Summer Sports Recap

As the calendar turns from August to September, it means that summer has come to another quick end. Over the summer, there have been many stories from sports statewide, nationally and internationally.

 

In Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Brewers dominated the summer by remaining in first place of the National League Central division since April. The team has looked as one of the most complete teams in all of Major League Baseball. Their potent line-up led by All-Stars Jonathon Lucroy, Carlos Gomez, and Aramis Ramirez, helped the Brewers maintain the top spot in the division.

 

The Brewers also have one of the top pitching staffs that includes Yovani Gallardo, Kyle Lohse, and Wily Peralta. Peralta is tied for second major league leaders for wins this year with 15 wins. The bullpen has also been a strength as team closer and All-Star Francisco Rodriguez is in the top five for saves this season. With one month left, the Brewers will  compete for a franchise second N.L. Central Division Championship and possible playoff spot.

 

The Milwaukee Bucks also had a good summer with a new start for the organization. With new team owners they drafted Duke’s forward Jabari Parker with the second pick of the National Basketball Association Draft. Parker looks to assume the role as the future face of the franchise, and rebuilding the Bucks into a winning team again. In the Las Vegas summer league, Parker averaged 15.6 points per game.

 

The Bucks also made headlines with the acquisition of new head coach Jason Kidd from the Brooklyn Nets. With new owners, a new coach and a new star, the Bucks begin a new era that has fans excited for the future of the franchise.

 

The Green Bay Packers looked good in the pre-season preparing for the 2014 football season. Aaron Rodgers and company looked poised for another possible Super Bowl run, which begins on Sept. 4th in Seattle against the defending champion ,the Seahawks. The offense looks its most balanced  since Rodgers has been the starter with Eddie Lacy running the ball and becoming one of the best running backs in the National Football League.

 

Team USA and the World Cup dominated both national and international news during the months in June and July. Before the tournament, Team USA made the surprising cut of team captain and most recognizable player, Landon Donovan.

 

However, the team survived the Group of Death that featured  teams from Ghana, Portugal and the world champion Germany. America was crazy about soccer as the national team, led by Clint Dempsey and goalkeeper Tim Howard showed the world that the U.S. could compete with some of the best teams in the world.

 

Cleveland was frequent in the news. In June, the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA drafted Andrew Wiggins with the first overall pick. Wiggins has been touted as one of the best prospects since Lebron James. After four years in Miami, James elected free agency and decided to return to his former team  the Cavaliers. After signing the hometown hero and best player in the NBA, the Cavaliers made more moves when they traded Andrew Wiggins to the Minnesota Timberwolves for All-Star Kevin Love. Now, the Cavaliers now boast the new big three in the NBA with James, Love and Kyrie Irving.

 

The NFL had its share of good and bad news over the summer . There was the incident about Ray Rice and the issue of domestic violence punishment in the NFL. Fans and media felt the two game suspension Rice received was light compared to the length of drug related suspensions. Recently, the NFL changed its policy and announced that any domestic violence would result in a six game suspension for a first offense, and league banishment for a second offense. However, the NFL admitted its mistake and is ready to move on with a new season.

 

While the summer of 2014 had its headlines the fall and winter will be no different as the NFL and NCAA football are back with MLB playoffs, NBA, and National Hockey League seasons starting in October.

Marty Kauffman

mkauf036@uwsp.edu

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