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November 2011




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 Hello there, from my lovely dorm room.

The last three weeks have been pretty rough, I’m not going to lie. Stress and chaos only begin to describe my life. However, I now see the light and look ahead to an upcoming break. I got some much needed time to myself, picked new classes for the spring semester and cannot wait to start fresh.

It’s amazing how we are always saying we want to start anew; yet many people will also say they hate change. The human race is a funny thing. Either way, we’ve seen some much needed changes with our favorite team and I’d say we are allowed to feel a little optimistic about where we are headed.

Here’s to more moves making our lives a little brighter.

The Wizzies

  • No word yet if he’ll become the national spokesman for Transitions Lenses.
  • The Canjun duo can compare WS rings.
  • And beginner mullets.
  • Maybe if he throws well we can get more than a bag of balls from Ozzie Guillen for him? I would take the balls however…..
  • More specifically, rebuild around Blake DeWitt. That is obvious though.
  • Maybe Raker can set Ryno up with some transition lenses for his interview.
  • I’d take Bob Barker as Cubs manager over Bob Brenly.
  • Just in case anyone was living in a cave or taking an around the world sailing trip since this August, Carlos Zambrano had a very bad day on August 12. 
  • Good job Eisner, no need for some Mickey Mouse trade that has the Cubs eating some Goofy amount of Z contract. Get us to Tomorrow Land and fast.
  • Raker’s on a buzz light years ahead of the rest of us. Let us know when you’re down from space mountain.

Top Wizzie Contributors

Doc Raker-38




Seymour Butts-21

Doug S.-20




Dusty Baylor-10

Question of the Week

What do you look forward to most in the week? Is there one time every Tuesday that you get to sit for 20 minutes and have lunch by yourself, alone with your thoughts? Or how about the ride to work? What do you use as an outlet from your every day routine?

  • Doc Raker

    Now that I have taken my rightful place on the top of the Wizzie board I head off to tour Wrigley Field. I just hope the others in the tour are not jealous when I get pulled in to talk to Theo about a certain job opening. “So what are your qualifications and baseball philosophy Raker?” “I have made my Philosophies’s pretty clear on the View From The Bleachers, maybe you have seen I am at the top of the Wizzie leader board? Anyway, I am a baseball genius, pay no attention to Buddy, Norm and Chris from Illinois since we don’t always see eye to eye ever since I layed down a sac bunt back in 1974. My little league coach, Mr Dixon, gave me the bunt sign what else am I suppose to do. Sorry for the digression, I believe in 3-2 sliders that hiss, long balls that make a crowd roar and gloves made out of gold. When do I start?”

  • lizzie

    @Raker we need pictures!!!!! Have fun!

  • gymjok

    one of my outlets is reading about chicago baseball
    I sure enjoy the view from the bleachers


    Raker – What day/time are you touring Wrigley Field and how much are tickets? I might try to get in on this. I am going downtown Friday to see the Bulls championship trophies, if I get out quick enough, I could take this tour also.

    I look forward to football Saturdays this time of year. Best day of the week. I also enjoy some free time when I go out and shoot photos on lazy days. Especially this time of year with all the leaves changing colors.

  • Seymour Butts

    I zoomed my browser to 400% and I still can’t tell what the pic is in BLPCB’s gravitar is.


    That’s me getting a Gatorade dunk after a hard weekend of lifeguarding. It was a very hot weekend and I was the only one there who did a double both days.

  • Buddy

    NFL Sundays and Monday nights are my favorite parts of the week these days. And very soon…NFL Thursdays!

  • Buddy

    You were sac bunting in little league? Who was your manager, Jim Leyland? Maybe Bob Brenly?


    PACKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 8-0!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Doc Raker

    The tour of Wrigley was great. BLPCB we went to the Sunday noon tour and the cost was $23. We saw both clubhouses, the press box, the bleachers, the Cubs dugout and went onto the field which I missed out on since I had to go talk to Mr. Theo while everyone went onto the field. I think Theo was impressed with my answer’s particularly my reasons for pinch hitting Emily Schmidt in the coed softball championship game back in August, which we won because of my bold pinch hitting move. Theo really liked my line up at the Rumble at the Ranch Fantasy Baseball tournament last January. He questioned hitting Seymour in the 5 hole but once he really examined my options he seemed to understand. He didn’t like my defense alignment in the 4th inning when I had a middle infield with a combined age of 114 and I must admit I had trouble defending that move. He said he would be in touch so I think that is good, I think he just wants to let the others know they didn’t get the job before he sends me an offer.

  • You left my two pressing questions unanswered: 1) When will Theo be dining with Seymour? and 2) Is is still considered “raking” if the “raker” “rakes” from second base?


    Doc – Do they have a tour every Sunday at noon? How long did it last? I might look into it for next Sunday now. Do they allow pictures? Is it different from a tour during the season?


    Never mind I found they have one this Sunday at noon, but how long did the tour last and can you take pictures?

  • Doc Raker

    Jswanson- When I left my interview I did see Seymour waiting in the lobby for his turn and it was dinner time. Seymour looked a little depressed knowing I aced my interview with Theo. I rake from home plate, unlike the Three Wise Men.
    BLPCB- about 90 minutes, take lot’s of pictures.


    Sweet, about to book my tour for Sunday at noon!
    This is going to be a great weekend. Bulls championship trophies on Friday. OSU bar on Saturday. Wrigley Field tour on Sunday.

  • Doc Raker

    Enjoy BLPCB- tell Theo I said hello.


    Doc – Sounds good. Should I tell him Doc says hi, or is there another name I should use? Also, is there a chance I can get autographs from anyone? I really want to get an autograph for my supervisor at work, he loves the Cubs. His birthday is Woody’s 20K game. I asked him on Cinco de Mayo this year if he knew what happened 13 years ago tomorrow. He was like “I know damn well what happened. It was my 28th birthday, I was sitting at home eating 2 racks of ribs, one of the greatest days of my life.”

  • Doc Raker

    No autographs, didn’t see any players on the tour. Theo knows me as Raker.