‘Save Our Bucks’ in the Media

Grantland : In Giannis We Trust

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A superb piece from Grantland’s Amos Barshad went up today, if you haven’t yet read it you should.  Barshad muses on all things Milwaukee Bucks but in particular on the focus and pressure being put on sublimely talented Bucks youngster Giannis Antetokounmpo and how important his development is to the Bucks future, as well as chronicling his inspiring past.

The piece also focusses on Senator Kohl’s tenure and gives SaveOurBucks.com a couple of solid shoutouts.  Barshad met with Save Our Bucks own Paul Henning while in Milwaukee for the story recently and the two had a great chat, some of which is detailed in the article.
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This entry was posted in Media on March 6, 2014 at 6:27 am.
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Kelly Dwyer does it again, talking Bucks FO disasters and #SaveOurBucks

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Another great piece from @KDonhoops over at yahoo! sports, this time focusing on something we’ve talked about quite a bit, the Milwaukee Bucks falling backwards into this disastrous season and calling it a strategy.   Continue Reading »

This entry was posted in Media on February 15, 2014 at 7:05 pm.
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Bill Michaels Interviews Save Our Bucks Paul Henning

Bill Michaels, Save Our Bucks, Milwaukee BucksPaul Henning had a great interview with Bill Michaels recently, listen here.

From the draft, to Herb Kohl and his advisors, to George Karl, lots of great stuff in here.

This entry was posted in Media on February 12, 2014 at 6:14 pm.
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Kelly Dwyer on Larry Drew, the Milwaukee Bucks and #SaveOurBucks

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Kelly Dwyer has written another solid piece on the Milwaukee Bucks in his regular Ball Don’t Lie column over at yahoo! Sports.  This one isn’t directly about saveourbucks.com but covers many topics that SOB is all about – including Larry Drew’s role and frustration levels with his team, GM John Hammond’s failings, and the general failure and impatience of the Milwaukee Bucks front office that has led to the catastrophic current Bucks outfit. Continue Reading »

This entry was posted in Media on January 28, 2014 at 9:34 pm.
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Save Our Bucks Billboard

Milwaukee Business Journal covers SOB Billboard

bizjournal.com have their say on Save Our Bucks and the billboard here.

This entry was posted in Media on January 10, 2014 at 6:27 pm.
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Fox6 Covers Save Our Bucks Billboard Launch Party

Fox6 ran a story on the Save Our Bucks Billboard release party.

This entry was posted in Media on December 24, 2013 at 6:03 pm.
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Deadspin give their take on saveoubucks.com and billboard launch

Deadspin have offered their unique take on the website and billboard, in part :

“…so some concerned fans have paid for a billboard that would seem to emphasize lottery balls over basketballs.

The folks at SaveOurBucks.com wouldn’t call it “tanking.” They’ve got a multi-part plan for the Bucks to return to competitiveness and stay in Milwaukee, and it involves front office moves and fan support. But the key is to eschew the Bucks’ usual strategy of band-aid acquisitions in favor of trading away veterans, letting young players get minutes, and lose their way into a top pick in next year’s stacked draft.”

View the full article here.

This entry was posted in Media on December 19, 2013 at 5:10 pm.
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Sporting news cover SaveOurBucks.com billboard launch

Sporting News have covered saveourbucks.com and the launch of the billboard on their site, saying in part :

“A group of concerned Bucks fans rallied together to create “SaveOurBucks.com” with the goal of keeping the team in Milwaukee. They recently purchased a billboard sign outside of the city with a most interesting slogan.”

You can view the article in full here.

This entry was posted in Media on December 19, 2013 at 5:09 pm.
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Save Our Bucks Headlines TMJ4 News

On the same day that Herb Kohl announced he was seeking new investors for the Bucks it was an interview with Save Our Bucks own Paul Henning outside the Bradley Center that led the 6pm News broadcast on TMJ4.

This entry was posted in Media on December 16, 2013 at 6:56 pm.
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Paul Henning of SaveOurBucks.com on WSSP 1250

Postgame interview on WSSP 1250 with SaveOurBucks.com ‘s Paul Henning and Joe Zenzola following the Bucks recent loss to the Bulls.  Link.


This entry was posted in Media on December 15, 2013 at 6:15 pm.
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Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) tells Jalen Rose (@JalenRose) about saveourbucks.com

Bill Simmons has been talking about saveourbucks.com again, this time telling Jalen Rose about us in his latest Grantland video series, Part 3 of their 33 Day NBA recap.  It’s only a brief snippet but it warmed our hearts too, Bill.

If your browser doesn’t automatically do it for you skip to 23:56 to hear about saveourbucks.com but the entire thing is worth a watch if you have the time.

This entry was posted in Media on December 9, 2013 at 6:25 pm.
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Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) has his say on #SaveOurBucks over at Grantland

@BillSimmons has mentioned saveourbucks.com in his most recent article on grantland.com saying in part :

“For Milwaukee, when you’re forced to launch SaveOurBucks.com just to (a) make it clear that fans still love the team, (b) prove that all the losing isn’t the “small market’s” fault (when it’s really bad management), and (c) proactively protect yourselves against the possibility of a franchise relocation, you know you’ve hit rock bottom.”

It’s a very interesting read about how unbelievably bad the Eastern Conference is this year and the teams in line to pick at the top of next years loaded draft.  Read the full article here.

This entry was posted in Media on December 8, 2013 at 4:20 pm.
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Kelly Dwyer (@KDonhoops) covers @SaveOurBucks again, this time full story on Yahoo! Sports #SaveOurBucks

Another great piece recently from Kelly Dwyer @KDonhoops over at Yahoo! Sports – Ball Don’t Lie, this time a full article on the saveourbucks.com fundraising recently taking place for the fan funded Billboard.  We’ve provided a transcript below but to see it in all it’s glory make sure you view it here.


Frustrated Bucks fans are raising money for a billboard begging the team to lose games

It’s rather crude, you’d surely submit, but a group of desperate Milwaukee Bucks fans have launched their own crowd-sourced campaign to raise a billboard in Milwaukee to remind the team’s front office of an undeniable NBA truth. To win in the NBA, you usually need a star. And the easiest way to acquire a star is to lose enough to draft one. And the only way to lose enough is to stop blindly clinging to mediocre players in hopes of a lower rung playoff berth.

No, Bucks fans want an entire lower rung season, in order to acquire good enough lottery odds to draft a star. And this is why the (dirty, dirty) minds behind SaveOurBucks.com have set up an IndieGoGo.com page in hopes of raising enough money to launch this billboard in their team’s city:


The group, as of this writing, is well on their way to a “$3,000 to $4,000” goal, though “$5,000” is listed on the IndieGoGo.com website. Here’s part of the reasoning behind the drive to launch the billboard:

In order for the Bucks to regain their footing with the fans and the community, they need to drastically improve the product on the court. As we have seen with the Packers in 1992 and the Brewers in 2004, moribund franchises can be turned around quickly. The Bucks can be a successful small market franchise both on the court and financially. However, for the Bucks to do this, they need to change their approach. One way to help change this approach is if the fan base can let the organization know that they will support a full rebuilding of the team under a new front office direction. This means being willing to part with high-priced journeymen veteran players and focus on building around young talent acquired with high draft picks. The talent rich 2014 NBA draft is the place to start.

As Eric Freeman noted in these pages months ago, the Bucks do not want to cast aside those hopes for a .500 record. The team wants to make the playoffs, even if the ceiling for this particular roster – even at full health – is not entirely impressive. In an awful bit of irony that I’m not sure if Bucks fans are in favor for, the team isn’t at full health. And the hoped-for 41 wins seem a long way away, because with franchise big man Larry Sanders out after allegedly injuring his wrist in a bar fight, the team will have to go 39-30 the rest of the way in order to grab that .500 mark. And even at full strength, this is not a 39-30 team.

That’s sort of what happens when you pin your hopes on overachieving late lottery picks like Sanders, John Henson, and Brandon Knight alongside journeymen like O.J. Mayo and Zaza Pachulia, with a respected if retread coach like Larry Drew leading the way. Milwaukee general manager John Hammond has been the subject of mostly league-wide scorn for his attempts to stick in the middle – but to Bucks fans this is no joke.

This is their team, in a city that seems to be falling out of love with NBA basketball. And despite the (hoped-for) presence of a cool court and a top-notch promotional and broadcasting team, we can’t blame fair-weather former Bucks fans for fleeing. There’s no joy in rooting for a team that has no chance at a championship, while at the same time playing at a middling level that would leave the squad’s draft chances out of the top three. It’s a maddening purgatory, one that Bucks fans have been dealing with for over a decade.

With that 2-11 start, Milwaukee may be well on its way back up the lottery ranks. Still, a rather vocal batch of Bucks fans want to remind the team’s front office that this is to be embraced. And even if their play on words is a little crude, we support the cause.


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This entry was posted in Media on December 1, 2013 at 9:03 pm.
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SaveOurBucks.com Paul Henning interview with Phil Dawson

Recently appointed saveourbucks.com spokesperson Paul Henning (@brewcitypaul) has been a busy man!  One of his several media engagements today was with @phildawsonradio at The Big 920.  Phil asked great questions and @brewcitypaul handled it like a seasoned pro, covering the important issues raised herein.  Have a listen by clicking here.  Many thanks to Phil Dawson for taking the time.

This entry was posted in Media on November 27, 2013 at 6:05 pm.
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Matt Moore covers SaveOurBucks.com for CBS Sports

CBS Sports have got in on the act, offering their take on saveourbucks.com via Matt Moore.
Moore offered up in part :

“One group of fans, however, with an eye on the future and an understanding of market dynamics as well as the reality of the arena situation in Milwaukee, has a proposal. Give in. Lose. We’ll stand by you……

….The group is raising money for a billboard, to actually tell the team to lose.

This is both hilarious, and cool. That takes a smart set of fans to understand that.”

You can read the full article here.

This entry was posted in Media on November 27, 2013 at 6:00 pm.
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Kelly Dwyer praises SaveOurBucks.com on Yahoo! Sports #SaveOurBucks

Writing his regular Ball Don’t Lie column on yahoo! Sports recently Kelly Dwyer (@KDonhoops) heaped praise on saveourbucks.com.  Speaking about some disgruntled Cavs fans taking to booing struggling #1 pick Anthony Bennett, Dwyer wrote in part :

“SaveOurBucks.com details at length the many reasons why the Milwaukee Bucks have remained a disappointingly mediocre team through the years, but it also details possible solutions, while crediting the team owner for going out of his way to keep the team in Milwaukee. It offers cogent solutions, it’s nuanced, it’s clearly well-researched and intelligent, but it’s also as passionate and frustrated as a high volume “boo”.

And that’s aimed at a franchise, full of well-meaning professional executives, coaches and players. You may not agree with some of their decisions, but the Bucks can handle it. Even while being told that they’re the reason the team needs saving.”

We appreciate the kind words and several Bucks fans told him so via twitter, one of which he responded to with the following :

Give him a follow people, and don’t forget to read the full article.

This entry was posted in Media on November 25, 2013 at 5:31 pm.
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Sam Amico mentions Save Our Bucks on twitter

saveourbucks.com recently received some kudos from Sam Amico – he of Fox Sports NBA coverage.

This entry was posted in Media on November 24, 2013 at 10:24 pm.
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