Buzzcuts Gone Wild

Happy Monday!

First of all, I somehow neglected to mention that the Browns beat the Steelers on Thursday. Have some of THAT, Pittsburgh.

Now for the main event: This Saturday, I was recruited by a couple of Wisconsin Buzzcuts to go watch a Mad Ants basketball game. Generally the only basketball I watch is either college or LeBron-related, but I made an exception because I knew this game was going to be the biggest display of Wisconsin-ness since a Miller Lite truck jackknifed into a vat of melted cheddar cheese somewhere west of Oshkosh.

You see, if you read Brent Harring’s TinCaps bio page, it talks about his need for defending Wisconsin sports teams at all costs. And if you don’t believe that, you should’ve seen him Saturday. First, Wisconsin’s basketball team played against Marquette, a situation which surely tested his allegiances like the time Bill Swerski’s Super Fans pitted Mike Ditka against a hurricane named Hurricane Ditka. So I knew the buzzcuts would be good and Wisconsin-ed up for what came next.

The Mad Ants happened to be playing the Sioux Falls Skyforce, a team which features 2.5 Buzzcuts on the team. Joe Krabbenhoft and Greg Stiemsma, both former Badgers, along with Mike Nelson, who was Mr. Basketball in Wisconsin high school basketball at one point, all played for Sioux Falls. So you can imagine Brent and Tony’s reaction when their heroes started draining mid-range jumpers like young Alando Tuckers. The real action, however happened at halftime.

Brent, decked out in his Wisconsin hooded sweatshirt, was sitting with the rest of us behind the Sioux Falls bench, about 10 rows up. When Krabbenhoft came strolling out of the locker room from the halftime break, he walked over to the bench to grab something. He happened to see Brent’s sweatshirt and gave a big thumbs-up. Then, in true Buzzcut/sports fan fashion, he said something along the lines of, “Hey, big win today! We beat Marquette!” He was ready to get on with his business and warm up for the second half, but Brent and Tony kept bothering (badgering?) him about Wisconsin stuff and Krabbenhoft ate it up. Tony and Brent were glowing.

I talked to Brent about these events again today and he said, and I quote, “It might’ve been the greatest moment of my life.”

This, my friends, is all you need to know about Brent Harring.

That’s it for today!

DW

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