I’m nothing if not honest here, so I must admit I wouldn’t have cried myself to sleep if the USA had lost or tied this game (I know it’s ‘drew’ & ‘match’, but I’m not learning new sports terminology for something I barely pay attention to for only 2 weeks every 4 years). I have no idea what happens next, if it’s single elimination or another gay round-robin thing where ‘goal differential’ is an actual statistic or what. And I don’t think it was a ‘miracle’ or a ‘dream come true’ by any stretch of the imagination to score 1 pitiful goal with 3 minutes left in extra time when the game was technically over. If Donovan hadn’t scored that pretty lucky goal, they wouldn’t have advanced at all? I guess that makes the point for it actually being a ‘miracle’, huh? I hate when I start a post one way and then as I’m writing I realize something else entirely. Did I mention soccer blows? There we go. Back on track.
U-S-A! U-S-A!! U-S-A!!!
Let’s all enjoy the only good parts of tonight’s Cubs/Mariners game, shall we?
I have to wonder why Dempster even pitched the 8th? Sure, it’s an AL city, so there would of course be no reason to double switch or anything, but there were 7 perfectly good relievers in the bullpen, all of whom were fully rested and ready to go. It’s not like Dempster was doing something historic. He pitched a great game, but 7 innings should have been just fine and then you let Marshall get some work or Cashner or whomever.
So, you know what I think? I think he just wanted another shot at that asshole Bradley. Dempster threw a couple of pitches in Bradley’s 6th inning at-bat which you could tell Bradley was kinda pissed were called strikes. I bet that got under Dempster’s collar just a tad. And then to strike the SOB out with the bat on his shoulder in the 8th? Mission accomplished, Demp. Motherloving mission accomplished.
6/23/10 UPDATE: Now, on YouTube!
I always win, NBC. BWAHAHAHA!! (of course, I could have figured this out 2 days ago…but who’s counting?)
SEE ALSO: Johnny Miller is an insensitive idiot.
Just some random Cub thoughts…
· Carlos Silva is turning into an angrier, fatter version of ‘bad’ Carlos Zambrano. Who knew that was even possible? His early success is fading a bit and he sure ain’t happy about it. When the Cubs start unloading…Theodore Roosevelt Lilly will be the first to go…and the dog days of summer grip a 10 games under .500 Cubs roster, look for more hysterics out of Silva. Didn’t he move his mother to Chicago to help keep him under control? Doesn’t look like it’s working. I’m hearing she loves the Pear Blossom martinis at Gibson’s.
· I know I have written this before, but no way did Tom ‘No Tickets’ Ricketts have any idea what he was getting into when he bought the Cubs. To be honest, I’m not a guy that minds ballpark advertising too much. No matter what you may think, advertising is part of this historic lore of major league baseball. For 50+ years, there was no such thing as the Green Monster in Fenway because, well…it wasn’t green. It was covered in ads. The outfield walls at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis were 100% billboard sized ads. Same with Shibe Park, the Phillies’ longtime home. Creative marketing partnerships are part of baseball history and simply don’t bother me as much as readers may think. However, that fucking noodle thing outside Wrigley has gone too far. But since people are stupid and will take pictures with literally anything, it will be hailed as a ‘success’ by Cubs new bubble-headed, man-tanning marketing chief Wally Heyward. So, so cheap and uncreative. Exactly what I hoped the Cubs wouldn’t become.
· Which leads me to why I call him ‘No Tickets’ Ricketts. Now, if you watch stupid, non-baseball stuff as intently as I do during Cubs home games, you’ll notice that the front row seats behind the Cubs on-deck circle are increasingly empty at the beginning of the ballgame. Since those seats are not for season-ticket holders…it just means that the Cubs, or their self-scalping arm, Wrigley Field Premium Tickets, have been unable to sell those outrageously priced tix. Then, notice in about the 5th how suddenly guys in dress shirts and no ties will be occupying those seats, usually Crane Kenney or Ricketts or both, perhaps sitting with a big bucks potential sponsor they are luring in with the spectacle of front-row seats at Wrigley Field. Powerful visuals, to be sure. Some may (will) argue that Ricketts paid almost a billion for the rights to do whatever he wants with his ballpark and his team and to those folks, nothing I can say or write will change their minds. However, I personally think it is unseemly and again, just plain cheap. That move shows fans, who have spent their hard-earned money for seats behind them, that the new Cubs ownership is using the ballclub as their own personal playground, something I expected from a guy like Mark Cuban. If you look at it again in historic perspective, when would you have ever seen fan-first owners like Bill Veeck or George Steinbrenner (quite different styles, btw) or even a money-grubber like Jerry Reinsdorf, usurping the front row for their own entertainment purposes? NEVER, that’s when. N-E-V-E-R. Those are the best seats in the house and they should be reserved exclusively for regular fans. If you can’t sell them and you think the visual embarrasses the franchise, then lower the goddamn price. That’s just another example of how Tom Ricketts just doesn’t get it, in my opinion.
· If/when Lou resigns…I do not think he will get fired…can we please have Alan Trammel for the rest of the season and put off Skipper Sandberg until 2011 or ‘12? After what I just wrote, perhaps even my saying the magic word doesn’t hold much sway, so I’ll explain. In my humble-ish opinion, despite his minor league success, Ryne Sandberg is 100% being set up to fail miserably in the big leagues as a Cubs manager. Ryno is one of the top 5 players in team history (and #1 in recent team history), so naturally we long-time Cubs fans want him to be a big part of the franchise. But ownership will obviously be slashing payroll over the next few seasons, so whatever manager they hire, no matter the rapport he might have with young players, is not going to succeed over a team like the Cardinals who have the funds, the fans and more importantly the will to win. Now, the Ricketts ‘team’ obviously knows this, so it seems as if they think bringing a former Cubs hero back to the dugout will placate fans enough to keep the stands full, which is grossly misguided and laughably short-sighted. So now they risk alienating a guy we all grew up loving if they don’t give him the job…which means, of course the gig is his. Unfortunately, I have the sinking feeling that Ryne Sandberg’s career as Cubs manager will turn into a national sports punch line and what happens then? Sandberg is a stubborn man who will almost certainly never want to be associated with the Ricketts again, so that leaves yet another great Cub on the outside looking in for conceivably the rest of his life. How can that be good for the overall ‘health’ of the franchise?
· Which not coincidentally brings me to another Cub who deserves to be brought back into the fold immediately…you knew this was coming…number 17 in your scorecard, but #1 in your heart…the incomparable Gracie. As much as it breaks my heart to say this, it doesn’t seem like Ron Santo has much time left. He’s cutting back his travel significantly and that will leave a doofus and marginal MLB player like Dave Otto as the brilliant Pat Hughes’ broadcast partner for much of the rest of the season. That simply ain’t gonna cut it, guys. I drank some beers with Dave Otto a few years back and he’s just as I described…a doofus. There is nothing offensive about him, to be sure. But he’s just, I dunno, blah. His Cubs career was unremarkable and he’s got the benign personality to match. The ONLY answer to losing a Cubs legend like Ronnie is an equally big personality in Mark Grace. You can even work them in together for some games at Wrigley. As we all know, a 3-man Cubs radio booth is nothing out of the ordinary. Hell, I’m sure even Ronnie himself knows what’s up. This idea could serve as a ‘passing of the torch’, if you will. One Cubs legend to another. It’s not only time to bring Gracie back, it’s long overdue.
Now, since I know for a fact someone at the Cubs reads this website, I’m imploring you to bring some of these ideas to your bosses. Claim them as your own, I hardly care. But the Cubs are headed down a dangerous path here and the fans need to come first. Just because ticket sales are dramatically down this season doesn’t mean you have lost actual fans yet. And just because you think, and probably remind yourselves often, that the fans do come first, doesn’t mean you’re showing it. I can’t personally think of one single thing the Ricketts’ have done in their tenure so far, that has been a ‘fan first’ proposition. I have been fair, in my own sunny way, to the Ricketts management group so far, and only want what is best for the franchise as I see it. That doesn’t make me always right, but I can promise you…I’m not always wrong either.
It’s hard for me to clobber someone who is such an unabashed Cubs fan and one with an actual historic connection to the team. I remember watching Bleacher Bums on Channel 11 when I was a kid and it did indeed help influence a generation of great Cubs fans. By the way, today’s Bleacherites are not the ones about which I’m referring. So, out of respect, I won’t point out how Mantegna fumbles the song a bit at the beginning. That would be wrong.
2nd UPDATE: Now, with video!
UPDATE, this time before my usual snark:
NBC is blocking my posting the video of Miller’s comment, “You know, looking at the field right now, I don’t know who’s leaking more oil, the field or British Petroleum.”
Now, you may say that NBC has the right to block access to their content, which I have bitched about before, like, for instance, during the Olympics, and to that I say F you because finding decent sports content to post is hard and I actually try to do a decent job. However, (and this may get me in trouble with YouTube) they are being selective in what they block. If you scroll down, you see I uploaded a video of Tiger’s 18th on Saturday and NBC mocking Jason Gore just fine. But Johnny Miller’s shocking insensitivity, they completely block. If you want to block EVERYTHING, then fine. I, and my loyal readers, lose. But to block only the shit that shines a potential bad light on the network is fucking cowardly, anti-journalistic and honestly, a poor business decision. Which is the least surprising part, I suppose.
And see what my last line of the original comment was?
I have heard talk today that NBC’s Johnny Miller is the PGA Tour’s version of Simon Cowell. Tough, but fair. Well I, surprisingly, couldn’t disagree more.
Here is Miller comparing a bunch of entitled golf dicks to the horror of manmade environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. You know, for yukks. Afterward, the pregnant silence from his broadcast partner Dan Hicks is deafening.
And if you watched the broadcast, Miller hedges EVERY single thing he says. I didn’t tape it because the underrated (literally and figuratively) Sons of Tucson was on and everyone knew Tiger wasn’t going to win, and that’s all I really care about. But if you watched, you know what I mean. When Woods was in the rough at the 18th, Miller said something like “Not another miracle shot from Tiger today…unless, there is…” So, I don’t need to hear about what a great color announcer Johnny Miller is anymore. I have ears.
I also noticed they kept Miller’s bloated and overly botoxed mug off the screen as much as humanly possible. Finally, NBC does something right.
This guy in the DirecTV control room wears the same red track jacket and dances like this when the show comes back from commercials, while his co-workers ignore him every day. If I wasn’t such a miserable SOB, it would actually brighten my spirits.
I like how Dan Hicks insists “not to make light of this, but…” And then proceeds to make Gore look Oliver Hardy sporting hot pink pants. I bet Jason Gore wishes NBC Sports wasn’t so polite and considerate in their obvious mockery.
Honestly, I hope Tiger secretly flew in Rachel Uchitel for a little, ahem, ‘oral therapy’ to get his head back on straight for this tournament. I realize that’s probably not a popular sentiment, but who cares? He didn’t cheat on you. Unless Elin Woods is reading this post, in which case yeah, OK, he did cheat on you. Here’s half a billion to ease your pain. All better now, hun? Umm…no actually, I’m not married. Why do you ask?
I played Pebble once, but it was like 1987 and the course is nothing now like it was then. It was sooo easy back then, I’m sure I birdied this hole. Or I carded a 9 and threw my brand new Dunlop 8-iron into the ocean. Can’t remember which.
I have hated this lame bit since it first premiered about 20 years ago on SNL. For years, wherever you went in the country, people would do that nasally ‘Da Bears’ crap when they found out you (me) were from Chicago. Before this started, nobody I knew ever said ‘Da Bears’, but since these guys, especially Norm, were famously from Chicago, people think that’s how we really talk and it pissed me off for a long time. As you have probably guessed by now, it doesn’t take too much.
They got in a couple of good jokes at the beginning, though. See, I’m nothing if not incredibly fair. Right, Alfonso?
Sorry, no updates the last couple of days. My electricity was out for over 24 hours thanks to some pretty vicious storms and then when I finally did get power back, I found out my internet was out. And Comcast takes restoring service to their customers much less seriously than does Commonwealth Edison, who doesn’t take it seriously at all. Good times.
This skin-baring and frankly quite unflattering outfit is ridiculous for any 48 year old woman to wear on national TV, much less a supposed ‘journalist’. What’s truly shocking is that Hannah Storm comes from a legitimate sports background. Her father was commissioner of the ABA and president of the Atlanta Hawks. He husband is a terrific play-by-play guy in Dan Hicks. She shouldn’t feel she has to whore it up just because she was given the post-NBA Finals sit-down interview assignment. But, apparently she does.
Then again, I suppose anyone who has ever seen her on the unwatchable midday edition of SportsCenter isn’t surprised by this horrific spectacle.
Kobe Bryant could win a dozen stupid championships and he would still only be the third greatest Laker of all time. We’re talking KAREEM ABfreakingDUL-JABBAR here. Do you get it? 20+ years after he retired he’s still the greatest score in NBA history. They CHANGED the NCAA basketball rules because of him, and that’s after he had to sit out his freshman year for christ’s sake.
His Highness Kobe simply couldn’t be bothered with something as mundane as college.
Even in 2010, Kareem shouldn’t have to pretend he thinks someone else is a ‘better’ Laker than he was.
I honestly can’t stand Kobe Bryant. I’m sure it has something to do with morons incorrectly comparing him to the single greatest team sports athlete in American history, Michael Jordan. But it’s also his smug attitude, as if he is humble when people measure him against the all-time greats like Michael and Magic, but you can tell he really thinks he honestly belongs in that conversation. Which he doesn’t. Among intellectual opinion, Kobe only ‘owns’ two championships. He was Clyde Drexler or Joe Dumars in the other three. A solid complimentary player to be sure, but make no mistake, those first three rings are Shaq’s.
However, that doesn’t stop me from appreciating the honest way he answered this question and admitting this particular ring means the most because it give him one more than his one-time bling benefactor Shaq.
C’mon Shaq Daddy, tell us how Kobe’s ass taste.
I swear I don’t know how or when I became a fan of this guy. Earlier just this season, he bragged about how he used to get freaking drunk during halftime of games when he played for the Bulls. Now, he’s a NBA champion and was arguably the MVP of Game 7 with 20 points, including a 3-pointer with about a minute left that will go down as a pivotal clutch moment in basketball history.
Then, he plugs his new single and thanks his psychiatrist in the post-game interview? As I have said before, Ron Artest lives in the moment and most of us can’t truly say the same.
He’s also nuts.
I literally had to look up who Ellen Pompeo is. It should probably come as no surprise that she is an actress on an ABC show. I guess one of those gay guys on Ugly Betty wasn’t available. Which one, you ask? You know, the one that plays Betty. Isn’t he gay?
When you’re 73 and the last legitimate king of Hollywood, you let your 18 year old kid Raymond get a face full of Kevin Garnett. Jack ain’t no dummy.
I almost think they should trade Fukudome immediately after today’s game. Let this be a perfect bookend to his Cubs career, from the stunning extra-inning home run on Opening Day 2008 to today’s clutch bottom of the 9th game winning RBI. Fukudome was touted as the second coming of Ichiro and it has obviously not materialized that way, so why not let him try to help a contender win down the stretch. He’s a very solid major league ballplayer, but let’s face it, he’s no Ichiro. I mean, now that the Cubs have the great Xavier Nady in right, as Biggie would say…sky’s the limit!
Editor’s note - OK, so I had no idea that Notorious B.I.G. had a song called ‘Sky’s The Limit’, but Microsoft Word gave me a little green squiggly under the word “sky’s” so I wanted to make sure it wasn’t “skies”, which I already knew it wasn’t, but I like to make sure of that stuff because the last thing I need here besides weak content is poor grammar and Biggie’s song is the first thing that popped up when I Googled the term. So, I’m not a poser so much as a nerdy 40 year old white guy desperate to look cool. Holla!
Looks like Santo has his ‘gamer’ on today. That’s what good ol’ Ronnie calls his best hairpiece, by the way.
While I understand the relative appeal of the rotating celebrity stretch singers, I have long thought that the Cubs should just give Santo the job and be done with it. If they upped Ronnie’s visibility by just that much…as the guy who officially sings ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’ every day at Wrigley Field…I think it would virtually guarantee his getting into Cooperstown before we lose him. Which, let’s face it…
As for the argument about his numbers speaking for themselves, I more than agree in principle, but since that’s not the way the world works…I think we/the Cubs should do everything humanly possible to help him get in. Before, you know…
This is getting to be ri-goddamn-diculous. Look at how weak Mrs. Nady’s rebuilt arm is in the replay of her throw home. A stronger throw would have had the runner, no doubt. Piniella is letting matchups get too much in the way of Tyler Colvin’s ultimate MLB development by not starting him against lefties. Hell, Colvin got a hit off a lefty last night in his only freaking plate appearance.
Hey Lou, what the hell happened to “playing the best players”??
Unless there is an injury or something that hasn’t been released to the public, Tyler Colvin deserves to be in the lineup in right field EVERY SINGLE DAY at this point in the 2010 season, no matter who is pitching. Nady deserves to be a backup DH for the Orioles.
This guy is amazing. He’s making catches like this on a daily basis. I don’t think I ever seen as many diving, run-saving catches out of one guy in an entire season, much less in just under three months as I have Marlon Byrd.
Get your 25 votes in for Marlon Byrd to help him make the All Star Game!
I have said it for a couple of years now, if Carlos Marmol can just avoid Tommy John surgery (a tall feat for someone with his arm action, no doubt), he is a Hall of Fame closer. He was flat unhittable last night against the white-shoed Oakland A’s.
I left Go Cubs Go in because a. it’s awesome 100% of the time and b. to further prove my theory that when the game is on WGN, they will leave it on the air until the part in the song which mentions WGN. Which they, of course, did. With this kind of stunning insight…Why is this site not way more popular?
You have to give it to a St. Louis native to not only to squeeze into a XXX Cubs jersey at Wrigley, but actually sing the “…root, root, root for the Cubbies…” part. That’s a true entertainer. Damn, I’m punny.
As a Cubs fan, it’s pretty awesome to know a player of Dempster’s status has put that much thought into the specifics of winning the World Series. However, as a 40 year Cubs fan, you rarely let yourself envision such utter nonsense.
Nice outfit, by the way.