Gutekunst gave a hint last year that this wasn't your father's general manager. He cemented that this week. With the NFL in its legal tampering period, Gutekunst (reportedly) went out and agreed to deals with not one, not two, not three but four free agents (safety Adrian Amos, linebacker Preston Smith, edge rusher Za'Darius Smith and offensive lineman Billy Turner). And not depth guys, but players who all should be contributing in 2019 (and, hopefully for Green Bay, beyond). Yes, the draft will still be key to any general manager's tenure and a team's future, but Gutekunst has upgraded the Packers' roster quickly in the offseason. And Packers fans are finding out this whole free agency thing is pretty cool.
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Jimmy Nelson, Brewers pitcher (↑ UP)
It took 549 days, but Nelson made his return to the pitching mound Monday. After injuring his shoulder diving back to first base in September 2017 and missing the entire 2018 season, the results really didn't matter (although he did strike out the side). The reaction from his teammates, though, did. When Nelson took the mound, everyone took to the top of the dugout steps to watch and Nelson was given an ovation from his fellow Brewers. There's still a ways to go for Nelson -- manager Craig Counsell said Nelson won't be on the opening 25-man roster -- but he's headed in the right direction.
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Marquette NCAA tournament seeding (↓ DOWN)
A few weeks ago the Golden Eagles were eyeing a possible 2 seed in the Big Dance. After four straight losses, including a really bad loss at Seton Hall and in the home finale vs. Georgetown in the last week, Marquette would be grateful to get a 4 seed. That's how important this week's Big East tournament will be for Steve Wojciechowski and company.
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Badgers basketball (↑ UP, ↓ DOWN, ↑ UP)
Did you watch Wisconsin's win over Ohio State? A roller-coaster of emotions which probably summed up the Badgers' season. Looking good! Blowing a big lead, uh-oh! Pulling out a W! Wisconsin has won five of its last six games with the only loss coming in double overtime. Entering the Big Ten tournament -- and UW has a double bye -- the Badgers are in line for (at least) a 4 seed in the NCAA tournament. Not too shabby. Just try and keep those emotions in check.
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Brook Lopez, Bucks center (↑ UP)
Milwaukee added two big men recently in Nikola Mirotic and Pau Gasol … and Lopez is actually getting more playing time and being more productive. In four games last week, Lopez averaged 31.0 minutes per game, 15.5 points and 8.0 rebounds (his season averages: 28.3, 12.4 and 4.6). He also made 54.3 percent of his shots, including 35.3 percent from 3.
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Pat Connaughton, Bucks guard (↑ UP)
With Sterling Brown and George Hill sidelined, Connaughton has been getting minutes and taking advantage. In his four games last week he averaged 7.0 points on 61.1 percent shooting (54.5 percent from 3) and 6.0 rebounds. On Tuesday in a win over New Orleans he had 11 rebounds, the first time in his career he reached double digits in a single game.