Mallards move on to Northwoods League Championship Series with 14-5 triumph

The Mallards swept the Wisconsin Woodchucks Tuesday and Wednesday to win the Northwoods League Southern Division title. Last night’s 14-5 win over the Woodchucks was about as fun a game for me as there could be. I’m a worrying kind of fan, so give me a blowout over a close game, over a pitcher’s duel ANY day of the week.

The Mallards now move on to the Northwoods League Championship Series, against the Thunder Bay Border Cats. Game one is Friday night in Madison, games two and (if necessary) three are Saturday and Sunday in Thunder Bay, Ontario. With luck, the Mallards can keep playing the kind of ball that’s been all too absent from their game since taking the first half of the season.

But: YAY! One more Mallards game in Madison this year!

GO MALLARDS!

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Thank god John Edwards never became president. Not because his inability to keep his zipper zipped could have brought down the White House, nor because of any particular policies of his, but because the United States’ editorial cartoonists seem to have a singular difficulty in coming up with even a halfway decent caricature of him.

Of course, I’m no greart caricaturist. For goodness sakes, I’m lucky when I get a line straight. Still, Edwards doesn’t seem THAT hard to pin down. But darn if anybody managed to capture him since last Friday’s quasi-scandal. This is even more surprising when you consider he’s been on the national scene for four years now, after his unsuccessful bid with Kerry in 2004.

No, it’s not been a good week for the nation’s caricaturists. And it’s still only Thursday. To wit: John Edwards or Donald Trump? YOU make the call…

Chip Bok
Akron Beacon-Journal
Aug 13, 2008

John Edwards or Donald Trump? YOU make the call: Part Deux…

Nick Anderson
Houston Chronicle
Aug 12, 2008

Edwards or…golly…I have NO idea. YOU make the call…

Matt Wuerker
Politico.com
Aug 13, 2008

Edwards or some bizarre generic-though-somewhat-Katie-Couric-esque hydrid thingy? You make the call…

Jimmy Margulies
The Record
Aug 12, 2008

Edwards or…golly…I have NO idea AGAIN. YOU make the call…

Robert Ariail
The State
Aug 13, 2008

Edwards or acclaimed independent film director Wes Anderson? YOU make the call…

Steven Lait
Oakland Tribune/MediaNews
Aug 14, 2008

Edwards or – I think – the Joker? YOU make the call…

Jeff Darcy
The Plain Dealer
Aug 13, 2008

This next one’s not a bad drawing. Yet apparently, John Edwards has a broken nose that I at some point missed…honestly, I’m not sure if that’s supposed to be the joke in the cartoon or not. “In Remission – John Edwards’ Career” or “In Remission – John Edwards’ nose.” YOU make the call…

J.D. Crowe
Mobile Register
Aug 13, 2008

Horsey does a VERY good Edwards on top…so it’s prolly OK that on his side, his Edwards seems slightly Ralph Reed/Wally-Cleaver-esque…

David Horsey
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Aug 12, 2008

Now, it’s not just caricatures of Edwards that left cartoonists dazed and confused these last couple of days. Other top politicos also seem to have given some of my friends and colleagues fits. And again, these are national and intternational politicians who’ve been around for years – so what gives? For example: Putin or Wesley Clark? YOU make the call…

Jimmy Margulies
The Record
Aug 13, 2008

Putin or Jimmy Durrante? YOU make the call…

John Cole
Scranton Times/Tribune
Aug 13, 2008

Putin or David Letterman? YOU make the call…

Clay Jones
Free Lance Star
Aug 13, 2008

I’d be less worried about this guy’s ability to draw McCain, if he could actually also draw, y’know, HANDS…chains…shackles…BLACK, etc…For god’s sake, how can you screw up THE COLOR BLACK?

Terry Wise
Ratland Ink Press
Aug 13, 2008

Obama or a surprisingly tan Rudy Guilliani? YOU make the call…

Victor Harville
Stephens Media Group
Aug 13, 2008

Some cartoonists gripe that Atlanta’s Mike Luckovich seems to be the cartoonist Newsweek runs 90% of the time. But he’s consistent, and I’ve never seen him try and pass off a half-assed caricature. Still, even he had difficulty with Edwards:

Mike Luckovich
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Aug 12, 2008

One thing’s for sure, though: if Newsweek runs a “Michgael Phelps is a Fish/Michael Phelps Beats the Fish” cartoon this week, it’ll most likely be Luckovich’s:

Mike Luckovich
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Aug 13, 2008

Signe Wilkinson
Philadelphia Daily News
Aug 13, 2008

Mike Keefe
Denver Post
Aug 13, 2008

Randy Bish
Tribune-Review
Aug 13, 2008

Nate Beeler
Washington Examiner
Aug 14, 2008

- John

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