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Out Of Retirement

It’s been a while.  Just when I think I’m out, they pull me back in.

Well, since I’ve last scribbled much has happened.

ND went to the College Football championship and got their ass kicked.  ND MLB T’eo was found to have a fake girlfriend so he got his ass kicked by the oh so righteous and ethical sports media.

The Cubs signed some free agents…zzzzzzzzzzz.  What was I saying?  I shouldn’t be so negative though.  If Nate Schierholtz doesn’t spell championship, I don’t know what does.

Lance Armstrong kind of, sort of admitting to doping and the world was NOT surprised.

And, finally, the Chicago Bears ended the not so offensive reign of one Lovie Smith.

The new coach IS….drum roll….Marc Trestman.  Silence.  Tumbleweed rolling across the floor.  Confused looks on the fans faces.

Actually the hire wasn’t all that bad.  Plenty of offensive experience in college and pro football.  Oh, and hey, he has head coaching experience up in Canada which has about as much credibility as a competitive rec league.  Seriously though, the guy is the QB guru.  And I mean THE QB guru.  I don’t know what it is but he has a knack for getting the most out of his thrower.  He also calls a good game and his offenses are ALWAYS at the top of any league.  This IS what the Bears need.

The remaining questions are…  Will Cutler buy into it?  I think so.  Will the aging, talented defense have one more good season under an offensive minded head coach?  Your guess is as good as mine.  Not sure if the guy from Jacksonville has the chops but we’ll all find out.  Will Emery open up the Bears tightly fastened coin purse and get several (meaning more than 2) offensive linemen on the free agent market?  That would surprise me but that is exactly what is needed to keep Cutler on his feet and throwing TDs.

Oh, and I don’t want fans demanding the Bears waste a 1st Round pick on lineman because we need one.  Stop it.  NFL teams almost always take the best guy on the board no matter what his position is.  Besides, drafting offensive linemen that are immediate contributors on an NFL offensive line is like finding a winning lottery ticket in the garbage.

Well, glad to be back writing.  I’m sure it will be an interesting off-season in the NFL.  There will be lots to talk about in the world of baseball.  The Bulls continue to do well without D. Rose or the Bench Mob.  The NHL is back in action and…well, so what.  I think the fans should boycott for the season.  Make Bettman sweat a little.

I might also start spewing about pro wrestling.  I have been a fan since, well, since I’ve watched TV.  I don’t watch with as much interest or passion as I did 20 years ago, but I still enjoy it.  It’s the male soap opera and plenty of us guys are hooked.  LOL

Oh, and in closing, plenty of fine BPD ladies of sports to come.  😉

 

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Theo, Wherefore Out Thou Theo

But soft, what light through yonder Wrigley breaks? O…it is my Cubbies, oh, it is my team President. O that he knew he were. He speaks, yet he says nothing; what of that? His eye discourses, I will answer it. Oh, I am too bold, ’tis not to me he speaks. Two of the fairest stars in all the heavens, having some business, do entreat his eyes to twinkle in their spheres till they return. See how he leans his cheek upon his hand. Oh, that I were a glove upon that hand, that I might touch that cheek.

 

O Theo, Theo, wherefore art thou Theo? Deny thy Red Sox, and refuse thy Boston. Or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my rather large paycheck, and I’ll no longer be a Lovable Loser…’Tis but thy name that is my enemy, thou art thyself, though, not a Henry. What is Henry? It is nor hand, nor foot, nor arm nor face, nor any other part belonging to a man. O be some other name. What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet; so Theo would, were he not Theo called, retain that dear perfection which he owes without that title. Theo doff thy BoSox, and for that name which is no part of thee, take all Cubs Nation.

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F*ck You Cubs

 

I am not sure if you’ve had enough of this but I have.  Last year I thought I was done but I let them back in.  Spring of 2011 rolled around and I thought the NL Central would be kind of weak and that they might have a chance.  Well, I was right that most of the NL Central is horse crap but the Cubs are near the bottom of the crap barrel.

Who knew Zambrano would flake out again?  Um, well, everyone but Cub fans.  Their logic is often trumped by their loyalty.  Marmol not being able to get anyone out because he falls off to first like an asshole that just learned how to pitch.  Our 1st baseman can’t hit his weight.  Fukudome…fuk u!  You’re Cleveland’s problem now.  LOL.  Marlon “half assed effort” Byrd’s act is wearing thin. Sorry A-Hole (aka Soriano) is the worst investment the Cubs EVER made.  Quade can’t handle a pitching staff.  Our GM can’t generally manage anything.

I asked some Cub fans I know why they do it?  I wanted to know why we keep going back when the results are always the same.  Like someone that wants a delicious dinner and goes to the fridge and finds nothing.  They go back to that fridge time and time again expecting to see something yummy staring them in the face.  That is borderline insanity and us Cub fans are on that insanity train for sure.

One of them said the atmosphere and history keep them going back.  OK, they lose every season in a historic park.  Not good enough.  Another one of them said going to Wrigley is so much fun.  “It is so much fun to be a Cubs fan”.  If you already guessed this Cubs fan was a girl, you win a prize.  The same prize the Cubs win every year.  Finally this guy says to me, “I honestly don’t know.  I watch them.  I defend them but I don’t know why.”  I think most Cub fans are in his boat.  They grew up a Cubs fan.  A fan of Sandberg, Maddux, 1969, 1984, 1989, Harry Carey, Mark Grace, Andre Dawson and the dreams they had of the Cubs winning it all.  We are still a fan of an organization that either doesn’t know how to win or doesn’t really give a shit about winning.  If they gave a shit they’d launch Quade NOW and the rest of the coaches when the season ended.  Hendry would also be gone.  Anyone would be better than him at this point.  Then the purge of these overpriced POS players would begin.  At least that is what SHOULD happen.

I suppose I am just about done trying to figure this team out so, F*CK YOU CUBS!  I’ll enjoy watching the Red Sox, Yankees, Brewers and Phillies in October.  At least they’re good and know how to win.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cubs Sellers in a Buyers Market

Simply put, what the Cubs have not too many teams want.  It is buying and selling of assets.  In many ways it is a lot like playing the stocks.  The Florida Marlins have done it well. Buy low, sell high.  That is the idea.  Keep your minor leagues filled with assets.  Bring them up and start winning with them.  The final year under contract you ‘sell’ them to the highest bidder for more ‘prospects’.  This keeps the Marlins in the championship hunt about every 5 years or so.  The in-between can be rough but they eventually build winning clubs.

The other school of thought is one shared by the likes of the Yankees and Red Sox.  They don’t bring too many of their young assets up to the big club.  Their idea is to sell before they come up based on potential.  They get established veterans in return and acquire a few ‘high priced’ commodities from time to time to keep them in contention almost every season.

The Cubs have their own model which is not focusing on development of the young talent and paying way to much for marginal, veteran talent.  This school of thought has nabbed them a couple of winning seasons but not the big prize.  It also creates a hell of a situation when you have very little in the minors.  What you have is currently up and contributing and the vets you have are being paid way too much for the results they produce.  I know, they kind of sound like the Bear Stearns or Morgan Stanley of baseball.  If someone like Carlos Pena can earn $10 million per season what would someone like Ted Williams or Mike Schmidt be worth today?  $50 million a season.  It is ridiculous.

So now the Cubs have these high priced, aging, under-acheiving veterans and a few young pieces they might want to build around.  Add in the pathetic 30-42 record and you have an organization that is in quite a pickle.  What are they going to sell?  What are the other teams needs?

Well, based on an article on MLBTradeRumors.com most contenders are looking for a 3rd Baseman that can drive in runs.  Oh, wait a minute!  The Cubs have Aramis Ramirez.  He is a good 3rd basemen that can drive in runs.  He isn’t that old and his salary won’t scare off too many teams.  Great, they have a strategy.  Uh oh!  What did Aramis say?  He doesn’t want to be traded!  Mayday!!!  Mayday!!  Aramis is the guy that is going to bring the Cubs the returns they are looking for.  He is the guy that will bring in 3 or 4 decent prospects.  However, he doesn’t want to leave.  He wants to be a Cubby 4 Life.

Moving on the Cubs will free up a lot of money next season and they want to free up even more.  Soriano, Pena, Fukudome and Zambrano are all big money vets the team wants to move.  Who wants them?  Unless some of these contending teams like Boston, New York, Anaheim, Texas or Philadelphia get racked up with injuries their simply isn’t a play for them.  Not too mention they would have to eat at least 50% of Soriano or Fukudome’s contracts just to get teams to take them.  And what would they get in return?  Zambrano could net them a top prospect but most of these guys might only bring back a handful of mid-level prospects and a couple of other ‘bad’ contracts.

Some fans might think, “Who cares?  Cubs will have about $30 million to spend next season.”  There in lies the problem because that is what they do season after season and it doesn’t work.  Neglect of the minors and buying veterans only goes so far.  If the Cubs don’t get a lot in return for these over priced guys they currently have they are going to spend obscene amounts on guys like Prince Fielder and Grady Sizemore and then these contracts will look really bad in 4 or 5 years.  I’m not sure there is a right answer but they way they do business has to change.

Getting out from these terrible contracts is a step in the right direction.  Hopefully some opportunities present themselves where teams will have an immediate need for a DH (Soriano), left handed bat (Fukudome) or a starting pitcher (Zambrano, Dempster).  Another teams desperation is about the only thing that can help the Cubs in this buyers market.

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Rub-a-Dub Cub…

three jerks in a tub.

These three men have greatly assisted in the Cubs demise.  In many ways this photo should be a wanted poster.

I think at the beginning of the season we knew, right?  We knew this was a new administration who wanted to rebuild this thing.  The trade for Garza should have been another clue.  Furthermore, the acquisition of Pena at 1st base to a one-year deal.  Mind you we are paying $10 million for a guy who couldn’t hit a watermelon at a company picnic, but I digress.

Per usual the Cubs will be in “rebuilding” mode.  I say this has already begun.

This is a mode they’ve been STUCK in since 1945, the last time they played in the World Series. As Cubs fans we are used to this mode.  You take a few years, bring up a few young guys, sign a couple of veterans, catch lightning in a bottle, make it to the playoffs, lose and then repeat steps.  The only difference this time is that the Cubs have had a REAL chance to do something almost every year since 2003.  They were really close in both 2003 and 2008.  They had some young studs with some solid vets mixed in.  You’d think in 7 or 8 seasons time you would break through.  I mean it isn’t like they have the Yankees and Red Sox in their division.  They have the tight budgeted Cards, always overrated Brewers and the crappy until recently Reds.

So this season roles around and the “Tub Boys” Kenney, Hendry and Quade sing the same tune.  We’re gonna challenge for the division and make a push.  Yadda, yadda, yadda.  You don’t say that and then go acquire Pena.  Honestly, did they think the likes of Fukudome, Blake DeWitt, Carlos Pena and injury prone guys like A Ram and Alfonso are a “playoff” caliber team?  Maybe in Cubdom where the glasses are rose colored.  I will say adding Garza to a good starting staff was a good thing, at least at the time.  No arguments there.  But, the rest of it stunk to high heaven and I think the rebuild actually begun as far back as this past off-season.

It makes sense, right?  The Cubs have almost $100 million coming off of the books after this season.  Why add any long-term, expensive contracts?  They are also going to do there best to get rid of more salary before the trade deadline but they’re going to need Soriano to play and hit and they’re going to need Zambrano not to act like a psycho.  By August this will be a different team and by next March it will be a vastly different team.  Cubs admin was looking well down the road before this season began but was tasked with selling this season.  My problem?

Well, some sort of honesty would have been nice tub boys.  Telling fans that the Cubs were going to compete and so on was a mistake.  You don’t want to wave the white flag either but saying one thing and doing another usually a one-way ticket to Unemployedville.  Do you think Ricketts is going to let Hendry and Co. try again?  Is he going to let Quade run it?  My recommendation is for the tub boys to enjoy what little time they have left.  Enjoy general managing, field managing and whatever the hell Crane Kenney does.  Enjoy it.  Because all things must come to an end and it is obvious the Rickett family is in the mood to wipe the slate clean and…say it…say it…REBUILD without you.

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MLB Babes Vol 1

We have posted College Football Hotties and MLB’s Hottest Wives but we’ve never done MLB hottest fans/models before.  Well, first time for everything and I have to make up for lost blogging time.  Enjoy!

There isn’t a Washington Senators team any more but I’ll petition for their resurrection if it means we get to see more of her.

Smoking hot Boston fan wearing the Cancer Awareness jersey.  Nice.

I’m pretty sure she’s no angel but that’s who she roots for.

Chipper is feeling chipper and the Braves are looking good, really good.

Bronx Bomber fan Tiffany loves to choke up on the bat and loves it when he goes deep.  What?  These are baseball terms, don’t gimme that look!

And the best use of suspenders award goes to this hot Rockies fan.

They should have never got rid of that logo or the uniforms.  Look how good it looks on her.

The Cubs may have the longest drought but they certainly have the hottest fan base.  Meeeeeow!

 

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MLB 2011 Preview

Ya, Ya, I know.  I am a little late with this one.  If it is any consolation I wrote this several weeks ago and didn’t post.

At any rate baseball is upon us and we have some interesting things going on.

Boston sucks and Cleveland is in first.  I know, bizarro world baseball.  But, as we all know, MLB is the ultimate marathon of 162 games.  A lot is going to happen.

National League

East

Philadelphia – 96-66

Atlanta  – 91-71

Florida – 84-78

NY Mets – 80-82

Washington – 62-100

 

Central

Cincinnati – 90-72

Milwaukee – 85-77

Chicago Cubs – 83-79

St. Louis – 77-85

Pittsburgh – 71-91

Houston – 68-94

 

West

San Francisco – 92-70

Los Angeles – 88-74

Colorado 82-80

San Diego 80-82

Arizona – 70-92

 

American League

East

Boston – 100-62

New York – 94-68

Tampa Bay – 88-74

Baltimore – 79-83

Toronto – 75-87

 

Central

Minnesota – 89-73

Chicago Sox – 86-76

Detroit – 83-79

Kansas City – 75-87

Cleveland – 66-96

 

West

Oakland – 88-74

Texas – 85-77

Anaheim – 81-81

Seattle – 77-85

My instincts say Boston v. Philly in the series but the best teams don’t always meet in the final dance.  Oakland could be a surprise with that fine, young pitching staff.  A team that could sneak in in the NL could be the wildcard Braves.  They have a good, all-around team led by a resurgent Chipper Jones.

 

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