There’s no better way to wake up as a Bucks fan then this…

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Hurry, list your top 3 ways to wake up in the morning from 3 to 1.  GO!!

3. Email/Phone call that class/school is cancelled.

2. Not Hungover.

1. Your 22-year-old superstar, who’s leading the NBA in points per game and also the early season MVP race, says he’s never going to leave and play as many more years as he can for the city, bringing your team multiple rings and accolades.

Giannis saying that Wisconsin is the best NBA city to live in is a gift dropped straight from the Gods right down to the doorstep of every Wisconsinite out there.  It’s better than a $5 Hot and Ready at 2 am after a long night out.  It’s better than your long lasted crush saying she has feelings for you too.  It’s better than a God damn hot mug of cocoa after a day of playing in the snow.

You can’t beat the feeling of loyalty and love you feel when famous celebrities say they want to represent you more than anyone else in the World.  That’s exactly what Giannis is giving the people of Wisconsin with this statement, and he absolutely knows all of us fans are going to back him up and cheer for his every move for as long as he lives on this planet.  We’re all in it together for the ups, downs, and every step of this long run the Bucks and us, the fans, are about to take on the trip to not 1, not 2, not 3, but how ever many championships we fucking want.

We literally have the modern day Tim Duncan in Giannis.  He loves the city that drafted him and worked with him to become a MVP caliber talent before he’s even in his basketball prime; he’d rather live in a small market with a loyal fan base and the closest teammates/friends than the lights and fame of big cities with fair weather fans; and he’d rather show up everyday ready to play basketball the right way in a hard nosed, share the rock, grind on defense, and make any play you can for the benefit of your team style of play.  The only thing that’s different is Timmy D was calculating angles off the backboard to drop in smooth turnaround banks from anywhere on the court, while our boy Giannis will make you look like a preschooler while he ends your life and existence on Earth with dunks from the stratosphere.

As Bucks fans and Wisconsinites, we have been absolutely blessed with Giannis Antetokounmpo.  There’s no other way to describe it.  Don’t take him for granted, and be prepared to watch this beauty for the next 15 years plus…

GET OFF ME

STRAIGHT MUGGIN

DON’T JUMP BOI

AAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH

I’m unbelievably amped at 10:00 in an archaeology class on Friday morning.  Give me the Bucks game now.  Better tune in tonight at 6 vs the Pistons because you better believe Giannis is going to do something special.

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The Bucks Looked Gross Last Night Against the Thunder, But It’s Ok.

It looked like the Thunder were a nationally ranked 5th grade AAU team, like the ones LeBron’s and DWade’s kids play on, and the Bucks were a 5th grade Saturday morning, travel basketball team with Giannis being that one kid that’s already like 6’3″ and can hang with anyone because he’s basically a full grown adult at that point.  However, I am not at all worried about my Bucks.  They’ll be fine.  Yesterday’s fluky performance can best be explained through the opening verse of Limp Bizkit’s “Break Stuff”:

It’s just one of those days, when ya don’t wanna wake up
Everything is fucked, everybody sucks
You don’t really know why, but you wanna justify rippin someone’s head off
No human contact, and if you interact your life is on contract
Your best bet is to stay away motherfucker!, It’s just one of those days!

When you’re down 18 points going into halftime, you soak all the balls, jerseys, shoes, socks, hoops, nets, court, and stadium in gasoline, turn around, start walking, put on some sunglasses, place a cig in your lips, flip open your zippo, light the dart, breathe in a deep, slow drag, toss that lighter over your shoulder, hear the explosion as it all goes up in flames, and pretend like the game never happened.  It was just one of those days.

However, there were two huge things the Bucks must fix if they have any hopes at all of being a Championship team.  We’ve already made it to the playoffs and are definitely a playoff caliber team, so at this point, we have to take it to the next step, starting with figuring out these two issues.

1. Khris Middleton has to understand when it’s not his night.

Khris is definitely our second best player, coming off his best game of the season where he dropped 29 against the Hawks.  He’s a great 3 point compliment to Giannis’ driving capabilities.  He started this one though on a nice 0 for 6 run and ended up 3-13 with a cool 0-5 mark from deep.  I get it, I understand the only way to get out of a scoring slump is to by keep shooting, trust me, every time I play a game of basketball, I have to shoot myself out of a slump.  However, if you shoot 1 less time than Giannis, and score 19 less, you need to realize that it’s not your night and use your play-making skills to set-up someone’s who’s feeling it with a good shot.

2. Thon Maker needs some milk.

Here’s a side by side view of Thon Maker and his matchup last night, Steven Adams, along with their heights and weights.

Thon Maker: 7’1″ and 220 lbs               Stephen Adams: 7’0″ and 250lbs

Imagine that stick trying to guard that boulder.  It would probably turn out something like 2-3 with 2 dunks and 3 rebounds (2 offensive) in the first few minutes of the game on the way to 7-10 for 14 points and 11 boards compared to a line of 3-9 and 1 rebound for the stick.  Hey what do you know, those are the exact stats for Stephen Adams and Thon Maker last night.  Maybe he shouldn’t of been expected to out rebound a guy who is at least 30 pounds heavier.  Thon start rackin’ up calories man, get on the Stephen Adam’s diet.  Drink some milk.
Besides those two issues, last night never happened, and don’t bring it up ever again. The Bucks have a chance tonight to start a new win streak and get things rollin’ against the Hornets.  Let’s go.

Bucks vs Celtics…AT THE MECCA! Three Keys to the V.

I guess the Celtics didn’t get enough of an ass kicking last week in Boston against the Bucks, so they’re coming down to Milwaukee for another helping of whoop ass from Giannis and the boys.  Back to the match-up in a second, but more importantly, the Bucks are coming back to The MECCA, aka the stadium directly south of the Bradley Center, where UW-Milwaukee now plays, and the Bucks used to play.  They recreated the floor to how it looked when Kareem and Oscar Robertson were floating in sky hooks and dropping triple doubles all the way to a championship in just the Bucks 3rd season ever in 1970-1971.  Did I mention they went 12-2 in the playoffs that year including a sweep in the NBA Finals, eat shit Warriors 24-1.  It’s the Bucks 50th anniversary season, so they’re going back in time for tonight’s game in an absolutely electric atmosphere with the sickest throwback court of all time.

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MILWAUKEE, WI – OCTOBER 23: Interior view of the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)
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MILWAUKEE, WI – OCTOBER 23: Interior view of the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Bucks’ dark green is going to match so perfectly with the accents of the court while Giannis dunks on every person associated with the Celtics and Middleton and Brogdon rain 3s from the light orange points stretched across the 3 point arc.  The court and the play of the Bucks tonight are going to be the most beautiful thing to touch this Earth in a long, long time, and I cannot wait for tonight’s game.  The Celtics are coming off 2 feel good wins against the Knicks and 76ers, but as long as the Bucks play the way they’re suppose to (Let Giannis do his thing and kick it to wide open 3 point shooters), they’ll be 4-1 after tonight.

3 Keys to the V:

1. Giannis Shoots 30 Times from the Paint

Giannis Antentokunmpu is easily the front runner for MVP after coming into the season with the “not a superstar yet” tag, and if you’re still saying he’s not a top 5 player in the league, you’re just a internet troll hater and know absolutely nothing about basketball.  The guy is averaging 36.8 ppg, good for the league lead by over 5 points, and has made only one 3 all season.  Not one 3 per game, no just one made 3 pointer in 4 games total.  He’s a scoring machine the old fashion way, let him drive, post-up, manhandle, do whatever he wants to the defense as long as he’s shooting 30 times from the lane, making half, and drawing at least 5 fouls. That’s an easy 35 to go along with his usual 10 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.

2. Hold Kyrie to Under 20

When these two teams met last week, not one player on the Celtics scored more than 20 points.  They were just fortunate enough to have 5 guys in double digits so they could barely scrape out 100 points in the game, and that was because the Bucks took away their main options of Kyrie and Horford (combined 30 points), making the young guys step up.  If the Bucks find a way to hold Kyrie under 20 by rotating a fresh Brogdon, Snell, or Middleton onto him, all who are lanky perimeter defenders that easily outsize Irving, can bully him while he’s driving, and will always have a hand in his face during a shot; the young guys won’t be able to replicate last time, and the Bucks’ will win big.

3. Win the 4th Quarter

In the loss against Cleveland and the close thriller vs the Blazers, the Bucks didn’t have it in the 4th quarter like they did in the other 2 wins.  They downed Boston 32-20 in the 4th in their win and managed a 20-17 last quarter against Charlotte.  If you play close the whole game, and win the 4th, most likely your going home with one more dub on the record.

Get amped for the game because the Cavs have shown they’re vulnerable in their last two losses against the Magic and Nets, yikes, and I’m really starting to think this year could end in a NBA Finals appearance.

 

We Found a LEGIT Way to Make Free Money on Sports Without Losing Your Own

So I was eating dinner, by myself, scrolling through the Instagram, throwing out some likes and tossing around some views, while shoving enchiladas into my mouth, when one of those annoying Instagram App Ads actually caught my eye.  Instead of scrolling right past it to watch the next videos of college students proving they need to find Jesus by bonging a four loko or making out with multiple people at once, I stopped to give the piece of advertisement a look.  It was for an app called WinView, and it’s basically a professional sports interactive experience app based on winning money from making correct predictions of the game in real time.

I almost didn’t download it because I was certain that it was just an easier to use gambling app that just updated the spreads and money lines faster than the rest of them, and also had a pretty good live betting option as well.  I wasn’t really interested in a way to lose all my money faster.  If I was going to gamble, I would want it to be by the natural way of a long painful death throughout the game where everything goes exactly opposite of how I betted on it, not minor shots to the bank account every few minutes.  However, the advertisement for the WinView app said it was 100% free to win real cash, so I thought might as well and clicked on it, thinking it was going to cost like $5.00 to download once the App Store loaded.  The little box read “Get” meaning it was free so I tapped it and gave it a download.

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Once she finished, I opened her up and, surprisingly, I just signed up with Facebook and was not asked, in any way, to give the app credit or debit card information.  I was good to go, and the app just brought me right into a tutorial of how to play and win cold hard cash.  The way it works is that you join a lobby of 19 other players for either a quarter of football or basketball, or an inning of baseball at a time and make predictions to win points to beat everyone else in the lobby by gaining the most points throughout the quarter or inning.  The app will give you prediction situations, such as will the Lakers make their next shot or will the Chiefs get a first down on this drive, where you pick yes or no.  That’s basically all you have to do.  Obviously, it’s a little more complicated with some predictions have multipliers if they’re more likely not to happen, you have to win tickets in free lobbies to join money lobbies, most of the payouts for winning are under $8 bucks, and other things like that.

But the point is and the jist of the situation is, I’ve been doing this for 4 days and have made over $40 bucks.  All you need to do is set up a pay pal account with a secure email address to cash out; it’s that easy.  It’s 100% legit as well because WinView is sponsored by professional teams like the Wizards, Capitals, and others because again the hope is that people watch more professional sports games and drive the ratings up while they make predictions.  If you’re watching the game anyway, you might as well hop on WinView and make some cash while you’re at it.

P.S. WinView, if you’re reading this, maybe you could wet our noses a little bit for all this free advertising we so generously gave you.

 

Milwaukee Bucks 2017 Season Preview

Melo and Paul George joining MVP Russ on the Thunder; Jimmy Butler and Jeff Teague forming a fearsome foursome with young studs KAT and Wiggins on the T-Wolves; and Paul Millsap teaming up with Jokic to give the Nuggets a stacked front-court were some some of the most electric moves of the NBA off-season that allowed me to keep my sanity when the only sport to watch was mid-season baseball in July and August.  Nice!  The 35-67 Phillies won a close 5-3 game over the 56-50 Padres.  That’s so awesome!  Ehh fuck that and fuck yes for the 2017 NBA off-season being probably the craziest, most blockbuster off-season in NBA history.  7 All-Stars changed teams as NBA GMs were throwing picks, money, and the future at anyone that could give them 18 plus a game.  I loved it.

So much has changed this offseason…

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BBBBUUUUUUUUTTTTTTT, the moves were, in all honesty, probably just a waste of excitement and awe because every important trade and signing featured a top East player moving to the West in an attempt to scratch at the ankles of the Warriors atop their pedestal of that conference.  Yes, I’m aware they lost to the Rockets last night, but you don’t go 15-1 in the playoffs the year before, hardly lose anyone, and just become a regular Joe team again after an opening night loss.  The Warriors are still big brother, but the rest of the teams in the West are deep into puberty and can start putting up a fight.

The moves weren’t entirely in vain though, at least indirectly.  Without a doubt, the team that benefited the most from all the NBA off-season insanity are our very own Milwaukee Bucks.  The Bucks have one of the top 5 players on the planet in Giannis, three big veteran presences in Middleton, Monroe, and Dellavedova, along with a plethora of potential in Brogdon, Thon, and DJ Wilson.  That’s not even mentioning the 3 and D master Tony Snell and the eventual return of the Bucks 2nd best player, Jabari Parker.  The Bucks have all the makings of a top playoff seed, and thanks to the West, the East is wide open for them to go prove their worth.  Literally a dream come true in terms of developing and experience for every head coach and GM out there.  The Cavaliers, Celtics (even with the loss of Hayward), Wizards, and Raptors are still some of the top teams in the league, but so are the Milwaukee Bucks.  It’s time to show up starting tonight against one of those top teams, the Boston Celtics.

The Rotation:

Point: Malcolm Brogdon

The reigning Kia Rookie of the Year has the shooting, defense, size, and smarts to become one of the best floor generals in the league.  He’s not going to iso or pick and roll every other play like many of the top scoring points in the league, but he’s definitely going to give you timely shots, great passes, and solid perimeter defense.  He’s on his way to becoming one of the must trusted 1-guards in the league comparable to Tony Parker in his hey day, but more athletic and electrifying.

Wing: Kris Middleton

The biggest overall need in the NBA is floor spacing.  Shooting and spacing are king in the league today where hand checking and a little body are fouls every single time.  Kris is literally the perfect 3 guard.  He’s 6’8″ and a career 40% 3-point shooter.  He’s the prototypical 3 and D wing.

Wing: Tony Snell

Tony Snell walked into the Bucks organization as a role player, stepped up as a starter when Jabari went down, and calmly hit 41% of his 3s while often guarding the best player on the court last season.  How did we get him again?  Oh yeah, we traded Michael Carter Williams straight up for him.  Yes, Michael Carter Williams.  Who’s that you ask?  He’s irrelevant now, so it doesn’t matter.  Snell and Middleton are the second best 3 and D wings in the league, even better than Thompson and Durant in my opinion.

Star: Giannis Antetokounmpo

I don’t know what position to give him because he can do it all at the highest level.  He should be the MVP this year, plain and simple.  Anything less is a let down.  There’s too many mouths to feed on the Warriors, Thunder, Celtics, and Cavaliers.  Harden and Leonard have too many tough match-ups all season.  Giannis is primed for a MVP caliber season whether people think it or not.  He’s battled the haters, and won, over and over again going from a 17 year old project to an All-Star starter before he’s even turned 23.  Give him the trophy now.

Stretch Center: Thon Maker

I won’t lie.  I hated the Thon pick at the time.  There was a lot of controversy about his past, and he hadn’t really proved himself at any level other than high school.  I warmed up to him so fast though when I heard he was a gamer and realized that he’s learning from someone who is basically the same player as him with a very similar story, but a bit smaller and more coordinated, in Giannis.  Then, Thon averaged 37% from three and blocked 0.5 shots in under 10 minutes a game as a starter as a rookie when he was suppose to be a project.  Expect Most Improved consideration for him.

Rebounding Post/6th Man: Greg Monroe

I think Monroe is the anchor of the team.  He’s done everything he’s been asked after coming to the Bucks even though he was expecting to be the focal point of the team after choosing them in free agency 2 years ago.  He’s coming off the bench, rebounding, and playing defense for them without being given many touches on offense.  He’s even still converting those chances at 53% as he’s one of the Bucks most efficient players.  We couldn’t do it without him

Back Up Point: Matthew Dellavedova

Delly struggled shooting the 3 last year, but averaged more assists than he had every other year in his career.  The latter is the kind of play we need out of him in 2017-18.  We need him to come off the bench, give Brogdon a rest, lead the floor, and make plays for others on the court.  Stay gritty and selfless Delly.

Back Up Stretch: DJ Wilson

Hopefully DJ steps right in and becomes the new and improved Mirz.  No offense to Mirz, but every time he comes in the game he either misses a three or turns the ball over.  DJ Wilson is  6’10” athletic, stretch that can rebound, defend, and shoot the 3.  If Teletovic is used over him, in the same position, it would be a travesty.

Future Starting Stretch: Jabari Parker

We probably won’t get him back until after the All-Star break coming off his second ACL tear, but I’m not giving up on Jabari.  I think he can still be a star in this league.  He can dribble, drive, and sometimes shoot.  He just needs to stay healthy.  I think he’ll come back strong for the second half of the season and deep into the playoffs, earning a max offer sheet when he’s a restricted free agent this summer.

The Schedule:

Wednesday, October 18th, versus the Boston Celtics: Opening Night

Friday, October 20th, versus the Cleveland Cavaliers: Beat Big Brother

Tuesday, October 31st, versus the Oklahoma City Thunder: Can They Play with the West

Saturday, December 16th, versus the Houston Rockets: Can They Play with Contenders in the West

Monday, January 1st, versus the Toronto Raptors: Playoff Revenge

Friday, January 12th, versus the Golden State Warriors: Are They a Championship Caliber Team

Friday, February 23rd, versus the Toronto Raptors: Potentially Jabari’s Coming Out Party

Tuesday, February 27th, versus the Washington Wizards: Can They be a Top 2 Seed

Monday, March 9th, versus the Cleveland Cavaliers: Are They Ready for the Playoffs

Thursday, March 29th, versus the Golden State Warriors: Can They Win it All

The Playoffs:

Record: 50-32

Seed: #2 behind #1 Cleveland

Round 1: #2 Milwaukee Bucks versus #7 Philadelphia 76ers

Bucks in 5 in a match-up of the Eastern Conference powerhouses of the future.  Two top 10 NBA players will face off in Giannis and Embiid with chances for even more future All-Stars and All-NBA players in Simmons, Fultz, Parker, and Thon.

Round 2: #2 Milwaukee Bucks versus #3 Boston Celtics

Bucks in 6 against the Defending Eastern Conference Champion Celtics.  The loss of Hayward for the season proves to be deadly for the Celtics because he was their best bet in matching against Giannis.  Tatum and Brown aren’t solid enough defenders with enough experience to stay in front.  Combinations of Brogdon and Middleton can stifle Kyrie, and Thon can handle Horford with height and athleticism.  Shooting will also be huge for the Bucks during the series.

Conference Championship: #1 Cleveland Cavaliers versus #2 Milwaukee Bucks

Cavs in 6 against the up and coming Bucks.  I hope I eat my words here, but the Bucks just aren’t deep enough to win 4 out 7 against the Cavaliers veteran, championship-built team.  This will be a huge year in the development of legitimacy for the Bucks, but not the year of the title just yet.  Here’s to another shitty year of Cavaliers versus Warriors.

The question everyone's asking: Who ya got?

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The Takeaway:

I hope the Bucks can turn into the San Antonio Spurs of the East.  Perennial conference championship appearances and NBA Final wins all because of the home grown talent and loyalty they have to the franchise.  They have the youth and the talent to be one of the best NBA franchise for years to come.