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.
After taking last year off from my "Bracketeering" exercise, I'm back to give this a try again. The object is to provide a guess at the 224-team football playoff field, and that requires imagining the outcomes for the remaining two weeks of play across the state, arriving at a field of entrants and dividing them up into geographic regions.
The 2015 Milwaukee Brewers baseball season was a bust from the word go, but Wednesday, Oct. 7, marks the four-year anniversary of perhaps the greatest game in club history: Game 5 of the National League Division Series, an extra-inning win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The postseason has already begun, with the league tennis and golf meets getting started, and that makes for a great time to look ahead at the playoff arrangements to see who should expect big things in 2015.
Football season is in full swing, baseball season is winding down and the high-school basketball season will be here before you know it. With that in mind, not to mention Christmas season closing in, I offer my reader's guide for those interested in these topics, and all books happen to be written by authors with connections to prep sports coverage.
Looking back at a legend
As of Sept. 8, with the NFL season about to get started, there were 19 former WIAA football players on active rosters in the league (plus four more injured and on practice squads), ranging from superstars to special-teams role players. Obviously, most people in this state will be cheering for the Green Bay Packers when the season launches, but should you find yourself looking for a rooting interest elsewhere, consider these Wisconsinsites: