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Mar 24, 201407:14 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

If Bo Ryan were coaching the weather, it would be spring

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The little extra spring in our steps this Monday of an interminable winter came out of Milwaukee Saturday night when the Badger basketball team avenged the last Rose Bowl with an 85 to 77 victory over the Nike (Oregon) Ducks. At halftime, down by 12 points, this cold-weather fan but remote-control jinx was ready to switch to Netflix for a Pawn Stars marathon. But Bo Ryan did something at halftime that got his players to control Oregon, the kind of quick and sneaky team that used to eat our lunch.

Perhaps coach moved a single X next to an isolated O on the locker-room blackboard. Suddenly, it all made sense. A kind of NCAA bosons particle. Perhaps a word of encouragement more subtle than a Zen master’s koan. An eyelid, lifted; the team, supremely aware, newly confident. Now speaking in tongues, imbued with the spirit. Takin’ it to the hoop.

The Badgers scored the big comeback in prime time, on network television, on a national stage. They played offense instead of four-corner slowdown. They used power and finesse. The Badgers shot the three, posted low, and dominated the boards. The whole bag o’ tricks. Those three offensive rebounds leading to Brust’s three was the possession of the game. It gave the Badgers the lead for good.

The Badgers out-toughed the Nike Ducks, too. Sam Dekker took a shot to the kisser. Brust took one to the jewels. When it was all but over, Traevon Jackson absorbed a sucker punch from a frustrated loser-boy. All Mr. Jackson did was smile as he made three stone-cold freebies at the line. Icing, it’s called.

Nothing boring about Badger basketball. Got to think prize recruits across the nation took some notice. And the talking heads.

As for this globally unwarming winter, a water main break on my street Sunday, March 23, was the third of the day in Madison, the workers said. Spring, supposedly.


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Mar 24, 2014 03:04 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

But in Madison, where white people famously turned back the charter school plan proposed by Kaleem Caire, isn't white privilege a problem? Isn't that exactly what caused a school board to believe that the white-dominated teachers union knows better than the black-dominated Urban League? If that's not white privilege, I don't know what is.

When it comes to Madison's biggest concern - racial disparities - white people ARE the problem. If black people had a voice in local government proportional to their population, do you think that charter school would have failed?

White people don't have a problem getting their kids educated in this town and they're not really motivated to change the methods used to educate black kids, particularly if it detracts even a bit from their own kids' experience. That's exactly what white privilege feels like.

I know it's easier to just bare your fangs and howl at the moon on these things. If Bo were your editor, he might push you to see things differently, adjust the X's and O's, as it were.

Mar 24, 2014 05:58 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

In 1862, white privilege meant being able to be drafted into the Union Army so you could fight and die to help a white Republican, President Lincoln set the black man free.

As far as Republicans go, I consider the debt paid in full for "white privilege" about 150 years ago. After all, the Republican Party was founded in the abolition movement. And they proved it in the 1860s and again in the 1960s, by providing most of the votes for any civil rights legislation passed in this nation.

As far as Democrats go, they were responsible for founding the KKK, Jim Crow laws, segregation, poll taxes and literacy tests to vote. So maybe these race baiting, eternally whining, professional victims should air their grievances against the right political party for a change.

My debt is long paid in full. Go after the limousine liberals in the Democratic Party who want to keep the black man trapped on the liberal plantation, only because it profits them to do so. Put the blame where it belongs for once in your life.

Mar 25, 2014 07:00 am
 Posted by  David Blaska

Two very good points. Thank you.

Mar 25, 2014 09:04 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

The very first open session is called the Black Man Think Tank, A Time for Leadership, Action and Accountability. How are you not behind that, Blaska? Another is called Strengthening Relationships Between Schools and Families. Some of the stuff is pretty academic and wishy washy, but those who take shots at this thing without looking a little deeper are doing it a disservice.

Mar 26, 2014 10:05 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Does anyone have a count on the number of Recall Walker stickers on the cars parked at Monona Terrace this week? I'm estimating 100% of them do.

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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