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Dec 9, 201309:40 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Can no one rid me of this turbulent weather?

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Snow and cold in December? Personally, I blame global warming/climate change.

The indentured servants at The Stately Manor fired up the brand-new 205 cc Ariens 24 LE for the first time this morning after frequent consultations with the manual. The Wisconsin-built beast is a two-stage snowblower that cuts a manly 24-inch-wide swath under the direction of six forward and two reverse gears. Makes snowblowing lots of wintery fun — I’m told (ahem).

So, we’re in a good mood today, the Packers having survived to fight another day. Does raise the point: do major league baseball teams start only one pitcher? (A: They do NOT!) Might it not make sense to invest more resources in a quality backup and play him regularly — say, the entire fourth quarter if you’re up by at least two scores? Spares your Number One a few hits, thereby prolonging his career, and keeps Number Two sharp. The Squire is giving the Pack first dibs on his wisdom.

The Badgers landed in a dandy New Year’s bowl, playing South Carolina in the Capital One Bowl. At least it’s not the Beef ‘O’Brady Bowl, named after a chain of sports bar-restaurants; the nearest are in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Bourbonnais, Ill., south of Chicago. 

Would the UW have enough self-respect to politely decline if such was its only invitation? Michigan is playing in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. Hmmm. I guess it’s the name. Wouldn’t a bowl sponsored by Wisconsin’s Epic Systems resonate better? The Epic Bowl; play it in Cancun.

Seven Big 10 teams will play bowl games; what do you want to bet the conference goes no better than 2-5? We’re up in basketball, down in football.

Help, I’ve been shot

As the Squire of the Stately Manor ages ever less gracefully, the TV pitch “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” assumes greater relevance. Now comes a new worry that not even The Clapper can solve.

Reporting on a crime wave in Wilmington, Del., home of the esteemed vice president, the reliable news source Delaware On-Line puts a face (so to speak) on the grim statistics with this quotation from a shooting victim: “What is there to say? There’s a bullet in my ass and they can’t get it out.”

Now there’s pathos for you that the Brady Campaign just has to put on tour!


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Dec 9, 2013 09:57 am
 Posted by  Anonymous


Do us all a favor and move South.

Dec 9, 2013 10:47 am
 Posted by  Leo

Hey Blaska, do your neighbors a favor and go snow blow their driveways. Good practice for the new snowblower.

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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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