February 9, 1994 |
The Milwaukee Bucks finally beat a good team and hardly anybody was there to see it. Eric Murdock had 28 points and 12 assists and led six Milwaukee players in double figures last night as the Bucks stunned Hakeem Olajuwon and the visiting Houston Rockets, 106-98, in front of 7,543 bundled fans at the Bradley Center. Some 7,646 tickets that were issued weren't used because a heavy snowstorm made road conditions treacherous. Fans stayed home rather than braving bad visibility and wind chills in the minus-20-degree range.
April 28, 1990 |
Ever notice how that staple of the NCAA tournament, the office pool, never quite gets cranked up for the NBA playoffs? It has to do with the possibility of upsets. In the NBA playoffs, there is precious little of the unexpected. Chicago opened its first round last night with - surprise - a 111-97 victory over Milwaukee. In the NBA, the home-court advantage means everything. So does talent. Favored teams may have a bad night, but seldom enough bad nights to lose a five- or seven-game series.
January 11, 1991 |
The last time the 76ers were in Milwaukee, on Nov. 8, the face of the team began to change. Johnny Dawkins went down with a season-ending knee injury early in that game. Then the Sixers were told that their trade for rookie forward Jayson Williams precluded them from signing injured swingman Derek Smith, who has since joined the Celtics. Soon, center Mike Gminski went into a shooting slump - part of the reason he was traded last week to Charlotte for Armon Gilliam and Dave Hoppen.
April 29, 1986 |
The lips are tight in Milwaukee. Given their history during this time of year, the last thing the Bucks want is a sunken ship. It seems that each year, as the flowers begin to bloom, the Bucks get eliminated from the NBA playoffs by the 76ers. Four times in the last five years the Bucks, usually coming off a brilliant regular season, have met their Waterloo in the Sixers. It took the Sixers seven games to beat the Bucks in the spring of 1981. They took Milwaukee 4-2 in 1982 and 4-1 in 1983.
January 9, 2000 |
Thirty-four days after leaving town in search of an antidote to their anemic attack, the Kixx displayed a revamped offense last night. Having outscored the opposition by 85-68 during their 3-2 road trip, the Kixx wanted to show what they had learned as they took on Milwaukee at the First Union Spectrum. As it turned out, an old standby stole the show in an entertaining 8-7 victory over the Wave (11-6), a perennial contender for the National Professional Soccer League crown.
April 16, 1987 |
The next time the 76ers meet Milwaukee - next week in the playoffs - Charles Barkley will be in uniform. Oh, for small favors. Last night, Barkley was home nursing his sprained left ankle while the Sixers and the Bucks met for the last time in the regular season. It wasn't pretty. The Sixers lost in a rout, 128-95, equaling their most lopsided loss of the year and robbing themselves of any swagger as the playoffs near. "That's the worst we've been," Maurice Cheeks said.
August 6, 1998 |
Mark McGwire got a night off yesterday in Milwaukee, much to the chagrin of fans at County Stadium who disregarded a light drizzle to see the St. Louis slugger chase Roger Maris's home run record. Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said McGwire was "laboring at the plate," so he kept him out of the starting lineup against the Brewers. It was just the eighth time in 113 games that McGwire wasn't in the starting lineup. Stuck on 45 homers for a week and "mired" in a 24-at-bat homerless skid, McGwire told La Russa he needed a rest.
October 10, 1990 |
Representatives of Milwaukee's effort to land an NHL expansion team withdrew their application for a franchise yesterday, citing economic reasons. Lloyd Pettit, who heads Wisconsin Ice Hockey Inc., the group that was making the bid for Milwaukee, said league rules for expansion franchises made it economically unfeasible. Pettit said a franchise would be worth $60 million to $65 million, including the league's $50 million franchise fee and an indemnity to the Chicago Blackhawks because of the proximity of the two cities.
May 9, 1986 |
A night's sleep and several hours of thought didn't mellow Charles Barkley at all. Barkley was still seething yesterday about the Milwaukee fans and his clash with center Paul Mokeski, not to mention the Bucks' tie-breaking 113-108 victory Wednesday night in Game 5 of this best-of-seven NBA quarterfinal series. "I wasn't even going to fight the guy," said Barkley, explaining his state of mind when he and Mokeski tangled for a second time in the fourth quarter, this time beneath the Sixers basket.
February 29, 1988 |
The same people you have trusted all these years to provide Kleenex tissues and Huggies disposable diapers now want your attention for something completely different. Starting tomorrow, Philadelphia International Airport becomes one of the newest destinations for one of the nation's youngest airlines, Midwest Express, a little-known part of Kimberly-Clark Corp., the consumer-products maker. Midwest Express will provide the only nonstop flights between Philadelphia and Milwaukee, the hub of its operations.