Groundhog Day In Haiku: Phil's Flawed Forecast

Punxsutawney Phil Makes Annual Groundhog Day Appearance

Punxsutawney Phil
Clearly not a baseball fan
It's two weeks 'til spring

The report out of Punxsutawny is that the groundhog saw his shadow which is supposed to mean six more weeks of winter.

Obviously, Phil is not a baseball fan. 

Cubs fans know that spring starts two weeks from tomorrow - February 17 - when pitchers and catchers report to Mesa and begin their preparation for the 2010 baseball season.

PETA has proposed using a robotic groundhog because the current festivities amount to animal abuse.  And Stephan Benzkofer writes in the Tribune that maybe it's simply time for this silly tradition to end.  I'm not sure the Punxsutawny Chamber of Commerce would be happy with either of those stories.

But none of this matters to baseball fans. We learn before Groundhog Day when spring will start, because our teams release their spring training workout schedules in January.

15 days and counting.  


A local update:
Woodstock Willie Is wiser
He knows spring is nigh

Woodstock Willie is a groundhog who makes his home in Woodstock, the Illinois town where the movie Groundhog Day was filmed. Willie seems to be wiser than Punxsutawney Phil. 

The Chicago-area groundhog did not see his shadow today, which means he knows that spring is not six weeks away. 

Must be a Cubs fan.

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