It’s amazing how fast time flies. It seems like just yesterday that I walked up the tedious three flights of stairs to the top of the Herald office and stood in a big circle telling 50+ people I’d never met that I was the new associate sports editor.But, then again, the same can be said for my first office party, or even the first time I came into the office two-and-a-half years ago as a writer with precisely zero experience in the field. Honestly, I wasn’t even going to be a journalist when I came to the Herald. I was headed to long days at Grainger when I transferred here at the start of my sophomore year. Probably best it didn’t end up that way. I never was much of one to wear a suit. But, like all good things, everything must come to and end, and so must my time as a sports editor and sports columnist at the Herald.It’s been a hell of a run, though, taking road trips across the nation (including my last Herald-sponsored trek to sunny Florida in a few weeks — I know, my life is rough), arguing over who’s the better coach to party with, explaining to Schmoldt why he won’t get a raise no matter how good he thought his writing skills were last year. Ah, the memories.And really, what’s life without memories? The only difference with my memories is that I got to share them with 16,000 readers, five days a week. I know Ziemer listed a bunch of memories in his farewell piece yesterday, so I won’t bother reiterating any of the experiences he mentioned. However, I do have one memory I would like to share:Joe Pa in Chicago: Listening to Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Joe Paterno speak at the preseason Media Day festivities in Chicago was definitely the perfect way to open the season. I’m not going sit here and write that I’ve been a fan of the Nittany Lions since I grew up and that I’ve followed coach Paterno’s career ever since I can remember because, well, that would be both cheesy and a lie.However, any fan of college football cannot help but admire the man for everything he’s accomplished. That being said, the highlight of sitting one chair away from the man with the thick coke-bottle glasses was undoubtedly his story about getting his picture taken with a bikini-clad girl on the beach. After telling the girl no a few times, Joe Pa finally gave in, but the kicker was the girl ended up mailing copies of the picture to his house. His wife saw them and asked what it was all about.The story could absolutely have been in the vein of a Bo Ryan joke story, but still, the story was priceless coming from the ageless wonder himself. Hilarious stuff.And thus ends my ability to live out my experiences on the pages of The Badger Herald.So, to the readers, I thank you for the past year. I thank you for allowing me to voice my opinions and experiences in a forum that few ever get the privilege to utilize.My opinions were sometimes accepted and, other times, judging by the hate mail I got on the second-floor bathroom in College Library, not so much. (P.S. To whoever insulted my sex life on this nice little bathroom message-board thread, I’ve got a redhead waiting at home for me who’d beg to differ with your assertion.)Good arguments are what sports is all about, and again, I thank everyone who picked up The Badger Herald to read mine on a weekly basis for the past year. It’s been a privilege to have your attention.Adam Parks ([email protected]) would like to thank Tom Ziemer for being the best co-editor a man could ask for, and a true friend; Michael Robinson for dragging his ass into The Badger Herald office two-and-a-half long years ago and getting him off the business school track; Eric Schmoldt and Shannon Van Curen for continuing the strong Herald sports legacy and all the rest of the staff that have made the past year unforgettable.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error MILWAUKEE >> The last two times, Clayton Kershaw did not get enough run support to win a game he pitched well.Monday, Kershaw exited with a lead in the eighth inning, but the Dodgers lost on a disputed call at first base.What does Kershaw have to do to earn his 100th career win?“I don’t want to analyze it so much right now,” the pitcher said of the Dodgers’ 4-3 loss to the Brewers. “Obviously, it was really close,” Mattingly said. “We don’t have the same HD (video review technology) they have in New York to see what touches before what.”It was an uneasy way to lose, against a team that had been relatively easy to beat in 2015. The Brewers had a 7-18 record when manager Ron Roenicke was fired Sunday. Former Dodgers infielder Craig Counsell won his managerial debut.His No. 8 hitter, Hector Gomez (2 for 3, triple, home run), and the three men who batted behind him (3 for 3, double, triple) did most of the Brewers’ damage.Joc Pederson began the game with a home run against right-hander Kyle Lohse, his fourth in five games since being installed as the Dodgers’ leadoff hitter. For five innings, that appeared to be enough run support for Kershaw.The Dodgers tacked on two more runs in the fourth inning to take a 3-0 lead.Lohse had the only hit for five innings against Kershaw, a single. Only one other Brewer got a ball to the outfield before the sixth inning, when back-to-back triples by Hector Gomez and Gerardo Parra made it 3-1.Kershaw was charged with three runs in 7 1/3 innings. He allowed five hits, walked none and struck out eight.Since winning his 99th career game on April 17, Kershaw has a 2.95 ERA in three starts, pitching at least six innings in every game. Monday was arguably the best start of the season by the reigning National League MVP.“He was just being Kershaw — pounding guys in, breaking bats, getting ground balls, getting ahead of guys,” said Yasmani Grandal, who caught Kershaw for the second time this season. “He was probably throwing harder (in the eighth inning) than he was in the beginning.”No wonder Kershaw couldn’t find the will to reflect.Hatcher (0-3) retired two of the four batters he faced and took the loss.“A hanging split (to Carlos Gomez) and a broken bat (by Braun) dictated that run,” he said. “It’s pretty frustrating.” A day that began with Milwaukee hiring a new manager ended with a stunning loss — one that Don Mattingly was forced to watch from inside Miller Park. The Dodgers’ manager was ejected in the third inning for arguing a balk call against Kershaw.Bench coach Tim Wallach was acting as the Dodgers’ manager when he pulled Kershaw from a 3-2 game with one out and a runner on second base in the eighth inning.Enter reliever Chris Hatcher, who promptly allowed an RBI double to Carlos Gomez that tied it at 3-3.With Gomez at third base and two outs, the Brewers’ Ryan Braun hit a broken-bat grounder to Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe. Uribe charged and threw on the run — almost in time to get Braun, who was called safe as Gomez scored Milwaukee’s fourth run.Wallach challenged the call by first base umpire Paul Emmel, but it was upheld after a video review.