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Before There Were Lights (VIDEO of Cubs Game Cancelled by Darkness; Re-Start of Game Months Later)

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For those of us old enough to remember, the Chicago Cubs played a couple games every year cancelled due to darkness.  Prior to the installation of lights in 1988, this was just a way of life. As time has gone by, it’s been easy to forget the oddity of the event.  A game would be... Read more »

(Opening Day 1971) Honestly, the Best Video I've Seen About Cubs Fans and Wrigley Field

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There’s a whole lot of crap on YouTube. There’s a whole lot of crap about the Cubs on YouTube. There’s a whole lot of crap created by Cubs fans on YouTube; usually just assorted pictures with crappy music playing in the background about how this new edition of the Cubs (insert: 2007,2008,2009, etc.) will be... Read more »

HAWK HARRELSON SLAIN BY BORDERLINE PITCH CALLED FOR A STRIKE

HAWK HARRELSON SLAIN BY BORDERLINE PITCH CALLED FOR A STRIKE
CHICAGO – In the waning moments of the Kansas City Royals’ 4-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox, broadcaster Hawk Harrelson found himself in distress. The White Sox were on the verge of losing their sixth game in seven days, and Harrelson was one pitch away from delirium. “He started to look dizzy,” said White... Read more »
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GOD FORCED TO INJURE GARZA AFTER TRADE FALLS THROUGH

GOD FORCED TO INJURE GARZA AFTER TRADE FALLS THROUGH
HEAVEN – Sitting on his throne, God sifted through his daily responsibilities: trying to prevent war, promote peace, and create love. Unfortunately, while sitting at his desk early Monday morning, news approached that he’d been fearing all week: the Cubs weren’t able to trade Matt Garza before his next start. “Oh, goodness. Again?! How many... Read more »

Favorite All-Star Game Moments

Favorite All-Star Game Moments
Below is a list of Chicago Tough’s favorite All-Star Game moments.  Enjoy!

Dioner Navarro Becomes First Player Ever to Order Portillo's While Rounding Third

Dioner Navarro Becomes First Player Ever to Order Portillo's While Rounding Third
CHICAGO – Baseball history was made at U.S. Cellular Field late Monday night when Chicago Cubs catcher Dioner Navarro became the first Major League Baseball player to order food while rounding third base. The situation arose in the top of the 8th inning of a 2-2 ballgame.  Luis Valbuena stroked a go-ahead double into left-center... Read more »
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How 19th Century Immigrant America Gave Me Freedom

How 19th Century Immigrant America Gave Me Freedom
At some point, my relatives had enough. They hopped a boat in Ireland, Poland, or whichever European country that was leading their final voyage, and sailed to America. The final straw was either The Potato Famine, no money, no jobs, The Seventy-Fifth Partition of Poland, or…well…no money, no jobs. Whatever the reason, the Irish and... Read more »

Corey Crawford Seriously Can't Believe it's not F----n Butter

Corey Crawford Seriously Can't Believe it's not F----n Butter
CHICAGO – Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford took time from his busy post-cup schedule to enjoy a big breakfast on Sunday morning. What he would discover during this breakfast would change his life forever. Upon taking his first bite of toast, Crawford noticed a label on his container. “I Can’t Believe it’s not Butter?! Bullshit.... Read more »

Andrew Shaw: The Blackhawks' Toughest

Andrew Shaw: The Blackhawks' Toughest
We chose the name Chicago Tough because it’s silly. As the thought process goes, isn’t Cleveland tough?   Detroit tough?  Buffalo tough?  Pittsburgh tough?  Philly tough?  New York? Doesn’t any semi-large American city with industrial workers have a base of people that bust their ass to put food on the table? Our inner-meatball enjoys the term;... Read more »
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Father, Son, and How Baseball Cards Saved Father's Day

Father, Son, and How Baseball Cards Saved Father's Day
I never understood gifts on Father’s Day. “Congratulations. You had a child. Here’s a lawn mower. Because…um…love…or something.” What I wanted on Father’s Day was simple: time.  Time for me, time for rest, time for a break. So, I rested on my Father’s Day. It felt like the irritable/uncomfortable type of rest, though. This was... Read more »
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