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Apr 6, 201508:51 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

When the referees don’t get it right, you still have to keep playing

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We’re still on a hoops high here at the Stately Manor. The turning point of Saturday night’s already legendary game was Trey Lyles slapping our Josh Gasser upside the head and not even getting a foul call, much less a technical 1. 

Crunch time. The TBS crew called it one of the best college hoops games ever. Now for some unfinished business with the Blue Devils.

That slapping non-call was a turning point. Lesser teams would have packed it in. Down four points, the Badgers could have used the two free throws and the basketball. But it was Kentucky’s ball. Totally unfair. Instead of dropping their dobbers, the team decided to suck it up and work even harder. If you know Wisconsin basketball, you saw it coming. Sam Dekker slashed for two points. On the next possession, drained a three. Took a charge, tossed in a free throw.

Some of the losers refused to shake hands with the victors. One of them called vile names in defeat. Some in the hometown rioted. None of that changed the outcome.

Back in Madison, Al Sharpton’s practice squad, Young, Gifted and Black, tells the Wisconsin State Journal with misplaced pride that “order doesn’t work for us.” Try telling that to Traevon Jackson or Bronson Koenig.

Instead, they denounce “state violence.”

“State violence?” Let’s stray from the sports page for these three stories over the weekend.

• Police recovered shell casings after shots reported on southwest side Friday night. (Story here.)

• Police have suspects in west side home invasions in custody. (That story.)

• One more recent story: “Police responded to reports of shots fired and multiple burglaries on Madison’s west side Friday morning.”

“State violence,” indeed. Instead of taking a page from the Badger basketball team’s success, Madison is determined to study failure.


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Apr 6, 2015 03:06 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


What an insult to the Badger Nation and Grateful Red; combining the Badger cagers success story with yet another of your racist rants. Shame.

Apr 6, 2015 05:04 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Anon 3:06 - It is totally appropriate to bring up race. Did you not hear the harmful racial slurs hurled at Frank Kaminsky? It's a good thing Andrew Harrison didn't belong to a frat at OU or have his own cookbook/cooking show empire. He might have had to face some consequences then . . .

- "Citizen Dave's Remington 700"

Apr 6, 2015 05:48 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Yep, Dave is like the bitter recluse that yells at the kids riding bikes on the sidewalk in front of his house.

Apr 6, 2015 07:30 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

What racist rants?

Speaking of combining things, how about the mob that protested for weeks combining images of Scott Walker and a Hitlarian mustache? That wasn't an insult?

Apr 7, 2015 08:04 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

citizen dave's...... :

In case you weren't aware, Harrisons poorly thought out comment occurred in a press conference after the Badgers beat KY. He wasn't out Marching with Sharpton or Grayson in Madison. Big difference.. And I hope that Calipari and the NCAA told him what an embarrassment he was and hold him accountable.

Apr 7, 2015 08:38 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Poorly thought out comment. I guess that gives us all a pass when mouthing racist rants. If it is planned, I guess its just WRONG. If it is merely a poorly thought out comment.....never mind.

Apr 7, 2015 10:47 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Only in the alternate universe of Progressive Madison would an accounting of shots fired, home invasions and police collecting evidence be considered racist.

Northwoods Patriot

Apr 7, 2015 01:18 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

So, poorly thought out comments that happen in a press conference are acceptable.

Ok, so then what about:

Michael Richards (aka Kramer) being heckled and then responding using the same slur. As I recall, there was a massive storm, he apologized to Sharpton, Jackson (even appearing on his radio show) and even after that, Sharpton did not "accept" his apology.

Was it the fact the kid muttered it under his breath? Was it that he was young (but not a minor)? Was it that he was an athlete? Oh wait, tell that to the Eagles received who also was run through the media storm - and the excuse that he was drunk was ignored.

You can't make excuses for one instance and ignore when the opposite happens. It has to be the same for all... I mean, isn't that what equality means?

Apr 7, 2015 02:03 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Anonymous 8:04

Oh, I'm aware of these things...

You aren't aware that whites (almost certainly while hyper-intoxicated) are booted out of school at OU, their frats disbanded, their families face death threats, etc. for saying such words...

You aren't aware that a woman (while under oath) saying the magical N-word in describing having had a gun shoved in her face by a black man is grounds for her termination and destruction of her livelihood.

Will the Kentucky Basketball team be disbanded? How would people react to a bunch of whites showing up on Andrew Harrison's family's, lawn making death threats? Hold him accountable? [snicker] John Calipari? [snicker snicker] You think his livelihood will be deprived from him by the likes of the NBA and basketball shoe companies? Hilarious.

And what about Brandi Grayson? She stood in front of the Common Council and threatened the city with racial violence if - facts be damned - she did not get her desired outcome from the criminal justice system. (Query: Where could she have possibly learned that?

Madison does not hold her accountable. To the contrary. Madison celebrates her and rushes to her defense:

- "Citizen Dave's Remington 700"

Apr 7, 2015 07:32 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Boy, the libs here just don't get it. This is a teachable moment for them. The Badgers basketball team is more mature and educated than all of the Madistan City council. They've shown the city how to be adults, yet the left keeps acting like a bunch of spoiled brats.

And until they consider locking up more of the lawless in Madistan and not releasing them until they are taught to be civil, not everything is on the table.

You gotta love those blue ribbon commissions. They have solved so many problems throughout history - NOT!

Dave, not B

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Raised on a farm near Sun Prairie, David Blaska is a recovering liberal who spent 18 years in daily newspapers, including 12 at The Capital Times in Madison as a reporter and editor. He served Gov. Tommy Thompson as acting press secretary in 1998 and is a veteran and survivor of 19 years in state government. He served 12 years on the Dane County Board of Supervisors. From December 2007 to November 2011 he wrote the consistently popular "Blaska's Blog" for Isthmus online's "The Daily Page" until, he says, the intolerant liberals ran him off. He blogs from Madison.

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