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Saturday Morning Headlines: Do It Yourself Edition

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Do NOT trade this man. 

Sorry guys, only time for one big headlines this morning before I run out the door to coach soccer. . . and here it is:

 Z is STILL one big, honking, badass:

Carlos Zambrano isn't a pitching coach and he doesn't he play one on TV, but before he took the mound Friday night in San Francisco, the big righty knew what he had to do to improve on what has been an up and down season.

"I was opening my shoulder too soon and when I open my shoulder too soon, that's when I don't throw effectively," Zambrano told WGN radio. "That's what I've been practicing in the bullpen."

Well, practice made perfect for Big Z Friday as he outdueled reigning Cy Young Tim Lincecum and helped bolster a patchwork lineup with a pair of RBI to deal yet another blow to San Francisco's playoff hopes with a 3-0 victory.

The victory was the fifth in six games for the Cubs (80-73).

Zambrano's 2-hit gem Friday was his first complete game since his no-hitter Sept. 14, 2008, against Houston in Milwaukee.

Not only did Zambrano (9-6) pitch his first complete game of the season against the Giants, he also knocked in a key insurance run with a double off Randy Johnson in the ninth.

Did I mention he did all of this in UNDER TWO HOURS?

I was thinking before the game, you KNOW it just has to honk Carlos off that some skinny little kid with hair like a girl has a Cy Young and he doesn't. Last night he reminded us all why we've always assumed Carlos will win one sooner or later.

 

Cards lost. Cubs hold off elimination for one more day.

3:10 CT game today on FOX.

 

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millertime said:

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It's all so simple you guys. All we have to do is win every single game we have left, and Cardinals need to lose every game. No problem! Time to start growing the playoff beard...

JulieDiCaro said:

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If you had started growing your playoff beard 3 weeks ago, we shouldn't be in this position.

Fargo said:

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I love Big Z-I think his potential has not been realized yet...I can deal with the dumb things he does. I can't deal with a nut job like Bradley.

millertime said:

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I just remember in that horrible 2006 season, Zambrano was the only thing worth watching.

JulieDiCaro said:

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what a coincidence.

JulieDiCaro said:

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All Hail Slytherin Strikers!!!

My little soccer guys rock. :)

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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Did you teach them how to dive yet? Any red cards?

JulieDiCaro said:

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No red cards, but Colin, who is two years younger and a head and half shorter than every other kid out there got a "talking to" form the ref for shoving. Ha. He was knocking kids twice his size over. I found it hilarious.

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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My proudest moment in sporting was during an 8th grade basketball game. I was fighting for the ball at the bottom of a pile with an opposing player and had to be separated by the ref, then got a stern talking to. But I came out with the ball.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Heee.

Colin is so small and so cute--and he has huge brown eyes and long eyelashes and this mop of golden brown curls. He looks so innocent, but he will f*ck you up. He cracks me up.

millertime said:

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Did you throw a chair on the field?

millertime said:

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As the sun streams on their faces, he throws his leg over his steed and begins to rip the air a new one. His teammates and he swim through the air, testing out the space of the enormous field of play as the announcer squawks a fact that begins to drive the blood up in all of the chilled spectators: Gryffindor versus Slytherin!

JulieDiCaro said:

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Can someone else please put on ESPN2 and let me know if they also see IU beating Michigan coming up on half?

I'm afraid I might be having a stroke.

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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One of my fb friends just posted a 21-14 score. Sound right?

JulieDiCaro said:

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Uh--now 21-20. Booooooo.

I jinxed us.

millertime said:

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They got the ball in scoring position. Good things might happen.

millertime said:

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IU back on top. 23-21.

JulieDiCaro said:

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see, i can't watch the game. i turned it off, we go back up.

i'm stuck watching Mysteryquest.

flyball said:

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crap, I'm going to lose yet another week of College Pick'em, I'm pretty sure the guy who forgot to do picks week 2 is beating me

Joey Morelli said:

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Wanted to let you know I'm sorry for my behavior at the Cheesy Noodle Bar. It's one thing to dress like a schlock in Mark Shale, it's another to act like a jerk. Here's a blog dedicated to you & your friends:

http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/food-fight/2009/09/wrongapalooza.html

JulieDiCaro said:

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LMAO!!!!

You are a huge dork. Luckily for you, you're a huge dork that can make a mean cheesy noodle bowl. :P

No worries, buddy. We're all good.

millertime said:

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IU 26, MICH 21.

IU about to get the ball back. Michigan can't defend against the Pistol Offense IU runs.

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