" did the Packers win?  If you want to get technical, maybe 1, but pretty much none of them.  They deserved to lose, it's over, I've dealt with it, let's move on.  Don't bring this up to me ever again because I don't want to talk about it.  I feel like Vince Vaughn in what I think is the funniest Non-Will-Ferrell scene of Wedding Crashers. "I don't give a bakers fuck.  I just had my own sock ducktaped (Does anyone know how to spell that btw? i know duct tape is spelled that way, but does ducttaped look right? anyway..) into my mouth last night ... I'm not in a place to discuss what happened, okay?"  That sock is the Packers performance in that Giants game, and I'm not in a place to discuss what happened.

So it's time to focus on the future, and the sports seasons I can look forward to instead of back at.  That's what I'm hoping to do, anyway.

1. The Milwaukee Brewers - Pitchers and catchers report, which means Spring Training baby!  Oh wait, I can't get that excited because Prince Fielder just signed with the Tigers and Ryan Braun will most likely miss the first 50 games of the season.  No one has successfully appealed a suspension for PEDs, so forgive me if I'm not holding my breath.  Yeah, keep telling me that Mat Gamel might perform and Aramis Ramirez is a good signing.  And that the pitching staff can keep us in it until Braun comes back.  Whatever.  Fielder is gone, Braun is probably gone - our two best players, not to mention leaders, from the NLCS team won't be there, and the #3 starter in our rotation that made our pitching staff decent enough last year, Shawn Marcum, looked like Jeff Suppan in last year's playoffs.  I'm not nearly as ready for this year's Crew as I was for last year's, and anyone who is a Brewers fan is with me - don't lie to yourselves.

2. The North Carolina Tar Heels - I'm a Wisconsin sports fan, except in College Football and Basketball.  I love the Badgers (Glad Montee Ball is coming back, but the basketball team is hurting this year.  They get dominated athletically in every single game they play, so they're not going anywhere.  Imagine if they played Kentucky, and the Wildcats aren't even the best team in the country in my opinion).  The Tar Heels at least have a chance.  Although, as I say that, the Felton-McCants-May team isn't walking through the door anytime soon, nor is the Lawson-Ellington-Hansbrough squad.  Marshall (not an offensive threat yet) - Barnes (not aggressive and dominant enough yet) - Henson (still looks uncoordinated and thinks offensively for some reason yet) doesn't sound nearly as impressive.  Feels like another Elite 8 team to me.

3. The Milwaukee Bucks - What do I really need to say here?  If they were a 7 or 8 seed in the playoffs it wouldn't surprise me.  But Bogut can't stay healthy to save his life, he got banged up again last night, and this has been his most ineffective season so far as a pro.  Stephen Jackson is coming off the bench now, which may actually be a blessing, and Brandon Jennings can put up 20 points a game in his sleep which no one seems to have noticed.  Outside of that, though, this team can't score and everyone knows it.  If their defense keeps them in contention until the end then so be it, but realistically they're not making any noise right now.

4. The New York Knicks - I've always been on the Melo bandwagon, even since Syracuse.  I still like Syracuse to this day because of him, so of course I'm going to follow him to New York.  That said, D'Antoni needs to go, and so does Amare.  Bring in Larry Brown if Phil Jackson doesn't want to come back.  An Amare trade to the Sixers for Jrue Holiday and Iguodala sounds good to me.  Surround Melo with defensive minded/athletic/transition type players and let him go to work.  Brown had that with Iverson in Philly, what's the difference between he and Melo other than the fact that Melo will be able to carry a team longer?  Am I missing something completely obvious or am I just smarter than everyone else?

Having mentioned all that, I'm completely resigned to the fact that this year in sports won't even come close to touching last year.  The Packers won the Super Bowl, UNC went from sucking to almost making the Final Four, the Brewers almost made it to the World Series, Michigan won their first BCS game in I don't even know how long.  Sometimes as sports fans, you just have what I like to call Your Year.  Last year, for me, was Your Year.  That kind of thing won't happen on a regular basis, so you have to soak it up while you can.  So for any of you reading this who have let yourselves ride on the back of one of these teams, or any team at all for that matter, recognize what happened and be proud of it.  Don't expect it to happen all the time, but revel in it.

"Sports are the things that can bring us down to a level we haven't hit in awhile, or carry us through things we didn't know we could handle."

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