There appears to be growing opinions from some people that the future of our great American sport of football is in trouble. The opinions stem from the concern over concussions and the long-term health impacts they have on former players as they get older. Then there’s the decision being made by more school districts and communities, including Eau Claire, to limit children to flag football until the eighth grade, when they are allowed to begin playing tackle football. Football will not
Legislators aren’t often accused of having common sense. But in this case, they got it right. A widely supported legislative proposal to extend winery hours appears to be dead this legislative session in Madison after a conservative group raised concerns that it could block tailgate parties around Lambeau Field in Green Bay and Camp Randall Stadium in Madison. The bill would have extended winery hours from 9 p.m. to midnight, subject to local regulations. An amendment was added,
With the attention of the nation’s sports fans on Sunday’s Super Bowl, it’s fun to talk football one last time before NFL training camps kick back into action in July. As my friends and relatives know, the color of my blood is green and gold. I have many fond memories related to the Green Bay Packers over the years and one of them most recently came to mind. It involves the last game the Packers played at Milwaukee County Stadium before they moved all of their home games to
It seems like a badge of honor when Packers fans talk about the coldest games they ever attended at Lambeau Field and what they wore at the games to stay warm. I’ve gone to a lot of games at Lambeau Field over the years, including the fourth coldest ever. The game time temperature was 2 degrees and they lost to the Detroit Lions, 24-17, on Dec. 22, 1990. What I remember most about that game wasn’t just the temperature. There was a very strong northwest wind and the wind chill at
Business people often talk about the importance of location, location, location. That concept apparently also holds true for Eau Claire County’s five judges. Only one of the five courtrooms at the Eau Claire County Courthouse has windows, and that apparently makes it a hot commodity. Whenever a judge retires or resigns, his or her courtroom becomes fair game to the other four judges — based on seniority. Judge Benjamin Proctor had the courtroom with windows. When he retired
After 37 years in the newspaper journalism business, I’ve learned a few things: • Always carry two pens with you. If you are taking notes during an interview and the pen you are using runs out of ink, that makes for an embarrassing situation. A second pen comes in handy in that case. • Carry a pencil with you if you are going to be taking notes outside while working on a story or conducting an interview. If it is raining, a pencil is difficult enough to use if your notebook is
Two area Green Bay Packers fans have once again shown that in this state we really are Wisconsin Nice. This episode got a lot of play from both the state and national media. You probably already know the story. Chad Johnson of Eau Claire was scrolling through his Twitter account when he came across a series of tweets from Packers cornerback Davon House talking about how he had missed his flight from Minneapolis to Green Bay and was looking for a ride to get to practice the following morning.