Archive for October, 2012

Morning News: Playoffs, Drug Mules, and Unlikely Dog Ownership

Friday, October 12th, 2012

MLB Playoffs

Let’s start by catching you up on the action from yesterday’s quadruple-header. In the opening tilt, the Giants broke open the scoring with six runs in the fifth inning–including this monster grand slam from Buster Posey–and held on to win 6-4, eliminating the Reds from the postseason. After losing the first two games at home, the Giants didn’t look like they’d make it to the NLCS. To get there, they accomplished what no other team has ever done in a five game series, winning back-to-back-back elimination games.

The Cardinals and Nationals were the next game of the afternoon, and Washington pulled off the victory on the back of Jayson Werth’s walk-off homer. The 2-1 victory forces a decisive Game 5 today. Altogether now: “Go Nats!”

The Orioles and Yankees staged another extra-innings war; this one lasting thirteen innings before Baltimore could push across the winning run. The 2-1 win tied up that series as well, so you’ll get to enjoy two elimination games today. (Again, “Go Nats!”) A sad subplot from this series came to light today, as news broke that Yankees manager (and former Cubs catcher) Joe Girardi’s father passed away last week prior to the ALDS. Girardi had tried to keep it quiet and focus on the games. He plans to bury his father next week after the series is over. Hats off to him for trying to keep his personal pain from distracting from the task at hand.

The final game of the night was the elimination game between the Tigers and the A’s. It didn’t have any of the late-inning dramatics or fireworks of the earlier games, but it was no less exciting. Detroit won 6-0 behind a dominant performance from Justin Verlander, who set a new MLB record for strikeouts in a postseason series with twenty-two. Verlander’s complete game shutout was a masterpiece, as he struck out eleven batters, surrendering only four hits and single walk on an economic 122 pitches. (And congratulations to Chet, Josephine, and all the rest of you Tigers fans out there.)

Elsewhere

You might have passed on the night’s MLB action and opted instead for football, as the Steelers and Titans faces off in Nashville. For those of you who didn’t watch, the Titans won on a 40-yard field goal as time expired.

However, you might have skipped all the evening’s sporting events and watched the debate between Vice Presidential Candidates Joe Biden and Paul Ryan. I’ll spare you from all but the briefest recap here–it happened, it was long, and it was underwhelming–but consider the topic open if you’d like to comment below.

Speaking of abrupt transitions, who else has fond memories Marty McFly’s blacked-out Toyota truck in Back to the Future. Sure, the DeLorean was the star, but discerning viewers (i.e., me) always had a soft spot for the 4×4 that represented his new, less slackerish life. So it’s wonderful news that the original has been located and is being painstakingly restored to its former glory. And apparently, like so many young stars in Hollywood, its had some rough years–possibly including some work as a drug mule.

Just a heads up for all you amateur gourmets out there: if a dove crashes into your home and dies, by all means, feel free to cook and eat it. Just don’t post your culinary escapades online, because apparently that kind of thing is frowned upon–especially during dove season. (Also, who else didn’t know “dove season” was a thing?)

And finally, today from the not-so-great-ideas department, Michael Vick is a dog owner again.

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Northside Archives: The Significance of 100

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

The Cubs lost 101 games this year. That shouldn’t be news. Cresting the century mark is something the Cubs have done only TWICE before. In 1962 and 1966 the Cubs posted identical 59-103 records.

1962
This team had an excuse. Just two years before, the 1960 Cubs featured an average age of 28.2 and switched managers after 17 games. That team finished 60-94 good for 7th (out of 8) in the NL. What had changed by 1962? The average age was 25.6, and P.K. Wrigley was more than a year into the debacle known as the College of Coaches. There are two ways to look at this team – a lineup that boasted Banks, Santo, Williams, and even Lou Brock. Four HOFers. Some people look at that and say, “How did they lose 103?”; others look at it and say, “If only the Cubs hadn’t traded Lou Brock!” The latter is a realization that Santo, Williams, and Brock were each at least a year away from their prime. In Santo and Williams the Cubs had the 1960 and 1961 NL Rookie of the Year winners, respectively. Lou Brock was playing his first full MLB season, and wouldn’t see his career blossom until year three. Santo, age 22; Williams, 24; and Brock, 23 reflected the general makeup of the everyday players the Cubs were penciling into the lineup. Only Ernie Banks, at 31, had seen his 30th birthday. The rotation was even younger, Bob Buhl all of 33 years old was still 7 years older than the next regular starter. All but three of the regular Cub pitchers (rotation or bullpen) were 27 or younger. They did finish with a Pythagorean record of 61-101, so they were a bit unlucky.

1966
This team had no excuse. Ok, well very little excuse – at least as it relates to losing 100. The College of Coaches started to die a slow death after 1962. That death would be complete following 1965 when the Cubs hired Leo Durocher. Yes, Brock had been infamously traded (in 1963) and immediately became an MVP candidate, finishing 10th in the voting that season. But Santo had finished 8th in 1963, ahead of Brock. That started Santo’s stretch of 7 years where he was a stalwart of the Cubs attack and the best 3B in the NL, a perennial All-Star and regular MVP candidate. Williams had finished further down the MVP ballot in both 1964 & 1965. And the Cubs had talented youth in support; future fantasy camp organizer Randy Hundley, Don Kessinger, and Glenn Beckert were regulars in 1966. Stocked with impressive names, this team was still young. Even now it reads as a team too young to compete at the highest level – but surely they’d lose fewer than 100? Except the pitching was deplorable. Worst in the NL in nearly every category, their best pitcher was acquired after one appearance with the Phillies. A young right-hander named Ferguson Jenkins would log 60 appearances, only 12 starts; but he racked up an incredible 184.1 innings, 72 of which came in the last 5 weeks of the season when he became a regular starter. They were incredibly unlucky, their Pythagorean record was 64-98.

Everyone Else
To have only 3 100-loss seasons in franchise history is actually a stellar record. For franchises in existence before 1961, only the Reds, Giants (each with a single such season), Yankees, and Dodgers (each with two such seasons) can now boast a better history than the Cubs. Interestingly, the Cubs now find themselves tied with their cross-town brethren. Contrast that with the Cardinals (4), Indians (5), Tigers (6), Red Sox (7), Pirates (8), Orioles (10), Braves (13), Phillies (14), and A’s (with an incredible 15 such seasons) and the Cubs look pretty good. Especially when you consider that prior to 1961 baseball played only 154 games, it would seem more difficult to have accumulated so many 100-loss seasons. But losing 100 was MORE common then. Most expansion teams have at least one 100-loss simply due to those first few years of fielding a mediocre roster – with the Rockies and Angels being the most notable exceptions, never having lost 100 games.

What Does It Mean For The Future?
The Cubs’ previous 100-loss seasons have virtually no bearing on what to expect in the future. Times were different, free agency didn’t exist and I don’t think anyone is looking at the 2012 Cubs thinking it had 4 future HOFers or a roster full of very-soon-to-be everyday regulars to compliment them. And though the post-1966 Cubs were fairly successful (finishing 2nd or 3rd until 1973) – even they didn’t achieve ultimate success. Of recent 100-loss teams elsewhere in baseball, the Tigers took 3 years to turn it around to win the 2006 AL pennant. The Diamondbacks took 3 years before losing in the 2007 NLCS. The Marlins took 5 years to win the 2003 World Series. The Brewers took 6 years to win the 2008 Wild Card. The Rays took 6 years also, and have emerged not just as a pennant winner, but a top tier AL team. And the team everyone will be talking about if they can continue to advance, the Nationals took 3 years to become the NL’s best team. Of course, Bryce Harper and Steven Strasburg aren’t in the draft every year. Gio Gonzalez isn’t available to acquire in a trade every year either. But as you can see, there is no fast track to rebuilding a team that lost 100 games. The Tigers needed an entirely new lineup, and a couple of new pitchers – one named Justin Verlander. The Nationals needed the two best No. 1 picks in forever, fast-tracked to the majors, and producing right away – and there’s no guarantee they’ll even win a playoff series!

So I’m aiming low; my only desire is that the Cubs don’t again lose 100 games in 2013. There’s precedent for that, and not all of it is good; I don’t want to become the Kansas City Cubs of Chicago.

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Morning News: AFL Update, Adding New Pitchers, and even Pete Rose

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

I was at work this week and since October 31 is just around the corner, we have some candy in a dish up front in the office. I grabbed myself a fun size Starburst and headed back to my desk to open it. There’s something mysterious about the fun size because you know going into it that you’re not going to get every flavor like you would with a full pack or a bag. When you choose your package of two bursts, you don’t know what’s underneath that outer packaging. It might be two pinks (aka heaven) or it might be two yellows (aka bupkis). Today I got a red and a pink so I consider it a success. It got me thinking about how much I love Halloween candy. Growing up, our street was fairly secluded so we never got any kids to come to the door and beg for candy. The first year we moved into the house my mom bought bags and bags of candy in preparation for the big night and when all was said and done, we got one doorbell ring….the neighbor kid. What did that mean? It meant that the mounds of candy my brother and I scavenged from the neighborhood was supplemented by the undonated stash my mom had bought. Let’s just say that was no lapse in candy coverage from Halloween to Easter. Those were the days. Now to the news.

Since we’ve really not talked about the Cubs much at all this week in the news, perhaps now would be a good time to start that practice. It is, after all, a Cubs blog.

Cubs Headlines

  • The Arizona Fall League kicked off on Tuesday and our very own, Javier Baez, had himself a double and a home run. He did also strike out in his two other at bats, but I’ll take that kind of day any time. Baez is playing for the Mesa Solar Sox. John Sickels of MinorLeagueBall had a writeup on some names to watch this year in the fall league, with Baez and Matt Szczur making the list for the Cubs.
  • Blake DeWitt has opted for minor league free agency. Peace out, brah. Joining him from the Cubs was Alex Hinshaw.
  • Gordon Wittenmeyer had an article the other day that said he felt. the Cubs would need to add 2-3 arms to the rotation just to even be respectable. Two names he mentioned were Shawn Marcum and Anibal Sanchez. What the article said after that, I couldn’t tell you. That was enough to make me stop reading. It’s not that those guys aren’t good pitchers, but it just doesn’t excite me to dip into free agency for that.

Non-Cubs Headlines

  • Washington State’s head football coach is on my favorite list. If you’re not familiar with him, he went on a rant a few years ago about his player’s girlfriends. It’s must listen to. He’s at it again in reference to his current group of seniors “Some of them have had kind of this zombie-like, go through the motions, everything is like how it’s always been, that’s how it’ll always be. Some of them quite honestly have an empty-corpse quality. That’s not pleasant to say or pleasant to think about, but that’s a fact.”. Mike Leach, you’re my hero.
  • Pete Rose went on record saying that he didn’t think that Derek Jeter would be able to break his all time hit record, to which I say…who cares?
  • What the heck is wrong with people in the fashion business?

Joe’s iPod Song of the Day

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Morning News: Life Sentences, Political Muppets, and Deadly Gas

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Livin’ On The Edge  Both playoff teams facing elimination won on Tuesday night. The Giants beat the Reds 2-1 on the road, and the A’s fought off the Tigers 2-0 at home. I didn’t see much of either game, but I turned on the Tigers-A’s game just in time to see Coco Crisp rob Prince Fielder of guaranteed extra bases, and possibly a home run. Both teams will try to stave off elimination again today, with a full slate of playoff games starting this afternoon.

In The Jailhouse Now  Jerry Sandusky was sentenced to no less than thirty years Tuesday–effectively a life sentence. Several of his victims were in court and many gave statements prior to his sentencing. Sandusky also gave a rambling, defensive statement during the proceedings–a statement that prosecutor Joe McGettigan called “a masterpiece of banal self-delusion — entirely self-focused as if he himself were the victim. It was, in a word, ridiculous.” While Sandusky’s punishment doesn’t undo any of his crimes, it represents a potential turning point for his victims, the Penn State football program and their fans, and the university.

“C” is for Cookie Campaign  Sesame Street would like to remind President Obama’s advertising team that even political footballs aren’t made out of eight feet tall yellow birds.

Free Fallin’  Felix Baumgartner is a BASE jumper. Maybe the BASE jumper. Tuesday he was scheduled to ride to twenty-three miles above the surface of the earth in a capsule attached to a weather balloon and jump out, opening his parachute twenty-two miles and four world records later. Weather conditions on the ground (?) preempted this astounding feat, but the Red Bull Supersonic Stratos Space Jump has been rescheduled for Thursday. (On a side note, I’ve never tasted a drop of Red Bull, but I’m glad that someone out there is drinking crates of the stuff, if only because it allows Red Bull to sponsor crazy events like this, Soapbox Races, and the Flugtag.)

Windy  Sometimes headlines tell you everything you need to know. Teasing Over Flatulence Leads to Deadly Fight.

Turning Japanese  Two words: Samurai swimming.

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Let’s Win One For __________ !

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

As I watched the Colts improbably come from behind to beat the Packers Sunday, I noticed a few Indianapolis players holding signs on the sideline that said #CHUCKSTRONG. In the midst of a legitimate Green Bay collapse (as opposed to their illegitimate, but no-less-satisfying loss in Seattle), it took me a few distracted moments to realize the sign was a reference to Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, who was recently diagnosed with leukemia, and was receiving treatment in a hospital just down the street from Lucas Oil Stadium.

After the game, Colts owner Jim Irsay gave a short, emotional speech in the locker room, congratulating the team and thanking them for winning one for their coach. Word is he then drove the game ball over to the hospital to give it to Pagano and celebrate the win.

Watching it unfold, I couldn’t help but wonder if the Colts had really pulled off the win for Pagano. Was the emotion of the moment enough to help them outplay the vastly superior Packers? Did it provide them an extra measure of steely focus and physical aggression? On paper the two teams are a mismatch, so what was it that gave the Colts the extra boost?

And if it wasn’t the emotion that put them over the top, shouldn’t they always play that way?

The Colts are just the latest example of the “Let’s win one for __________!” phenomenon in sports. Just a few weeks ago, Baltimore receiver Torrey Smith put up career numbers to help the Ravens beat the Patriots just hours after learning his brother had died in a motorcycle accident. On Monday Night Football back in 2003, Brett Favre played what might be the best game of his life on the road against Oakland the day after his father died. You can find countless other examples throughout sports of players and teams that rose to the occasion in the midst personal tragedy.

How does grief do that to a person? How did it help Future Hall-of-Famer Andrew Luck repeatedly thread the needle? How did it help Reggie Wayne muscle through defenders and claw out extra yards after the catch? If it’s a switch they can flip, why don’t they keep it permanently in the “On” position?

There are those who will tell you that the Colts’ win on Sunday had nothing to do with Pagano’s illness. That it was a team finally playing up to their potential, and nothing more. Others will say it was more of a Packers loss than a Colts win–that Green Bay started celebrating the win too early, or that they’re maybe not as good as originally advertised.

I think there’s some truth in all of that. I never saw Wayne or any of the other Colts down a can of spinach on the sideline, so it stands to reason that they’re at least physically capable of performing at that level every week. And I think this season’s Packers squad doesn’t react well to a punch in the mouth.

But I also can’t believe that the #CHUCKSTRONG rallying cry–or at least the attitude behind it–didn’t bear some fruit. To whatever degree unquantifiable, off-the-field circumstances play a role in athletes’ daily performances, the illness of their head coach made a difference in how the Colts performed Sunday.

I can’t measure it, define it, or reproduce it. But I’m convinced it’s that unpredictable quality–the aspects of the game that rarely show up on the stat sheet–that makes sports great.

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Morning News: Undecided Americans, The Amazing O’s and Death by Cockroach?

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Yay Politics!

We’ll start off the day with the token political jargon. I’m not much of a political guy, mostly because I haven’t found a presidential I support since I was old enough to vote. I am a registered independent for this reason and my political talk is usually reserved for “harassing” my friends who are too one way or another. Anyway, I found this series of articles on CNN.com about the undecided voters for the 2012 election to be interesting. Agree or disagree, the points and subjects in the article are intriguing to say the least.

Playoffs in Camden Yards

The Orioles logic-defying 2012 run into the playoffs has been one of the more fun stories this year. I remember back in June that MLB Trade Rumors posted a poll asking which surprise team would likely make the playoffs. Without really thinking about it I clicked on the Orioles, for no reason other then they were having a run that I wish the young Cubs could have. Buck Showalter has managed a hodgepodge roster incredibly and although I know they won’t likely be in the playoffs much longer, they have my playoff allegiance.

After dismantling the Rangers in the new “Angry Jedi” one game series, the O’s have split with the Yankees in Baltimore. I stayed up to watch Sunday’s game before Jim Johnson threw away the game. On Monday night Johnson redeemed himself with a solid ninth inning to preserve the 3-2 win. With the victory the Orioles improve to 30-9 in one-run games and 76-0 (craziness) in games where they lead after the 7th inning, according to the Baltimore Orioles twitter page.

Don’t Eat Cockroaches

I’m not sure why anyone would do this, but it happened over the weekend in Florida (shocking I know). A man entered a cockroach eating contest to win a prize everyone dreams about, a playful python. After winning the contest and in turn the python, he posted pictures of his winnings on his Facebook page to show off his newest addition to the family. Unfortunately for him the victory was short lived. Shortly after winning, he started vomiting and later died from what is assumed to be consumption of the roaches. Don’t believe me? Read here.

Tebow Time?

Sorry J-swan. I’m not sure either Jets quarterback can throw a football. This story already had legs, but the circus is about to make baseball playoff coverage almost irrelevant on the Worldwide Leader. Get ready for Tebow-mania to come back into focus.

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Morning News: Playoffs, Rugby Injuries, and a Crazy Lawyer

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Baseball Playoffs: So let me see if I understand this correctly. The new format was supposed to give added weight to winning your division. The A’s won their division, and find themselves playing their first home game under the threat of elimination. That, of course, makes sense because they finished with the AL’s second best record and a full 6 games better than the Tigers. Then you have the Braves, who also finished a full 6 games ahead of the Cardinals – the team which eliminated them from the single wild card format on the last day of the season last year – and were rewarded with a single, horribly officiated game on their home turf. Because, ya know, baseball is so well-known for their one game series’. But the real icing on MLB’s playoff cake is the atrocious scheduling that pitted all remaining playoff teams in a day-long quadruple header…except that the day was Sunday and the NFL has a full head of steam, so no one was watching baseball. Look, if the President of the United States has to ask Roger Goddell to move the first NFL game of the season so as not to conflict with his DNC acceptance speech, Montgomery Burns Bud Selig might want to think twice about the wisdom of setting up a marquee slate of playoff games on Sunday.

Super League Rugby: Speaking of football, the closest thing to the NFL that I’ve ever seen is Rugby League. Not Rugby Union mind you, Rugby League. For a number of reasons I was sucked into Rugby League about 5 years ago, specifically the Super League predominantly stationed in England. On Saturday, the Super League held their Grand Final (effectively the Super Bowl). The Leeds Rhinos were victorious over the Warrington Wolves. Why am I telling you this? Because Kevin Sinfield, captain for Leeds, was knocked out cold near the start of the second half. They stopped play, he regained consciousness, and continued playing – immediately. But that wasn’t even the most painful injury of the match. This was. Playing 40 minutes in THAT condition demands respect. I cannot imagine the pain. Here are the match highlights if you’re interested, neither injury is included.

Political Ads: In the next month, and depending what state you live in, you’ll be bombarded with a myriad of political ads. I have seen a better ad, one actually worth your time, this video. The short story? A lawyer wanted a commercial that would stand out. His producer and he had ‘creative’ differences as to what that should look like. After chiding his producer, they seemed to grow further apart ‘creatively.’ Enjoy (and thank Jeremiah, he’s the one that brought it to my attention).

NFL: Just thought I’d mention, for all you Packer fans, your team is wildly overrated. They haven’t played convincingly in a single game. Their defense (especially the secondary) is a joke; and Aaron Rodgers is incredibly overrated.

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Morning News: Bah Humbug

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Well, the off-season is upon us. Raise your hand if you’re as apathetic about this team as I am. Wait, put your hands down, that’s too many to count. In case you were wondering, we missed the recap for the final game of the season. I was scheduled to write that and had the perfect headline for it: “Cubs Walk Off Into the Off-Season”. It was perfect. The only problem? I didn’t watch the game and didn’t want to pretend that I did. Instead, let’s just put the season behind us and move on. After all, it’s gonna get better. I promise.

Top Stories

The Season in an Emotional Nutshell – When opening day arrived, as is the case every year, something inside of me said that maybe this team could finish .500 and, given the weak division, compete for a playoff spot. I went into it telling myself that no matter what happened, I would enjoy the year and watch the rebuilding take place, looking for positives in development and not at win loss record. April, May, June all passed and my plan was going swimmingly. I watched Chris Volstad and looked for positives. I had fun dreaming of a Tony Campana / Katie Cernek wedding in which I’d potentially be invited to. Then came July, the month that would be the first major step in rebuilding for the future with the assets we had in the present. Needless to say, the trade deadline was a bit of a tease and left me a little hot and bothered with no outlet for it. It was at that point, my interest in the season took a detour. I quit watching full games in the month of August and can honestly say that I didn’t watch a full inning of live baseball in the month of September. That said, I’m ready to go. I’m ready for the off-season and for the rebuilding. Let’s get to it.

The Triple Crown – I’m torn on how to feel about this triple crown stuff. I think it’s really cool that Miguel Cabrera is the first player to do it in my lifetime, but find myself asking what does it really mean? When you look at it, we’re applauding leading the lead in a stat that doesn’t really measure accurately how good a hitter is as well as other metrics do as well as a stat that is entirely contingent on other people being on base ahead of you. The only stat of the three that mean anything to me is the home run. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not looking for an epic Norm vs. Jedi XVII battle. I don’t care that much about it. I just want to know how to feel about this.

Adam Greenberg – This one, like the triple crown debate, has been running through my head for a few days now. In case you just crawled out from under your rock, Greenberg was granted an at bat by the Marlins on Tuesday to give him the Major League at bat that was “stolen” from him when he was hit in the head his only time up to the plate. What’s the point? I think it’s stupid. He earned his shot when he was given it. He got hit in the head and it ended his career. It sucks, but that’s how life goes sometime. What does a token at bat really do? If anything, it cheapens it a little and I would say shame on Greenberg for accepting or even wanting it. Did striking out against R.A. Dickey suddenly quench a thirst that was haunting him? Does he now say to himself “Alright, now I’m good. Now I can forget what might have been.” Heck no, and if it does make him feel that way, he’s an idiot. Life happens and it doesn’t always make sense. It’s not supposed to. People go through hard times in life. Maybe I’m old school, but stuff like this cheapens the game and I’m glad the Cubs chose not to participate. I wish Adam all the best in life, but I’m sorry, this wasn’t for me.

Joe’s iPod Song of the Day

Keeping with the grumpy old cermudgen theme I seem to have brought to the headlines, we’ll spin a downcast Johnny Cash to get you pumped for the rest of the day. Bah Humbug everyone. Enjoy your weekend.

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GirlieView (10/04/2012)

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

I’m just back to work from a fairly long (but still too short) vacation, I’ve caught a cold, and another disappointing Cubs season is in the books. Therefore I make no promises about the quantity or quality of this week’s choices. ;-)

GirlieView Definitions

  • Lizzie = A funny, timely quote made on the VFTB site by our writers or commenters.
  • Lizard = The best Lizzie.
  • MVL = Most Valuable Lizzie’er: The person with the most Lizzies in the period under review (usually the past two weeks)
  • Top 10 of 2012 = The folks with the most aggregate Lizzie points YTD (1 point for every Lizzie, 3 points for every Lizard)

As you already know, this is all completely subjective and according to my whims. Let’s go!

Lizzies

  • (It’s a real good thing we got rid of Soto, Theriot, Fontenot, and any other ‘O’ that I’m not thinking of at the moment; our lineup would be obnoxious to listen to every night)
  • Official game notes: REDS LEFTFIELDER RYAN LUDWICK LEFT THE GAME IN THE TOP OF THE SIXTH INNING DUE TO TIGHTNESS IN HIS GROIN. There’s got to be a better way to say that…
  • I’m so happy… I’ve jumped me a Johnson.
  • We are not oppressed as Cub fans, we choose this alternative lifestyle, we need no special rights or make no pretense of victimhood, we stand proud of our Cubdom and will rejoice  like no one has ever before when our Cubs reach the Holy Land.
  • I sure hope the Cubs don’t fall prey to the vagaries of line drives hit into play.
  • I won’t lie to you, I haven’t watched a Cubs game in over three weeks. I’m not sure if that makes me a bad fan or a smart fan.
  • wins are wins, but losses could be wins, too.
  • Sorry for the lack of comments yesterday, we used replacement docs in the cath lab yesterday and the carnage took all of my time.
  • I would like to see more LaHair also.
  • That’s not actually the style these days…
  • Just because you don’t have any.
  • Wow.  Awkward.
  • I knew you were peeking.
  • Dempster-gate
  •  If we can’t get guys out consistently we have to get on base consistently and the current team appears to prefer the comfort of the dugout over running the bases.
  • All in all, not many disappointments in the Cubs system this year, but I think that’s because there wasn’t much to be expected of the farm to begin with.
  • In retrospect, maybe losing 100 games doesn’t mean that much to the Cubs. They sure played like it didn’t matter Monday night.
  • Plate discipline was not in season, as at least a couple hitters expanded their zones to roughly the size of a Smart Car.
  • We have an apparent surplus of average tiny dudes.
  • You then play catch with him and pitch him some whiffle ball at the hotel and you got a real prospect of your own.
  • Well, he’s only 8 and a half months old right now, so he’s a bit away from catch and whiffle ball.
  • Emma is nine months with a plus arm.

Lizard

  • If you cannot find contentment in yourself, you will never be happy no matter where you live.

MVL

We’ve got three folks tied for the Most Valuable Lizzie’er this week! Congratulations to Doc Raker, jswanson, and Seymour Butts!

2012 Standings

Even though the season is over, the 2012 standings will continue through the end of the calendar year (mainly because we’ll be bored and need you to comment more than ever to keep us entertained for the next few months!!!) Today I’ll post the full listing in honor of the end of the season.

1. Jeremiah Johnson
2. Doc Raker
3. jswanson
4. Seymour Butts
5. Jedi Johnson
6. cap’n Obvious
7. Buddy
8. Joe Aiello
9. Chuck
10. Eddie Von White
11. Dustin Godsey
11. Josh Cornwall
13. Chet
14. Doug S.
15. Katie
16. Norm
17. wisconsinjpc
18. Rich Beckman
19. flyslinger2
20. Noah
21. gymjok
22. Kris
22. Timothy Scarbrough
24. Verncrowe5
25. BLPCB
25. Cubs Future
25. Michael Jimenez
25. Sean_in_Blue
29. Christopher Allen
29. Doug Bagley
29. LVCubFan
29. mrbaseball2usa
29. Smitty
29. Tom C
35. Dragon
35. john
37. bonesinis
37. Bryan
37. chris in illinois
37. CubbieDude
37. Darlin_Starlin
37. Jerry in Wisconsin
37. Joshua Worn
37. Kizzfastfists
37. Mark W
46. Aaron Yavelberg
46. Aisle424
46. Alfred Newman
46. Allan
46. Bigcubsfanintx
46. Bill Mahoney
46. Bruce Miles
46. Danny B
46. David Beyer
46. Dick Hurtz
46. Eric Smith
46. Evan
46. Gerg
46. Hardball Times
46. Jamie Giffin
46. Jeremy The Kid Johnson
46. Joe Janish
46. Josephine
46. Lee
46. Lee Panas
46. Mark P.
46. mbg
46. Mike Oliver
46. mike_thoms
46. MJ
46. Randall Pennington
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