Downtown Cedarburg, situated 20 miles north of Milwaukee, has been described as "gorgeous" and "quaint." (Oddly, so have I.) With oodles of historic landmarks, shops, and art studios, this tony little burg is a big hit with the ladies, especially wives looking for payback after enduring a husband's three solid weeks of prep hockey obsession. (No worries, Shauna, I have already booked the romantic Ida Kuether room at The Washington House Inn.)
Middleton is no slough to accolades, either. Voted the Best Place to Live in America in 2007, the Good Neighbor City remains in the Top 5 in the last rating. Better yet, Middleton is home to the National Mustard Museum. Its motto? Learn. Taste. Shop. Laugh! Indeed.
Cedarburg's unis rock!
Cedarburg's claims to fame include country singer Josh Thompson, Navy admiral Ralph E. Suggs, and Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Janine P. Geske.
Cardinals might just be the most tired mascot out there right now. Bulldogs are familiar but more lovable. Every tried hugging a Cardinal? Highly unsatisfying. And besides, it is an incredibly fickle and nasty bird. One used to attack me every time I wheeled into his territory while wearing my red bike shorts. Jealous much?
Middleton hails from the Big Eight conference, Cedarburg from the North Shore. In these situations, I always go with the name that sounds like it could be a location in the next Lord of the Rings movie.
COOL PLAYER NAMES
Middleton has never been a flashy squad, and so it's no surprise that the rosters name reflect their blue collar work ethic. Sure, there's a Zane Boyd and Chase Dickert. And it's hard to root against a kid named Jake Bunz or Logan Dohmeier. But Cedarburg has the friggin' Furey Brothers, (Jake and Cody). And Freddie West. And Rhys Talbot. The cream on the cake? Olafs Jurenko.
This is a tough one. I love the way the middle strip on the Cedarburg uniform interects with both logo on front and number in back. You just don't see a dark on dark number presentation like that very often. Granted, it can be a bitch to read for refs and fans alike, but fashion forward design does not come without its sacrifices.
But then there is the unabashed simplicity of the Middleton design. Perfectly proportioned jersey numbers. Clean lines. No cartoonish depiction of the hated Cardinal (a truly awful bird).
Could this really be happening? Could the Commissioner really be choosing function over flash? Drum roll, please.
Middleton has been to the big ice twice (2003 and 2006) but have yet to taste the sweet nectar of victory. This is Cedarburg's first trip ever.
I'm still rattled by my vote for Middleton's uniform design. Cedarburg has to be rattled, too.
MIDDLETON 4, CEDARBURG 1