Tom Oates

Bio

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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A glorious era officially ground to a halt Sunday at wintry Lambeau Field, first with one of the more dismal home losses in Green Bay history, a 20-17 defeat at the hands of the woebegone Arizona Cardinals, then with the Packers taking the unusual step − for them − of firing coach Mike McCarthy with four games to play in the season.

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