Every Friday, Stuff We Missed looks to other Milwaukee publications (and beyond) for, well, stuff we missed throughout the week.
• Earlier this week, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ran a story that quoted Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo thusly:
“I want the Bucks to build a winning culture. So far, we have been doing great, and, if this lasts, there’s no other place I want to be. But if we’re underperforming in the NBA next year, deciding whether to sign becomes a lot more difficult.”
Bucks fans quickly went bananas at the mere suggestion that one of the greatest basketball players of a generation would ever consider playing anywhere but Milwaukee, Wisconsin. “LIES!” they cried, pointing out that the quote, via the Harvard Business School, was uttered last spring, before the Bucks went to the Eastern Conference Finals. “CLICKBAIT!” they bellowed, misunderstanding the difference between “clickbait” and a “headline.” “YAYYYY!” they screamed when the Bucks beat the Houston Rockets last night 117-111. Controversy over.
OR NOT. Before last night’s game, Giannis claimed he was misquoted. His quote about the misquote:
“As I said, the last—what is is called quote, paragraph—it’s words that I didn’t use,” he said. “Underperforming or whether or deciding, all those words I’ve never used in my life. As I said, I’m not going to talk about it. There are going to be stories that come out—I said that, I said this—but I’m not going to get into it at all.”
So there you go. Let’s just drop it, okay? Go Bucks! We’ll close with this Deadspin quote:
Whether or not Antetokounmpo said this, the substance of the comment isn’t entirely controversial. Why wouldn’t he consider signing for another team with better fortunes if the Bucks regress and seem bound for a bleak future? Every star player thinks that. The Bucks know that, too! [Deadspin]
• Strauss Brands was going to build a meat processing plant and create hundreds of jobs in an area that desperately needs them but then 12 people showed up with signs and then talk radio got involved and then Strauss pulled the plug on the project. Bruce Murphy breaks down the whole stupid thing. [Urban Milwaukee]
• The old 1983 Arcade Bar space was gonna be something called The Public Pool but now it’s gonna be something called WhiteTail Milwaukee. [OnMilwaukee]
• With Chris Abele announcing he will not seek reelection for Milwaukee County Executive in 2020, it’s high time Milwaukee finds a new milquetoast, socially liberal white guy Democrat to fill the position and inherit the county’s insurmountable funding problems. Hell, it might as well be us! Here are some other potential candidates. [Urban Milwaukee]
• Did you miss Elton John’s farewell show at the Fiserv Forum last week? Well, he’ll be saying farewell at the Fiserv again, this time on April 28, 2020. [FOX6]
• Thanks to a new law signed by Mayor Tom Barrett, the City of Milwaukee will officially observe Indigenous Peoples’ Day on the second Monday of every October. [Urban Milwaukee]
• WMSE has a new call-in telephone number! So long, 414-799-1917; hello, 414-277-9673 (a.k.a. 414-277-WMSE)! [Urban Milwaukee]
• Rohr Jewelers will relocate from 813 N. Jefferson St. to 2622 N. Downer Ave. [Milwaukee Business Journal]
• The White House in Bay View is gonna reopen soon. [Urban Milwaukee]
• Aperitivo, a new Italian-inspired bar and restaurant space, is coming to the Pritzlaff Complex. [OnMilwaukee]
• Have a great weekend, Milwaukee!