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And Now His Cubs Watch Has Ended

My baseball family suffered the loss today of our most senior and most loved member, Mike Lagattuta. Mike loved singing. He loved Italian food. He loved teaching. He loved his friends as he loved family. And he loved the Cubs. He grew up in the Wrigley neighborhood and he would tell us stories of getting out […]

Previewing the Cubs top games of 2015

It’s been awhile since fans were able to call the Chicago Cubs a good team. That didn’t change last season, because the Cubs finished in last place in the National League Central division. Despite finishing 73-89 on the season, there were flashes of better days to come with the young talent on the team like Anthony Rizzo, Starlin […]

Mavericks 132, Bulls 129 (2OT) 11/3/14

Kirk Hinrich pretty much lost this game. With 3 seconds to go and the Bulls up 3, Monta Ellis (a good 3-point shooter to be sure) drove up to the right side of the court to take a desperation 3 as time expired. Hinrich fouled as Ellis went into his shot, with 1.2 seconds left. […]

Bulls 97, Jazz 95 (11/24/14)

Hot damn, is this team fun to watch. This is the third time we’ve seen the Butler-Dunleavy-Gasol-Noah-Rose starting 5 this season, and each time they’ve started those 5 they’ve won the first quarter (twice convincingly). Chicago played probably it’s strongest 12 minutes of the year in the first quarter, dominating both offensively and defensively. Listening to the […]

Predicting a Max Scherzer Contract

I figure it makes sense to perform the same calculations I did for Jon Lester for Max Scherzer. I think the chance he signs with the Cubs is a lot lower than Jon Lester, but it’s theoretically possible. Basically, we only need to calculate a starting WAR, and I’ll be using a depreciation schedule of Year(N+1) […]

Predicting a Jon Lester contract

The Cubs are meeting with Jon Lester, who already has a contract offer from the Red Sox. He’ll probably take that contract offer, but we’ll see. It’s expected that the totals for Lester will be at minimum 6/$120MM, and is in all likelihood going to be way off. Just how much value does Lester have, […]

Bulls 105, Clippers 89 (11/17/14)

Link. Jimmy Butler has been playing like a max guy this season (both in usage and minutes). Year MPG Usage PP36 PER 2012 8.5 14.9 10.9 12.5 2013 26 14.6 11.9 15.2 2014 38.7 16.8 12.2 13.5 2015 40.3 21.3 19 22.6 PP36 is points per 36 minutes on the floor. Butler is near or […]

DFP 11/17/2014

Just when you think you’ve settled down from the Vizcaino/La Stella bombshell,  you get 3 more of them. First, the Jays signed Russell Martin to a 5 year, $82,000,000 deal. A 16.4 AAV deal for 5 years was probably too much for the Cubs to swallow, and I’m sort of glad that the Cubs didn’t sign […]

Cubs trade Vizcaino for La Stella

For those of you keeping track, that brings Paul Maholm‘s total value to the Cubs to Tommy La Stella, but we had to throw in some IFA slot money (we got one back to make the numbers work). The trade makes sense to me. Arodys might have a future as a power reliever, but that’s […]

Bulls 100, Raptors 93 (11/13/14)

I’m getting ready to see Tom Thibodeau lose his job, honestly. There are some things that are inexcusable, and using a 7-man rotation on November 13, 2014 is certainly one of them. I realize that the Toronto Raptors were 7-1, and a likely playoff team that you want to beat. That being said, you have […]

Let’s talk about Colby Rasmus

For some inexplicable reason, I’ve always been a Colby Rasmus fan. Actually, I can explain it – Tony La Russa hates Colby Rasmus, so I must love him. Traded for pennies on the dollar to Toronto, Rasmus (the former #3 prospect in baseball) has had a very up-and-down career so far. He’s now a free […]

Cubs theoretical offseasons on dynamic payrolls

I’ve recently speculated, as has Bleacher Nation, that the Cubs’ payroll obligations at the moment is around $65 million. MLBTR just came out with a graphic touting the number as $61 million. I trust Brett and myself more than Tim, but we can all agree that $65 million is close. Since that number is so […]

Let’s talk about Torii Hunter

There are a few reports that link Torii Hunter to the Cubs out there.   A number of teams have expressed preliminary interest in Torii Hunter, including

Bulls 102, Pistons 91 (11/11/14)

Sometimes Bulls fans don’t appreciate just how good of a basketball player Derrick Rose is. Sure, Rose has missed an awful lot of time in the past 3 years, and it’s robbed a player on a HOF trajectory of some prime years. That sucks. When Rose is even close to healthy, though, he can drastically […]

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