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Cheese Curds, 5/9: Packers support Bucks en route to NBA Conference Finals

Bakh downed more beer and Rodgers got a courtside view as Giannis and company took down Boston on Wednesday night.

NBA: Playoffs-Boston Celtics at Milwaukee Bucks Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers owns a minority share of the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks, and this week he must be excited about that investment.

On Wednesday night, the Bucks defeated the Boston Celtics 116 to 91, completing a five-game series victory and earning a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals. And while Rodgers was predictably in the house for the win as someone with a personal and financial stake in the team, other Packers players and elite athletes from around Wisconsin have become big supporters of the Bucks as well.

Take David Bakhtiari, for example. The California guy who played college football at Colorado is suddenly a fan favorite at Fiserv Forum. The All-Pro left tackle one-upped his beer chugging from the first round on Wednesday, as you can see in today’s curds below.

For Packers fans in Wisconsin, it’s a blast to see all of the state’s pro sports teams bonding together. There were some similar signs of this last year when the Brewers made the National League Championship Series, and hopefully the Packers will be able to make a deep run in 2019 so the Brewers and Bucks can return the favor at Lambeau in January.

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Now let’s get back to the foolishness that happened at Fiserv Forum last night. Here’s David Bakhtiari doing what he does best (besides protecting Rodgers, of course):

Aaron’s reaction is perfect here, too. But in the Conference Finals, Bakhtiari will have to up his game, maybe chugging a full one-liter beer stein. If the Bucks advance to the NBA Finals, I’m not sure what he’ll have to do to top that. A boot, perhaps?

Meanwhile, Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich was at the game as well, putting the reigning NL MVP in the building along with the two-time NFL MVP and the player who should be NBA MVP this year in Giannis Antetokounmpo. This sure sounds like a Designated Survivor type of situation.

Rest up, Wisconsin sports fans. There’s a lot to be excited about right now.