The Wheels are Back On and Chugging Right Along


I had come close to giving up on the Cubs.  I expected a monumental melt-down.  And until last Wednesday, we had no reason to not expect that meltdown.  I mean…swept by the Astros at home, then lose 2 of 3 in Cincy and then losing the opener to the Cardinals.  This is it, right?  The new ’69? 

Hell no.  These boys in blue came back with a vengeance and within days, have the magic number down to 4.  That’s right, if the Cubs can sweep the Brewers this week, we have won the division and the Brewers will be 11 games behind us and most likely out of the wild card chase.  In three consecutive games, Continue reading

Peter Gammons plays the guitar?

It’s the 100th anniversary of “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” and ESPN had a battle of the bands contest to celebrate. It’s not specifically a tribute to Harry, but there is a good video of him singing on what seems to be Cubs umberella-ella-ella-a giveaway day. I wouldn’t normally promote a contest put on by the boys in Bristol, but this one is already over. The final three were Ozomatli, Punch Brothers and everyone’s favorite redneck woman, Gretchen Wilson.

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Cubs Announcers

Len and Bob

I had a conversation with my Aunt and Uncle (Manstrength’s parents) over the weekend and they both expressed that they can’t stand Len and Bob as announcers.  I have never thought of them as bad announcers or annoying, Continue reading

The Cubs are (not) on TV

Well, ESPN can’t be blamed for this, but tonight the Cubs are not on TV outside Chicagoland.  Every once in a while, when the games are only on WCIU, our local cable company will throw the game   Continue reading

Cubs Game Blacked Out


If anyone can explain this “blacked out” thing to me, I’d really appreciate it.  In relation to the rest of the country, most of us on this blog are within a stone’s throw of Chicago.  We are way outside the Chicago television market, though.  Continue reading

Alternate Jerseys and ESPN


I swear at the beginning of the season, I heard that they Cubs were not going to use those alternate home jerseys.  I believe in the past, it has been up to the starting pitcher if the team wears pinstripes or the blues.

I cannot express how much I hate these blue jerseys. I think they look stupid against the blue pinstriped pants. Plus, they look like slow-pitch softball beer league jerseys. Continue reading