If nothing else, 2018 demonstrated the yin and yang of sports in Wisconsin.

The Green Bay Packers and the University of Wisconsin football and men's basketball teams were down, the Milwaukee Brewers and Milwaukee Bucks were up, making it seem like we're only allowed so much athletic success in Wisconsin at any given time.

So while the Packers missed the playoffs for the second straight season, the UW football team stumbled over its great expectations and the Badgers basketball team saw its streak of NCAA tournament bids end at 19, the news wasn't all bad. As those things were happening, the no-longer-rebuilding Brewers captivated the state by coming within a game of the World Series and the Bucks finally hit on a coach and emerged as serious candidates to win the NBA Eastern Conference title.

Thanks largely to the Brewers, the year wasn't a total loss for state sports fans. Here are 20 moments to remember — some good, some bad — that defined sports in Wisconsin in 2018:

Tom Oates has been part of the Wisconsin State Journal sports department since 1980 and became its editorial voice in 1996, traversing the state and country to bring readers a Madison perspective on the biggest sports stories of the day.

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