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#HullYes or #HullNo: NFL Ugly Christmas Sweaters

Monday, Jul, 21 2014

Ok...this is a good one.  The NFL has released ugly Christmas Sweaters for all 32 NFL teams...One of the Packers choices is pictured below (courtesy of the NFL Shop).  #HullYes or #HullNo to the new sweaters?

Here is a link to the Packers sweater.

Here is a link to all the NFL sweaters.

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I don't like the Brewers chances in the 2nd half

Friday, Jul, 18 2014

I know I ruffled the feathers of Brewer fans earlier this weekend when I said the team’s playoff chances were “toast.” 

Some saw this as a reaction to the last couple of weeks before the All-Star break where the team went 2-11.  While that has something to do with it (not much in all honesty), it’s not the biggest reason by any means.  I wasn’t sold on this team heading into the season and even when they were 19-games over .500, I thought they should be pushing their chips to the middle of the table, make a move and go all-in because I wasn’t convinced they were a championship team.  They didn’t and my thought hasn’t moved a whole lot.  Now they head to the 2nd half of the season with a slim lead in the division.

That brings me to my comments.  The main reasoning for this is trying to accurately gauge how good this team is.  Are they the team that lost 11 of 13?  Absolutely not!  Are they the team that was 19-games over .500 at one point?  I can’t say they are.  The Brewers are a good team.  Not sure that will be enough to make it to October.

Let’s look at the division race:

• Milwaukee (53-43)
• St. Louis (52-44) – 1 GB
• Cincinnati (51-44) – 1.5 GB
• Pittsburgh (49-46) – 3.5 GB
• Cubs…well, they are out of it and this will be the last mention of that…

Who plays who?
• Milwaukee:  St. Louis (10), Cincinnati (9), Pittsburgh (6)
• St. Louis: Milwaukee (10), Cincinnati (10), Pittsburgh (6)
• Cincinnati: Milwaukee (9), St. Louis (10), Pittsburgh (6)
• Pittsburgh: Milwaukee (6), St. Louis (6), Cincinnati (6)

How about other teams in the playoff race (.500 or above)?
• Milwaukee: Washington (3), L.A Dodgers (6), San Francisco (6), Toronto (2),
• St. Louis: L.A Dodgers (3), Baltimore (3)
• Cincinnati: NY Yankees (3), Washington (3), Cleveland (4), Atlanta (4), Baltimore (3)
• Pittsburgh: L.A Dodgers (3), San Francisco (3) , Detroit (4), Washington (3) Atlanta (7)

Thoughts on each team?
• Milwaukee:  Easily the toughest schedule of the bunch.  42 of 66 against teams in playoff position.  They are the healthiest team.
• St. Louis: Easily the weakest schedule of the bunch.  Stretch of 8-straight vs Cincy and Milwaukee in early September will be key. 
• Cincinnati:  Lots of division games and 42 of 67 against playoff contenders…however, Yankees and Cleveland make up 7 of those games as .500 teams.  Votto and Phillips injuries to overcome.
• Pittsburgh: Overall, a tough spot.  38 of 67 against playoff teams but not a lot verse division to make up ground there.  May need a big streak or a couple of free falls.

Obviously, those numbers go both ways.  If you play well, you do double damage because a team that is chasing you (or you are chasing) loses ground.  But, you can flip the script with bad play as we saw from Milwaukee the last two weeks.

I think the rest of July will be key for the Brewers.  They start with Washington and Cincinnati before taking on the Mets and Rays, non-playoffs teams.  The beginning of August is BRUTAL!  If they can get a cushion heading into that month, it will go a long way to their playoff chances.

Can Milwaukee make the post season?  Of course they can.  I just think the deck is stacked against them.  I will say 83-79, 3rd in the division and no Wild Card.

posted by: The Home Stretch with Justin Hull 3 month(s) ago Comment On This Post

#HullYes or #HullNo: The New College Football Playoff Trophy

Monday, Jul, 14 2014

So...the playoff is here in College Football!  However, they introduced a new trophy.  #HullYes or #HullNo to the new hardware?

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Scuba's NASCAR Pick 3: Week 19 Results

Monday, Jul, 14 2014

Our NASCAR Pick 3 is going strong!  Scuba’s Bar and Grill in Appleton is on board this season challenging you to beat the experts!

Every week, on WSCO, Alex Hayden of MRN Radio & Ben Brust of the Badgers join Justin Hull to talk NASCAR.  At the end the conversation, one listener will be chosen to call in and pick 3 drivers for the Sprint Cup Race that weekend.  After that, our expert panel of Alex, Ben, Justin and Justin’s Dad will pick their 3 for the race.

It’s golf style scoring so the lower the scorer, the better.  You get points for whatever position each of your drivers finish.  If you pick the winning driver, we subtract 5-points from your total.  If the listener beats 3 of 4 or sweeps the panel, it’s a $25 Gift Card to Scuba’s.  If you beat just one, it’s a $10 Gift Card to Scuba’s.

Here are the week 19 results:

1st place: Justin
Greg Biffle: 15
Kasey Kahne: 11
Carl Edwards: 13
Total: 39

2nd place: Justin's Dad
Jeff Gordon: 24
Jimmie Johnson: 42
Dale Jr: 10
Total: 76

Tie-3rd place: Justin's Dad
Joey Lagano: 40
Kevin Harvick: 30
Matt Kenseth: 4
Total: 74

Tie-3rd place: Listener Pat
Matt Kenseth: 4
Jimmie Johnson: 42
Kevin Harvick: 30
Total: 76

5th place: Alex Hayden
Ryan Newmann: 5
Joey Lagano: 40
Jimmie Johnson: 42
Total: 87

Yearly Rankings (total points):
1st –  Alex: 726
2nd – Justin: 787
3rd – Listeners: 799
4th – Brust: 821
5th - Justin’s Dad: 907

Race Winner Picks:
Alex Hayden - 5 (Races 2, 3, 7, 13, & 17)
Justin’s Dad – 4 (Race 1, 7, 9, 12)
Ben - 3 (Race 10, 13, 14)
Justin  - 2 (Race 4,11, & 16)
Listeners – 2 (Race 10 & 14)

Weekly Winner honors:
Justin - 5 (Week 3, 8, 11, 16, & 19)
Dad - 4 (Week 1, 7, 9, & 12)
Listeners - 4 (Week 4, 5, 14, & 18)
Ben - 3 (Week 10, 13, & 15)
Alex - 3 (Week 2, 6, & 17)

posted by: The Home Stretch with Justin Hull 3 month(s) ago Comment On This Post

Derek Jeter: RE2PECT Commercial

Monday, Jul, 14 2014


Not a Yankee fan, but have a TON of respect for Derek Jeter...this is awesome.  Well done Nike.

posted by: The Home Stretch with Justin Hull 3 month(s) ago Comment On This Post

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