Author: Michael Regan

Christmas Domination On Saturday, Giannis Antetokounmpo posted one of the better Christmas Day games in Bucks’ history as Milwaukee came back from a 15-point halftime deficit to grab a win over the Celtics. Antetokounmpo scored 36 points, pulled down 12 rebounds, dished out five assists, and came up with a huge block on Robert Williams late in the game to help complete the comeback. It was the sixth 30-point Christmas showing in Bucks’ history, trailing only Kareem’s 38-point game in a 1971 loss to Detroit. The three greatest Bucks – Antetokounmpo, Abdul-Jabbar, and Khris Middleton – now have two 30-point…

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The Bucks are in unfamiliar territory. It’s only their second ever season as defending champs, and it’s the first time since 1987 that they’re coming off of three consecutive regular seasons with a winning percentage higher than 60%. Gone, for now, are the days of building a contender or hoping to draft the next big thing. Giannis and friends are here – and here to stay – which means Milwaukee is facing a new team-building challenge. Instead of trying to take the final step like the last few years or toeing the line between all-out rebuild and some level of…

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There’s no sugarcoating what Yelich has done these past two years. He hit 21 home runs in over 700 plate appearances after topping that figure in less chances in both 2018 and 2019 alone. He stole just 13 bases these last two seasons, a figure that sits below five of his seven previous seasons. His 2021 batting average was a 4% improvement on 2020, and it was still more than 4% below his career average. We don’t need to dig all that deep here. It’s a simple equation. The Brewers pay Christian Yelich a lot of money to hit the…

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The Brewers saw their season come to an unfortunate end in Atlanta when their up-and-down offense fizzled to a postseason halt. With the World Series a few games in and the official off-season quickly approaching, it is time to look back and reflect on the season that was for the Crew. Let’s start with All-Star closer Josh Hader, a key part of Milwaukee’s elite pitching staff. 1. Hader had an excellent season Entering the year as one of baseball’s top relief pitchers, Hader might have had his best seasons yet. His 1.23 ERA was nearly a full point lower than…

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There’s something to be said for the big names. The stars. The ones that shock you when they walk by. Shock you on the field. The ones that get the praise and the attention. The ones that have that sweet-looking stroke. Have that effortless aura to their game. Maybe we love them because they come so rarely. Even in Los Angeles, Mookie Betts shines. In Milwaukee, the lights are admittedly far less bright. But the ones who shine under them have far less competition. Mookie is in Hollywood. Ryan Braun was Milwaukee. Yeli is. So is Giannis. Stars attract our…

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Let’s start with a disclaimer. There’s a big difference between glancing ahead to see what might come in the playoffs and actively attempting to manipulate how the standings end up shaking out. There’s no issue with the former when you’re as good as the Brewers have been; it’s a privilege you earn with a great regular season. The latter, however, is risky. The reality of the playoffs is that every team is good. Attempting to lose games to end up with a “better match-up” rarely ends as well as it might seem. You play to win, and you carry that…

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He’s Giannis. Giannis Antetokounmpo. The son. The brother. Greek Freak. The father. A two-time MVP. The Defensive Player of the Year. Finals MVP. Most recently, Superman. And now, the man with many names can add one more – hero. According to reports from Greece, Giannis has stepped up to provide housing aid to those pushed into need by the wildfires currently hitting the country. Initial reports suggested he provided 87 hotel rooms, and, yesterday, Greek reporter Harris Stavrou tweeted that the number had risen even higher – https://twitter.com/harris_stavrou/status/1424039401202634754 Sometimes we are too flippant with the title of hero, but, often,…

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There’s no one easy way to start a championship story that’s been fifty years in the making. But, for the Bucks, the summer of 2013 is as good of a beginning as any. It was then, in a thirty-five day span, that a franchise mired in mediocrity took the first steps on their final ascent to the title that had eluded them for nearly half a century. It just didn’t seem that way at the time. Giannis was drafted on June 27. At the moment, there was nothing particularly memorable about the selection. He was a skinny teenager with zero…

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The Bucks answered the call at home, rolling to a blowout Game 3 win behind Giannis’s greatness and a supporting cast rejuvenation before they overcame the Devin Booker game to tie the series up with an equally great effort from Khris Middleton and a quieter but still spectacular showing from Giannis. It wasn’t always pretty, especially Wednesday night. But the Bucks, as they have all postseason, found a way to get it done in the moments that mattered most. Now the moment is bigger than it’s ever been. Three games for a title, starting with a crucial Game 5 in…

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Let’s start with the with the business brought about by Friday’s news – Josh Hader was named the June National League Reliever of the Month. Since the award debuted along with Hader back in 2017, it has been handed out twenty-three times. He now has four of those trophies? plaques? online certificates? to his name. Only Edwin Díaz (5) has more, with both Aroldis Chapman and Liam Hendricks owning three. That’s not a bad position to be in. Hader also won the award back in May and June of 2019 after his initial recognition in April of 2018. So what did…

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