Well, we're more than halfway through the countdown, so let's bring it even closer to the top 20.
With this set of 20, I'll bring in some new cities that will have most of you wondering exactly where it lies on the map.
Even the smallest of Wisconsin cities can produce some pretty big stars.
With every slide that I complete, it makes me more and more proud to be a Cheesehead. I even share a common bond with No. 24, so wait and see.
Mercein attended Yale, where he was an All-American and an All-Ivy League selection.
He was drafted in the 10th round by Buffalo of the AFL in 1965, but was selected in the third round of the NFL that same year by the N.Y. Giants.
Mercein also played with Washington, N.Y. Jets, and Green Bay in his career, spanning 1965-'70.
He played in the famed Ice Bowl, where he had six rushes for 20 yards and two catches for 22 yards in the pivotal final drive of the game.
Mercein finished his career with 163 rushes for 531 yards and four TDs and 37 receptions for 205 yards and one more TD.
Gary (pictured), Bob, and Ryan all have played in the NHL, with Ryan still active.
Gary (Ryan's father, Bob's brother) played 17 seasons in the NHL, where he scored 203 goals and 642 assists, with 1,249 penalty minutes. He scored 17 goals and had 53 assists in his playoff appearances and won a silver medal in the 2002 Winter Olympics, when he coached the U.S. squad.
Bob was a member of the USA's "Miracle on Ice" team in 1980, but never saw action in the NHL. He was drafted No. 120 by L.A. in 1977, but rejected its offer. He played in the WHA instead, sat out the entire '80-'81 season, and then played the following season in the CHL before retiring from the game.
Ryan played 39 games for Wisconsin, scoring three goals and getting 16 assists with 93 penalty minutes. He won gold with the U17 and U18 teams in 2002, and again in 2004 at the World Juniors. He was the No. 7 overall pick in 2003 and has played 311 games with Nashville, with 23 goals and 93 assists.
Poker may not be a sport, but Hellmuth is a star in his field, so I decided to put him on the list (plus, they tend to over-show poker on ESPN).
He attended Wisconsin, where his father was dean for a time, but dropped out after three years because he was making a lot of money at local games around campus.
Hellmuth would often play at the university's Union, where he got his start in poker. He would get his "bankrolls" working at Blaine's Farm, de-tasseling corn.
He is the eldest of five children and is an 11-time winner at the World Series of Poker.
Harris starred on his Wauwatosa East HS basketball team and would go on to attend Wisconsin under Bo Ryan.
He also played volleyball in high school and was named Wisconsin's Mr. Basketball in 2001 over Travis Diener.
Harris was the No. 5 overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft by Washington, but has played for Dallas and New Jersey.
In the NBA, he has averaged 12.2 PPG in 345 games, with a 21.3 PPG coming with New Jersey.
Wauatosa East retired Harris' basketball jersey.
As a senior at Kenosha St. Joseph HS, Van Exel averaged 29.8 PPG, which led the state of Wisconsin. He also won the state's slam dunk contest that year while being only 6'0".
He then starred at Cincinnati, averaging 18.3 PPG and 4.5 APG as a senior there. Van Exel wears No. 31 as a tribute to his favorite college player growing up, Pearl Washington.
Van Exel has been called "Pearl," "Nick the Quick," and "Nick Van Exellent" for his big shots. That landed him as a second round pick in the NBA, where he played for L.A. (Lakers), Denver, Dallas, Golden State, Portland, and San Antonio.
He has 12, 658 career points, 5,777 assists and 1,528 three-pointers made.
Looking at him now, I don't know if Sprewell is a star anymore, but he was when he was younger.
He went from Milwaukee Washington HS to Three Rivers CC to Alabama to the No. 24 pick in 1992 to Golden State.
He has also played for Minnesota and N.Y. and is a four-time all-star with 16,712 career points. Sprewell also has 1,104 three-pointers made, averaged 18.3 PPG for his career and 19.7 in the playoffs.
Then there's the 1997 choking incident and his complaint about how $14.1 million a year wasn't enough to feed his family, but he still deserves to be on the list.
Oh, there was also a foreclosure on his house, he sold his yacht, "Milwaukee's Best," and owes plenty of money to the IRS, and yet somehow he still found his way into the top 35.
Stricker went professional in 1990 with his wife as his caddy for many years and now has seven PGA Tour victories, with his most recent Deutsche Bank win last week.
He is a five-time winner of the Wisconsin State Open, winning in '87, '90, '91, '98 and 2000.
Stricker was fourth on the money list in '96 and '07 and currently is on top for the 2009 season (leads in FedEx Cup points too).
On Aug. 26, 2007, he snapped a 11-year drought between event wins on U.S. soil. He has also been on two President Cup teams and one Ryder Cup team.
Best finishes in majors: tied for second at '98 PGA; tied for sixth at '09 Masters; tied for fifth at '98 and '99 U.S. Open.
Kenseth started racing in the state at Madison, Slinger, and Wisconsin International around Appleton.
He was Wisconsin International's Rookie of the Year in 2000 and later won the 2003 Winston Cup Championship in NASCAR by winning just one race, which would later call for a rule change.
Kenseth has 18 wins and 165 top 10s in Sprint and 24 wins and 153 top 10s in Nationwide.
The small town Cambridge native has quickly turned into one of the most popular and dominant drivers on the NASCAR circuit, but he always loves a trip back home.
Candice Michelle Beckman has spent time with the WWE and even though I'm not a fan of it, I'm still qualifying that for this list.
I don't think many will argue either.
Candice is now a model/actress and appeared in the Go Daddy commercial as the girl in the court room whose tank top strap kept coming loose.
She played varsity basketball in high school and college, so now she officially qualifies.
Candice won a modeling contest at a local skating rink at 16, then moved out to L.A. in 1999. She then won the 2007 Women's Championship in the WWE, but was released in June of 2009.
She appeared on the cover of Playboy in April 2006, and is an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers.
Butler's life could have easily been a complete 180 from where it is now, as he was arrested 15 times before he was 15 years old.
He spent time in a Wisconsin correctional facility and later attended Racine Park HS and UCONN.
Butler averaged 15.6 PPG and 7.6 RPG as a freshman at UCONN, then followed that with 20.3 PPG and 7.5 RPG as a sophomore. That warranted a trip to the NBA.
He was drafted No. 10 overall in 2002 by Miami and now plays for Washington. He has played 483 games in the NBA, averaging 16.7 PPG, 6 RPG, 3 APG, and 1.7 SPG.
The high ranking is due to the fact that he was able to turn his life around before it became much too late.
Joe Wolf was a star at Kohler HS for four years and was voted as the all-time greatest Wisconsin high school player, as he holds several WIAA Tournament records in D-3.
Records he holds: most points in tournament (58 in two games); most field goals in tournament (24 in two games); most rebounds in tournament (37) and rebounds in a game (24).
Wolf was the No. 13 overall pick in 1987 to the L.A. Clippers and played 11 years in the NBA with L.A., Denver, Boston, Portland, Charlotte, Orlando, and Milwaukee, averaging 4.2 PPG and 3.3 RPG.
He coached the Idaho Stampede in the CBA and the Colorado 14ers in the NBDL and is currently on the Milwaukee Bucks' coaching staff.
Krieg went undrafted out of the now defunct Milton College, where he was the seventh string quarterback.
He played 19 years in the NFL with Seattle, Kansas City, Detroit, Arizona, Chicago, and Tennessee, throwing for 261 TDs, 199 INT, and 38,147 yards.
Krieg is now a part owner of the AFL's Green Bay Blizzard with ex-Packer Brian Noble is a motivational speaker in Arizona.
Herber attended GB West HS and spent 16 years in the NFL from 1930-'45.
He played from '30-'40 with his hometown team, the Packers, but also played for the N.Y. Giants.
He was a four-time NFL champion with Green Bay ('30, '31, '36, '39) and was the league's top passer in '32 with 639 yards and nine TDs. For his career, Herber passed for 81 TD and 106 INT.
He hit his peak when Don Hutson (pictured with Herber) came to Green Bay and paved the way for modern quarterbacks. He was elected into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1966.
It's time to give some love to MLB umpires, who normally get a bad rap.
Froemming was the longest tenured umpire, as he spent 37 years in the MLB before retiring in 2007 at 67 years old (oldest ump, too). His last game was in his home town, as he called the game on Sept. 30, '07 between Milwaukee and San Diego.
Bill Klem called 5,374 games (most in MLB) and Froemming has called 5,162 games. Since he is over 65, Froemming qualifies for the Hall of Fame in 2010 instead of waiting the five years. He will be a shoo-in come that time.
Froemming has been involved in 11 no-hitters (four behind the plate, Nolan Ryan and Phil Niekro), nine LDS and five World Series.
Chones was an All-American at Marquette during his junior year, averaging 20.5 PPG and 11.9 RPG and was the second player in NCAA history to leave college early for the NBA.
He was drafted in the second round of the 1973 NBA Draft to the L.A. Lakers and won a championship with them in 1980.
Chones played for both the NBA and ABA, compiling 9,821 points.
He has been a color analyst for the Cleveland Cavaliers and now fills in from time to time for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Kraenzlein won four gold medals at the 1900 Olympic Games in Paris (60m dash, 110m hurdles, 200m hurdles, and long jump).
He went to the University of Wisconsin to study dentistry.
Kraenzlein was the first runner to used the straight-legged approach to jumping the hurdles.
He also coached track and field at the University of Pennsylvania and served in World War I.
Like I said in the intro, I have something in common with Terry Porter: We both are alumni of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, as Porter is the only Pointer on this list.
He was the No. 24 overall pick in the 1985 NBA Draft to Portland, and has also played for Minnesota, Miami, and San Antonio.
In his 18-year career, Porter has 15,586 points, 3,872 rebounds, 7,160 assists, and is a two-time all-star.
Porter coached his hometown team from 2003-'05 and Phoenix in the 2008-'09 season, with a career coaching record of 83-106.
In 1994, he created the Milwaukee Scholars Fund, which provides scholarships to minorities for any school in the University of Wisconsin system.
Gantner has never left the state of Wisconsin throughout his career.
He attended Campbellsport HS, then Wisconsin-Oshkosh, then was drafted in the 12th round in the 1974 MLB Draft.
Gantner played from 1976-92 with the Brewers, hitting .276 with 1,696 hits, 47 HR, 568 RBI, and 137 SB.
He also pitched one inning of a blowout game in Kansas City in 1979, in which he allowed two hits and was almost thrown out for arguing balls and strikes.
He currently runs Hale Park Auto in Hales Corners, Wisconsin and is part owner of Scuds Buds (a bar in his hometown of Eden).
I originally had him ranked lower, but his loyalty to Wisconsin made me move him into the top 25.
Kuenn played in the MLB from 1952-'66 with Detroit, Cleveland, San Francisco, Chicago, and Philadelphia.
He was an eight-time all star and the 1953 AL Rookie of the Year. In his career, Kuenn hit .303 with 2,092 hits and 671 RBI. He hit .353 in 1959.
Kuenn was the Manager of the Year in 1982 after he took over for his hometown Brewers the same year (this is also when Harvey's Wallbangers were born).
Milwaukee was 23-24 when they fired Buck Rodgers, then went 72-43 under Kuenn to go 95-67 for the year and become World Series runners-up.
Favor attended SPASH, then moved on to Wisconsin, where she met Mark Hamilton, a pitcher on the baseball team. The two were married two weeks after graduation.
She won 11 high school titles and appeared in three Olympic games (1992, '96, '00) and was Runner of the Year in 2000.
Favor won nine NCAA titles and holds many other records: NCAA Championships record holder in the 800m and 1500m; NCAA Woman of the Year; 23 Big Ten Conference championships; four Big Ten Athlete of the Year Awards (which is now called the "Suzy Favor Award"); Big Ten Athlete of the Decade for the 1990s; World University Games silver medalist and 14 All-American awards.