It's been a bad few weeks for the Milwaukee Bucks, and no one outside of Southeastern Wisconsin is willing to mention it. Only Bucks fans (there's not many of them) know the catastrophe of losing Andrew Bogut, Michael Redd, and Luke Ridnour.
My goal here is to describe what these losses have been like for the Bucks by using various other teams and equivalent losses on those teams (Note: I'm not saying Bogut, Redd, and Ridnour are equal to the guys I list in each case. I'm saying the Bucks are equally up the creek as those teams would've been without those three guys).
The Bucks without Bogut, Redd, and Ridnour are like...
The Pittsburgh Steelers without Ben Roethlisberger, Hines Ward, and Troy Polamalu.
The Boston Celtics without Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen.
The National Hockey League without Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, and Canada.
The Philadelphia Phillies without Cole Hamels, Ryan Howard, and Chase Utley.
The Super Bowl XXXI Packers without Brett Favre, Reggie White, and Desmond Howard.
The various championship editions of the San Francisco 49ers without Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, and Ronnie Lott.
The three-peat Lakers without Kobe, Shaq, and Derek Fisher.
The three-peat Bulls without Jordan, Pippen, and Rodman.
The Marquette Golden Eagles without Dominic James, Jerel McNeal, and Wesley Matthews.
The San Antonio Spurs without Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobli, and Tony Parker.
The Dallas Cowboys without Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Michael Irvin.
The Boston Red Sox without David Ortiz, Josh Beckett, and Johnathan Papelbon.
I think I've made the point. It's unfortunate that nobody really cares that this is happening to the Bucks, but after years of irrelevance, it makes plenty of sense.