Hello, friend. (And the Bears start preseason Thursday)

August 8, 2017 by

I am sure the opinion is split. You love him or you hate him. But, he’s back.

I’ve said this numerous times over the last couple of years. It was just time for him to leave the Bears. Whether it was his fault or the team around him, it was just time to go. If that trade eight years ago were available again, I’d take it every time. Jerry Angelo didn’t make many great decisions, but that was one of them.

So, we shall see in this season whether or not he helps the Dolphins.

Meanwhile, back in Chicago, Mike Glennon sucks. And can someone please explain Mark Sanchez? If you can, please leave your theories in the thread.

Also, Ted Phillips has been with the Chicago Bears for 34 years. I don’t get that either.

Bears vs. Broncos Thursday in the preseason opener.

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Wake up….or go to sleep!

August 5, 2017 by

I’m skeptical that this Cubs team can do it.

Wade Davis has not been “lights out” recently…some of his recent saves were a little too dramatic (for me). He blew a non-save opportunity and lost; a game where they had fought back from a large deficit.

The pitching is inconsistent, at best…as we’ve learned through the years, walks do NOT clog the bases (cue Carl Edwards Jr.). The hitting is inconsistent…chasing bad pitches isn’t going to get it done (cue Javy Baez).

Daniel Murphy. That guy is reminding me of Steve Garvey (barf) . I believe that there are a few here among us who know what I mean…

I had a feeling that the Cubs would “relax” after their series opening drubbing of Arizona. Losing that series was bad enough…if they lose this series to the Nationals, I don’t like their chances of winning the division and making it to the playoffs. I think our good friend ernie previously stated the same.

The standings are tightening up…and everybody is gunning for the 2016 WS champs.

Question. Who is the “clubhouse leader”?

 

Another year in the books: Fire (Some Asshole(s) In Chicago Sports) turns 9!

August 1, 2017 by

(The man in the referee shirt – May 2017)

It doesn’t get old for me every year at this time. It was exactly nine years ago today that many of us ventured over to this dark corner of the internet. And trust me, the previous place was a pretty dark corner as well.

To think that we would actually get what we asked for at the start would be nothing more than a mere pipe dream. That was, to see the Cubs win the World Series.

If I forget any of your names, I am truly sorry. But to see a bunch of you long-time fans who had to witness the garbage of 1969 or 1984, I was most happy for you. You guys saw way more failure than I could ever imagine. Genre, Jimmy D., Ernie, MadCityMac, DVX and Chucky, you guys deserved it the most.

To the rest of you folks who actually find this place interesting (Dave, Pie, who else?), you guys are awesome too. For the ones who use to post that may come back, thanks for all of the fun times. I pray you all are doing better. For the others who may just read this site to either laugh with or at us, thanks as well. If you’re laughing at us though, feel free to chime in so Chucky can track you down and properly, saw off your nuts.

We’ve seen a lot happen over the nine years. I am very happy this place is still around with all of those other “blogs” going Hollywood or simply going away. This place costs little to nothing to run and I am fortunate that some of you have still stuck around.

Let’s keep the train moving!

Oh, look. Pernell McPhee is hurt again; Kyle Long still not practicing

July 30, 2017 by

I miss you dude.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-pernell-mcphee-out-knee-surgery-spt-0729-20170728-story.html

Here we are again, ladies and gentleman. Training camp is here. If you are looking for bad football, injuries, coaches lying about injuries and everything in between, look no further than Bourbonnais, Illinois where the Chicago Bears are practicing!

Not even two days into it, the injuries are piling up. I know, I know. It’s all over the NFL and not just with the Bears. But damn, this is insane. Pernell McPhee is out for the foreseeable future with knee surgery. Backup running back Jeremy Langford sprained his ankle DURING A WALK-THROUGH. Good Lord, you can’t make this shit up. But you can say that for a lot of things the Bears do.

It’s even worse with offensive lineman Josh Sitton M.I.A. and Kyle Long still being out after surgery as well.

The “experts” have weighed in saying that the Bears have the best offensive lineman in the division. I beg to differ, especially when guys like Long and Sitton may not be 100% this year or ever. And even if they are all healthy and great, the Bears don’t have any quarterbacks or healthy wide receivers for them to throw to.

Meanwhile, who’s in the secondary? A bunch of faceless guys who’s names we don’t even know?

A week from Thursday is the first preseason game. It’s going to be a long season.

“In the big picture of things, I think it’s the long ball this year that makes [my ERA] look worse than it really is” – Justin Grimm

July 24, 2017 by

Special thanks to our good friend ernie for bringing this to my attention, via Justin Grimm’s BRILLIANT quote:

“In the big picture of things, I think it’s the long ball this year that makes [my ERA] look worse than it really is,” Grimm said.

Uh…ok. But last time I checked, your ERA “is what-it-is”.

http://www.espn.com/blog/chicago/cubs/post/_/id/45101/who-can-joe-maddon-trust-in-the-cubs-bullpen

One-two-three…go!

So far, so good….

July 19, 2017 by

The Cubs have won 5 in a row – on the road – since the all-star break.

The bats have come alive. Starting pitching has been better. Quintano was lights out in his debut. Arrieta, Lester and Lackey pitched well. They struggled to hold a couple of leads but prevailed. Davis was “off” last night, but is now 18 for 18 in saves. Tonite, Rondon allowed one hit and struck out the side in the 9th. Hendricks returns soon.

Thoughts?

Open thread

July 12, 2017 by

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

Buh Bye…

June 30, 2017 by

Miguel Montero banished from the Cubs (fine with me).  

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/cubs/2017/06/29/theo-epstein-miguel-montero-bad-teammate-explains-cubs-decision/438611001/

Your thoughts?

One step forward. Two (or three) steps back. (Parts 1 and 2)

June 24, 2017 by

(Part 1) (Bear with me here.)

It’s 1:41 on a Saturday morning. I just got back home from the city. I had a long week at work. Things are insane both personally and in the world of Chicago sports. Maybe I will get to all of the Blackhawks stuff in the coming days. But for now, it’s time to talk Bulls. Yes, those same Bulls that have been irrelevant for the last 18 years or so.

That’s too long to be irrelevant, right? I mean, shouldn’t something change?

I was completely thrown off about five minutes into the draft when I heard that the Bulls traded Jimmy Butler. Now, myself and others have criticized Butler at times for not coming through in the clutch, bitching about teammates and some other things. However, the last year or two has been both exciting and a headache at the same time. He was really the only prayer for this team and if he just had a general manager who knew what he was doing, maybe we don’t get to this point.

I understand the trade of Jimmy Butler. I don’t think they could better unless they “tank” for a few years and try to get lucky in the draft. I don’t know if that’s going to happen. I have zero faith in this franchise and have had zero faith for the last 18 years. Nothing they do will convince me that the arrow is pointing up.

What I don’t understand however, is why the Bulls didn’t get more. It is PATHETIC in every way that ThomASS, of all people, was able to make the Bulls look stupid here. I love Kris Dunn, Jimmy Butler is worth more than a swap of draft picks and two players who still haven’t proven they can play on a consistent level. Maybe Lauri Markkanen (the guy they drafted) turns out to be a clone of Kristaps Porzingis. Or maybe, he turns out to be Shawn Bradley. Who the fuck knows? But once again, Jimmy Butler was worth more than that and the Bulls took a shit on this situation.

Everybody outside of this franchise is laughing at the Bulls. It’s the situation with the Bears on their draft night. The entire leagues are laughing at these teams for making such stupid decisions. They know that teams like the Bulls and Bears are one less team they have to worry about.

The right trade would have been those players along with AT LEAST, two more first round draft picks. This isn’t Chris Duhon the Bulls are trading. This is a Top 10-15 player in the NBA who clearly, was the best player on this team. In fact, Jimmy Butler was probably the best player this franchise has had since Jordan left. No, I am not saying Butler equals Jordan. But, if you ask me right now who the five best players in the history of this franchise are, I will say the following: Jordan, Pippen, Jerry Sloan, Norm Van Lier…and Jimmy Butler.

This isn’t going to change. The Bulls will continue to suck and just like the Bears, management won’t change. It’s not in Jerry Reinsdorf’s DNA. He is loyal. But, this is a fucking business. I own a business. If I like somebody as a person but realize that they are awful at their job, they’re gone.

I don’t have time for bullshit. I’ve fired people for being incompetent and I’ve done it within weeks/months of them starting. Why is this shit any differently? If you sucked at your job, you are out of a job. In that case, we all should apply to work for the Bulls. You never have to work hard and you can be incompetent as you want. There are no consequences. I bet you can take a shit right on the floor of the office at the United Center and there will be Jerry Reinsdorf ready to give you a raise.

Hey, the Bears are the same. Ted Phillips has been taking a shit on that franchise for 30 years. He probably banged George McCaskey’s wife with his micro penis. And that asshole still gets to keep his job along with a raise. Life is good.

In summary, all I am saying is if a team is going to trade a guy like this, they better get equal or better value in return. That’s what a trade is supposed to be. The Bulls did not do this and they are looking like a 25-win team right now.

(Part 2)

I was watching the NBA Draft as I do every year. And every year, I don’t expect the Bulls to do much. Now, I’ve written a time or two on here on how the NBA is just filled with horseshit because idiots like David Stern and now, Adam Silver, have let it get that way. The quality of the game just isn’t the same as it was when I was growing up. All of these players are leaving college after one season and because of that, not many of them become good players. Guys like LeBron and Durant are two out of a hundred that end up great. The other 98 may have careers in the game, but they don’t become household names. Make the rules a three-year minimum in college.

Jeff Van Gundy, whom I wanted the Bulls to have as their coach, did say something that was stupid. He said that basketball players should be able to find a job after high school (also meaning that players should be able to come out of high school). Well, I guess shouldn’t people who want to be teachers be able to skip college and go right into the education field, Mr. Van Gundy? That’s exactly what you’re saying about basketball players. Like the teachers, THEY AREN’T READY. They need education, practice in the classroom and other types of training.

So yes, I will put the blame on the Bulls for not being good. I will also blame the NBA for creating this clusterfuck of shitty TV deals that ruined basketball. These insane TV deals are the catalyst such enormous contracts which in turn, allow for “superteams” to be created. It’s a collective effort. If they really care about the success of teams, they will make a requirement for players to be in college for a minimum of three years.

Thank you, sir.

June 21, 2017 by

I am going to miss this guy playing hockey.

Three Cups since the start of the decade. That’s three more than I thought this team would ever get ten years ago when Old Man Wirtz was still kicking. Marian Hossa was one of the main reasons why they won those three. For that, I am thankful.