After 33 years varsity football debuts at N.E.W. Lutheran

It’s not going to be about wins and losses for the Northeastern Wisconsin Lutheran football team this season.

Make no mistake, the Blazers want to win games and hope to make the playoffs in their first year at the varsity level.

But after years of work behind the scenes, just being in a position to play varsity football is the biggest victory for the program.

“This school has been in existence for 33 years,” N.E.W. coach Dick Hasseler said. “We are going to have our first Friday night football game. That is awesome.”

It’s a sentiment shared by his players, who have been looking forward to this day.

“Everybody is pretty pumped,” said DaVonte King, a junior defensive/offensive lineman. “I don’t want to be overconfident about anything, but I think we should do pretty good this year.”

Bill Gosse, whose sons attend N.EW., laid the groundwork in the spring of 2007 to get football at the school. The Blazers played a junior varsity schedule the past two seasons and slowly have built their numbers. There should be about 30 players on the roster this season, which is up from the 20 it had this time last year.
They don’t have a home field and will play their four home games at other area schools — the official locations are being decided but could include Green Bay East, Green Bay West and Green Bay Notre Dame — but they do have some top-of-the-line equipment thanks to the help of the Green Bay Packers and the NFL.

Perhaps the biggest positive is that a handful of the players already know what it’s like to play in big games.

Several members of the Blazers’ boys basketball team that advanced to the program’s first state tournament in March also are playing football. They hope to bring some of that momentum onto the field with them.
“I think it carries over,” said senior wide receiver Aaron Gosse, who is a starting guard on the basketball team. “Winning in anything in general, everyone gets a feel for it. I think some of the guys who are on the football team now will bring that winning mentality to here. Hopefully, it will carry over to the younger guys.” (Source: Green Bay Press Gazette)

Exciting times for the Blazers.  Best of luck in your inaugural varsity season.

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Business owners await Packers’ expansion plans

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Ron Smits figures he has paid his dues and deserves whatever benefits come his way if the Green Bay Packers help launch an entertainment and sports district in his neighborhood.

“I don’t plan on going anywhere,” said Smits, owner of Smitty’s Used Cars, 913 Lombardi Ave. “I lived through the reconstruction of Lombardi Avenue, and I knew in the future it would pay dividends. As the area grows, I expect to reap the benefits.”

The Packers have purchased a little more than 28 acres close to Lambeau Field in recent years for a development aimed at producing revenue and attracting tourists. That will alter the landscape of the area and mean changes, both good and bad, for business owners.

While some business owners say it will be a boon, others are concerned the Packers will bring in competition for them and stretch the tourist dollar too thin.

Still in the planning stage, the Titletown District — as it’s being called by the Packers and municipal leaders — is being promoted as a multi-jurisdictional development district that would include input from the Packers, Brown County, the city of Green Bay and the village of Ashwaubenon. (Source: Green Bay Press Gazette)

Titletown District has a nice ring.  And it’s no secret that additional sources of revenue are needed to continue being competitive in the NFL.

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Uecker to return to the booth Friday

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This is great news!

The Milwaukee Brewers have announced that Bob Uecker, the voice of the team for the last 40 years who had heart surgery in April, will return to the 620WTMJ Brewers broadcast booth at Miller Park to call games starting Friday.

Uecker will call the play-by-play with Cory Provus beginning with Friday’s Brewers game with the Washington Nationals at 6:35 p.m. on Newsradio 620 WTMJ.

Doctors at Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin repaired Uecker’s aortic aneurysm on April 30th, and he has spent most of the last three months recovering.

Uecker will give more details about his return at a press conference at 3:00 p.m. Friday before his return to the booth.

Uecker, the longtime voice of the Brewers on Newsradio 620 WTMJ, has been behind the microphone calling Major League Baseball games for more consecutive years than almost any active broadcaster. (Source: 620WTMJ)

Maybe it can provide the team with a spark.

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Ruling on High School Sports Coverage Appealed

Gannett Co. and the Wisconsin Newspaper Association are appealing a recent court decision dealing with live Internet streaming of high school games.

A federal judge last month ruled in favor of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association. He said the WIAA’s exclusive agreement with a video-production company doesn’t stifle media freedom.

Media company Gannett and the newspaper association disagree. They appealed last week arguing that as a public institution, WIAA has to allow the media access to its events.

WIAA counters that its postseason sports aren’t public events and it needs to charge fees for access to tournaments.

The WIAA filed the initial lawsuit in 2008 after The Post-Crescent of Appleton streamed live coverage of four high school football playoff games. (Source: WAOW)

Should it be streamed online for free or should you have to pay just like if you were going to the game?

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