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March 4, 2013

Morning News: Samardzija To Start April 1

Filed under: Featured,General — Jedi Johnson @ 2:37 am

Matt Prior Garza On The DL
I’ll be honest, I hate the news today. The Cubs put Garza on the DL. Garza says, “it’s not a setback.” Really? How is that possible, because I would say that missing the season’s first month when you’re a free agent at season’s end is kind of a big setback. And that’s what I like about this least; even if you accept the optimistic ‘he’s not really that hurt’ storyline that the Cubs and Garza are pimping, it means he’ll make maybe 10-15 starts before the trade deadline rolls around. So no matter what the Cubs choose, it will be based on very little current information.

Jeff Samardzija Starts
It also means your Opening Day starter (unsurprisingly) is Jeff Samardzija. If you told any Cubs fan 12 months ago that Jeff Samardzija would be your 2013 Opening Day starter, no one other than Jeff’s mother would expect that to be a good sign. Thankfully, it’s not as crazy a proposition as it would’ve been 12 months ago-but still. Also, it’s just the Pirates and probably AJ Burnett…so the game isn’t lost…yet.

For Doc
The Blackhawks still haven’t lost.

NY HS Basketball Game Miracle Finish
Can’t really describe this video in its fullness.

Dennis Rodman Fancies Himself A Modern-Day Dalai Lama
Predictable friends. A crazy person and Kim Jong-Un.

If This News Is Correct…
Conan O’Brien and David Letterman should retire on the same day as Jay Leno so as to guarantee great ratings for Jimmy Fallon (and/or Jimmy Kimmel) and preempt another Leno coup attempt at NBC in 18 months.

New Pope Soon, New Royal Sooner?
Conclave of pederast protectors in Rome, the British monarch is sick in the hospital.

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  • LVCubFan

    Welcome to Chicago Theo – the place where young, promising pitchers go to DL.

  • LVCubFan

    Welcome to Chicago Theo – where young, promising pitchers go to DL.

  • Eddie Von White

    Honestly, is anyone at all surprised that Garza is not ready to pitch?

  • BLPCB_NAO

    When Kim Jong Um took power last year and it was revealed he was a Bulls fan, I said him and Barry should play some pickup games and then over beer reminisce about the Bulls of the 90’s

  • verncrowe5

    Somewhere, inside of my head, I really hope President Obama calls Kim Jong Un and they talk about basketball.

  • verncrowe5

    Congrats to Samardzija for being the opening day starter! I’m happy for the ND grad!

  • BLPCB_NAO

    LMAO! We said the same thing at the same time!

  • Chuck

    Anything to bring North Korea into the community of nations and relieve the horrible, deplorable conditions the North Korean people live in would be good news indeed. The shortest path for any crazy people to get a nuke is through North Korea and that should scare you.

    Some topics of discussion should be first 3-peat or second 3-peat, which was the better team? Luc Longley or Bill Wennington, discuss. Toni Kucoc, overrated, underrated, or properly rated?

  • Chuck

    This is why I do not predict season win totals until mid-March. A couple of guys always go on the DL during spring training.

  • http://swantron.com/ jswanson

    What about line-ups? I have Schierholtz batting 6th against lefties.

  • Doug S.

    Great to watch the boys play on TV yesterday and win!

  • Doc Raker

    Conan O’Brien, Letterman and Leno are going to retire on the same day so they can all go into the Hall of Fame together.

  • Doc Raker

    I think OBama should appoint Dennis Rodman Secretary Of State just o keep the competency level similar throughout the administration.

  • Doc Raker

    19-0-3, Go Hawks!

  • BLPCB_NAO

    I had Rodman pegged as the Secretary of Keeping it Real.

  • Jedi

    Considering that the bleakest of the original reports had him ready to pitch again before 2012 was over – yes. I think it’s revisionist history to think that last July it was obvious Garza wouldn’t be ready to pitch until May 2013. And just on Feb. 20th (both from the Cubs – and Noah’s morning news) the word was he’d be ready to go at the start of the season even if he didn’t start Opening Day. Maybe you’ve known it all along, but until now it’s just been speculation (and believe, I’m right there with you – I wanted him on a mound pitching 5 innings in Spring games before I believed all the lies the Cubs were spreading about his good health).

  • Jedi

    Anything? Even another war to depose their reigning despot?

  • Chuck

    That would be more than stupid. They have nukes and are crazy enough to use them.

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    Hey CAPS after all of the WBC advertizing when are you going to provide us with an update?

  • http://swantron.com/ jswanson

    Cold cut combo on wheat, lettuce – pickles – jalapenos – spinach – red onions – banana peppers – pepper jack triangles – tomatoes – salt / pepper – yellow mustard. Cholula added in my office…key component. I don’t typically go with the old Triple C, but got sort of flustered to see that I missed the Feb-ru-any $5 special. 3.5/5

  • BLPCB_NAO

    The house I’m renting a room in right now doesn’t have MLB Network or ESPN Deportes. Way to go MLB, not putting any games on ESPN. Just more proof that the NFL continues to eat MLB for lunch. Bud Selig is a stupid old fart, backwards thinking stuck in his Gregged up ways old grump and he needs to go.

  • BLPCB_NAO

    2nd 3-peat. Because the 95-96 team is the only team in NBA history to have 3 teammates be voted All-Defensive First Team. Wennington, he was a better shooter than Luc. Kucoc was rated fine, he won 6th man of the year in 1996, and he saved our ass in 1998 when the Pacers were dominating us in game 7 of the ECF. And Jong loves Kukoc, he has a picture with him.

  • Eddie Von Whtie

    Exactly – i just couldn’t bring myself to believe what they were saying. It wasn’t obvious but it was like a dark cloud in the room every time somebody mentioned Garza’s good health.

  • Katie

    That is probably the most humorous thing you have ever said, CAPS.

  • Jedi

    I’m shocked that your house in Boston doesn’t have Deportes. I had to stay at this hotel in Tulsa one time and they didn’t get Radio Egypt OR Al-Jazeera and I was like, what kind of establishment is this?

  • BLPCB_NAO

    I got ESPN Deportes when I was at Disney, my parents get ESPN Deportes at home.

  • BLPCB_NAO

    RE HS basketball game: When it’s a 1-possession game like that and you have the ball, you don’t lackadazically throw the ball like that to run out the clock. Instead you dribble around and fling it out fo bounds, or fling a shot to your hoop. That’s how you run out the clock.

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    I am sorry to hear you were unable to watch any games. I saw the first five innings of the Cuba – Brazil game. I found out that Barry Larkin is the Brazilian manager.

  • BLPCB_NAO

    Are the Brazilians going to celebrate by going to Disney World when the tournament is over, to join the rest of their countrymen, who aren’t watching the WBC, but at Disney World?

  • http://swantron.com/ jswanson

    That would be really “goofy.”

  • BLPCB_NAO

    Not as goofy as you think. Barry was at Disney World my 2nd day there talking about this, how we need to make it easier for Brazilians to come to America because they love visiting Disney World.

  • Eddie Von White

    How many is a brazilian?

  • Eddie Von White

    Or let them foul you and you go the free throw line.

  • BLPCB_NAO

    Yes. And then miss the 2nd FT on purpose.

  • Jedi

    Barry Obama or Barry Larkin? And did this come up while he was waiting in line? Casual conversation? Or was he protesting out in front of the entrance with a petition for you to sign?

  • Seymour Butts

    This is the same Disney land that is in Florida where most residents are from Latin America that you speak of?

  • Seymour Butts

    Doubtful, they are 0-2.

  • Seymour Butts

    Relatively certain Brazilian refers to body scaping.

  • BLPCB_NAO

    Obama. I’m being 100% serious, he was at Magic Kingdom my 2nd day there (I was not an official “cast member” yet).
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/20/us/politics/for-obama-a-day-at-disney-world-and-a-new-york-night.html?_r=0

  • BLPCB_NAO

    And?

  • gymjok

    That’s just plain mean.

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