WOODRUFF - Northwoods Bears fans might think the most humiliating feeling is putting on a Packer jersey.
But a pink Packer jersey - has to be even worse.
"It's hard to swallow, but you gotta do what you gotta do," says Woodruff's Matt Schuh.
Wearing a pink Packers jersey is even harder to swallow since Schuh is a diehard Chicago Bears fan.
Packers fan Michael Hawke owns a business right next door to Schuch in Woodruff.
"We decided that whoever had the better regular season record, the loser needed to wear a jersey of the opposite team while he worked all week long. Then I was like, 'let's make it a pink jersey'," Hawke says.
Thursday, Schuh was forced to eat lunch outside and wave to drivers on busy Highway 47.
"I had a bunch of customers stop in and stuff, just to give me a little harassment. It's just all good fun and humor. It's all for a good time," he says.
But it was Schuh, the Bears fan, having a better time early in the season.
"When the Seahawks game happened, Matt came in and said, as a Bear fan, I apologize for that, that was a travesty of a game, but you're still going to look pretty in pink. But who's laughing now?" chuckles Hawke.
This is the third year of the bet.
Hawke's worn one pink Brian Urlacher jersey, but it's now one pink Aaron Rodgers, one pink Clay Matthews jersey for Schuh.
The pressure's even higher next season.
"The stakes are going up next year. We are doing the Polar Plunge next year. Loser's gotta go in with the jersey," says Schuh.
STOUGHTON - Police in Stoughton are investigating a threatening letter that was sent to a black teenager, with a photo that depicted him as the victim of a lynching.
The letter had a Madison postmark but no return address. The family told the newspaper it contained a photo showing two men hanging from a tree, with a mob watching. A picture of the 18-year-old was superimposed onto one of the men.
MERRILL - When you think of movies you probably think of Hollywood, but one man from Northcentral Wisconsin is bringing his feature film to the local screen.
Wausau’s Jarrod Crooks not only makes movies, but he also stars in them.
His latest film, "Dispatched" is based off the Elvis Presley movie, “Girl Happy,” says filmmaker Jarrod Crooks. “My character Jake is sent to go watch my bosses daughter while she’s on vacation with a friend. Then an old enemy is kind of after him while he’s on vacation, so some things happen.”
Crooks made, "Dispatched" on a $5,000 budget and it’s full of romance, action, and comedy.
“My buddy would joke with me, ‘why don’t you just pick one genre man and then just go with it'," says Crooks. "I’m like because I want to make this movie how I want to make It'." "I actually like romantic comedies, I think they’re kind of fun, and I think they’re cute. I like action films because I’m a guy, and I like comedy because Jim Carey is great.”
Crooks is only 28 and has already made 4 feature films. His passion started when he was 12 years old.
“I went over to my friend’s house and he had a video camera. I was like oh we should make a movie, and at that time I was really into, “Wishbone,” says Crooks.
“We’d always remake our own literature pieces. Then I saw my first Jackie Chan movie and I’m like, alright it’s settled we’re doing action films from now on," says Crooks. “From then on it was just a love affair with the filmmaking.”
His latest film will be shown at the Cosmo Theatre in Merrill on Saturday at 5pm.
“The fact that I’m bringing it to central Wisconsin is great because this is where I grew up," says Crooks. "All my family and friends get to see it, so I’m very excited about that and you get to see yourself on the big screen what’s better than that.”
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