Mike Lucas has more than 38 years under his belt covering Badgers sports for the Madison Capitol Times. Along with national, regional and local writing awards, Lucas has been twice named the Sportswriter of the Year in Wisconsin. He also has more than 15 years as color analyst on Wisconsin Radio Network for Badger football and basketball. You can see Mike hosts his weekly television show, Sidelines on WISC TV (Ch.3-Ch.14). Lucas has authored five books: Barry's Badgers, the chronicleof the 1993 Rose Bowl Season; Five Golden Rings; the Saga of Wisconsin Hockey; The 25 Greatest Moments in Camp Randall History; Don't Flinch, the Barry Alvarez autobiography; and Another Hill to Climb, the Bo Ryan autobiography.
Matt Lepay is a native of Dayton, Ohio and is a graduate of Ohio State University (degree in journalism). He is the radio voice of Wisconsin Badgers Football and Basketball(football since 1994 and basketball since 1988-89) and a five-time Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year (as selected by state media members). You may have seen him on TV as the host of the Badgers Sports Report with UW coaches Bret Bielema and Bo Ryan. He also co-hosts Badgers Sportstalk radio shows with Mike Lucas.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tom Silverstein was on Lucas & Lepay this morning to talk Packers training camp.
On Sam Shields tackling struggles:
I don't think he was really ever taught how to tackle. Last year they worked with him extensively and I thought he improved his tackling a lot. He's never going to be Antoine Winfield coming up and smacking guys. All they need him to do though is make open field tackles. Also, he's got to gamble less than he did last year. He gave up a couple big plays where he was looking into the backfield. He's got to stop doing that.
On Eddie Lacy first impression:
He's a big back who hasn't shown open field kind of ability. He reminds of Ron Dayne. In college, when he had open holes, guys couldn't arm tackle him and bring him down. He was great in the second level and I think Lacy had the same thing going in Alabama. He's probably going to be a really good third down back. The key is can he do more? I would say he's been down the list. I haven't been that impressed.
On Datone Jones first impression:
He's a big guy whose very athletic. He reminds me of Vonnie Holliday. He's going to keep getting bigger. Right now he's 295, but I think he could easily play 300 or 305. The other thing is that he needs to learn to finish. I don't know if it's effort or what, but he's got to play as hard at the end of a play as he does at the beginning.
Jay Mohr joined the show this morning to talk about his show in Milwaukee on Friday, August 16th at the Pabst Theatre. For more information go to http://www.thebig1070.com/event_portal/view/calendar/event.html?event_id=305932
On how his comedy has developed:
Its a lot more story telling, impressions, and a lot more goofing off. In a good way though. Its real free flowing. I'll tell you one thing. If you come to the Pabst Theatre August 16th and you don't put this in your top two comedy shows you've ever seen, I'll hand you your money back on the spot.
On his show:
I do probably about 60 shows a year. Doors open at 7:00. I'll go for about an hour and a half to two hours. This is not a joke. Buzz Williams, Marquette Golden Eagle head coach, is my opening act. It is not a joke. You can tweet him yourself.
On Manziel vs. McCarron:
I take Johnny Football. Its easy. He went to Alabama and beat Alabama and AJ McCarron in his house. I think he can sling it, I can run more plays with him, I can roll him out a lot more, and I don't have to worry about him being a sitting duck if the pocket collapses.
Wesley Matthews joins Lucas and Lepay to advertise his skills camp and talk about his journey to NBA. Matthews is a Madison native, attended Memorial High School, and went to play college ball at Marquette University. He now plays for the Portland Trailblazers.
Matthews on his Skills Camp:
It’s something that I’ve enjoyed doing these past few summers. There’s nothing like going back to where it all started from. I still remember the first time I walked into that gym, being excited just to play basketball. It’s something I just want to give back. It’s completely free; all I ask is, if you can, bring a canned good. We’re always just trying to help people and to
just learn a little bit. Take some time out of your summer, one day, to come out, play basketball, learn basketball and enjoy it.
Matthews on his formula to “turn heads:”
It’s preparation and opportunity. There’s still some luck involved, absolutely, but when you give everything you have that’s all you can ask for. That’s what I did. Unfortunately there are injuries but that’s part of the game, and I was ready for it.
Matthews on the purpose of his camp:
I want [the kids] to learn that it’s okay in the summertime to make mistakes, because when you make mistakes that’s how you’re getting better. You’re doing something that’s out of your box, and it’s okay to do something out of your box because that’s how you grow. You need to get rid of the fear. Fear is good. Fear lets you know that you’re alive. Failure lets you know that there’s still room for you to get better. My mom preached that to me and made me do that through sports and I thank her for it.
Tom Pippines, the Sports Director at Fox6 in Milwaukee, joined Lucas and Lepay this morning to discuss Milwaukee Sports.
Pippines on the Bucks New Roster:
One thing we’ve talked about is the chemistry issues. I think they are trying to improve that. Larry Drew has had affiliation with a couple of these players and Teague is a guy
that’s quoted as saying he really wants to be here. I think in some ways there’s a chance they could have better chemistry but as you know with the best league in the world,
you better have some talent as well. I like what they are doing. I understand that people aren’t ecstatic that they are looking like an eight seed at best. They’re doing what the senator wants. They’re trying to being competitive, but I could live with this roster. I understand what they’re doing and I think ultimately it may be a good thing.
Pippines on Ryan Braun:
In my heart I want to believe and I’m still going to believe he’s innocent until he’s proven guilty. I think in this day and age in our business we know a little more than the
average person and at times it can make us dangerous. What is the whole truth?
Will we ever know the whole truth? This latest report just seems to be another stake in his heart. Until such time as we know for certain one way or another, I don’t think anybody can go there. Is baseball on a witch hunt? I don’t know. Braun continues to say it, at least in terms of the little bit he’s saying that he’s innocent. I’m going to believe and think he’s’ earned that on and off the field. Now if the worst happens I think Milwaukee will get behind him like a daughter or a son who makes a bad mistake. You’re disappointed. You hope they learn from it and you move on. I think it will be devastating for this franchise because he’s the signature piece.
Former Brewer and Hall of Famer Paul Molitor joined Lucas and Lepay Monday morning to talk about his career, who he feels the real home run king is, and his opinion on the All Star Game. Also Paul Molitor will be in Madison Wednesday night at the Duck Pond at 4:30 to sign autographs. For more information go to http://www.mallardsbaseball.com/paul-molitor-to-return-to-the-duck-pond-july-3rd.html.
On most unforgettable moment:
I think the one thing that sticks out for me was my World Series experiences. Both as a Brewer and as a Blue Jay. When Joe Carter hit the home run way back 20 years ago to win a World Series for the Blue Jays, thats probably the one thing that jumps out to me as my number one memory.
On who the home run king is:
For me it's Aaron. I'm just one of those people. I don't know how to exactly break down what happened during the steroid decade, but I am fairly confident that it added to their production numbers and accomplishments in their career. I just can't acknowledge that as being the all-time leader in anything. I think as we saw the seroid thing unfold, I think it brought more tribute to Henry Aaron and his career. So maybe it was a good thing for him in a way.
On his approach to the All-Star Game:
For me it was definitely a serious game. When I was first exposed to the All Star Game as a player, I was around guys that took it very seriously. There was a lot of pride in the American/National League thing. I think as managers became more pressured to feel like everybody had to play , it took away from their ability to manage the game to win the best way they possibly could. I'm not really in agreement with what the league did with the stakes of the game. I don't think that one exhibition game in the middle of the season should have an influence on who wins the World Series. But that's what they did and their sticking to their guns on it.
UW Track and Field Coach, ED Nuttycombe, retired after 30 years on Monday. He was named Big Ten Coach of the year 22 times, he won 26 Big Ten Championships, and is the Big Ten’s
winningest coach, across all sports. Thursday morning, he joined Lucas and Lepay to look back on his career.
Nuttycombe on the response he received after he announced his retirement:
The first reaction was surprise and shock. Then when they got over that, it’s been incredible.
You know it’s one thing to be congratulated for the accolades that you spoke about earlier, this and that trophies, and awards, but I think the things that been the most unbelievable to me is the stuff that comes in about how you affect their lives and things you did that sometimes you don’t even know you’re doing and how much they thank you. That has been incredible. I didn’t expect that.
Nuttycombe on when retirement started to cross his mind:
I think when you get to this point in your career you get to a certain point where it at least enters your thinking process. I’d say over the last year, year and a half it’s been, “Do we go one more year, two more, three more years? At what point is enough enough?” We had a great year, it was fun. Then you start to realize there is never is a good point. You don’t
meet a certain point where there’s no athletes you want to work with or none coming in. It just comes to a point where [you think] what’s going to change a year from now? It’s going to be the same thing and the year after that it’s going to be the same thing again. It
just seemed right.
Nuttycombe on what he’s going to miss most:
There’s probably meetings and paperwork I won’t miss for even a nanosecond. The best part of the day is always going down to the track and working with the athletes. There’s no
question I’ll miss that. The good thing is, if things work out, I’m hoping to continue to do it. It will just be a little less demanding and a little less structure, meaning I won’t have to be there every day. I think [for] all coaches, that’s the part of the day they work for and the love the most.