Our morning started out on a good note.  We woke up early to watch the CBS Sunday Morning piece on root beer, which  was really well done.  What an honor to be part of that show.  Week after week they have so many interesting stories.  BTW: If you didn’t see the root beer segment, or didn’t record it, you probably won’t be able to find it.   CBS only had rights to use some of the older material once and that one time happened yesterday.

Soon after CBS Sunday morning we watched another action-packed Marquette game which ended in a 4 point loss (to Louisville, a city where I lived for 5 years during my youth), causing Marquette to drop to #13.  If they pull off a victory against Pitt, that will be really cool.   UW-Madison did well yesterday.  They beat arch rival Michigan and are now contenders!

Fun bball stat fact I learned in the NY Times:  if a team is up in the 4th quarter by more points than minutes remaining in the game – e.g. up by 10, 8 minutes remaining – that team wins 80% of the time.

Snow, snow everywhere!  Got any interesting snow reports?  I’d love to hear them.

Sprecher Brewings & Doings

27th February 2009

Well, the Marquette- UConn game was one of the best all year.  A heartbreaker for Marquette fans.  Dominic James certainly showed he has the heart of a champion.  Poor guy — a broken metatarsil early in the game and late in his college career.  Devasting though the injury was, Marquette rallied and so did James.  He came out on crutches and cheered his team on with such enthusiasm you could tell that even though he wasn’t in the game, his heart was.   And so were the fans, all 19,900+.

Stay tuned!  This team has more great basketball in store.  Go Marquette!

On another subject: Tonight is Sprecher’s official Irish Stout release party, complete with a firkin and the band Heat.

If you love basketball, especially college basketball, Milwaukee is the place to be tonight!  In less than 30 minutes, the Marquette Golden Eagles (8) meet the UConn Huskies (2) on the Al McGuire Court in the Bradley Center.  A lot is riding on this game — beyond bets — top position in the Big East, post-season seeding, etc.  The crowd will be WILD!  Marquette students started lining up at 3pm CST yesterday for seats at tonight’s game.  Throughout the 20-40F weather they remained waiting on cold sidewalks for the gates to open so they could cheer on their team.  And it will be a very loud Bradley Center this evening.

If you don’t have your seat now and don’t have a wad of cash to get one (as of yesterday, the least expensive seat with a view was selling for about $300), then find a good bar and join in the fun.   As always, in Milwaukee you can pick almost any watering hole and have a great time when there’s a sporting event.  Ahhh, camaraderie.   A word of warning: Milwaukeeans seriously love their teams, so if the Golden Eagles don’t win, there will probably be a big sense of depression in town for the next couple of days, kind of like the day after feeling when the Packers lose.

I emailed my friend Gary who owns Standings, a fun beer and sports bar in NYC’s East Village, to put in my long distance cheer for Marquette.  Most important since he’s a UConn alum and a huge Huskies fan.  If you’re looking for a locale to watch the game in NYC, check out Standings or Kettle ‘o Fish.  Maybe Mad River Grill as well.  That’s a dedicated Badger bar but for a contest this big I bet they’ll have the game on.

GO MARQUETTE!