The Bucks just wrapped up the best regular season in the NBA (60-22) and their best regular season since at least the 1980-81 campaign (and while I think that's barely over two decades ago, in reality it's almost four!!) So of course Milwaukee made the playoffs, that's been done a number of times lately.
However, the Bucks haven't advanced beyond the first round of the playoffs since 2001, when we had George Karl coaching the likes of Ray Allen, Glenn "Big Dog" Robinson, Sam Cassell, and Scott Williams. And Philadelphia ousted him in then Eastern Conference Finals - controversially.
This season looks like it could indeed be truly magical for the Bucks, and while we love to have playoff fever, it's more visible than ever this time around. Sure, buildings are adding green lights and the BMO Harris Building on Water is adjusting the pattern of the interior lights in their tower to say "Fear The Deer." You'll also the "Fear The Deer" on skywalks and other places all over downtown and in other parts of the city.
But this time, the Milwaukee River is changing color!
Now, let's face it: the Milwaukee River isn't a pristine-looking blue color. Sometimes it's green-ish, some brown-ish, maybe a little blue-ish here and there. But for the Bucks playoff series, the city is intentionally coloring the river a brighter, more Bucks-like green. It's not unlike when Chicago colors their river green for St. Patrick's Day. But their Bulls aren't in the NBA playoffs; our Bucks are.
And let's hope that this unusual, yet DNR-approved coloring (maybe it's similar to how they get beer to be green during St. Patrick's Day?) of the river will just end up as part of the success story for the Bucks as they shoot for the sky - and the championship.
Tip-off is 6pm, Sunday night at Fiserv Forum. Go Bucks!!!
Click on the image to watch Facebook video of them "greening" the Milwaukee River, from our friends at FOX6: