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Free beer: Silver lining for Packers fans in Sunday's shutout loss

There's a tavern near Milwaukee called the Bavarian Bierhaus that has a nice Sunday wake-up promotion, if you're into this sort of thing.

From the web site: SUNDAY FUNDAY ALERT! Bloody Mary Bar & FREE Beer until the Packers Score. GO PACK GO!

If you were following Sunday's game, you probably know where this going.

The Packers were shut out by Baltimore 23-0, which translated into "PACKERS FANS DRINK FREE ALL GAME AT THE BAVARIAN BIERHAUS!"

Keep in mind that the promotion is usually a good bet for the usually high-scoring Packers, all the more before Aaron Rodgers suffered his collarbone injury when he was sacked by Anthony Barr of the Vikings earlier this season. The last time the Packers had been shut out was 2006, when they were beaten 35-0 by New England.

But now, with Brett Hundley at quarterback, the Packers are a better bet for free-beer seekers.

According to the WTMJ-TV web site: "General Manager Scott Bell says around 200 people were packed into his establishment during the game, and he and his staff served between 275-300 cups of free beer. Some fans had more than others."

Around 200 people and 300 beers? We're allowed to be a bit skeptical of that, right?

"Wisconsinites and Packers fans are at least somewhat responsible," Bell told WTMJ.

We're too polite to ask if any Minnesota bars are planning a similar promotion for the home team when the Gophers are host to No. 5-ranked Wisconsin on Saturday, not after Minnesota was beaten 39-0 by Northwestern last weekend.

We will tell you, however, that the Bavarian Bierhaus has no plans to discontinue its promotion. So if you're in the neighborhood on Sunday night ... when the Packers play Pittsburgh ... and you want some (or a lot) free beer ... just be a good guest and refrain from wearing purple.

Lakeville's Macura chomps on Badgers fans after Xavier's revenge

This story is better told in pictures than words.

In the 2016 NCAA men's basketball tournament, No. 2-seeded Xavier played No. 7-seed Wisconsin in the second round. The game was tied at 63 going into the final seconds when Bronson Koenig ripped out Xavier's hearts:

Fast-forward to Thursday night in Madison for a Gavitt Tip-Off Classic game between the two teams. Xavier won 80-70, with former Lakeville North star J.P. Macura hitting 10 out of 15 shots for a 20-point night.

He wasn't shy talking about the revenge:

"(The win) means a lot to me," Macura told "When we lost in the NCAA Tournament to them, it was heartbreaking and, along with Tre and the rest of the guys, it was tough. To come out here and play team basketball, and stay together and get a win really feels good." 

Here's what it looked like in the Xavier lock room afterward:

But there's more. Maybe you remember the Sweet 16 game between Florida and Wisconsin last year, which the Gators won on an overtime buzzer beater.

Wisconsin fans surely didn't mean to be reminded, but Macura decided to do it, anyway.

Some people didn't like the way Xavier's players behaved on the court. Count pro golfer Steve Stricker, a Wisconsin native, among them.

Macura's display caught the attention of our friends at @GopherHole, the University of Minnesota fan site, where there wasn't as much outrage under the Better Dead Than Red mandate.

And for another flashback, remember this Macura shot from the 2014 state tournament? Bet you do if you're a Cretin-Derham Hall fan.