The game that matters most

This post isn’t about baseball, but college football, instead (impressive depth I’m showing, isn’t it?) I wanted to get these thoughts out before the Northwestern-Illinois game coming up this Saturday, which will have offenses moving in both directions for the first time in an NU-Illini game since 2009. I’ll probably turn last year’s Wrigley FieldContinue reading “The game that matters most”

Seeing what Lincoln saw

Kentucky is geographically close to Illinois. In fact, they share a border along the Ohio River. But when you live in Chicago, Kentucky is actually very far away. Anyone who has driven across Illinois from north to south, or vice versa, can tell you how far it really is. The same is true of NewContinue reading “Seeing what Lincoln saw”

Same old, same old for the Pirates

Is it fair to say that Jerry Meals cost the Pirates a chance at a winning season? Probably not. But can a case be made that his blown call didn’t help? Absolutely. And if instant replay ever does find its way into the game on a widespread basis, it should be called the Jerry MealsContinue reading “Same old, same old for the Pirates”

A big change over the past year

Last fall I went out of town for a few days on a business trip. And one of the things I typically do on the road is go to dinner with some colleagues. For the last night of the trip, I hit Yelp! and started looking for a brewpub. For me, the actual food typeContinue reading “A big change over the past year”

More Topps Trickeration

Yes, this is still NOT a baseball card blog. There are other things in life to write about, too, and I don’t want to limit myself to one narrow topic. Twain’s advice to “write about what you know” hasn’t been lost on me, either. I wrote an earlier post about the games that the ToppsContinue reading “More Topps Trickeration”

My blue hat’s off to Jim Thome

This won’t be a pleasant topic to address. There isn’t any physical pain or suffering involved, only mental anguish on my part. And of course it has to do with being a Cubs fan. What a great life I might have if baseball didn’t matter to me, or I was a fan of a teamContinue reading “My blue hat’s off to Jim Thome”

#Cubs are now 30 losses from the #DoubleTriple

I know that the series was played in Houston, but come on. Losing a series to what is easily the worst team in baseball this year? And Cubs fans are supposed to be excited about the direction of this team? No thanks. At least we can keep moving through the 1980s on the #DoubleTriple countdown.Continue reading “#Cubs are now 30 losses from the #DoubleTriple”

#Cubs are now 31 losses from the #DoubleTriple

Thanks to pitching meltdowns by two Carloses–Zambrano and Marmol–this post will be the first double shot of historic baseball mediocrity. First off, a reminder about what the #DoubleTriple is. The Cubs have decided to start winning lately, now that the games are sufficiently meaningless, and the reports are that Tom Ricketts will put his thumbContinue reading “#Cubs are now 31 losses from the #DoubleTriple”

Finding Joe Strain

I love the name Joe Strain, and I love the story about him told by Josh Wilker on his website CardboardGods.net  It made me wonder if I could play any part in proving that Joe Strain really did exist and, sure enough, I was able to find a crucial piece of the puzzle in the formContinue reading “Finding Joe Strain”

Sing about the good things, and the Sun that lights the day

There isn’t anything more essential to life here on earth than the sun. It provides light, and warmth, and without it we would all cease to exist. The sun is reliable, too (think of that song from “Annie”: The sun’ll come out, tomorrow…), so much so that we take it for granted, the way weContinue reading “Sing about the good things, and the Sun that lights the day”

#Cubs #DoubleTriple is now just 35 losses away

The Cubs were blown out in St. Louis again today, bringing the historic and unprecedented #DoubleTriple ever closer to becoming a reality. And losing to the Cardinals tomorrow will put the Cubs on pace, percentage-wise, to make this happen. And so we forge ahead deeper into the 1970s. For an explanation of why I’m doingContinue reading “#Cubs #DoubleTriple is now just 35 losses away”

Nothing but shattered dreams

I’m taking a night off from writing about baseball tonight. It’s a combination of my team not playing and being a bit burned out on it. There is so much more to life than baseball, and I’m reminding myself of this tonight. I took my kids to see a movie tonight. It was a funContinue reading “Nothing but shattered dreams”