These are most of the Bonds paintings I've done over the years.
So, obviously not a fan, but what's up with all the sudden having proof?
Who else gave something up to prove he was lying?
The Bears have put Uncertainty at quarterback, not that there was ever any uncertainty about that.
So Rex and Brian each get jerseys with matching names.
The Cubs send Jacque Jones to Detroit for utility guy Omar Infante, which means the gift of center field goes to Felix Pie.
We'll see how long that lasts, but I hope he gets another chance.
And of course Jason Kendall and Steve Trachsel have been re-gifted, so they can go under anyone's tree.
What gifts will happen next?
This is awful.
I remember last year I actually got to go to the huge and nearly flawless 37-6 victory over Seattle.
You can ask people that I was with - out loud I said, "We're going to the bowl."
What happened to that team?
How can so many things go south in one stupid year?
Well, they have.
So I'm going back to my old expectations of the Bears.
I would simply like them to hit again.
No I'm not happy with losing, but if that's the case I'd like to be able to say, "Yeah they lost, but did you see that hit?"
It's really not that often the Bears have lofty goals, but there are usually people like Fencik and Plank to beat the snot out of the other guys.
Remember that Monsters of the Midway stuff?
I'd like that back.
Brian Urlacher - you're hurtin' I know, but you're the face.
Lead with it.
Cedric Benson, if nobody's blocking make the pile go the other way.
Adam Archuleta, if your hand is broken, put a cast on it and whack somebody with it.
It'll probably smart, but I'll feel better.
This painting is about the first metal detector, and the small print reads:
The first metal detector was invented by Alexander Graham Bell when the 20th president of the United States, James Abram Garfield, was shot in the back.
16 leading surgeons of the day rushed to Washington, but couldn’t find the bullet.
So young Alexander made his invention and tried to help.
Unfortunately, the President was lying on a new-fangled bed – one with metal coils in it – and young Alexander mistook them for bullets.
The 16 surgeons consequently made the original 4-inch hole in the President’s back into a 20-inch gash. And since no one had thought up the idea of sterilization yet, the surgeons were all using dirty instruments.
The President died of infection about 3 months later, on September 19, 1881.
What does this have to do with the Cubs?
But if you look this story up on-line, there are many different versions and they all look official and real.
Which is what I like about this time of year for baseball.
How many stories are just somebody’s carefully researched guess?
A-Rod and contracts, Bonds and cream and clear, the implications of instant replay, trades…
It’ll be interesting to see what comes true.
Over Halloween, we watched the old (Donald Sutherland) version of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”.
You know the story: evil seeds float from space, grow evil plants on earth with evil spores, evil spores change humans to…an evil something else.
Well, the evil seeds are on their way to my favorite sport in the form of instant replay.
It'll start as instant replay, and then…an evil something else.
I’m gonna go poetic here , so forgive me.
Baseball is a human game.
Everybody plays a part, and an umpire’s call impacts the game exactly like a hit, or a double play, or a fan interfering.
It’s all part of the game.
As soon as you mess with the human part, you mess with the essence.
So an ump blows a call – it’s the same as a pitcher losing command of his breaking ball.
But the manager doesn’t say to the pitching coach, “Hey, Ohman’s lost command of his breaking ball, lets bring in the pitching machine.”
That is exactly what instant replay is the beginning of.
Do not do this.
Imagine Lou Piniella during a game, there’s a close play at the plate, and Lou charges out of the dugout and…and what?
Stands next to the ump, arms folded, waiting for the replay?
This is an awful idea.
If you want the umpiring to be better, talk to their union or Bud Selig.
Pay them better, get more of them, don't let sleepy guys work, but please keep them human.
The NFL has carefully cultivated their product to look and feel anti-human – more like a video game - and instant replay is perfectly at home there.
But baseball is different.
Because it’s human.
So I’ll say it again: do not do this.
This quote is one of the reasons I like Lou so much.
He doesen't overpromise or downplay.
He just tells it like it is in a language everyone can understand.
And the added bonus is because he's Lou, he gets to use words like "fellas" and still be cool.
I was a huge Zim fan, and there hasn't been a Cub manager I like as much until now.
They both have soul or something.
I think when somebody speaks from the heart, you trust them more.
That's why I trust Lou.
This painting was in the last issue of VINE LINE, by the way.
Okay, lets see what happens in these GM meetings.
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