Shifting winds?

August 12, 2018 by

Cubs win!!

David Bote walk off grand slam…keep him on the team!

https://twitter.com/Cubs/status/1028841261027840002/video/1

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WANTED: Starting pitching.

August 11, 2018 by

WTF?

NO WAY the Cubs win anything this year if the mediocre starting pitching isn’t fixed…SOON.

“A stunned sold out Wrigley Field watched Jon Lester walk off the field after pitching just 3.2 innings while giving up eight earned runs against the Nationals. The outing raised his 2nd half ERA to 10.33 after compiling a 2.58 first half mark. The start contributed to the Cubs pitching woes — they ranked 9th in starter’s ERA in the NL coming into the game.” — Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer

Sad day.

August 7, 2018 by

You fans older than me have many memories of the man known as “Stosh.” I wasn’t alive to see him play, but hear he was the greatest Blackhawk ever. I have had his jersey shirt for many years, though. I still wear it proudly.

Too close for comfort.

August 3, 2018 by

Cubs are barely holding onto 1st place, and only 6 games separate the Cubs, Brewers, Cards and Pirates.

Cubs pitching has been suspect, and they almost blew it today against the Padres.

What do you think?

Fire Matt Nagy! Ravens 17 – No-name, no-face Bears 16

August 3, 2018 by

Okay, just kidding. Sort of. Again.

Awful. Just awful. These new rules are making the game even more dangerous. I think Roger Goodell is a damn loon. Football is no longer football. And no, this isn’t me acting like some “Neanderthal.” I am all for making the game safer, but it’s not. It’s worse.

Chase Daniel throws an interception that’s not his fault. But then, he throws one that is.

Matt Nagy wasted his timeouts right before halftime instead of trying to practice real, in-game situations. So he totally fits the mold of head coach of the Bears. It’s fine, though. He’s in mid-season form.

The Bears made a nice comeback there at the end. But in typical Chicago Bear fashion, they fell just short. Let’s get em’ next time!

Your thoughts in this useless thread.

A Perfect Ten (Years).

August 1, 2018 by

 

August 1st, 2008

That’s when this website was started. It wasn’t planned. It just happened because the original site that we all met each other at was nearing it’s end and we all needed a place to go. A place where we can just be ourselves. A place where nobody from the outside could find us and our asinine thoughts. We may have had nothing else in common with our lives other than one thing: We were pissed off at the Cubs and other teams in Chicago that sucked.

The next day after starting this site, I stood in my best friend’s wedding. He now has three kids to show for it. The very next year, our other best friend (out of the “triad” of us), decided to ruin his life by getting married as well. He has two kids.

At that time, I was living in a tiny, one-bedroom apartment and fresh out of college. I went through a few really rough patches throughout that time in life. I am now very blessed to have a great house and my dream job. In the cheesy and odd way, I grew up while this website was along for the ride.

I know I say this every year, but I always repeat it: I can’t believe it’s been this long. This time, I still mean that, but it’s much more significant. While things aren’t the same in terms of traffic like they use to be, I know there are still a few of you who like coming here. So many have come and gone with this place. Other Chicago sports’ websites started up and became deserted. But before those ones left, I ended up meeting people from other websites such as Hockeenight and Fire Ron Turner. Genrebuster and myself met up in 2016 in the city as well. It’s amazing how one common interest can bring a bunch of pissed off strangers together. In layman’s terms, it’s a miracle this place is still around. And each and every one you reading this is the reason for that.

I’d really like to give every one of you a special shout out, but I know I will forget names. I do have to thank Genrebuster, however, for helping out with the website. A man I’ve met personally, he’s as genuine as they get. I don’t enjoy speaking for others, but he does seem like the calmest out of all of us here when we are pissed off about something. That shows a lot of strength.

I am genuine in my words. I mean every single word I say in this post and every other post. All of you here are pretty awesome humans. At 32, I spent about a third of my life talking to all of you on a weekly/monthly basis. I do wish that one day, all of us get to come together for an awesome day at a pub somewhere in Chicago. I know we have discussed this numerous times, but ten years is way too damn long to just keep chatting on the internet. Let’s get something planned out while some of us are still together on this site.

For those who come here just to read the site, I really do appreciate it. I mean, I don’t know why you would come here when there are a billion other sites to read. For those who post, I thank each and every one of you very much. I express all the gratitude I can possibly give. It’s all peace and love FIRE AND PASSION, MY FRENDTS.

– Fro Dog

Optimism is never allowed in training camp.

July 22, 2018 by

It’s that time of year again. This time, the Bears reported about a week before other teams due to The Hall of Fame Game against the Ravens. So this just means that we will be hearing about injuries, players holding out and coaches telling the media that everyone is having a great camp earlier than usual.

This is what we have been given with the Bears over all of these years. Then, when the regular season starts, it will be coaches telling everyone that “we had a great week of practice” which means absolutely nothing on Sundays (or Mondays/Thursdays).

I can’t sit here and say that I have zero faith in Matt Nagy. But given the history of coaches who have come through the doors of this franchise, I have every reason to feel that way.

This will sound awful, but the last couple of years, I have been forgetting a lot of players that are or were on the team during that time. This is due to all of the injuries and roster turnaround in that team. The last few years, we’ve witnessed no-name, no-face players more often than so. A lot of these draft picks had either been hurt or are no longer on the team.┬áThat’s a sign of a franchise in the cellar.

First-round pick Roquan Smith has still, not signed a contract nor has reported to camp. If the Bears are going to get better on defense, this guy needs to be there and be healthy.

I am certain more will be written on specific players in the next few weeks. But for now, feel free to share your thoughts.

Cubs heading towards the break on a positive note…(so far).

July 5, 2018 by

Javier Baez steals home again as Cubs rally for sixth straight comeback win

http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/24000138/javier-baez-steals-home-again-chicago-cubs-rally-6th-straight-comeback-win

The bats have come alive (Chili Davis appears to be an upgrade). Lester is pitching like an ace. Bullpen has been better of late.

If the pitching staff gets healthy and settles down, I like their chances. Milwaukee is playing well but they have to prove that they can go the distance.

Hoping that Hendricks returns to a better form, and that Darvish doesn’t turn out to be a bust.

My frendts, what do you think?

Open thread

July 2, 2018 by

FIRE AND PASSION!

Hello? Is it me that you’re looking for?

June 22, 2018 by

First, I want to apologize for not posting much in the last few months. I feel as I’ve written this before, but my life has been fairly time-consuming. In addition, the landscape of Chicago sports has made it difficult for me to give a damn lately. As I mentioned in the winter, lousy teams equal lousy interest. I couldn’t believe that the last thing I posted was an open thread back in early May.

It’s not just here, however. Many websites that were very popular many years ago have gone away. One thing I will guarantee is that this website will never go away. I just remember how this place was many years ago with tons of people here. The rise of social media (which I don’t have nor want to get into) has been the “discussion board” of sorts while sites like these are not being as popular. That’s fine and dandy. I’ll stay in the dark corner of the internet.

I think when the Fall arrives, so will more topics. The Bulls just had their picks for the Draft. They selected Wendell Carter Jr. from Duke and Chandler Hutchison from Boise State. Both players are supposed to help the Bulls to contend in the years to come. I’ll believe it when I see it.

The Blackhawks have their selection of draft picks starting tonight. I am praying they turn things around and get back to being contenders. That window is closing.

Of course, this is all for you to discuss. I’ll try to post another open thread next week. For those who are still around, it’s appreciated. Thank you very much.