Wisconsin Sports Headlines – 6/25/2020

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>>Coronavirus Pandemic “Grounds” Lambeau Leap

(Green Bay, WI)  —  No Green Bay Packers players will be jumping into the crowd to celebrate touchdowns if and when the 2020 NFL season is played.  The Lambeau Leap has been grounded by the coronavirus pandemic.  All teams in the league plan to put tarps over the first six-to-eight rows of stadium seating – both to protect players and personnel and to create additional revenue through visible advertisements there.  Packers players have leaped into the end zone stands are big plays or touchdowns for almost 30 years.


>>60 Games Might Be Just Right For The Milwaukee Brewers

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  The 60-game Major League Baseball season starting next month could be just the right length for the Milwaukee Brewers.  During the 2019 season, at the 60-game mark, the Brewers had a record of 34-and-26, good for first place in the National League Central Division.  At that time, the Brew Crew was a game-and-a-half ahead of second-place Chicago.  A repeat of that performance would put Milwaukee in the playoffs with a number-two seed.  Rules will be so different in this year’s shortened season, it’s hard to make any reasonable comparisons.  Last year’s World Series Champion Washington Nationals wouldn’t have even qualified for the postseason based on their June 2nd won-loss record.


>>Coach Bud:  Interrupted Season Becomes Huge Advantage For Bucks

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Milwaukee head coach Mike Budenholzer says the interrupted N-B-A season could wind up being a huge advantage for the Bucks.  Coach Bud’s team had lost four games in-a-row and forward Giannis Antetokounmpo had a sprained knee. Now, Antetokounmpo is fully recovered and ready to go.  His coach says the superstar is “in a great place, both mentally and physically.”  Budenholzer says it would have been very difficult to keep his best player from returning to action quickly and the injury might have lingered the rest of the season.


>>WIAA Board Of Control Approves Addition Of Girls Individual State Wrestling Tournament

(Stevens Point, WI)  —  The WIAA Board of Control has given its unanimous approval to the addition of a girls individual wrestling state tournament.  Wednesday’s decision is the first addition of a girls’ sport in Wisconsin since girls hockey was added 19 years ago.  The tournament will begin with the 2021-2022 season.  The sport has the pledged support of 120 superintendents in the state.  Wisconsin becomes the 17th state to offer a girls wrestling state championship.


>> Wisconsin Big Man Happ Named to Big Ten Network’s All-Decade Team

(Rosemont, IL)  —  Former Wisconsin Badgers big man Ethan Happ made the Big Ten Network’s all-decade second team for the 2010s.  The second team includes U-W’s Happ, Michigan State’s Cassius Winston, Purdue’s Carsen Edwards, Indiana’s Victor Oladipo and Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger.  Happ played at Wisconsin from 2015-2019 and is the program’s all-time leader in rebounds, blocks, double-doubles, and offensive rebounds.  He scored the most points of any Big Ten player in the decade.  Happ said practicing every day with former U-W center Frank Kaminsky helped him improve his game.


>>Former Buck, Pacers Guard Brogdon Tests Poisitive For Coronavirus

(Indianapolis, IN)  —  Indiana Pacers point guard Malcom Brogdon is the latest NBA player to test positive for coronavirus.  The former Milwaukee Buck has been involved in racial and social justice efforts and took part in peaceful protests in Atlanta.  Brodgon was injured when the season was put on hold in March due to COVID-19.  He was traded from Milwaukee to Indiana in the offseason and averaged more than 16 points, seven assists and four-and-a-half rebounds per game.  No word on whether Brodgon will be available when the season resumes next month in Florida.