For Panthers, Name of the Game is our place on the south side

Recently on the D-Board, the Panther fans discussed a deal at Boston Store that sold UWM sweatshirts for $20.  It was a one-day sale, but many of the fans (including yours truly) were annoyed to find that the t-shirts carried the academic UWM wordmark logo instead of any athletics logo, even the outdated belt buckle.

The problem is the same as it has always been.  Milwaukee fans have been forced to see stores stock one or two items at best, and never is the item actually something the fan wants to buy.  When you get junk like “Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers” out there, no one is buying it.  When no one buys it, the stores don’t restock the shelves with Panthers stuff.  They just assume that the Panthers don’t have a lot of buying fans and they decide to move past the Milwaukee-themed apparel.

What they don’t realize is that if you stock good stuff, people will buy it.  If they stock crap, we’re going to continue to get stuck in the circle of apparel death.  If only there were a place besides the bookstore that carried good stuff…

Fear no more!  In a trip to Southridge Mall today, I was planning on an awful tag-along trip with The Official Girlfriend of PantherU ™ to such wondrous establishments as Insert Girly Clothing Store Here and Hot Topic.  I made the slip at Maurice’s and made my way across the center of the second floor to Name of the Game.

For those of you who are unaware of Name of the Game, the store is owned by Bucky’s Locker Room, the company not owned by UW that has stores in the Kohl Center and Camp Randall Stadium.  The store has several Milwaukee locations, but the Southridge location just opened in April.  I was surprised not to only find Panther apparel, but GOOD Panther apparel.  While “University of Wisconsin” makes its appearance on a couple of the items, it’s only as a small section, with “MILWAUKEE PANTHERS” the prominent mark on almost all apparel.

In all, the stand in the middle of the store carries one hooded sweatshirt, two ladies shirts (cool ones too), three toddler and baby items, and five unisex t-shirts that are absolutely the cat’s pajamas and carry the Jimmy Lemke stamp of approval.  You guys know how picky I am, so you’ll be sure to find something you like there.

For me, little Frankie Pipito, the newest addition to my family, is going to get himself a couple of the baby stuff like “I’m a Lil’ Panther” and “Future Panther coming through!”

So we finally have a place to call our own.  If you live on the south side of Milwaukee or the suburbs, get over to Southridge and get your hands on some good old fashioned t-shirts.  And be sure to mention that PantherU sent you there.

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Thanks to Kaylon Williams (and Tommy Dunne for putting it on the board):

and the view from the front:

If we can get more pics, we’ll post them!

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We don’t need no stinkin’ Badgers

Tonight.  7 p.m. Engelmann Stadium.

Wisconsin vs. Milwaukee.

Be there.

My preview from RushTheCourt.net

I wrote the Horizon League Preview over at RushTheCourt.net.  Obviously there will be some backlash from the conference members because one of Milwaukee’s own picked them for the conference championship, but I’m backing it up with two truths:

Not since my freshman year at the UWM Post (2005-06) did I pick Milwaukee to win the Horizon League.  From the 06-07 season to 09-10, my pick at the Post was someone else.  Last year, on this website, I picked Butler.

– You vote for what you know and see.  I’m perfectly aware that on paper, Butler has the best recruiting class and Anton Grady of CSU may be the best single recruit in the conference.  I also know that Butler returns only four players of any real consequence last season (Stigall, Marshall, Nored, Smith) and Cleveland State is woefully weak in depth beyond Grady, Hughes, Kamczyc, Pogue, Brown, and Montgomery – Charles Lee is at least a year away from being a real player and as I’ve said, I haven’t seen the other newcomers.  Detroit may not lose anybody (Eli Holman’s status still unclear), but they add nothing and it wasn’t like they were particularly good last year.  Add in the fact that they have all this turmoil around their program before day 1 and it may be the end of the season before they really get going, if they ever get going.

I will not apologize for picking Milwaukee first, and I won’t apologize for hoping I’m right.  I am a Milwaukee fan, after all, but I’m not going to fight this.

Feel free to comment as to why I’m an idiot.

Women’s soccer reaches #10

For the first time in school history, the Milwaukee Panthers have cracked the Top 10 in a national poll.  The women’s soccer program, due to a 14-1 record with the only blemish caused by #5 nationally-ranked Marquette, opened today in the NSCAA national poll at #10.

Coach Michael Moynihan’s team, who topped out previously at #12, made the move up two spots in the national poll from losses sustained by the Florida Gators and the Boston College Eagles.  Florida, who sat at #11 last week, lost to Mississippi State on the road in an SEC match, 1-0.  Boston College dropped all the way from #9 to #17 after losing 3-2 at Miami and at Florida State 1-0 in ACC contests.

The Panthers only have three matches remaining on the season.  Milwaukee plays at Loyola tomorrow night and at Illinois State on Sunday in the final non-conference contest of the season.  They close the regular season next week Friday at home against Green Bay before the Horizon League Tournament.

With a victory tomorrow, the Panthers clinch at least a share of the Horizon League Regular Season Championship and would host the conference tournament due to a potential tie-breaker over Detroit.  With two matches to play, the Titans are 5-1 and only have lost to Milwaukee, who is 6-0.

The Panthers have won 11 straight Horizon League Regular Season championships, second only to Penn State, who has won the Big Ten 12 straight years.