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ESPN Stat: The World Series Edition

by on Oct.24, 2011, under Sports

I’m watching Game 5 of the World Series, and Joe Buck just unleashed an amazing ESPN stat (and on Fox no less!):  David Murphy: 1ST PLAYER TO ATTEND BAYLOR UNIVERSITY & START WORLD SERIES GAME SINCE 1923.  The last being the Giants’ Mule Watson.  Mule was best known for trying to smuggle drugs into an Isaac Asimov novel. 

As the World Series has come down to the Cardinals & the Rangers, I am forced to admit that my prediction that the Cubs would win in 2011 was incorrect.  I have re-checked my match, and I had made a mistake.  It’s 2012!  Yes, the Cubs will win in 2012.  Bank on it.

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So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish!

by on Oct.21, 2011, under News

In case you missed it, it’s the end of days people – rapture time.  Harold Camping surely got it right the second time.  If the end really is here, I want to say the following:

I want to say good-bye to my family.  I love you all, have fun being left below.  I played church league softball, so I am pretty sure I am good. (continue reading…)

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Cubs One Degree of Separation From Championship

by on Jun.09, 2011, under Sports

To be specific, that championship is the Stanley Cup.  Yes, friends, the long-suffering Chicago Cubs can claim having a real winner’s son in their system.  In the seventh round of the justifiably overlooked Major League Baseball, the Cubs selected Trevor Gretzky, offspring of arguably the greatest hockey player alive, Wayne Gretzky. 

Just for grins and giggles, the Cubs also picked up Shawon Dunston Jr., son of former Cubs shortstop Shawon Sr.  Of course, it will be many years before one can safely pronounce these players successes or relative failures.  No word on whether Ryne Sandberg had a much more talented son available to draft, but the Cubs front office whizzed that obvious choice down their leg in favor of some guy who’d been hanging out around the third baseline.  

Here’s hoping the future batch of Cubs stars fair better than the current roster, bereft of injury and flailing woefully in a winnable NL Central.

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Further Proof The Cubs Will Win The World Series

by on May.06, 2011, under Sports

It’s what we Cubs fans have been waiting for: As prophecied by Hack Wilson, Six Planets Now Alligned in the Dawn Sky! 

The time is now!  The Cubs win the World Series.  Jean-Claude Van Damme will win an Academy Award.  Hollywood will produce a funny situation comedy.  Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich are now viable Presidential candidates.  Pro wrestling is being considered for the 2012 Olympics.

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R.I.P. Ron Santo

by on Dec.03, 2010, under News, Sports

As a hardcore Chicago Cubs fan, I’m sad he never made into the Hall of Fame (his numbers put him on the borderline, what he meant to baseball and the Cubs put him over the top). Rest in peace Ron Santo, former Cubs great 3rd basemen and broadcaster. 

He was 70 and never lived to see a Cubs World Series victory. (continue reading…)

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Revenge of the ESPN Stats! Memorial Day Baseball Edition

by on May.31, 2010, under Sports

I mentioned in a previous post my fondness for ESPN stats, i.e. those ridiculously obscure statistics that no one except statisticians could care about such as who has the most home runs on Tuesdays during the sixth inning. 

A new one was broached in today’s Chicago Cubs broadcast on WGN (so technically a “WGN stat”), wherein my beloved Cubs battled the Pittsburg Pirates: It seems the Cubs and the Pirates franchises entered the day tied for the all-time MLB lead in victories on Memorial Day with 104.  The Pirates won (any jokes about the Cubs losing is punishable by catapault) so, congratulations Pittsburg Pirates, you hold the ALL-TIME LEAD FOR MEMORIAL DAY VICTORIES IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL WITH 105(continue reading…)

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