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Brew Hoop Night Shift: January 13th, 2018

Upcoming Schedule/NFL Playoffs

Welcome to the Brew Hoop Night Shift. Every evening at 9:00pm (central time), this all-purpose thread goes up, and the comments section is where it’s going down. What Bucks news did we not cover? What topics do you want to break down further? Or is there something non-Bucks that you want to bounce off of one another? Even something non-basketball? This is the place.

Today’s (on)topic: Upcoming Schedule

It really feels like the upcoming four games for the Milwaukee Bucks will go along way in defining their season. Two games against the Miami Heat (currently fourth in the East), an afternoon game against the Washington Wizards (currently fifth), and capping it off with the Philadelphia 76ers (currently ninth). Of the four games, only one of them is a home game and that is Wednesday night against the Heat.

Let’s say that the Bucks rip off four consecutive wins. I feel like we would all be over the moon and thinking that there was an outside shot at catching the Cleveland Cavaliers to win the Central Division for the first time since the 2000/01 season. I want to live in that universe.

However, you cannot. Trust. The Bucks.

If they end up going winless this upcoming week, what would you do to fix the team going forward? Trade borderline assets at the trade deadline for draft picks and try to rebuild on the fly? Crank the heat up on Jason Kidd’s seat? Straight up fire him and the staff? Do nothing and let it play out on its own?

I don’t think the Bucks will send us all into that maddening hypothetical. I think they will go 2-2 this upcoming week and we will still label the team as consistently inconsistent.

Today’s (off)topic: NFL Playoffs

The Divisional Round is going on this weekend, so who ya got winning the conference championships next weekend and heading to the Super Bowl? I think it will be the Pittsburgh Steelers against the New Orleans Saints. I’m choosing those two teams mainly because I actually think, in my gut, it will be the New England Patriots and Minnesota Vikings, but I really do not like either team and I’m too spiteful to go all the way in on those teams.

The Steelers have enough to talent to dispose of the Jacksonville Jaguars easily and they have faced the Patriots so many times in the playoffs the past 15 years that I think they will sneak by New England. The Saints have the offense and the defense to outlast the Vikings, besides I trust Drew Brees way more than Case Keenum. From there I think the Saints waltz into the Super Bowl against the Philadelphia Eagles.

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