Lake Country Publications Sports Director JR Radcliffe provides tidbits and details from the Lake Country prep sports scene to the Wisconsin sports world at large. His weekly column presents exclusive interviews, commentaries and observations.
One of my favorite baseball writers, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, set out to solve one question with his book "The Arm." How is it that Major League Baseball teams are throwing billions of dollars it its top pitchers, investing deeply in the performance of the arm, without fully understanding why so many of those arms break down?
To those looking for an easy comparison, rugby is football without pads, elaborate helmets and constant stoppages. But that doesn't mean Pewaukee High School graduate Ben Landry can't do both.
The Purdue University baseball team came to Guy Lowman Field that day with extra gear – plain black baseball caps and black stirrups donated to members of the other team. It felt like a funeral already on May 10, 1991, even with a huge crowd of 1,200 fans on hand, and members of the Badgers baseball team were going to look the part.
As a second semester senior at the University of Notre Dame, Molly Seidel has been taking a course to finish her fine arts degree analyzing the history of the Olympics. The class studies everything from key historical moments to the music selections in opening and closing ceremonies.
After one month of the Milwaukee Brewers season, the local Major League Baseball team seems to be where we expected. At 8-12 (as of Wednesday morning), the club has been neither completely disappointing nor particularly good.