The Good, the Sad, the Ugly

Let’s start with the Good: The Chicago White Sox are in 1st place in their division, the Chicago Cubs are only a 1/2 game back of first place in their division and are up by 5 in tonight’s game against the Padres. Life is good so far for fans and the teams on both the north and south side – a rarity that BOTH teams are playing great in the same season….SO FAR. A lot can happen between now and the fall but I say let’s enjoy it while we can on both sides of town. Special shoutout to Patrick Wisdom who recently joined the Cubs and has been hitting lights out – welcome to town Patrick! Have the Cubs game on now and Wisdom hit another homer…It might be, it could be, it WAS!

Also good, those TV ads featuring some of the Cubs players looking at fan photos and they have a tag line at the end saying “we missed you too.” They are so well produced and incredibly touching at least to me….I choke up every time I see one of those. Won’t have to see those ads much longer since the city is opening up and full capacity crowds will be back at the ball parks starting on Friday. Life is good (once again)…

On to the Sad:

There’s never a good time to test positive for Covid 19, but that is exactly what happened to PGA Tour player Jon Rahm this past weekend. He was leading by six strokes after the third round and was told immediately after this round that he had tested positive and would have to withdraw from the event. OUCH….terribly sad. Had he gone on to win, he would have taken home the $1,674,000 first place prize – double OUCH!

On the LPGA Tour – fan favorite Lexi Thompson was leading the final round of this past weekend’s U.S. Women’s Open until the back 9 when the bad golf gods took over. After an all-time third round, in which she shot a bogey-free 66, Thompson took a five-shot lead to the final round at The Olympic Club. Not to be after shooting 41, including back-to-back bogeys to finish, leaving her one shot out of the playoff. So tough to watch her back nine collapse – had to be even rougher on her but it’s Lexi Thompson so give her a little time to heal and she’ll be back. But an OUCH nonetheless.

Also super sad – Chicago Bear great Steve “Mongo” McMichael was formally diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, in January. A tough guy faced with a tough diagnosis – our hearts go out to Mongo and his family – stay strong and bear down Steve!

Now to the ugly – our WNBA team, the Chicago Sky started out with a bang welcoming back superstar Candace Parker to her hometown after spending 13 years with the LA Sparks. First game for the team was outstanding, great defense, great offense and a decisive win over the Washington Mystics and eking out a win in Atlanta in game two. After game one and how sharp the team looked and how well they played together as a team, we all had high hopes that this team could actually be a contender this year with Parker added to the roster. Enter the ugly truth – Candace Parker badly sprains an ankle and has been out the last 8 games – and the Sky record – 7 consecutive losses. Parker’s ankle looked ugly and the Chicago Sky have looked ugly giving up big leads, lack of defense and no cohesiveness to the team – spotty scoring, turnovers….they went from looking like a contender to bottom feeders in the blink of an eye. The Sky looked awesome in game one with Parker in the lineup – out of the lineup they look dysfunctional and their record says it all. I will say that Courtney Vandersloot has been playing her guts out – even had her career-high 28 points in a game this year. Another player giving her all is newbie Ruthy Hebard – a standout player in college out of Oregon and she’s been playing very high level hoops for the Sky. Welcome to Chicago Ruthy and hopefully better days are ahead for this team. But for now – it’s just losing UGLY.

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