I wanted to take this time to talk about two things that have nothing to do with Cub’s baseball at all. First, as most of you all know, I am a Fighting Illini basketball fan. It makes me mad when they don’t play up to their potential. The other day, they had a game at home against an unranked Illinois State team. It was the first game back for Deron Williams and was picked to not really be all that close. Well, it turns out that the team has to pull it out of their butts in overtime. At halftime though Bruce Weber goes crazy on the players especially Nick Smith. Apparently big dumb Nick was and has been taking opponents too lightly. He talks junk about them and how they aren’t really good. As a result, the rest of the team starts to feel the same way and teams like ISU make it a good game. It just really bugs me that he is the one on the team that would be taking teams and players lightly. He isn’t very good. Usually it would be the star of the team that would think like this, not a guy that isn’t even a starter. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen him play, but he is a big oaf. He is like 7’2″ and just doesn’t seem to know how to put it all together. There are days when he gets in the zone and days that he can’t seem to do anything right. So Nick, until you get it all together, Shut your mouth and play Basketball.

The second thing that bugs me is the fact that Chicago Bears fans immortalize certain players that when you look at their numbers, we not really that good. The one that sticks out for me the most is Jim McMahon. This guy was so delicate. He always got injured. Jim’s career bests for the following categories: Yards – 2392 (1985), TD’s – 15, games played – 14 (1983). This guy was no better than Jim Miller. Why do you people love him so much. The only thing that I could see is because they won the Super Bowl. But everyone knows that they won that year because of their defense. Willie Gault is another one. The man never had a 1000 yard season and the year they won it all, he had one TD in the regular season. They were not that good. Get a clue people. Alright, now that I got that off my chest, I am gonna end this.

I don’t really even know why those two things bug me that much. For all I know, most people could feel the same way, but it just seems like people idolize those two guys.

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail