Or at least it's a crossword puzzle made by a Cubs fan. This jpg is 8.5 x 11", so you should be able to print it to that size and actually read the type AND fill it in!
I did this thing thinking I'd put it up over at The Cub Reporter as well, so here are 2 hints you might not get if you aren't a reader over there (which you should be because it's really good, smart conversation). They have a writer there who literally knows everything about the game. And he's kind enough, should you ask him a question, to answer. (HINT: his name is AZ Phil which I shortened to one word). They also have advertising on their site. As a blog owner, you can agree to have someone do that, and you get paid but don't really have control over what the advertisers will put up there. Sometimes it's awful. Sometimes it's attention-getting. There was an ad that popped up, for months it seemed, from Snorg Tees. And it had a young woman wearing shades, men's underwear, and a tee shirt (HINT: it said, "meh").
Okay, I told you that having Notre Dame be winners makes me feel normal. Tonight, just because I'm a Jeff Samardzija fan, I'm gonna pull for the Irish.
Lastly, if it's not too much to ask, can you please hit that "like" button that's under the post?
Just as a regular guy, I kinda feel for Bryan LaHair. Wouldn't your head be spinning with such an up and down, crazy career? You're the Pacific Coast League MVP - the world is your oyster. One day you're brought up to be the Cubs' 1st baseman. The next they're bringing up Anthony Rizzo. One day you're an actual Chicago Cubs All-Star as a rookie!
It's both a blessed and jinxed career he's had so far, not helped at all by the fact that only 3 of his 88 hits in 2012 came against lefties. That his OPS vs right handed pitchers was .865 while against lefties it's .292. Sure you might say that he didn't get a fair shake. That he had 292 at bats against righties and only 48 vs lefties.That Dale Sveum shoulda started him against more lefties. It was a doomed season anyway, right?
But I think those new guys in Cubs management are pretty smart, and they just think otherwise. So they're going to help facilitate his move to Japan.
You have to think that no other teams came to the Cubs and said, "Hey, we'd LOVE to have LaHair. What'll it take to get him here?"
So if he goes to Japan, hell man - maybe it's the best thing for all concerned. In reality, there's another kid first baseman named Dan Vogelbach who may actually have the Golden Bat of the future. The Cubs are kind of stacked at that position. LaHair might go hit 50 homers and be a giant hero in Japan, too.
While I feel sorry for his ups and downs, it can't really suck playing a game for a living.
Hey Charles M Shulz, if you can hear me, I'm sorry I borrowed Lucy but she was perfect for Mr. LaHair.
Took this photo in a cab in New York. I knew it would come in handy some day. Like today, when all I can think about is how bad the Bears stunk last night. I watched with a friend at a bar, and at the beginning all the Bear fans were angry, yelling at the big screens. By halfway thru the 3rd quarter, it was a laugh riot. Mean spirited jokes were flying as much as the 49ers' defensive line. Just the worst performance ever. And either they were exposed as complete pretenders or just... they literally didn't show up. Because I'm a loyal fan (and optimistic knucklehead), I'm choosing to think the latter. That maybe it's an okay time in the season to take such a giant dump. Maybe they can sort of rebuild after this disaster, win 4 more games and get some steam going into the playoffs. Otherwise, with no hockey and the Bulls just getting by...there's not alot to look forward to this winter.
By accident the other night I found an old black and white replay of a Blackhawks/Leafs game from '79 (I think). Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, Tony Esposito... just super cool to watch. It was on Comcast sports. They should do that all the time.
Anyway, the Vikes are next. In Chicago. Probably Cutler's back, wouldn't you think? Lets see what happens.
Lastly, I totally photoshopped that car freshener. But it wouldn't be anything if it just said, "lilac" or whatever, right?
This ain't nothin but a get well card to Coach Mike Ditka, who had a minor stroke yesterday. I read that he said it's "no big deal" and I sure hope that's true. On my own little Altar of Sports, he's right up at the top. He follows nobody's path but his own. Even if that sometimes means getting a perm.
Get better Ditka.
Okay, college ball. I've always said that while I don't necessarily like Notre Dame, I feel unusual when they suck. Remember when Northwestern beat The Irish to open the '95 season? I was SO happy, but after that every year it just felt weird that they were so lost and terrible. So I was actually kinda happy that they were doing well this year. Until yesterday. When Oregon and Kansas State lost. Because now I'm afraid ND will be the top ranked team in the country, and that's just wrong.
And if you read here a couple weeks ago about the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks and their 8-game winning streak well, once again it's me just proving out loud what a miserable jinx I am. They lost the next 2.
Lastly, the Cubs paid $1.75 mil for a 28 year old back-up catcher from the Yankees, Rays, Reds, and Dodgers twice, Dioner Navarro. And somewhere Steve Clevenger said, "Ahhhhh crap."
Lastly lastly, if you listen to the Score on Thursday when they do their "Who you crappin" weekly segment, usually by far the funniest thing you'll hear is Ditka himself saying "Who you crappin?" during the open.
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