Chicago Cubs

Anthony Rizzo, http://www.bleacherreport.com

What a year. What a hell of a year Cubs fans, viagra even though it came to a frustrating end last week when the Mets swept the Cubs in the NLCS.

The year of the #WeAreGood hash tag, Jake Arrieta in a onesie after throwing a no hitter against the Dodgers, playoff beards and a young clubhouse has Cubs fans giddy for the future.

The Cubs were the youngest NL playoff team getting to play extra baseball this October. With their victory over the Cardinals (who were a World Series favorite). Unfortunately, the Mets pitching staff and Daniel Murphy were too much for this young group of future superstars.

The Cubs won 97 regular season games, and back in April the Cubs would have considered anything over 80 wins a success. The Cubs came closer to the World Series than anyone could imagine, yet I can’t help but feel we are still far away from it with the series vs. the Mets.  It showcased our weaknesses. We are in desperate need of a number three starting pitcher; our outfield was dreadful in the defense department. We need some additional big bat to get runs.

It will be interesting to see what the Cubs do in the offseason; there are plenty of big names available Jordan Zimmerman and David Price are the two that have been brought up in many conversations that can give the Cubs the edge they need to end their 107 year World Series drought.

The tone has been set, and buckle up folks it’s going to be one hell of journey.

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Sharon, generic you have one job. And that’s to write one post, viagra sale one time every seven days. Are you kidding me.

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The long and short of it is this: I’m lucky enough to travel the world speaking at tech conferences (and thank you Jesus it’s on someone else’s dime!). Unfortunately with all that time-zone hopping comes flights with no wifi, I-just-took-a-red-eye-and-have-no-idea-where-I-am-or-what-time-is-it confusion and you-idiot-why-did-you-put-your-laptop-in-your-checked-bag self flagellation.

Luckily for all of us, conference season is done for me until February so I can now devote my time the things that really matter: cooking, finding a decent glass of wine in Pittsburgh, and making fun of the idiots in the sports world with you fine Divas.

Let’s do this.

Drake is trolling all of us and the sports world is in on the joke

The rapper Drake released the music video for his song Hotline Bling and, as the folks over at Bleacher Report put it, it’s in typical Drake goofery. The internet went crazy.

There’s comes a time in every writer’s process when you know that there isn’t a way to make better what is already great (<– and that sentence is why they hired me, you guys). Take it away, Twitter!

 

So that’s how Louisville got all those recruits

I have been dying – D Y I N G – to talk to someone – A N Y O N E – about what is going on in Louisville. Not because people associated with big-time college basketball programs are allegedly hiring escorts for the players’ use ($50 for sex? That’s all, ladies? Really?). And not even because Rick Pitino is denying that he had any involvement in it or knowledge of it which…(this side eye I’ve got happening right now….).

Nope. I want to talk about this because people think Pitino is getting fired. Fired? Really!? This is the man who admits – HE ADMITS! – that he had sex with a woman in a restaurant booth, told us how long (short?)(yeah, yeah, too easy) the counter lasted, gave her $3000 to get an abortion, and did.not.lose.his.job. Seriously, Rick Pitino and his antics are better than HBO.

Chicago sports in 25 words or less

Chicago Bulls

Derrick Rose’s face mask looks uncomfortable. I’m sorry, I hate preseason anything. I’ll come up with better stuff when they open their season Tuesday against the Cavs.

Chicago Bears

A place kicker – albeit, a great one – is now the Bears’ all-time leading scorer yet Halas Hall is confused as to how we lost to the pitiful Lions.

Chicago Cubs

Not looking good, friends. Hey on the bright side all of you bandwagoners only have one game left to pretend like you care.

Chicago White Sox

Nothing new here. I just wanted an excuse to point and laugh at Alex Rodriguez who overthrew a football and broke a television screen on his first day at Fox Sports.

 

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cubs higgins

Any good adventure needs a villain and sometimes even two.  Superman was never left to live a happy life after the defeat of Lex Luthor.  If the Cubs can defeat the Cardinals in four games, viagra we can surely get past the New York Mets, sickness and we will.  Lets take a moment to look into the future.

What does a Cubbie Comeback look like?  Can we dye the Ivy blue? Will Chicago pass out W towels  to everyone getting off the “L” stop at Addison? Do the White Sox finally move to Gary, cialis Indiana? Or better yet is this the making of the best Baseball Movie of all time?

And, who would portray this young Cub squad on the big screen? Here are a few ideas for “FLY THE W” the movie …..

Kris Bryant – Jake Gyllenhaal

Anthony Rizzo -Channing Tatum

Kyle Schwarber – Jonah Hill

Jake Arrieta – Christian Bale

Derek Fowler – Don Cheadle

David Ross -George Clooney

John Lester -Vince Vaughn

Joe Maddon – Jack Nicholson

Theo Epstein – Andy Cohen

New York Mets Pitching Staff – 90’s Boy Band Hanson – washed up , not around very long and horrible by their third show.

Special Appearance by Eddie Vedder as himself.

Tonight is a big night, we will face Mets’ Ace Jacob deGrom.  deGrom started as a shortstop in College, the Cubs have been able to get under his skin in the past.  deGrom isn’t afraid to lose his cool, this summer he used his pitching hand to punch the Gatorade cooler after allowing four runs in just five inning against the Cubs.

The Cubs are a great team prime for a comeback, one game at a time.    #LetsGo #WeAreGood #FlytheW

 

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I’ve written – and deleted – something like 800 words for this column this week. When I think I’m onto something that’s at least decent and workable, ailment nope. Complete garbage. Or a stretch. Or just plain dumb. So here we are, store eight hours of frustration later, and I had to come up with something.

And look, I know that there is so much great material out there. Yes, an Orlando, Florida bar is so desperate for patrons during UCF football games that they are giving away beer when they play. I did indeed see that Jordan Spieth’s caddy made $2.1 million this season. His freaking CADDY. I also

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saw that several NBA players entered training camp debuting new stupid hairstyles. Platinum blonde, I get. But a perm? Really? And we all know how I feel about the high-top fade.

But I just wasn’t inspired by any of it. Maybe I’ve got post-vacation cobwebs in my brain. Or I’m a little bit on edge by the fact that there is a four-legged creature hiding in my apartment somewhere and no we do NOT have pets. However, I get paid the big bucks here at Sports Divas and the show must go on. So here a few things I thought that are (somewhat…loosely…barely?) sports-related. Before we get to that, let’s talk about booze.

I’m what my boyfriend likes to call a “wine enthusiast.” I prefer red to white. I own tools to transform the taste. I’m extremely particular about my glasses. And I even double aerate my wine before consumption. Yes – when I commit to something, I give it 110%. Not dissimilar to elite athletes; I’d like to think of myself as the Ronda Rousey of vino rossi.

After spending the past two weeks drinking (and eating) my way through Italy, I feel a deeper appreciation for wine. I have specific glasses I want to purchase now that I’ve gone to a wine tasting at a vineyard in Tuscany (side note: that may be the yuppiest and douchiest thing I’ve ever written in my entire life). I’m turning more into a Merlot person than a Cabernet one because of all of the delicious Sangioveses recommended to me by Italian sommeliers (side note: and I just outdid myself). And I care a lot more about the ingredients I’m cooking with because I know exactly how well really delicious food can pair magnificently with great glass of double-aerated goodness.

That’s right folks; I get ONE passport stamp and came back cultured AF (are the kids still saying this?).

Alright. Enough procrastination. Here’s why I thought in 25 words or less about some sports stuff that happened over the past week.

Chicago Bears

Jay Cutler got injured in their 92-point loss to Seattle before trading away half the defense and now we’re supposed to believe in some dude whose last name reads as “fails.” This is so fun.

Chicago Bulls

Derrick Rose broke his face moments after talking about his impending free agency (two years away…) while admitting to consensual group sex with the woman accusing him of rape.

Hm.

Next topic.

Chicago Cubs

The Cubs made the post season – possibly because TD Ameritrade don’t raise no fools – but will still lose because they’re the Cubs lol

Chicago White Sox

I saw one Sox game in June where they were down by six runs in the first inning to the Pirates so you can go ahead and check on the yourself.

 

Pittsburgh Steelers

I’ll let my tweet from Monday do the talking.

The Whip and the Nae Nae

It’s over. Please stop.

 

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Cubs Win

cubs@2xAfter winning back to back series against the Pirates and Cardinals, look and just beating up on the the Brewers for two games, troche it only seems fitting to take a look at how the Chicago Cubs keep the mood so light this season.  Ranging from premeditated practical jokes to off the cuff pranks, buy viagra  no one is exempt from a stunt and the entire team plays a role in the fun.

Kris Bryant was the subject of a couple vintage pranks back in May.  It began May 7th , Starlin Castor decided to see if Anthony Rizzo could see double when Castro did a flawless job of mimicking Bryant’s  pick up, turn and throwing motion to first base real-time.  When asked by a reporter Castro responded with a big smile, “I just want to be like Kris Bryant

The very next day, Kris Bryant hit his long awaited first Major League home run.  This time the Cubs trickery was taken to the next level and even recognized by the New York Post.  Bryant rounded third base and as he crossed home plate headed for congratulations from his teammates, the entire Cub team ran into the tunnel leading to the locker-room leaving Bryant to high-five an empty dug out.

Fast forward to September, the Cubs Magic Number is three and Kris Bryant finally decided to play a prank on the entire city?!?  Maybe Bryant was curious to see if Chicago could recognize him after all this success.  He jumped behind the wheel of a “Lyft” car to act as a driver for some unsuspecting fans or soon to be fans. Check out this must watch video – undercover “Lyft” with Kris Bryant   Bryant’s tweet and link below…

The Cubs fearless leader sets the comic tone and always tries to accommodate the needs of his players and the fans.  Pedro Strop said he needed a day at the beach Sunday,  so Maddon thought an old school beach chair, and a cute baby pool filled with sand waiting for him the locker room might fit the bill.

And just last night Maddon decided to take the focus off the “Wild”Card and invite an array of zoo animals to Wrigley. Flamingos, Leopards, and an award winning Sloth made an appearance at the Friendly Confines!

The Cubs are about to clinch a wild card spot this week, the attendance at Wrigley is 40,000 plus each game, and Cub fans are loving the fantastic effort and entertainment!!!  #LetsGo # WeAreGood #Cubs

 

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It’s been a long time since I last spoke to you.  So much has happened in Chicago sports.  Here’s a look at the busy and unpredictable Chicago sports landscape.

Blackhawks keep winning

Blackhawks keep winning

Blackhawks:  They just keep doing what they do best, see win.  They lost their goalie Corey Crawford after an accident at a concert, but didn’t skip a beat.  Patrick Sharp returned to the ice and their winning ways have continued.  Right now, this organization is a blue print for the other teams in the city.

Derrick Rose makes a statement

Derrick Rose makes a statement

Bulls:  So much was written about the man the team needs in order to win a championship-Derrick Rose.  As long as he is healthy for the playoff run I don’t care if he sits every other game.  He is back, but not completely healed so he takes what the defense gives him.  It seems others are following his lead of letting their bodies heal to be ready for the games that matter.  DRose also made headlines when he showed support for the Garner family by wearing the I Can’t Breathe shirt.  Some local sports media questioned his intelligence and motives.  He knows what he’s doing and the implications; please stop insulting the young man’s intelligence.  Pau Gasol and Jimmy Butler are the team’s MVP and Niko Mirotic has been as good as advertised.  Biggest problem besides health is the defense; they’re giving up more points so far this year.

The newest member of the Sox.

The newest member of the Sox.

White Sox:  The south siders are making moves this off season.  They have signed reliever Zach Duke, closer David Robertson and first baseman/DH Adam LaRoche.  They completed a six player trade with the Oakland Athletics getting starter Jeff Samardzija.  Pitching coach Don Cooper was downright giddy after learning about the move.  So they have strengthened their bullpen, starting rotation and hitting; now the question is will they catch the ball or will they throw away games this season.

The first step in competing in 2015

The first step in competing in 2015

Cubs:  Theo and company made a huge splash getting the best free agent pitcher Jon Lester for 6 years for $155 million, $30 million signing bonus and no trade clause.  There are many who think now that the team signed Lester they will speed up their clock to compete and look to acquire a big bat.  They signed pitcher Jason Hammel and acquired catcher Miguel Montero, with that move some expect Wellington Castillo to be traded.  Theo said they aren’t looking to trade him and apparently he told other teams that shortstop Starlin Castro is not available.  Cubs need offense so keeping Starlin makes sense.

Bears leaders searching for answers

Bears leaders searching for answers

Bears:  I saved the worst for last.  The coaches and players are bad, the front office is bad and the field is bad.  It’s just an all-around bad team.  Mel Tucker may be the fall guy, but I don’t think fans will think that is enough.  After this year many faces will be gone, and I’m not sure any of the young players are any good.  Thankfully the misery of this season ends in 3 weeks.

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