Open thread


Training camp for the Bears starts two weeks from today. And I, for one, am terrified.

12 Responses to “Open thread”

  1. chucky Says:

    Don’t be terrified Fro. We already know the will suck skunk ass this year. There will be no surprises, or bullshit ‘bright spots” to look for. I think this year I’ll cheer for every team the Bears play to whoop the shit out them. In other words, I will enjoy the suck this time. All but Cleveland. I fucking hate that team, and their douchebag, asshat fan base.

  2. Pie in the Sky Says:

    Well, Cubs practically sold the farm to get Jose Quintana. Quintana has been pitching better than his current ERA indicates. Hopefully he continues that.

  3. Pie in the Sky Says:

    *pitching better RECENTLY (e.g. last few starts)

  4. erniesarmy Says:

    Cubs do need pitching, but to give up their top prospects for this guy sounds and smells like desperation to me.

  5. dvxprime Says:

    …aaand the relief pitching shows its ass, AGAIN!!!

  6. erniesarmy Says:

    Last nights game sealed it for me: 8-0 early lead devolves into a 9-8 squeaker! Last year a lead like that holds up no problem. Cubs will not make the playoffs this year. They have no ace. They have no middle relief, and no reliable set up man. They have no one capable of hitting 300 and their starting pitching is worse than bad.

    I predict St. Louis catches them. I think they will be able to hold off Pittsburgh and Cincinnati (barely), and settle for third place in the Division.

    This team, from Spring Training on, was not ready to play baseball. I don’t know how much of that can be laid on the shoulders of Maddon. But, there is no question that he did not get them mentally ready to defend their title.

    I knew it was going to be difficult this year – target on their backs on all that – but, I never dreamed of the totality of the collapse I’ve seen. They look nothing like the team from last year, or the year before.

    I will be anxious to see what Theo does this summer. He’s got a huge job ahead of him. He hasn’t got “holes” to fill, he’s got “canyons” to fill if they are to be competitive next year.

  7. genrebuster Says:

    ernie, you MIGHT be right…but I think it’s a little early to say “collapse”…ha ha ha!

    I still think the Cubs have a shot – to make the playoffs – if they can get the pitching straightened out. If Hendricks comes back strong, that will help.

    I just saw this, …and thought you guys might have some thoughts:

    I’m glad Chapman was just a “rental” last year….he was far from “unhittable” before the WS…and so far, Davis has been a more consistent closer.

  8. dvxprime Says:

    Okay…YES, it’s a small sample size ( a three game sweep at the also-ran Orioles) but it’s nice to see the return of the Cubs’ hot bats (10 HR and 27 runs across the three games) and some improved pitching over Saturday and Sunday.

    Lord let the fuse be lit…

  9. erniesarmy Says:

    A three game sweep over the slumping Orioles is nice, but not convincing. Let’s see them do that to Washington, or Arizona coming up.

    I stand by my prediction regardless of what happened this weekend.

    Quintana had a very nice debut. But this club needs an “Ace,” and he’s no ace.

  10. genrebuster Says:

    Is Wade Davis about to blow a save?

  11. genrebuster Says:

    No…but maybe he needs a day or three off… (?).

  12. dvxprime Says:

    It’s 20 tie midnight EST and I am off to bed. Cubs up 4-1 on the Braves. If they win tonight, it’s a five game winning streak and two series wins after the All-Star Break. Hoping for a series sweep so the Cubs can ride some momentum when the Cards visit this weekend.

    Cross yer fingers, y’all…


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