Tag: Anarchist's Brunch

Anarchists' Brunch: Let's Go Back To The Original

Anarchists' Brunch: Let's Go Back To The Original
Four years ago this past Friday, my brother Adam stepped on a rainbow. I don't know how many of you remain from those days, my guess is it's far more than I would ever imagine. So then most of you were familiar with Felzzy's unique brand of writing and voice. I thought it was time to reprint one of his posts to celebrate his time here, and maybe even his life in general. ...

Anarchists' Brunch: Is The Transformation Complete?

Anarchists' Brunch: Is The Transformation Complete?
We've all had a good laugh at our once-tormentors down I-55 this week. Or it would be a good laugh if it wasn't at the expense of a beloved '16-er Dexter Fowler and the undertones of it weren't so...sordid. And yet I can't help but take glee in yet another piece of evidence that for the first time in many generations, and maybe ever, the Cubs and Cardinals seemed to have switched places in the baseball universe. And due to some long held tenets of both organization and fanbase, it could very well stay that way for a long time...

Anarchists' Brunch: The Sound And A Real, Live Dugout

Anarchists' Brunch: The Sound And A Real, Live Dugout
It was a special night to be at the park on Wednesday, such as it can be for a game in the middle of June. Having seen multiple playoff games and a World Series game there now, the fear would be something would go out of being there for one of the 162. Wednesday put paid to that illusion. There's still magic capable at any point when you're in attendance...
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Anarchists' Brunch: Rumors, Mentality, And Thyme

Anarchists' Brunch: Rumors, Mentality, And Thyme
The Cubs, much like last year, seem surrounded by paranoia (self destroyah') and rumors. They haven't sprinted out of the gate as they did in '16--which they will seemingly be measured against from here on out--and hence there a good sized section of the fanbase that's in a tizzy. 25-6 doesn't happen every season. Look no farther than the Dodgers for proof. And while I'm sure most players avoid reading websites and listening to the radio, they probably can't help but notice what the reporters who are with them every day keep asking about. And given the size of the Cubs media contingent, it would be impossible to ignore. And the reaction of the fans during the game must play a role as well...

Anarchists' Brunch: A Yu Moment

Anarchists' Brunch: A Yu Moment
These days, I go to Cubs games as much for the theater as the baseball. I'm constantly seeking out moments or exhibitions of uniqueness. It's kind of why I became a wrestling fan again. All eyes focused on one individual, and what they come up with so easily on that stage. That's kind of it, the field as a stage. And the performance...

Anarchists' Brunch: Meaning

Anarchists' Brunch: Meaning
Sorry for the two-day delay. Some moron had this bachelor party in Wisconsin that took up my whole weekend. The nerve of some people.  I got into a Twitter exchange with Joe Sheehan (name-drop alert) a couple days ago. It was about meaning to the baseball season. Like Joe, though maybe not to the same extent, I mourn the loss of the regular season defining anything. These days, it's what happens in October and really nothing else. Take the Dodgers now (hilariously) over chase for the 2001 Mariners, and that Mariners team. They won 116 games. We may never see that again. And yet do we celebrate them in any way? No, because they lost the ALCS to the Yankees and hence who cares...
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Anarchists' Brunch: In The Forest

Anarchists' Brunch: In The Forest
Even after some 30 years now of being a baseball and Cubs fan, I still struggle to get my arms around the length and breadth of a baseball season. It's not just the days on the calendar, as both the NBA and NHL seasons are also just about six months long. It's that facet of every day, and if you focus on the day-to-day results and stats you might miss what it piling up in total, And vice versa. Since July 1st, the Cubs have gone 35-20. That's .636 ball in case you didn't have a calculator near by. The second half of the season they're 32-15, which is .681. It's also one game better than the Dodgers have been. Essentially, for the last half of the season they could be playing at the same pace they did all of last year. And yet I found myself focusing far too much on the other side...

Anarchists' Brunch: Establishment With A Cause

Anarchists' Brunch: Establishment With A Cause
I used to think it was the NHL Players' Union that was just about the dumbest collection of individuals in North American sports. They constantly get rolled in labor negotiations, and can never fully agree on what it is they're after. The Olympics is the latest one, with all of them having a mass moan about the league not allowing them to go to South Korea in February, without ever realizing that if it was so important to them they should have negotiated it in their CBA. And then every so often the MLB umpires remind you that there's a new contender for the "crown...

Anarchists' Brunch: Theme Me Up, Scotty

Anarchists' Brunch: Theme Me Up, Scotty
The best the Cubs can do on this trip is .500. Which would make their record on their "theme" trips a glorious 3-9. And I saw last night some frustration with the whole concept of themed road trips. This was predictable. It's easy to be enamored with the eccentricities of Joe Maddon and his teams when everything is going well. It's cute, sometimes funny, and it makes your team quirky. But deep down we all knew that when the Cubs were struggling, it was going to look off-center and not in a good way. At least to some people. We know this is a bit meatball thinking, where it looks like Maddon and his team aren't taking their struggles as seriously as we might be out here. Although these days, those two things are starting to line up a little more, based on the quotes coming out of the clubhouse. It didn't help that these two "themes" this year are just plain dumb...
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Anarchists' Brunch: On The Search For Drama

Anarchists' Brunch: On The Search For Drama
Maybe I haven't been paying attention in recent years, but I don't remember a "playoff preview" this early in the season. And I don't mean a series between two good teams that TV and marketing staffs pump up that way in order to make three games in July seem more than they are. No, I mean, this is what's actually going to happen in October. Ok, getting ahead of myself. Do that sometimes. Brewers are only half-game back. Right there in the mirror. Larger than they appear and all that. But...c'mon. We know what's going to happen here. And thanks to the Dodgers' mutant season, we know that the Cubs and Nationals are pretty much locked into each other here. The chance to avenge Dusty will come when the season ends. We know the Dodgers will face the winner of a coin-flip between Arizona and Colorado. We're basically waiting around for seven weeks here. And we have been for a bit...