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Cubs vs Wrigleyville Rooftops vs Rosemont: PR War Begins!

Cubs vs Wrigleyville Rooftops vs Rosemont: PR War Begins!
As the wheels are in motion for the Wrigley Field renovations, it’s a battle now between the Chicago Cubs organization and the Wrigleyville Rooftops. It's a fight to see who can win Chicago hearts and minds by getting their message heard the loudest. Through the media and public relations, both the Cubs and the Wrigleyville Rooftops will get their agenda to the people. And since Cubs Owner Tom Ricketts is BFF with Wrapports Chairman Michael Ferro (who own the Chicago Sun-Times) it will be interesting to watch how the second city's second paper covers this. And as you no doubt have heard, the city of Rosemont threw their hat into the ring too. However, that’s just a cheap publicity stunt by the mayor of Rosemont. Imagine the Kennedy with Cubs traffic ADDED to people commuting to/from the suburbs AND O’Hare traffic, the world’s busiest airport. Traffic jams on I-90 north are already homicide inducing as it is, adding Cubs traffic would be LUDICROUS. The Cubs are going nowhere, they’re investing more in the land around Wrigley Field; not less. And Cubs fans might just care more about their ballpark and “the experience” than they do winning. The craziest fan base in all of sports, despite 105 years of "rebuilding," attests to this. Sorry Rosemont, you don't count here. The Cubs and Wrigley Field are intertwined. Moving to Rosemont has certainly done nothing to help DePaul, who is based in Lincoln Park. So we’ll just dismiss the stupid Rosemont idea and move on to the two actual players in this conversation: the Cubs and the Wrigleyville Rooftops Association. The Wrigleyville Rooftops Association sent out a press release they labeled as “facts” as the Cubs’ self-imposed April 1 Wrigley Field renovation deadline approaches. We’ll look at their arguments and see where we agree/disagree...

New Cubs Marketing Campaign Highlights Insane Cubs Fans

New Cubs Marketing Campaign Highlights Insane Cubs Fans
Author Rita Mae Brown coined the saying: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.” The Chicago Cubs are currently in a 104 year championship drought. Yet they play Major League Baseball every season and their committed fans show up in droves every season to see them. The Cubs... Read more »

Sammy Sosa in the Hall? Redeye writer drunk with Cubs Kool-Aid

Sammy Sosa in the Hall? Redeye writer drunk with Cubs Kool-Aid
I’ve always compared steroids in baseball to breast implants. Both are artificial “performance” enhancers that excite men despite the obvious fraud. A few years ago, radio host Doug Gottlieb took my analogy further saying Barry Bonds is like Demi Moore and Sammy Sosa like Pamela Anderson. Bonds/Moore were already well known and established before receiving their enhancements; which took their careers to the next level. Sosa/Anderson were complete nobodies until they got their enhancements. That’s why you can make a case (but shouldn’t) for Bonds to be in the Hall of Fame, but there is ZERO rationale for Sosa. But Red Eye writer Matt Lindner disagrees with me. And his article has more holes than Sosa’s skin during the heyday of his (alleged) injections. Lindner writes...
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CSN Chicago's 25th annual sports awards to honor big names in Chicago sports

CSN Chicago's 25th annual sports awards to honor big names in Chicago sports
Need somewhere to go this winter once the holiday parties are over? Or something to watch as football season winds down? Some of the biggest chicago sports legends and current stars will be honored at the 25th Annual Comcast SportsNet Sports Awards benefiting the March of Dimes.  The silver anniversary reception, dinner & ceremony will be held on Thursday, January 24th, 2013 from 5:00-9:00 PM CT at the Hilton Chicago & Towers, 720 S. Michigan Avenue.  Over the past 24 years, the Comcast SportsNet Sports Awards has raised close to $9 million for the March of Dimes...

Cubs, WGN find Brenly's replacement: Jim Deshaies

Cubs, WGN find Brenly's replacement: Jim Deshaies
WGN-TV and the Chicago Cubs announced today that former Houston Astros broadcaster Jim Deshaies has agreed to a four-year agreement to join Len Kasper in the booth as the television analyst for Chicago Cubs game broadcasts on WGN-TV, Comcast SportsNet and WCIU-TV.   Deshaies, a former pitcher who spent most of his career with the... Read more »

Cubs interviewing Dan Plesac for open tv broadcast job

Cubs interviewing Dan Plesac for open tv broadcast job
Bob Brenly left for Arizona to join the Diamondbacks’ broadcast team last month, leaving an open spot for WGN/Comcast Sports Net Chicago broadcast of Chicago Cubs games.  The network will reportedly interview former Cubs pitcher Dan Plesac. This is somewhat shocking considering that Plesac is signed a multi-year extension with the MLB Network. Plesac worked... Read more »
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Watch me tonight on the History Channel talking Cubs, White Sox

Watch me tonight on the History Channel talking Cubs, White Sox
It's a chance to see yours truly on national television! In a special Cubs versus White Sox debate on The History Channel's "How the States got their Shapes." It's the episode entitled "Great Lakes, Big Stakes...

Cubs analyst Bob Brenly leaves; Mark Grace, Kerry Wood his replacement?

Cubs analyst Bob Brenly leaves; Mark Grace, Kerry Wood his replacement?
Chicago Cubs television analyst Bob Brenly will not return next season. We don’t know for certain what he’ll be doing next, but returning to the Arizona Diamondbacks is a possibility. Perhaps as a broadcaster, perhaps as a coach. Could he be replacing Mark Grace who was let go by the team as a broadcaster? Would Gracie then take the Cubs position, making this a de facto television analyst trade? Who else could replace Brenly? Kerry Wood is a name floating around out there...

MLB Twitter "breaks" Ryan Dempster trade: EPIC FAIL

This is what happens when you over-centralize your power and resources. When you make a blunder, you being the so-called authority, the fallout is magnified. MLB Advanced Media (perhaps the greatest Orwellian doublespeak that you’ll ever hear) is Major League Baseball’s subsidiary which seeks to control and monopolize baseball related web content. It’s the reason... Read more »
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White Sox and Cubs trivia experts battling on CSN

White Sox and Cubs trivia experts battling on CSN
16 Chicago-area baseball trivia experts (8 Chicago Cubs, 8 Chicago White Sox) are testing their wits as they vie for the ultimate “Game Day Experience of a Lifetime.” Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games has brought a brand new Chicago baseball trivia game show to the network as The Batter’s Box, hosted... Read more »