Venerable El Matador on Bluemound Road will soon re-open as La Fuente.
Venerable El Matador on Bluemound Road will soon re-open as La Fuente.

The universe wants me to eat Mexican food

Sometimes, there are forces in the universe that are hard to ignore.

Last night, in the waning hours of a relaxing but still eventful weekend, I saw a news story about Mexican Fiesta and thought to myself "I wish I had gone this weekend. I could go for some Mexican food ..."

The seed was planted.

While grabbing something out of the refrigerator this morning, I thought -- "I think we should have Mexican food for dinner tonight..."

An hour later, while driving on Bluemound Road this morning, I saw a sign at the former Monreal's El Matador, 9155 W. Bluemound Rd., the sign reminded commuters that the venerable restaurant, which had been in business since the 1960s, will soon re-open as part of the La Fuente family of eateries.

I can't wait that long. I've got to have some rice and beans, soon. Pass the hot sauce, please.

Is this appliance hurting your health? Do you care?
Is this appliance hurting your health? Do you care?

Sorry, Doc -- I'm not afraid of the microwave

I have never met Dr. Joseph Mercola. He might be a wonderful scientist, a great husband and father and a pillar of his community.

But, I don't need him telling me that I should be afraid of my microwave oven.

Read this article and let me know what you think.


Brewers radio announcer Bob Uecker deserves a statue outside Miller Park.
Uecker's absence this summer reminded fans how vital he is to the organization and to summer in Wisconsin.
Uecker's absence this summer reminded fans how vital he is to the organization and to summer in Wisconsin.

"Mr. Baseball" deserves a statue, too

A lot of baseball royalty will gather this afternoon for Bud-a-palooza, aka the unveiling of the Bud Selig statue at Miller Park.

Say what you want about Selig's role in the steroid scandal, the cancellation of the 1994 World Series or the signing of free-agent first baseman Franklin Stubbs, neither Major League Baseball nor Miller Park would exist in Milwaukee without the efforts of Alan H. "Bud" Selig.

You know how those professors in Beloit put out the cultural references lists? We've got a whole generation of people who think the commissioner of baseball has always worked out of an office on top of the U.S. Bank building Downtown.

Selig is going to be honored today and will be joined by Hank Aaron and Robin Yount (the other "statuesque" figures outside the park), Paul Molitor, most of the 1982 Brewers, half of baseball's owners and a fair number of employees from the commissioner's office in New York.

It's going to be a great day for him. And, it got me thinking ...

The next statue at Miller Park really is a no-brainer.

They're going to have to put one up for Bob Uecker. The guy has been the face of the franchise for about 40 years. His absence this summer after undergoing heart surgery reminded everyone just how much he means to the Brewers and summer in Wisconsin.

A month after returning to the booth, Uecker sounds as strong as he did 10 years ago. The guy who never missed a game (at least after "Mr. Belvedere" wrapped), might benefit from taking an occasional trip off in the future. Maybe he'll eventually work a home-games-only schedule like Dodgers icon Vin Scully, who announced last week that he's going to do another season of home games at age 83.

But, Uecker is such a fixture for this franchise that he deserves to be a fixture outside the ballpark, too.

On Sunday, Uecker joked about Selig's statue -- "I just have two more welds and I'll be finished!" -- and he'd probably laugh at the notion of his own…


Another question about Favre

As Roger Clemens faces perjury charges for lying to Congress, Brett Favre is getting ready to face the Saints in Week 1 of the NFL season.

A few years ago, Clemens was defying the odds by performing well as he approached the age of 40. He was lauded for his tenacity, mental toughness and workout regimen.

Then, it all came crashing down.

The case makes me think of Favre, who has shown a Teflon-like resistance to scandal (ask the folks at about that). I wonder -- what if reports surfaced that Favre had used human growth hormone or another substance to help him beat the odds?

What would that do to his legacy? The guy has weathered just about every other storm imaginable, but would that be the "final straw" for people in considering his amazing career?

There were whispers earlier this year that Tiger Woods used some chemical "help" during the course of his career (and not just Viagara). Are we naive to think that most elite athletes haven't dabbled in that area?

It seems inconceivable now that Favre would be involved in such a scandal, but I would have said the same about Clemens seven or eight years ago.