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Transitioning out of one industry and into another can be challenging, especially after multiple years on the job. For many professional athletes, by the time they retire or are forced from the game by injury or obsolescence, they have been in their sport for 20 or 30 years. For too many of them, they find it difficult financially and emotionally to adjust to life after sports. 

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You may know the beer that made Milwaukee famous, but how about the man? Reggie “Da Crusher” Lisowski was a pro-wrestler from South Milwaukee, whose career spanned from the 1950s through the 80s. His tagline, “The man who made Milwaukee famous,” was a nod to his character, which was pure Milwaukee.

Milwaukee native Chris Multerer - known professionally as Chris Curtis - made a name for himself in the world of pro-wrestling. He spent more than 25 years in the ring, competing largely in the midwest against some well-known opponents, including national names like Hulk Hogan and Jesse Ventura.

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There are two groups of Milwaukee filmmakers premiering their films at the Sundance Film Festival this year. One of those films is a short documentary by a production company called Custom Reality Services. Filmmakers Brad Lichtenstein, Jeff Fitzsimmons and Maddy Power combined sports, social justice, history and virtual reality in their latest project.

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The last time we spoke with sports contributor Shaun Ranft, the Green Bay Packers had just fired longtime coach Mike McCarthy in the midst of a second consecutive mediocre season, replacing him on an interim basis with Joe Philbin.  The season didn’t get any better and the Packers missed out on the playoffs — by a lot.

This week, after reportedly considering up to a dozen high-profile names to replace McCarthy, the Packers hired someone who was more under-the-radar: Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur. 

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Editor's note: This piece was originally published Sept. 11, 2018.

Football is like politics. We support our leaders when we agree with them and want to throw the bums out when we don’t. The intersection between professional football and politics is pretty substantial, as Mark Leibovich learned over the past few years.

Pickleball Is A Big 'Dill' In Wisconsin

Dec 17, 2018
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Editor's note: This piece was originally published Aug. 22, 2018.

Pickleball has nothing to do with pickles, but here in Wisconsin, it is a big 'dill'.  Jokes aside, the once-niche sport has surged in popularity, especially here in Southeast Wisconsin.

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The Packers’ difficult season managed to get even worse over the weekend. Playing in perfect Lambeau Field weather — a cold and snowy Sunday — the Pack lost to the lowly Arizona Cardinals 20-17.  The Packers' record now sits at 4-7-1. While they are mathematically alive in the race for the post-season, only the most optimistic fans have expectations of seeing them in the playoffs.

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For a basketball team that’s only won one world championship, the Milwaukee Bucks have featured quite a few legends of the game on the court. Players like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Oscar Robertson, Moses Malone and Ray Allen truly put the fear in those who faced the Milwaukee deer. 

A single season playing football might be all it takes to change a young athlete's brain.

Those are the preliminary findings of research presented this week in Chicago at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.

Researchers used special MRI methods to look at nerve bundles in the brain in a study of the brains of 26 young male football players, average age 12, before and after one season. Twenty-six more young males who didn't play football also got MRI scans at the same time to be used as a control group.

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A national study of concussions suffered by football players and military cadets will move into a second phase, with the Medical College of Wisconsin continuing to play a major role. Findings from part one of the massive study appear to have brought some safety improvements to football. But the new round of research could bring more changes.  

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Milwaukee's Midnight Basketball League is wrapping up its latest season. But the program's impact on the lives of the players is much bigger than having a safe place to play basketball.

On a recent Wednesday night, groups of young men filed into Bradley Technology and Trade High School on Milwaukee’s south side for the Midnight Basketball League. The first game of the night was set to begin at 8, followed by games at 9, 10 and 11.

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With Veterans Day on Nov. 11, the Medical College of Wisconsin is highlighting its recent research into concussions suffered by military cadets at the nation's service academies. The college and partner universities also looked into concussions among college football players.

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This weekend marks Week 9 of the NFL season. And for football fans in Wisconsin and New England, Sunday night has been starred on the calendar for a long time.

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Tens of thousands of people in the United States enjoy tailgate parties before football and baseball games. In fact, the parties themselves have become an event, helping to draw people to stadiums, even when teams aren't having the greatest season.