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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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Imma Feelin’

…pretty good about the Chicago Bears in the 2nd half.  I thought the 2nd half was going to be a bear but not so much.  Green Bay and New England are going to be very tough but the rest of the games are win-able.  10 or 11 wins looking good but that probably means another year of Lovie.

…pretty excited about the Bulls.  They didn’t look so hot in the 2nd half of that San Antonio game but they are 6-4 without the Booze.  If they can come home from the circus road trip at .500 I’ll be happy.

…pretty disappointed in the Hawks effort so far.  Granted they are banged up and have a bunch of new guys but they are going to have to do better than .500.  I guess I’ll be patient, for now.  After all they started slow last year and we know how they finished.

…pretty unimpressed by the Cubs efforts on and off of the field.  They aren’t going to spend any money this off-season which means no Adam Dunn or Cliff Lee.  We need to unload some dead weight and no go so far.  Then they can’t seem to get the momentum behind a Wrigley re-build.  Ugh!

…pretty pissed at Governor Quinn and the City of Chicago playing BS politics with the Cubs.  The Bears and White Sox got public money to help finance a new stadium.  The Cubs are told to take a hike despite the fact more people go to Cubs games than any other major sport in Chicago.  They are watched by the one of the largest nationwide audiences on the Superstation WGN.  They draw mega-millions in tourist and commercial dollars to the city, specifically the Wrigleyville neighborhood.  If they want to play politics and I were a Rickett, I’d pay a visit to Buffalo, N.Y. and visit their beautiful little Wrigley replica.  I hear the upper deck can be expanded at a reasonable price tag to accommodate 38,000.  The Sox threatened to move, I sure would.

…pretty tired.  Time to go home and watch the Bears v. Dolphins.

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Cubs Hock a Lougie

Cubs management has forced upon Cubdom something wonderful and that is the soon to be dismissed Lou Pinella.  This infectious, puss filled spitball will be thrust from Wrigleyville in about 70 days never to be seen, or heard from, again.

24 months ago I wouldn’t have said this.  Then he was manager of the 1st place Cubs.  A Cub team that would go on to win 97 games and be favored to win the NL Pennant.  How quickly things and opinions change.

Since the playoff sweep of 08′ the Cubs have been mediocrely dismal.  They have had the players to be much better than .500, or sub .500 in the case of this years Cubs disaster but have failed.  He looks old but acts a lot older.  He is a lot less fiery.  He gets riled up by stupid questions from the media but not from the putrid play on the field.  “I’ve given up!  I’ve tried everything.” Lou utters from his st-st-stuttering lips.

Right then I knew it was time for a change.  He had given up hope so why retain his services any longer.  Seriously!  The Cubs have Trammell on the bench and Brenley in the press box.  Give them the last 60 games.  Maybe the Cubs catch fire in the last 60 and make a run towards respectability.  I think any Cubs fan would be delighted with 82 or 83 wins at this point.  It is worth a shot.

Let’s face it, the Cubs under “lame duck” Lou will do nothing but remain the same or it could get worse.  If that’s the case than gut the team.  Lilly, Theriot, Ramirez, Lee, Fukudome, etc.  Get rid of as many of those guys as you can and let Lou manage a minor league team for the last couple of months of his career.

Is Lou a Hall of Famer?  Based on the body of his work he probably is.  Has he been a HOF coach the last 22 months?  Far from it!

The best thing the Cubs could do is spit him out now while they have the chance.  But will they do it?  It’s the Cubs, what do you think?

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