Ivy Envy Prepares Its Return

I don’t think any of the Ivy Envy writers anticipated this extended dead period on the blog.  I think it’s a pretty good indicator of how most Cubs fans felt after the October collapse of 2008.  For a few months, I couldn’t even stomach the idea of thinking about the Cubs.  But I’m happy to say that my hibernation is essentially over.   I pulled out my Cubs hat and wore it for the first time since early October.  Although, if the thermometer didn’t read -29 here this morning, I probably wouldn’t have bothered to put a hat on.  But I looked at all my hats and I made the decision to wear the blue hat with the red “C” on it.   To me, that says something.  I took my daughter out for breakfast today and two people commented on my hat.  Maybe we’re all “getting there”. 

And although it appears that Ivy Envy has been dead, the fact is that we have recently begun planning Ivy Envy’s coverage of the 2009 season.  Last year was a learning process for all of us and we have some ideas to extend Ivy Envy’s reach a little.  Expect to see Continue reading


A Struggling Cubs Fan

There is one aspect of blogging that I have not been able to fully grasp. That would be timeliness. I could not pull myself together and organize my thoughts to write anything after the three-game sweep to the Dodgers. I would imagine that you were all experiencing the same feelings that swept through me.
How could this happen? How can a team look so consistently dominant for 162 games and then crumble in the playoffs? I have no answers. I don’t even want to talk baseball. I haven’t watched a playoff game since that Saturday night that Andy and I huddled around a campfire listening to Pat and Ron call the final Cubs game of the “magical” 2008 season.

So where do we go from here? Forget the Cubs, I’m not talking about them. We have the next four or five months to over-analyze the roster changes and line-up adjustments. This time right now, this is our time. Us Cubs fans deserve a good amount of time to forget analyzing this team and focus on ourselves. We got screwed over. Don’t tell me we aren’t owed anything. Look at what we’ve suffered through. If there is such a thing as fans that deserve a championship, it’s us.


I have gone through the gamut of emotions. For a very brief period of time, I decided I was done with the Cubs. I couldn’t take the heartbreak anymore. I can’t accurately say how long this lasted. It may have been Continue reading