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October 2011




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If you aren’t aware, I am a student, as well as a Resident Assistant that juggles two other jobs. Needless to say I have had my energy sucked out of me almost every single day since September rolled around. In the midst of all this, it feels good to see the Cubs organization actually going about their business the way I used to see it done. The change that the hire of Theo Epstein brings feels like a step in the right direction. Hopefully my life can follow suit. I am swamped as of late, and would love to catch a break.

Regardless, reading your thoughts on the week was a nice change of pace. Let’s get to it.

The Wizzies

  • Every time Fielder puts a charge into one, you don’t hear the sound of the bat making solid contact with the ball. You hear a cash register opening, cha-Ching! as Fielder just keeps adding to his contract this winter.
  • Chunky psycho vegan? or old guy that has problems with shadows? They both sound like losers to me.
  • Samardzija’s a one-trick pony. His trick is getting off the mound quickly before people realize how hittable he is.
  • But Buddy..he’s scrappy….he’s got grit, and moxie, and he hit over .300 in April!!??? Oh he’s got no power, and doesn’t get on base? This isn’t 1976? Oh. Well then of course, they should look to upgrade there.
  • Years ago, one of my college roommates had a girlfriend that moved in “temporarily.” Well, you know how that works out…she was there for a year. She had three yappy small dogs. The best thing about living with Maltese: when they get all spooled up and out of control, you can reset their simple little brains with a few shots of water from a spray bottle. I wish there was a blog equivalent of that spray bottle to quiet this goddamned nonsensical yapping.
  • Now I’m wondering if not having access to VFTB for three months wasn’t so bad.
  • When I was a kid, we had a cat. Nobody really liked the cat, but he was good at chasing mice. One day, the cat ran away. My brother thought he saw him in our neighbor’s yard, but it was actually a racoon. My dad wouldn’t let us have a racoon, and my brother was really upset. The next night at dinner….I forgot what my point was.
  • Did I mention that I saw Carlos Pena eating lunch prior to the last game of the year, a big bowl of pasta. The server for his table was left handed and it looked like Pena was only able to eat about 14.3% of his pasta.
  • Jihad and baseball don’t mix. Soccer with a goats head in Alibabastan maybe.
  • Well in defense of Dusty Baker,er… *crickets* I got nothin’…
  • This is also why I despise the Braves. May the fleas of a thousand camels infest their jock.
  • 7) Don’t quit “The Zack Attack.” You can make time for your day job and your band.
  • Maybe the Cubs will change their name to the Chicago Clutch Grinders. Then right after that, a giant meteor can destroy the Earth.
  • Chicago Oprahs, Oprah Cubs, Oprah’s Baseball Club, Oprah’s Book Cubs. Something like that…I’m sort of tired.
  • The Oprah Feel Good Secular Tofu Eating Grinding Chicago Cubs!

Top Wizzie Contributors


Doc Raker-35



Seymour Butts-21

Doug S.-20




Eddie Von White-8

Larry Sproul-8

Question of the Week

 Now that it is (almost) officially upon us, what is the best part about fall?


    Fall was officially upon us 3 weeks ago. The best part about fall is FOOTBALL! You get up Saturday, do your business, work out, shower, go to your favorite bar, and knock a few cold ones while you watch your favorite college team destroy their opponent. Then you do it all over again Sunday with your favorite NFL team. And out here the changing colors of the leaves. I love it. I’ve shot close to 2000 pictures of the changing leaves already, and I’m not done.
    Best part about winter…baseball is almost back. But this year, I get to spend my winter in FLORIDA!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I got an internship with the Disney College Program. I’m so excited. Get to spend 6 months down there, hopefully going to take a road trip through St. Louis, Memphis, and Atlanta, and see these people still fighting the Civil War

  • Larry Sproul

    Fall is a great time as we have had warm temps and sun in the midwest . Both Green Bay and Detroit are winning in the NFL . It also brings us one day closer to Mesa 2012 .

    It is however hard to think of what will the 2012 Cubs consist of . At any rate flights are booked, hotel reservations made and a feeling on internal hope once again . Go Cubs !!!

  • CubbieDude

    Colors, cooler weather, no bugs, my birthday.

  • Buddy

    Playoff Baseball, NFL Sundays, College Football Saturdays. That’s a tough combo to beat!

  • Doc Raker

    Wizzie- what school of higher learning are you at?
    Buddy- wasn’t all that listed in your bio in Playgirl for your June 2008 spread under ‘turn ons’?

  • Buddy

    I think so. I was drunk during the interview.

  • Seymour Butts

    Fall means it’s time to start hitting again. Fantasy camp is 3 months away and it’s time to dust off the pitching machine.
    Also high on the list is The Green Bay Packers. Now the only unbeaten team, they are making another January run a good possibility.Big Bonus is seeing Dallas falling in the most comical fashions as well.
    Fall is also the time to assess how much weight you managed to work off over the summer, and plot a strategy not to backslide over the winter.

  • Rachel

    I attend Indiana University in Bloomington…probably why I can’t get into football.

  • Rachel

    And my bad about fall…I wrote this very late at night and must have forgotten what day it was.

  • The best part of fall is that it is not yet winter.

  • Doc Raker

    IU, I spent a year there. The year the dream team tried out for the olympics with Bobby Knight as the coach. That was also the year Bobby Knight threw a chair across the court during a game. Knight then opened up a furniture store in town and if you bought a sofa he threw in a chair for free.


    Is this the Michael Jordan led team of 1984 we’re talking about?

  • Doc Raker

    Yes, MJ was on the team. I worked in the bowling alley at the student union and MJ hung out in the billiard hall next door taking on all comers for a wager. Charles Barkley was cut from that team. Patrick Ewing AC Green and a few others were there. Fun times.