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Quick Bucks- John Henson’s Opportunity

No one seems to know much of anything regarding Larry Sanders’ absence from the Bucks at this point. So, instead of adding to the conjecture, let’s take a look at what this means for the Bucks on the court. Earlier this season, I brought up the Bucks’ power forward problem in this space. Sanders absence, coupled with a torn Jabari Parker ACL and an Ersan Ilyasova concussion, has made the Bucks very thin on the front line. The addition of 37-year-old Kenyon Martin earlier today brings another body to Milwaukee, but likely not much in terms of actual help. Instead of…

Evil Twins Beer Dinner at Goodkind

                                                  Photo via Shutterstock Start Next Year Right The Evil Twins Beer Dinner at Goodkind (2457 S. Wentworth Ave.) at 6 p.m. on January 6 is one of the first of 2015, and it very well may be one of the best. Acclaimed Minneapolis chef Erik Anderson is in charge of the food menu, and Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø, the founder of the world-class Evil Twin Brewing, provides the beer. The $125 price should be well worth it,…

Quick Bucks- Reality Bites

It sucks. I’ve been trying to think of a really unique perspective on Jabari Parker’s torn ACL, but I just can’t do it. Just last week, I mentioned that the Bucks have no reason to tank this season because teams tank to obtain MVP-level talent, and Milwaukee already has two players with that potential. The Bucks have hit the first four numbers on their lottery ticket and just need that final number to be a 34 or a12. Unfortunately, the chances of that number being 12 just decreased. That’s not to say Parker can’t still be a MVP-level talent, but…

The Giving Nature of Beer

                              Photo via Shutterstock       Bottle Sharing is Caring I was invited to a bottle share at a friend’s last week. It was an event with a charitable twist. Everyone who showed up was required to bring a decent bottle of beer, an appetizer and a toy to donate to kids in need. The event was a great idea and made better by the quality of beers available. A mix of aficionados and craft beer novices drank brews like Mikkeller Bourbon Barrel Aged Black Hole…

Quick Bucks- Winning While Rebuilding

“Our best case is to make the playoffs. It’s not, ‘Let’s make sure only so-and-so plays, because they need experience.’ We want to play them, but we also want to win.” – Marc Lasry. This quote from Zach Lowe’s piece on the Bucks at Grantland may have paralyzed some Bucks fans, reminding them of something so familiar. “We want to be a good team. We want to get to the playoffs; we want to win in the playoffs.” – Herb Kohl (June 2013) There are a few things Bucks fans need to understand. 1. Bucks fans do not need to…

Beer Christmas

                                                                   Photo via Shutterstock Gifts for the Beer Lover It’s the time of year to find the perfect gift for the beer lover in the family. There are plenty of cool gifts (and some really lame ones) to choose from. Here’s a few to consider (or reject): A beer making kit from Brooklyn Brew Shop is a great way to try home-brewing without having to spend hundreds of dollars…

Quick Bucks- Knight and Day

While watching Brandon Knight play this season, there are only two thoughts that come to mind. 1) “Man, I’m happy we have that guy.” The 23-year-old point guard has improved once again this season. After a bit of stagnation in his second season in Detroit, Knight has continuously improved in Milwaukee. Last year, Knight upped his scoring average by 4.5 points and added an assist per game. This year, he’s progressed even more, adding another point, another assist, another rebound, and half a steal to his per-game averages, which brings his totals up to 17.9 points, 6 assists, 4.8 rebounds,…

No Goodbyes

he front doorbell rang. Through sheer white curtains, I could see two female police officers standing on the porch of my bungalow. Were they fundraising, I wondered? Were my neighbors OK? I welcomed them into my home. “Would you like something to drink?” I asked the officers. “No, thank you,” one officer replied. “Could you sit down please?” My heart started pounding, as if it wanted to drown out whatever I was about to hear. “I’m sorry to have to tell you this…” started one of the officers, “but your daughter has died.” It was March 6, 2012, a day after…

Foaming at the Mouth

                                                    Photo via Shutterstock Draft & Vessel The small storefront of Draft & Vessel (4417 N. Oakland Ave.) sits unassumingly among retail spaces in the heart of Shorewood. Inside, it’s a cozy haven for beer lovers and a great place to spend time. A small bar, made from reclaimed wood, sits in front of 16 taps, and small tables allow a couple dozen drinkers to cozy up to a brew. The well-chosen taps rotate constantly…