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GirlieView (02/19/2015)

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

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 the 2014-2015 Offseason = 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.

Lizzies

  • Joe can we start looking at the best seasons? This is getting depressing. Better days are soon to come.
  • I’m looking forward to the Top 10 Worse Carlos Seasons as a Cub.
  • How about top 10 worst ways to pass the time until there is real baseball to talk about?
  • I know that this list is supposed to cover all offensive categories…but Kessinger managing only 14 doubles and 32 RBI in 707 PA’s has to be one of the worst things I’ve seen since ever.
  • Probably why he decided to become Secretary of State.
  • So how does a guy like the beloved Don Kessinger keep his job into 1969 after turning in 3 of the worst short stop seasons in Cubdom history? In 65, 67 and 68 Kessinger stunk it up yet he was a Cubs star. Seymour, what does Don order at the Subway?
  • Cold cut combo.
  • I’ll tell you how. Because back then nobody kept spreadsheets on these stats so nobody knew how badly he stunk. Guys like Dork were too busy playing Strato-Matic baseball in the basement to notice. Guys like your dad listened to the game on the radio; read the box score in the paper the next day, and forgot about it and started over at 1:20 that afternoon.
  • I believe that back then all they allowed the spreadsheet guys was paper and pencils, anything more and who knows what would have happened.
  • There was a time when SS was considered a defensive position. I have a feeling if stats such as dWAR (am I using that right Noah?) were kept then, you would see Don as an asset.
  • Good call. Slap a mullet on the guy and run him out there with Theriot or Fontenot.
  • My cousin, whose last name was Kissinger started a Don Kessinger fan club in our back shed. She and my older brother were the only two in the club.
  • Seymour hit .087 at camp and he hasn’t been the same since, toasted salami combo and all.
  • That is worse than Kissinger… was it unluckily low BABIP or did they crank the Jugs machine to 70?
  • I would expect Seymour to bounce back in 2016. His BABIP took a dip suggesting cans of corn hit right at the 72 year old accountant in Left Center. Camp rule is a 4 man outfield but since no one has their original hips there isn’t a whole lot of range in the outfield. But if you hit a can of corn right at someone you can figure it will be caught…………most of the time.
  • I have to say it is a pretty nice community. Lots of characters, but pretty nice.
  • It’s almost like a family.
  • If we all had a reunion we could have fist fights and be exactly like a family.
  • I’ll be the guy getting after the box of wine.
  • To go with your happy meal out of a box.
  • On a personal note my son, Jr Raker, won the state championship with his Bantam (14U) AAA Jr Ducks hockey team. The team has earned the right to compete at the regional championships in early March. If we win at regionals we go to nationals which would be a big deal.
  • There’s a reasonable chance that Shields turned down more money from the Cardinals to go to the Padres, which in its own right would be an awesome story.
  • Ugh. We should get back to platoons.
  • I thought Swanson made TV dinners, not soap boxes….
  • Uh, nope. Never made soap nor TV dinners. I’m the assistant manager at Orange Julius, which is basically like general manager, but with better hours.
  • probably better than Sunglass Hut owner [or] cardiologist franchise sandwich shop groupie
  • Orange Julius…cool. My future plans involve managing a Cinnabon in Omaha. Small world.
  • In a minor stunner, I agree with Raker.
  • Twice in one week! What is happening?

Lizard

  • Those of us who actually need [cell phones], don’t want one.

Shout Outs

  • No one had their very first 2014/2015 off-season Lizzie this time so let’s have a shout out for everyone! Thanks for being here!

MVL

  • Congratulations to Seymour Butts, our Most Valuable Lizzie-er this time! Way to go Seymour!

Top 10 of the 2014-2015 Offseason (one point for each Lizzie, three points for the Lizard)

1. Eddie Von White
2. jswanson
3. Doc Raker
4. Seymour Butts
5. Doug S.
6. Dork
6. Noah Eisner
8. Jerry in Wisconsin
9. Jedi
10. cap’n realist
10. Joe Aiello
10. SBardo

Chit Chat

We probably won’t be going to Wrigley this year but I’m very excited to see the Class A South Bend Cubs, hopefully multiple times. I love minor league baseball! Do you plan to attend any Cubs games live and in person this year?

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GirlieView (02/05/2015)

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

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 the 2014-2015 Offseason = 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.

Lizzies

  • Congratulations to Seymour on his first MVL for 2015. Seymour, are you currently at camp? If so have fun and let Joe Pepitone know you are the MVL, he may let you wear his toupee at dinner.
  • Mar – Barney
  • Did you buy it 2 years in advance?
  • If he’s in a batting stance, I have money that says Darwin published that calendar himself.
  • I also don’t think pace of play is the reason why less kids watch baseball, as much as it is multitude of entertainment options compared to 20 and 30 years ago.
  • I can’t see the need to readjust your batting gloves or your junk between every pitch and I’m all for putting something in place to prevent this.
  • If your at bat lasts more than 4 hours, please consult a physician.
  • Could also make you do things like row a boat on a lake, share furniture restoring projects, hug on a bench, dance to your old vinyl records and sit in separate bathtubs viewing the sunset. Sounds dangerous.
  • Mark from Toronto wants to put something in place to prevent this. Any ideas?
  • Raker, I had some unhealthily long at bats during my undergrad. Should I be concerned?
  • How would he ban the shift? Draw boxes on the field where the players have to stand. That’s what they do at Randy’s camp so the senile campers know where to stand on the field.
  • Boxes sound like a great idea. Then when a fielder steps on a line before the pitch leaves the pitchers hand he would be penalized – maybe by giving the batter an automatic hit. We could watch the replays in super-slo-mo on split screen to figure out exactly when his foot touched the line and the ball left the pitcher’s hand. All these ideas would make baseball much more fun to watch because there would be penalty delays all the time. Maybe we could add invisible runners too. Those were always fun when we were kids.
  • No we give the fielders the invisible fence necklaces and put an electric charge that gets activated if they leave the box before the pitcher throws the ball. Imagine the excitement as A-Rod tries to cheat goes into a spasm as the ball shoots past him and the Yankees lose again.
  • The acrobats would put Ozzie Smith to shame – and the yelping would be hilarious. Someone needs to contact the commissioners office with these ideas.
  • Sometimes, all it takes is a kind gesture from an athlete passed on by a grandmother, and a team gets a new fan.
  • I think of Ernie Banks whenever I am talking to someone and am tempted to drift. Thank you, Ernie, for the very valuable lesson. You’ll be missed.
  • Who decided the games are too long? I don’t think the games are too long. We’ll sit and watch NFL games for 3 1/2 hours even on a work night and not complain. Baseball is an escape from reality. Why shorten that little trip?
  • I agree, Eddie. I don’t personally have a problem with game lengths – except for the lengths of commercial breaks, which we know won’t be shortened.
  • My view exactly! What needs to shift is the idea that a 2 hour game is somehow preferable to a 3 hour game.
  • For me, I think it’s more that a short game and a long game can be just as exciting. A 2 hour and 15 minute well pitched game involving 2 starters who move as fast can be just as exciting as a 3 hour 45 minute game with a final score of 15-14. And, on the flip side, a 2 hour 15 minute game where one team jumps out to a 6-0 lead by the 2nd inning and is never challenged can be just as boring as a sloppy 3 hour 45 minute game characterized by errors, a bunch of walks, and one team slowly stretching a blowout lead even further away.
  • Usually when you go to the ball park it is an event, something you want to linger. When I watch at home, I want the game to last because it gives me a good excuse not to get off the couch and do something I don’t want to do.
  • Reed Johnson is a free agent. Any team wise enough to sign him will get a man who plays hard.
  • Funny you mention that, as I’ve been looking into Johnson’s tenure with the Cubs. Long story short, that may have been a cup.
  • Hundley sweeps the field with a 1-7-10 trifecta.
  • In 1968 he caught 160 games. That stat doesn’t show up here.
  • Not unless you count the last line under the column that is headed by the letter G.
  • That’s called a row, Jedi. Tighten up your spreadsheet game.
  • You can’t imagine how much this pains me, but rows are horizontal, columns are vertical. We don’t want any of our Johnsons going all light-sabre on us.
  • Row not line, not row not column. You follow?
  • The British have made the word row utterly confusing in print. Any word that can be used to mean both quarrel or line should be avoided at all costs.
  • Get in queue for that beef.
  • it is amazing that bad catching would lead to such a discussion on spreadsheets – which goes to prove it is all about the spreadsheet. Whatever “it” means

Lizard

  • May Ernie Banks rest in peace.

Shout Outs

  • No one had their very first 2014/2015 off-season Lizzie this time so let’s have a shout out for everyone! Thanks for being here!

MVL

  • Congratulations to Eddie von White and Seymour Butts, our co-Most Valuable Lizzie-ers this time! Congrats to both of you!

Top 10 of the 2014-2015 Offseason (one point for each Lizzie, three points for the Lizard)

1. Eddie Von White
2. jswanson
3. Doc Raker
4. Seymour Butts
5. Doug S.
6. Noah Eisner
7. Dork
8. Jerry in Wisconsin
9. Jedi
10. Joe Aiello
10. SBardo

Chit Chat

It’s nearly time for our annual debate: whether Spring Training games are fun to watch or utterly useless. How do you feel about it? Will you be watching/listening to Spring Training games or do you skip them and wait for the regular season?

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GirlieView (01/22/2015)

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

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 the 2014-2015 Offseason = 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.

Lizzies

  • I now have Butts looking up my back side, not good, I bet he won’t even send flowers.
  • Looks like Dork and I get one cheek each. Great.
  • You’ll probably get a sandwich.
  • Theriot, Fontenot, Miles.
  • Also, three of those four QB’s have ties to Wisconsin in their sports careers. We don’t have a whole lot to cling to here in the frozen tundra except for our guns and God, so we’ll take whatever we can get.
  • Little known fact, but former Cub Jeff Samardzija played college football at Notre Dame. Not kidding…look it up.
  • Did you have similar bios ready to go on Flacco, Manning, Newton and Romo?
  • The 1991 Laketown Tigers (Little League) turned the only triple play in league history…1-5-4-3. Those kids? You guessed it…Flacco, Manning, Newton and Romo.
  • Wow! you can’t make this shit up.
  • It was the snag, spin and dish from 2 year old Cam that really made this special.
  • Mike Olt was in the middle of his more extended period of being allowed to flail at every breaking pitch thrown at him in his stint as a semi-regular starter at third base.
  • The biggest thing that happened was that the bullpen went from “oh dear, this is bad” awful to quite good.
  • Hopefully we can all look forward to a point where a reliever comes in late with a run or two lead and we can feel good about it, or at least not have to have the Rolaids ready.
  • The 22 Million is a sunk cost, I would rather have talent on the roster.
  • These are my thoughts on it too. If you can pay Edwin Jackson to be replacement level or worse, or pay Edwin Jackson plus someone to be league minimum to provide value to the team, you do the latter.
  • …and why do we allow a team to be called “the Buck-eyes” anyway. Is that not racially in sensitive to the family Cervidae?
  • And why do we allow the Cowboys to be called “the Cowboys?” Does that not imply they are fighting Indians?
  • And what about the Vikings? Are all Scandinavians allowed to be discriminated against?
  • Andy Rooney has really opened a can of worms.
  • Worms are a sensitive subject for those of us who are dead.
  • Mike Olt struck out more than Seymour at a “gentlemens” club.
  • Someone get Noah on the line…we have some platoons to hammer out.
  • Mark Prior had a pretty hard fall from grace.
  • What was he doing on top of Mark Grace anyway?
  • According to Jesse Rogers, the move “elevates their offense more than any other move this offseason”. Thank you captain obvious, as they have only made a move to essentially add a defensive starting catcher.
  • The Capn’s lawyer will be calling you for invoking his likeness without renumeration.
  • The fact that he HAS patience at the plate? HUGE addition to the team that never met a slider in the dirt it didn’t LOVE.

Lizard

  • My 3 favorite Cubs? Whoever is at bat, on deck, and in the hole.

Shout Outs

  • Big shout out to Andy Rooney for his first 2014 off-season Lizzies!!!! I could be wrong, but these might be the first posthumous Lizzies. Does anyone remember any others?

MVL

  • Congratulations to Seymour Butts, our Most Valuable Lizzie-er this time! Way to go Butts!

Top 10 of the 2014-2015 Offseason (one point for each Lizzie, three points for the Lizard)

1. Eddie Von White
2. jswanson
3. Doc Raker
4. Seymour Butts
5. Doug S.
6. Dork
6. Noah Eisner
8. Jerry in Wisconsin
9. Jedi
10. Joe Aiello
10. SBardo

Chit Chat

If you have to choose one or the other, who do you want to win the Super Bowl? (I say “have to” because neither of my picks won last weekend. But I don’t care for the Patriots (understatement) so I’m all in for Seattle even though I wanted Green Bay.)

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GirlieView (01/08/2015)

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

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 the 2014-2015 Offseason = 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.

Lizzies

  • Apparently, it just isn’t the substance of the comment but how it is delivered, or framed, that matters. Dork has this all on a spread sheet and Noah_I , a.k.a Theo is keeping a watchful eye from the front office as Jswan goes along his happy go lucky flippant way
  • ホワイトソックスはゴミである
  • 多分カブスは2009年にアダム·ダン署名している必要があります
  • I actually appreciate John Dewan’s insightful posts, and think he should write a book one of these days.
  • The book of John, Fielding Bible. My pastor references the book of John often.
  • I’m not touching that with a 10 cubit pole.
  • I understand that the Dominican Republic is his home and that the people he was with are his friends, but you have to make smart decisions with the people you associate yourself with or you put yourself in a position to lose the things you’ve worked hard for.
  • Happy New Year! Six weeks and pitchers and catchers report. Who will be attending the VFTB spring training dinner in Phoenix?
  • Inked D-norf. Nice.
  • Was it a tramp stamp?
  • You could ask ‘norf next month over dinner. You know, at Subway.
  • Have a blog post go live about every Cubs game this season.
  • I am going to log every cubs game into the spreadsheet again this year I have it all set up and ready to go already.
  • Teach my son how to throw 95 with movement.
  • You can do it – how old is your son now?
  • He turns 3 in a week.
  • Dave Buss got 13 votes last year, let’s see if he gets any this year.
  • Don’t you remember the first time you got to touch a boob? It was all you thought about. My guess is he’s doing a little motorboating.
  • I’m pretty jazzed that we have 2 Chris’s in the outfield. Perhaps Alcantara and Soler should changes their names. An All Chris outfield should get a lot of free steaks on the road.
  • Chris is the new Carlos.
  • What are you most excited for in 2015? My Answer? The Chicago Cubs.

Lizard

  • On a baseball note, “wait ’til next year” hasn’t been this exciting for quite awhile, let’s go Cubs!

Shout Outs

  • Big shout out to Chet West for his first 2014-2015 off-season Lizzie!!!! Way to go Chet!

MVL

  • Congratulations to jswanson, our Most Valuable Lizzie-er this time! Yay jswan!

Top 10 of the 2014-2015 Offseason (one point for each Lizzie, three points for the Lizard)

1. Eddie Von White
2. jswanson
3. Doc Raker
4. Seymour Butts
5. Dork
5. Doug S.
7. Noah Eisner
8. Jedi
8. Jerry in Wisconsin
10. SBardo

Chit Chat

As things stand right now, who are your three favorite Cubs? You might not know the newer guys too well, in that case who are you the most excited about?

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GirlieView (12/25/2014)

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

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 the 2014 Offseason = 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.

Lizzies

  • I am pretty happy with all moves so far, but they could hire me to keep the spreadsheet. I would have no useful purpose, but it would be a nice Christmas present. and everyone needs a dork around the office
  • Trade Carrie Muscat for Lizzie
  • I doubt she would put up with our shit.
  • I actually had not anticipated us getting CM back in that trade. It was more of an upgrade for the Cubs, and CM gets DFA’d.
  • In a blow to the overall organizational “coolness”, the Cubs lost Rock Shoulders to the Rule 5 draft. He will join other career minor leaguers F. Flintstone and B. Rubble with the Rangers.
  • Is Mr. Slate their bench coach? I was really hoping Rock would make it to the Bigs as a Cub just because of his name. This will definitely be logged in the not cool column now that Dork is the dugout spreadsheet coach.
  • Three’s a charm. This feels pretty good leading up to Christmas. It must be the roids.
  • Since it’s a Christmas gift, let’s see them go get Cole Hamels from the Phillies for Edwin Jackson and that batboy.
  • But then we’d be mean to the Phillies and you can’t be mean at Christmastime. We have to find a way to make them think Edwin is a gift…or the batboy…but then again, every time he pitched it would be a gift to the other team.
  • I am more interested in their playoff roster since their opening day roster will not be their playoff roster.
  • If Junior Lake is a starter – there won’t be a playoff roster.
  • I love when a Scott Boras scheme goes a rye…
  • I like it when his schemes go a pumpernickel.
  • I like it when his schemes go a seven grain whole wheat.
  • which fills four of the expected seven (sigh) slots.
  • Glad to hear they’ve found another beard to replace the loss of James Russell’s beard from last season.
  • I think Noah_I is Theo.
  • Wow are there some conspiracy theorists here. “I” is my middle initial. Nothing so interesting. Also, being Jewish (well, or at least Jewishish) and of Ashkenazi descent, there won’t be a Noah II at least as long as I’m alive. Of course, Theo is also Jewish. So maybe I AM him, spending all my spare time writing blog posts. You’ll never know. Mwahahaha!
  • The consensus here is that you are Theo. Therefore, you are Theo.
  • We’ve had Muskat keeping us in check for years. FWIW.
  • My guess is that looking at these top guys is not where the cubs will be looking.

Lizard

  • All I can say is Noah_I/Theo has given me the best Christmas I could ask for – a realistic hope that the Cubs’ season will go beyond opening day.

Shout Outs

  • No one had their very first 2014 off-season Lizzie this time so let’s have a shout out for everyone! Thanks for being here!

MVL

  • Congratulations to Eddie von White, our Most Valuable Lizzie-er this time! Four times in a row way to go EVW!

Top 10 of the 2014 Offseason (one point for each Lizzie, three points for the Lizard) – I’ll post the full list this time!

1. Eddie Von White
2. Doc Raker
2. jswanson
4. Seymour Butts
5. Doug S.
6. Dork
7. Jedi
7. Jerry in Wisconsin
9. Noah Eisner
10. Buddy
10. Mark From Toronto
10. Sean Powell
13. SBardo
14. cap’n realist
14. Joe Aiello
14. Sherm
17. SouthKakalakiCubsFan
18. Andy
18. Bryan
18. Kizzfastfists
18. Ray Brettman

Chit Chat

Merry Christmas! Chat about anything that strikes your fancy!

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GirlieView (12/11/2014)

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

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 the 2014 Offseason = 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.

Lizzies

  • Outstanding work EVW, Buhsmills on you this Thanksgiving Day. I give thanks to green vines, sunny summer days at Wrigley, the W flag when it fly’s and Lizzies- not necessarily in that order.
  • Oh man – the best Thanksgiving ever. Thanks Lizzie!
  • I’m thankful EVW pulled his head out of his ass and improved the leaderboard, and I’m thankful we found our Johnsons. And for the rest of you guys and my family and job and stuff. Go Cubs.
  • I’m thankful for excel – without it what would become of the spreadsheet
  • More importantly, what would become of you?
  • As an accountant I’m also thankful for Excel, although I generally keep my spreadsheets limited to work purposes.
  • I’m thankful I’m not an accountant.
  • I’m thankful that it was 72 degrees in Omaha when I caught my flight back home Saturday. I’m thankful that I’m an owner of the best team in the NFL. And I’m also thankful that I am not an accountant.
  • I’m thankful for my daughter being home for Thanksgiving, my son being studious; my wife being the best cook on the planet; our treadmill and endorphins…and you all.
  • Aaron freaking Haarang.
  • I’ll give the Cubs slightly better odds than the Red Sox and Giants, although there’s always the mystery team to be concerned about as well. If the mystery team is the Cardinals, however, we may need to cancel Christmas.
  • If the mystery team is the Cardinals, I am all for canceling 2015.
  • I hate premature anything.
  • I wonder if Dave Martinez is waiting to see where Lester (and his wife) land before committing to his own future.
  • That’s great, but I said something funny on the newer post so let’s wrap this up.
  • Wait…wasn’t that the batboy?
  • I hurried right over here in search of a funny comment – was not disappointed.
  • Where is said funny comment? We already have one person who grandiosely self promotes and disappoints, don’t need another.
  • It’s the one up there about the batboy. I said “Wait…wasn’t that the batboy?”
  • Narry a snicker.. Maybe it needs a smatering of Johnsons mixed in.
  • Wait…wasn’t that the batboy’s johnson?
  • Yes that’s better. A hardy LOL to you sir.
  • VFTB must behaving technical difficulties, that funny comment hasn’t been posted yet. I will check back later, I have to go promote myself in grandiose fashion else where.
  • I equate being known as a good bunter with being known as a guy that likes to ride a scooter. Fun to do and probably personally rewarding, but not really something you want known about yourself.
  • So the “S” in SBardo stands for scooter?
  • Not according to my wife, but if I told you what SHE says it stands for, I’d get banned.
  • I don’t know – things are really slow on the blog right now. I doubt if Lizzie would ban you – maybe scold you a bit.
  • I get you two mixed up all the time.
  • How about Moises Alou and his comrades that would pee on their hands…what was that worth in the world of WAR?
  • It’s well established that pee hands is worth 0.5 WAR.
  • That would be the fPEE stat over at fangraphs.
  • what if you just had a bad run of luck with your pee?…pee hands WAR needs a BABIP to sort that out.
  • Now that Lester is the ace for the foreseeable future, I’d love to see the Cubs add another #2/#3 type guy. It’s not a need, it’s a luxury…but one that would instantly make them a formidable contender.
  • WhooHoo!!!
  • Log that in as 2 WhooHoos.
  • it is hard to type a really good excited shout.
  • Just hit the keys real hard.
  • Caps lock helps too.
  • Also add a lot of !!!!!!!!!!

Lizard

  • This is what year 4 of a 5-year plan looks like, guys. We’ve been trying to say this. Go Cubs!

Shout Outs

  • No one had their very first 2014 off-season Lizzie this time so let’s have a shout out for everyone! Thanks for being here!

MVL

  • Congratulations to Eddie von White, our Most Valuable Lizzie-er this time! Third time around, go Eddie!

Top 10 of the 2014 Offseason (one point for each Lizzie, three points for the Lizard)

1. Eddie Von White
2. Doc Raker
2. jswanson
4. Seymour Butts
5. Doug S.
6. Dork
7. Jerry in Wisconsin
8. Jedi
9. Noah Eisner
10. Buddy
10. Sean

Chit Chat

It’s hard to believe, but the next GirlieView will run on Christmas Day! If you could ask the Cubs to make one more move as a gift to you between now and Christmas what would it be?

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GirlieView (11/27/2014)

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

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 the 2014 Offeason = 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.

Lizzies

  • I’m taking the Thurs/Fri off work to do what many of you are doing – watching football and overindulging.
  • I’m trying to find a way to get someone to watch my kids and then convince my wife to batch cook shirtless.
  • I just decided to go to Joe’s house.
  • Very generous of Doc to babysit Joe’s kids on Thanksgiving.
  • I’m trying to find a way to get to Joe’s house on Thanksgiving.
  • Party at Joe’s house!
  • I’ll be rushing to a computer to check out the latest lizzies. Shortly thereafter, I’ll be watching Joe’s kitchen webcam.
  • With both my sisters on the east coast, Thanksgiving is the one time of year in my family that everyone is together, which now includes 7 kids age 7 or younger, so lots of family stuff primarily at my parents’ house. Also putting up Christmas lights.
  • I’ll spend my morning running my girls out of the kitchen and the afternoon food comatose. We finally managed to pull hosting duty, so I bet we’ll get into the wine early. Should be great.
  • camping on the beach Sun.-Wed…traditional bird feast Thursday, and taking the new motor home to the Rose Bowl to tailgate for the UCLA/Stanford game on Friday. Should be a decent week.
  • Going to enjoy some food and football. Thanks Lizzie for giving Thanksgiving some blog time. Most people seem to view Thanksgiving as the bastard child of holidays, but it is personally one of my favorites!
  • Be funnier EVW…we’re counting on you.
  • Man, nothing like pressure…usually when I try to be funny I fall flat – it has to be spontaneous. For example, a horse walks into a bar and the bartender says: “why the long face?”
  • You see that is funny because horses actually have a long face.
  • Congrats to EVW on the MVL this time around. Watchout, Seymour and JSwan get a little irritable with the folks ahead of them on the Lizzie board. Pay no attention to any disparaging remarks they might throw your way. You deserve your ranking, don’t let them tell you different. Bushmills on EVW for everyone! Set em up!
  • I’ll buy a round of Bushmills any day if it gets me a Lizzie. Do Bushmills improve your eyesight?
  • Does Bushmills improve your eyesight? It adds 2-4 points on the opposite sex attractive scale but does not increase acuity. After 4 Bushmills every girl is a 10. I only drink 1 or 2 Bushmills per sitting. Seymour does not drink alcohol but does try to get his dates to drink 4 Bushmills in hopes of upgrading his attractive rating.
  • I’m off all of next week, so I’ll likely take advantage of that and sit around and watch football. The Canadian thanksgiving was last month, so I likely won’t be having any turkey next week though. EDIT: Whoops just realized U.S. Thanksgiving is not next week, but the week after. In which case I’ll be working and will miss watching football after all :(
  • Saskatchewan Roughriders vs Ottowa Roughriders?
  • Roughriders verse Trojans, page 23 Hustler magazine July 2012, great read.
  • Trojans – Beavers is a way better match-up.
  • I’ll be glued to the Internet looking for updates on the Carlos Zambrano comeback.
  • Somebody is getting dealt. They didn’t trade for La Stella so he could sit.
  • As a Braves fan, I loved La Stella… He was an anomaly in our lineup… Someone that didn’t strikeout… ;) … The only negative I have to say about him is his defense… It is average at best…
  • So what you’re saying is he is the exact opposite of Darwin Barney.
  • Which reminds me…aren’t we supposed to be yammering on about platoons?
  • It is the time of year when our taste buds turn to yams, so it would be appropriate to be yammering about plantains. I wonder if Joe’s wife will be batch cooking some of those on Thanksgiving?
  • I believe Lester is the Cubs primary off-season target and to lose out on him would be a slight kick in the rebuild seeds, but not something that would knock everything off course.
  • I always hope to not get kicked in the rebuild seeds
  • Jeff Samardzija was an All-Star,
  • Remember his hair-do? Classic.
  • Heard a rumor he once played football.
  • Aren’t you curious as to who it was who told Joe to give himself credit for # 7? I’m thinking it was the same people who demanded he do that other thing.
  • Who wants to buy a free ticket to the Jets/Bills game in Detroit tonight? Some people are amazing.
  • We need a new post…this thread seems to have broke Doug.
  • What happened to that guy who was always hawking his 105 reasons book? I think he could bring Doug back.
  • I think we need a new thread, but to be clear I am not demanding 3 truths and a lie.
  • Shout-out to God for making the blog via re-tweet.
  • Don’t you just hate it when people try to play God
  • Somebody has to.
  • Pretty sure that is legit…beard and everything.
  • But the twitter account doesn’t have that little “verified” checkmark so perhaps it is an imposter.
  • I’m not one to question such things. Spectacles, testicles, wallet, and watch.

Lizard

  • Condiment fingers – over exposed. Ask Joe Anything – under answered. 3 truths and a lie – anti-climatic

Shout Outs

  • Big shout outs to Andy, Bryan, and Joe Aiello for their first 2014 off-season Lizzies!!!! P.S. Bryan, I agree, it’s my favorite!

MVL

  • Congratulations to Eddie von White, our Most Valuable Lizzie-er this time! Way to go Eddie!

Top 10 of the 2014 Offseason (one point for each Lizzie, three points for the Lizard)

1. Eddie Von White
2. Doc Raker
3. jswanson
4. Seymour Butts
5. Doug S.
6. Dork
6. Jerry in Wisconsin
8. Jedi
8. Noah Eisner
10. Buddy

Chit Chat

Happy Thanksgiving! What are you thankful for? Don’t be shy!

 

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GirlieView (11/13/2014)

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

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 the 2014 Offseason = 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.

Lizzies

  • Enjoyed the series, though it may have ended on a more special note had KC won.
  • This Joe Maddon talk seems real.
  • Doc at the top of the list also real.
  • Happy for all the optimism 2015 brings.
  • Happy for how the Lizzie standings boost Doc’s purpose to live.
  • Well, well, well……….unsustainable huh, it will never last huh. Lizzie, you are an insightful genius that obviously understands humor.
  • I am a real pro at tuning out. Just ask my wife.
  • Your wife is biased, just like all wives are in regards to their husbands, because we all know how tune out our wives.
  • I actually read an article that suggested they keep Renteria as a bench coach if they hire Maddon.
  • Maddon must not be fluent in Spanish.
  • fellow Viewers
  • How about simply telling us, “The Cubs are a big market team and we certainly have money to spend on payroll, but we’re not doing that until our young players develop and we have a better chance to win.”
  • or something even more brutally honest like, “Our team is awful, and we will be for a while. Even if we spend on free agency, we’ll still be bad. And, it messes up our plans to get the best draft picks possible for a few years,” or words to that effect.
  • Len Kasper singing a lifetime deal scares the bejeepers out of me. John Legend, however, would probably love it.
  • or, you know, signing.
  • Both scenarios are equally as scary.
  • I’m particularly interested in whether or not Dave Martinez makes his way back to the North Side…so are many of the player’s wives.
  • That sort of reads like polygamy
  • I doubt Dave cares where the apostrophe is…
  • Unless, of course, it is in Cindy Sandberg’s blouse.
  • Wouldn’t be enough room… already filled with players hands and pine tar.
  • Castro is a proven commodity – the others are not, especially Baez, who has thus far only proven that he could work on a wind farm.
  • It’s tough when things you look up on the internet are not entirely accurate.
  • in my 50 plus years of viewing the cubs, i have never found them to be a cerebral or disciplined club, individual players excepted
  • Dude, nice to see your avatar. Let me catch you up, I’m still irreverent. Caps is still obtuse. Raker is still delusional (though Lizzie can’t resist his volume). Jswan is still sarcastically witty. Noah is still insightfully verbose. Joe is still the leader. Jedi is still baiting CAPS. And Lizzie is still watching over all of us.
  • Not afraid to say I’m elated to see multiple Johnsons on the same page. Welcome back old friend…Seymour is mostly correct, but forgot to mention that it turns out a lot of the polite regulars are Canadian. EVW is on fire, and apparently it isn’t uncommon and weird to maintain spreadsheets at home. Joe had a side business going selling prom dresses, but that apparently tanked.
  • Yes, welcome back. You have no idea the pain and speculation the absence of the Johnsons’ has put us through. And then Joe randomly comes and goes leaving us directionless for long periods of time.
  • Soriano retires because “the passion is gone” – and in the Dominican, passion is often translated “big money contract”…
  • subway Tomatoes are the worst
  • I am assuming you have a spreadsheet to factually prove they are the worst and you’re not just making that up.
  • No I just made that up, but now that you have questioned my integrity, I am going to have to prove it statistically.
  • Your blatant honesty has erased any alleged doubt I may have had about your integrity. Consider yourself exonerated.
  • Big fan of P&T. Seen them a couple times and quite enjoyed the BS series. Great targets and always managed to work naked boobies into their show.
  • Mmmm…Boobs!
  • How about them tomatoes!
  • at the time of posting there are equally 11 sandwich and baseball comments.
  • And if I were to suggest that the Cubs should pay the rest of E-Jax’s salary in the form of Subway sandwiches, which column would you put that in?
  • I’d defer to Dork.
  • I think you could put that in both columns making no net difference
  • If this 2 truths & a lie is anything like “Ask Joe” – we’re never gonna find out which one was the lie.
  • I think the lie is the nosebleed. Had he been a child gymnast, he would have been punched in the nose by a cool kid. Had he met 4 presidents, he also would have been punched in the nose by a cool adult when he mentioned this at a cocktail party. Since apparently one of the above is true, he must have had a lot of trauma to his proboscis. QED.
  • Who has been demanding this? I want names.
  • Nosebleed is the lie. All baseball fans have sat way up at one game or another. (place groan here)
  • I think Joe should leave the silly stuff up to us. I mean, we can take a topic like the sanctity of starting pitching and turn it into an organic tomato fest.
  • I still want to know who demanded this?
  • Bad news guys. Much like Olt last season, Baez managed to fly under the ROY voting committee’s radar.
  • When do we get to update the playoff odds? I am getting tired of looking at those 0s.

Lizard

  • This whole manager things is just business as usual. Every manager and coach knows he keeps or loses his job on the whim of upper management. Kind of like getting a Lizzie. There doesn’t have to be a logical reason to get one, its all on how Lizzie feels at any given moment. Ricky knew the risks of the job when he took it. That’s management’s prerogative.

Shout Outs

  • Big shout outs to cap’n realist, and Ray Brettman for their first 2014 off-season Lizzies!!!! Thanks for being here!

MVL

  • Congratulations to Eddie von White, our Most Valuable Lizzie-er this time! Way to go EVW!

Top 10 of the 2014 Offseason (one point for each Lizzie, three points for the Lizard)

1. Doc Raker
2. Eddie Von White
3. jswanson
4. Seymour Butts
5. Doug S.
6. Jerry in Wisconsin
7. Dork
7. Jedi
7. Noah Eisner
10. Buddy
10. Sherm

Chit Chat

Believe it or not, the next GirlieView will be on Thanksgiving. What will you be doing for the holiday?

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GirlieView (10/30/2014)

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

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 the 2014 Offeason = 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.

Lizzies

  • The greed for more rounds has lessened the accomplishment of being the best team in your league that year.
  • That said, the great “intangible” in my mind is “approach.” The winning teams have a great approach to the game. They are usually patient at the plate. They usually have pitchers who get ahead in the count.
  • I agree with Sherm 110%. Smart baseball is good baseball.
  • I just want to thank Lizzie for recognizing my genius yet again. But enough about my genius, today is a possible Cardinal Elimination Day. I have bubbly on ice. How will you celebrate CED?
  • On CED I will relax, breathe a heavy sigh of relief and then enjoy the WS not really caring who wins or loses.
  • Drinks on me – as my hero JSwan likes to say. On this CED, I will be consuming any adult beverage not brewed in St. Louis.
  • a) Football, pro and college
    b) Basketball, college
    c) Talk to girlfriend
    w) Hockey
    x) Avoid soccer
  • Football, basketball and a little hockey. Those should keep me busy until spring training starts, thus avoiding the girlfriend chit-chat.
  • Excuse me Brian, don’t you think you missed a little news from last week? The new 2014 off season Lizzie standings was big news and ruffled some feathers of the VFTB entitlement class… I am still celebrating Lizzies astute acumen and Cardinal Elimination Day. Drinks on me!
  • It must be some party to still be going stong since Thursday.
  • Doc really knows how to throw a party. Who else would think of events like Pin the Tail on Len?
  • It will be interesting to see the debate between Doc and Len on what music get played during the musical chairs game.
  • The party will last as long as his case of Mogen-David does.
  • I just Fed-Exed him another case. We could be here a while.
  • I hope you ordered blackberry this time. Concord was too dry for my palate.
  • I ordered the 20/20 Dragon fruit in honor of Lizzie’s perceived vision.
  • Should we invite Seymour? He did come in 5th? I think we should, in fact everyone on the Lizzie board should come and party. Bushmills on me! Doug S, bring your Len Kasper voodoo doll.
  • For sure. He can give us rides home, one at a time, in his Chevy Volt. I’ll go last and we can finish off the box of M&D.
  • I inadvertently sent Len an invitation. Sounds like he’s coming too. Doug S. can leave his doll at home.
  • Your comment on the Dodgers payroll got me looking. The article I saw, dated earlier this year, had them at the highest total salary team in the world at 241 mill and change. It surprised me. For contrast the Shanghai Dongya placed last (294th) at 1.4 mill.
  • Rumor has it they are keeping the books clear in order to sign Brett Jackson, Josh Vitters, and Mike Olt.
  • Shanghai Dongya Channel 9 , 8:00 PM must see TV Thursday starring Matt Morton and Bryan LaHair.
  • Exactly. The TV deals are considered under the table $$$ and not reported.
  • Good to know you are OK Joe. Did you see I am at the top of the Lizzie board? Seymour is five behind EVW, Jerry from Wisconsin and Jswan. We are celebrating CED and Lizzies insightful wisdom, come join us.
  • Having tied their next few years to Jay Cutler, a quarterback unlikely to ever win a meaningful game, Chicago is ripe for a new team to get behind.
  • Off-season plans and FA predictions are always entertaining. The also give your enemies ammunition for the next several months as you are proven completely wrong.
  • I would like to discuss venues for the VFTB Spring Training dinner.
  • I would like to discuss how Joe’s avatar can look so not like the real Joe.
  • The neck is a little different.
  • Real Joe doesn’t have to comb his eyebrows, cartoon Joe probably has to.
  • Same with his hair.
  • I would like to discuss/debate past Cubs at a particular position. Who was better at 1b Mark Grace, Derrick Lee, Bill Buckner, Pete LaCock or Hee Sop Choi?
  • It’s either Buckner or Lee!
  • Grace was pretty damn good also, but Pete LaCock was Seymours favorite.
  • Great stories, great guy, Classic name.
  • What does LaCock like to order at Subway? Special sauce I would presume.
  • A more conspiratorial thinker would say that Russell was pulled in preparation for a trade for Cole Hamels.
  • On Golden Blonde
    Shaving Ryan’s Privates
    Jurassic Pork
    Good Will Humping
    Assablanca
    Every one a classic
  • I’m shocked Romancing The Bone didn’t crack your top 5.
  • Or the classic film, “Yank My Doodle It’s A Dandy.”
  • I PRAY that the Cubs hire Joe Maddon. If they don’t, well, they’d be the Cubs.

Lizard

  • Before I delve into the topic of this post, I wanted to touch briefly on the tragic death of St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras. There are times when we are reminded of the unimportance of the actual results of baseball games, even World Series games, and Sunday night was one of those times.

Shout Outs

  • Big shout outs to Buddy, Kizzfastfists, Mark From Toronto, Sean Powell, and Sherm for their first 2014 off-season Lizzies!!!! Thanks for being here!

MVL

  • Congratulations to Doc Raker, our Most Valuable Lizzie-er this time! Way to go Doc!

Top 10 of the 2014 Offseason (one point for each Lizzie, three points for the Lizard)

1. Doc Raker
2. Eddie Von White
3. jswanson
4. Doug S.
4. Jerry in Wisconsin
4. Seymour Butts
7. Noah Eisner
8. Dork
8. Sherm
10. Buddy
10. Jedi
10. Kizzfastfists
10. Mark From Toronto
10. SBardo
10. Sean Powell
10. SouthKakalakiCubsFan

Chit Chat

By the time you read this, you will know who won the World Series. As I’m writing it though (early Wednesday evening) I don’t yet know. I am hoping the Royals pull it off but I’m not really invested either way. How about you? Did your choice win?

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