The old saying "close but no cigar" was painfully true for Wisconsin sports fans over the last year.

Except for the rebuilding Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks, just about every state team put itself in position to do something great but ultimately finished second.

The Green Bay Packers lost in the NFC championship game. The University of Wisconsin football team lost in the Big Ten Conference championship game. The UW men's basketball team finished second during the Big Ten regular season and in the conference tournament. UW men's hockey did the same. UW women's hockey lost in the NCAA championship game.

That's a lot of runner-up finishes. If we're not careful, we're going to end up like Minnesota, which I long ago dubbed the "Land of 10,000 Bridesmaids" due to its appalling lack of titles. How bad was it for Wisconsin? Even the Chicago Cubs managed to win a World Series in the last year.

Clearly, it’s time to turn the page on an exciting yet ultimately unfulfilling 12 months in state sports, which is where the 12th annual Tommy Awards come in. Selected by yours truly, the Tommys recap the exploits of Wisconsin’s athletes and teams over the past year. Why now? Because this is the one time of year where there is litte overlap among sports.

So without further ado, the Tommys go to:

Load comments