Keep your eye on the ball…

Pity the folks in Lake Wobegon. The Minnesota Twins stumbled through their season and finished with the worst record in the American League. The Minnesota Vikings are 0-3, after outscoring their opponents 54-7 in the combined first halves of their games. The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers will open their Big 10 season this weekend on the road against the Michigan Wolverines, fresh off their second loss at home when they came up short in a 37-24 decision to North Dakota State that dropped them to 1-3.

Meanwhile, all is well in the Badger State. The defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers have rolled out to a 3-0 start and they’ve already beaten the hated Chicago Bears on the road, underlining their win against them in last January’s NFC Championship game. The Wisconsin Badgers will be hosting the Nebraska Cornhuskers Saturday and at this point, it looks like the toughest game in their schedule – but hey, they’re still favored by 9.

And then we have the Milwaukee Brewers, who find themselves in the playoffs after winning their division for the first time in 29 years. I punched in my special code to purchase playoff tickets when they came up for sale this morning. I had been drawn for the opportunity to pick up four seats for the divisional series and I actually had them in my sites, locked in on the screen. I cancelled out when I realized I didn’t have enough time to turn them around and, in fact, I didn’t even know when the game would be.

Anyway, all of this great stuff with Wisconsin sports teams will probably take some people’s minds off of all of the crazy stuff that has been going on with the economy, politics and the rest. It’s a nice diversion that’s probably a good thing after the year we’ve had in 2011 – at least to a degree and for awhile.

But I have a feeling that it will take either a very good basketball season or a significant upturn economy to keep that winning feeling going through next spring in Wisconsin.

JR

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