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Dear Ken Macha: Off limits
Dear Ken Macha

Off limits

This week's letter to Ken declares several of the most overused and underwhelming jokes about Brewers players off limits.

Dear Ken Macha: Same as it ever was
Dear Ken Macha

Same as it ever was

Two weeks into the season and the Brewers are already giving fans a serious case of heartburn. Is 2010 shaping up to be a lot like 2009?

Bay View responds to Alterra’s proposal

Bay View responds to Alterra’s proposal

Despite what you've heard, Bay View residents are ready to welcome Alterra to the neighborhood.

Dear Ken Macha: Strange Brew
Dear Ken Macha

Strange Brew

This week's letter to Ken recounts the Brewers' opening week weirdness on and off the field and explains why Prince Fielder absolutely, positively needs to be re-signed.

Dear Ken Macha: 162 reasons
Dear Ken Macha

162 reasons

Dear Ken Macha returns with a preview of the 2010 Milwaukee Brewers.

GridIron Greats visit Milwaukee for a good cause

GridIron Greats visit Milwaukee for a good cause

The GridIron Greats Assistance Fund hosts a dinner to bring attention to the plight of retired football players.

Dear Ken Macha: 2009 Ken-trospective (77-79)
Dear Ken Macha

2009 Ken-trospective (77-79)

We bid adieu to Ken Macha and the Brewers with our 2009 Ken-trospective.

MFF Preview: Modus Operandi
MFF Preview

Modus Operandi

Frankie Latina's directorial debut transforms what could have been an uninspiring, low-budget action flick into one with high-art polish.

Dear Ken Macha: Checkin’ Out The Rivalry (74-75)
Dear Ken Macha

Checkin’ Out The Rivalry (74-75)

As the Brewers begin the final series against the Chicago Cubs this season, it's time to finally admit that it's not a real rivalry.

Dear Ken Macha: Where Do We Go Now? (69-73)
Dear Ken Macha

Where Do We Go Now? (69-73)

The Brewers' struggles have put Ken on the managerial hot seat. But if Ken goes, who'll take his place? This week's letter to Ken provides a few educated guesses.

Dear Ken Macha: Winding It Down Right (66-70)
Dear Ken Macha

Winding It Down Right (66-70)

The Brewers' postseason chances are all but nil, yet there's still heart to this team and a reason to stay interested if you care about next season.

Dear Ken Macha: Down To The Wire (64-66)
Dear Ken Macha

Down To The Wire (64-66)

The Brewers' recent winning streak is casting doubt on the early naysayers' street cred, and providing a small glimmer of hope for now.

Divisionaries: Detroit Lions 2009 Season Preview
Divisionaries

Detroit Lions 2009 Season Preview

Where does a team go after an 0-16 season? Up? Sideways? Divisionaries previews the 2009 Detroit Lions.

Dear Ken Macha: Eulogy For Bill Hall (60-63)
Dear Ken Macha

Eulogy For Bill Hall (60-63)

This week's letter to Ken reflects upon Bill Hall's career (RIP).

Divisionaries: Favre From Gone
Divisionaries

Favre From Gone

Brett Favre broke our hearts one last time, but in doing so he's helped vanquish his lingering mythology among the Packer faithful -- and that's a good thing.

Dear Ken Macha: Hold Your Head Up (58-59)
Dear Ken Macha

Hold Your Head Up (58-59)

Has the recent dismantling of the Brewer's roster been a blessing or a curse for Ken? This week's letter focuses on all of the changes, both good and bad, in Ken's life over the past week.

Dear Ken Macha: Missed Connections (55-56)
Dear Ken Macha

Missed Connections (55-56)

From Prince Fielder and Guillermo Mota's bizarre non-meeting to over-the-top calls for firing reporters, lately there's been an awful lot of missed connections involving the Brewers.

We Knew It When: County Stadium
We Knew It When

County Stadium

Memories of County Stadium: Paul Molitor seat cushions, the Don Mattingly Official Toilet and Cecil Fielder's out-of-the-park home run.

Dear Ken Macha: True Stories (52-53)
Dear Ken Macha

True Stories (52-53)

When there's no good news to write, Ken, sometimes you've got to make it up.

Dear Ken Macha: A Bitter Pill To Swallow (49-49)
Dear Ken Macha

A Bitter Pill To Swallow (49-49)

You may not want to hear it, Ken, but it's time to temper fans' trade expectations. And maybe your playoff chances.

Dear Ken Macha: Restless Trade Syndrome (47-45)
Dear Ken Macha

Restless Trade Syndrome (47-45)

There's more trading-deadline hysteria as the Brewers finally make a move. Plus, Prince Fielder shows his true colors and Frank Catalanotto's battle for the rights to an ironically bad 80's song.

Dear Ken Macha: It’s All Downhill From Here (45-43)
Dear Ken Macha

It’s All Downhill From Here (45-43)

As we cross the official mid-point of the season, let's stop and congratulate a few of the most-deserving Brewers from the first half of the season. Join me, Ken, in the first-and-potentially-last-ever presentation of the Dear Ken Macha Mid Season Awards.

Dear Ken Macha: Respect Your Elder
Dear Ken Macha

Respect Your Elder

Writers and sports radio hosts spend so much time speculating on who the Brewers should trade for, who should be benched and who isn't performing right. Yet when their opinions are confirmed in a moment of extreme candor it's such a shock to their sensibilities that it suddenly becomes more than a statement of truth -- it becomes a flagrant act of disrespecting your elders. The media-created outcry over the comments even prompted your boss, Doug Melvin, into the fray, which only fueled the fire. Yet, surprisingly, his comments, which actually could be taken as disrespectful and patronizing (“I’ll be glad to have Ryan help if he wants to. I’ll give him a badge and he can be my deputy.") were accepted without sparking another round of the bogus flamewar.

Dear Ken Macha: Bummerfest! (40-35)
Dear Ken Macha

Bummerfest! (40-35)

The slightly greasy aroma of fried foods; the muffled rumble of motorcycles and fireworks echoing in the night; the same interchangeable headliners year after year. Do you know what all this means? It's Summerfest, Ken -- can you feel the excitement? You may not realize it, Ken, but the musical acts at Summerfest have a lot in common with your players. Let's examine a few of those happy and not-so-happy similarities...

Dear Ken Macha: Help Wanted (37-32)
Dear Ken Macha

Help Wanted (37-32)

Even with our very own C+C Hit Factory -- Counsell and Casey McGehee -- continuing their gritty ways, the lack of production from the lower half of the order has put you in a pickle, Ken. Do you look to add another bat to the lineup or do you focus on quality starting pitching, hoping it provides just enough momentum to propel the Brewers into the playoffs? In order to help you help us, Ken, I've compiled a quick summary of the potential players Doug Melvin refuses to acknowledge the Brewers are considering.

Dear Ken Macha: Little Chicago (34-29)
Dear Ken Macha

Little Chicago (34-29)

As more than half of the Sunday crowd stood up and cheered for Mark Buerhle after he hit his first home run since high school, I saw the cliche'd writing on the wall: Milwaukee is destined to become a defacto territory of Chicago. It's really not that bad, Ken. Yes, it's going to take some adjustment, but why fight that which we cannot control.

Dear Ken Macha: Greater Expectations (33-24)
Dear Ken Macha

Greater Expectations (33-24)

Standing just a few games past the one-third mark of the season, weeks like the past one that will begin to frustrate fans exponentially more as the calendar turns toward September. No matter how common they are during the season, they're the equivalent of abandoned swimming pools for mosquitos, breeding nothing but rampant speculation and trade rumors.

Dear Ken Macha: Red, Red Whine (30-20)
Dear Ken Macha

Red, Red Whine (30-20)

Certain rivals have been whining an awfully lot lately about the Brewer's winning ways. This week's letter to Ken Macha congratulates him on his managerial acumen in getting under other team's skins and for helping fans save money when getting girl drink drunk.

Dear Ken Macha: When It Rains, It Pours (27-18)
Dear Ken Macha

When It Rains, It Pours (27-18)

Dear Ken Macha, Since I last wrote to you, Ken, there’s been a bit of a cloud hanging over the team. First, Rickie Weeks’ wrist injury sidelined our perpetually on the brink —  and finally turning the corner  — second basemen for the rest of the season, dealing a significant blow to our offense. Then, […]

Dear Ken Macha: Ransom! (23-14)
Dear Ken Macha

Ransom! (23-14)

Superb job, Ken! The number of losses in the subject line of this letter hasn't changed from 14 all week. That's quite the impressive fact considering the Pirates were the only team you'd swept until the Marlins came to town.

Dear Ken Macha: Save Us From Favre! (18-14)
Dear Ken Macha

Save Us From Favre! (18-14)

No, the other Favre… Dear Ken Macha, Another series, Ken, and another victory — against the Cubs, no less. The bullpen shut down hitters when it mattered most and the offense perpetrated the most heinous form of mockery in modern baseball: the Craig Counsell homerun. It’s starting to look like the beginning of the season […]

Dear Ken Macha: Better Stadiums & Beer Gardens (13-12)
Dear Ken Macha

Better Stadiums & Beer Gardens (13-12)

Dear Ken Macha, You must be feeling like a bankruptcy attorney in Detroit, Ken. Everything might not be going well around you, but somehow you’re making a killing off of it. You finished the 7-game home stand with a 5-2 record, in spite of an apparently right call on Friday and potential fisticuffs throughout the […]