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Hawk reflects on Packers tenure

Feb 25, 2015 -- 3:40pm

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The Packers released veteran linebacker A.J. Hawk on Wednesday afternoon. Hawk, who spent nine years in Green Bay, issued the following video in response.

"Alex & Drew with Needles at Noon" Recap: Feb. 25, 2015

Feb 25, 2015 -- 1:10pm

Former Bucks center Larry Sanders spoke publicly about his exit from the NBA and the Milwauikee Bucks.

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With Alex Petakas "on assignment" (aka: ill) for the second straight day, the show had a bit of an "old school" feel.

Channel 12 sports director Dan Needles sat in for all three hours and he and Drew opened the show with a spirited discussion about Larry Sanders. The former Bucks center, who was placed on waivers last week, broke his silence with a first-person blog post on, Derek Jeter's new site that is serving as a conduit between professional athletes and fans/media.

Sanders also took part in the following video:

As is his wont, Dan took a somewhat cynical view of Sanders' message, which he felt was covering for a "take the money and run" approach. Drew was a bit more understanding, comparing Sanders' situation to that of former NFL standout Ricky Williams, who was suspended for marijuana and walked away from the NFL for a few seasons in the prime of his career.

The guys also hosted a spirited "Survey Wednesday." The questions:

1. Should the NCAA ban "court storming" at basketball games? (This was in response to the incident Monday night at Kansas State, which was replayed by Maryland fans when the Terps beat visiting Wisconsin on Tuesday night and happens routinely at this time of year).

2. What is the most depressing injury to an athlete you can remember?

3. What is your favorite fast-food menu item.

Answers to the survey varied greatly. Most respondents agreed that "court storming" is passe and somewhat dangerous and should be eliminated.

Injury answers included Rollie Fingers, Aaron Rodgers, Sterling Sharpe, Bo Jackson, Nick Collins, Tim Lewis and others.

Maria Sapienza, producer of "Homer & Gabe" dropped in to talk about her passion -- fast food -- and her love of White Castle sliders, Dairy Queen blizzards, McDonald's chicken sandwiches and others.


Sanders breaks his silence

Feb 25, 2015 -- 8:45am

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Former Bucks center Larry Sanders wrote a piece and did a video for The Players Tribune, an athlete-centered website founded by former Yankees star Derek Jeter.

Sanders talks about why he left the NBA and how he was hospitalized for anxiety and depression.


"Alex & Drew with Needles at Noon" Recap: Feb. 24, 2015

Feb 24, 2015 -- 2:40pm

ESPN Wisconsin staff

Alex was "on assignment" on Tuesday, and Drew - flying solo for the first two hours -- spent a majority of his time talking about NASCAR.

Wait, what?

Drew isn't a big NASCAR fan, but he was intrigued by the story surrounding Daytona 500 champ Joey Logano. After winning the race Sunday afternoon, Logano was presented with his Daytona 500 championship ring.

Like many casual followers, Drew didn't know there was such a thing. He also was unaware that Logano, who was recently married, lost his wedding ring while kayaking in Costa Rica during his honeymoon.

That prompted a question: How many married men in the ESPN Wisconsin audience have lost their wedding band?

The answer?

A lot more than Drew and Chris expected.

A steady stream of calls came in with all kinds of excellent stories of rings lost -- and then found.

The bottom line: "It's OK to lose your ring if your wife is with you when you do it," Drew said. "Losing it in the parking lot or champagne room at a Las Vegas strip club is another matter..."

Drew also chatted with ESPN Wisconsin Badgers reporter Zach Heilprin about the big game against Maryland tonight. Tom Haudricourt joined the show in the noon hour with a report from Brewers spring training.

"Alex & Drew with Needles at Noon" Recap: Feb. 23, 2015

Feb 23, 2015 -- 3:37pm

"Hoosiers" starring Gene Hackman (center) won "Best Picture" during Alex & Drew's "Sports Oscars."

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Inspired by the 87th Academy Awards, which dragged out over more than four hours on Sunday night, Alex & Drew decided to talk about movies.

Not just any movies, mind you...

"Let's talk about movies people might have seen," Alex said.

With that, the first annual "Alex & Drew with Needles at Noon Sports Oscars" were born.

The guys took nominations for Best Actor/Actress, Best Supporting Actor/Actress and Best Picture. Nominees ranged from "Raging Bull" to "Rocky" to "Caddyshack and "The Replacements." Some of the nominations were serious ("Kevin Costner in "Field of Dreams," Tom Hanks in "League of their Own") and others were downright silly (Henry Winkler in "The Waterboy'), but the show was breezy and fun.

The guys also discussed Packers coach Mike McCarthy's comments from the NFL Scouting Combine. The Packers coach said that he felt Green Bay was the best team in the NFL last year.

Movies, though, carried the day. When Dan arrived, he and Drew argued over "The Replacements," which Dan considers a cinematic sports masterpiece and Drew believes is worse than sex ed movies he was forced to watch in seventh grade.

Bucks, Sanders part ways

Feb 21, 2015 -- 7:13pm

The Bucks have requested waivers on troubled center Larry Sanders.

ESPN Wisconsin staff

The Bucks officially parted ways with troubled center Larry Sanders on Saturday night. The team released the following statement:

The Milwaukee Bucks have requested waivers on center Larry Sanders, General Manager John Hammond announced today.
“We believe this decision is in the best interest of our team,” said Hammond. “We wish Larry well and remain excited about the future of the Bucks organization.”
This season, Sanders appeared in 27 games for Milwaukee (26 starts) and averaged 7.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 21.7 minutes per game. His best statistical season came in 2012-13 when he averaged 9.8 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 2.8 blocks over 71 games (55 starts).

The Bucks play host to Atlanta on Sunday afternoon at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

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