The 2014 BSPYs


Awards shows are self-congratulatory industry bacchanalia that we play voyeur to because we love watching rich and famous people be rich and famous and pretend to be humble.

Slap on a death montage and a lifetime achievement award of some sort to keep it from being a full blown orgy of how awesome everyone must think this specific entertainment medium being celebrated is.

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More Money For Sports In Brazil And Chicago, More Problems

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Thing about television is that it only shows you the unpleasant and the uncomfortable when it makes for better theater. Rarely is such the case in viewing sports. Besides the actual game action, a national broadcast is going to feed you shots of local peculiarities and regional foodstuffs during timeouts.

Going in and out of commercials you get the blimp views of the stadia amid a lit up downtown at night, stock footage of hustle and bustle during the daytime, and shots of some unique piece of architecture soundtracked by a song from and/or about whatever city the game is in. Oh, hey, look at the city-native-but-now-probably-expatriate celebrity in the stands totally trying to go unnoticed in that black baseball cap. (8,974 screenshots get tweeted.)

And Drake. There’s always Drake.

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Cubs prospects review: Vogelbach, Blackburn, Johnson, Soler


cubsWith the recent promotion of 2B/CF Arismendy Alcantara to the Cubs, and the positive early returns, Cubs prospect watching has taken on more excitement.  Today, we are featuring the most likely player in the system to serve as the Cubs’ designated hitter if the National League, as has been rumored, adopts this rule.  We will also feature two blue-chip prospects who have recently returned from injuries and another prospect who is putting together a solid season at a lower level of the system.

Let’s get to work:

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Ozzie Guillen, of all people, praises Chicago Cubs rebuild


Former Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen is famous for despising Wrigley Field. He spoke of how the rats there are a big as pigs. Needless to say he’s not the biggest Cubs fan, and the idea of his managing on the North side some day sounds ridiculous. But it might not be as crazy as you think. For now though Guillen is an ESPN Analyst and he talked with the media to preview the MLB Home Run Derby.

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When will the Cubs contend again? Fox Sports lead MLB team analyze


There’s a hashtag #BecauseItsTheCubs. Get to know and love it Chicago Cubs fans. The Cubs token All-Star game choice is ineligible

Yes, Jeff Samardzija was traded on the Fourth of July to the Oakland Athletics. He was named a NL All-Star, but then ruled ineligible. Major League Baseball truly embodies the “everyone gets a trophy” mentality of this generation. It’s a mentality that both myself and Michigan State Coach Tom Izzo DESPISE.

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Beyond All-Star Game, what’s the Anthony Rizzo ceiling?


Theo Epstein brought Anthony Rizzo to the Cubs in the 2012 offseason via trade with the San Diego Padres for fellow super-prospect Andrew Cashner. Anthony Rizzo is expected to be a franchise cornerstone, to hold down first base at Wrigley Field for probably the next decade or so. This is best stated by the mega-contract signed in May. Rizzo and the Cubs reached a seven-year, $41 million deal in May.

I was on a conference call yesterday with FOX Sports on MLB leading on-air talent. I asked all about Anthony Rizzo and his All-Star chances.

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Cubs prospect review: Russell, McKinney, Straily, Torrez


Yesterday, the biggest Fourth of July fireworks in Cub Land was a blockbuster trade between the Cubs that sent top starters Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for three minor league prospects and a player to be named later. Here’s a trade recap. One of those prospects, SS Addison Russell, joins Cubs farmhands SS Javier Baez, 3B Kris Bryant and CF Albert Almora on’s list of the top fifteen minor league prospects released prior to the 2014 season.

Today, we will feature the three players acquired in yesterday’s deal and a pitcher who has not garnered the attention that he perhaps merits.

Let’s get to work.

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Winners and losers in Samardzija, Hammel, Russell trade


The Chicago Cubs have traded the ace of their staff, Jeff Samardzija, and veteran right-handed pitcher Jason Hammel to the Oakland Athletics for their top prospect shortstop Addison Russell, pitchers Dan Straily, Billy McKinney and a player to be named later, Fox Sports MLB expert Ken Rosenthal reports:

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People angry that Chicago Pride Parade meant no Cubs game


The Cubs and Nationals had no game on Sunday. This was due to the annual Pride Parade taking place near Wrigleyville and all the serious traffic and logistical issues that the event has always created, it was announced in February—again, in February—that the teams would play a scheduled doubleheader Saturday and enjoy an off day Sunday and save a lot of people inside and outside the ballpark a lot of headaches.

All that doesn’t matter to some people, though. A regular season baseball game occupying three or so hours of their televised Sunday afternoon is far more important than a major cultural event and the security and planning needed for it. Plus, it’s always a great time to be homophobic and maybe play on the tired and uncreative “Cubs fans are gay” stereotype.

Stupid people took to Twitter to voice frustration and mouthfart passive and aggressive bigotry because that’s what stupid people do with the internet. Let’s sit back and watch a parade of awful stumble by us, shall we?

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Cubs prospects review: Wada, Hatley, Bruno, Silva


Today, we feature another handful of Cubs prospects, including one recently added to the team’s 40-man roster and another who, despite an injury that sidelined him for most of last season, is rapidly moving through the system.

Let’s get to work.

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Cubs prospects: Jensen, Beeler, Conway and more


Clearly the most significant development in the universe of Cubs prospects this week was the promotion of 2013 first round pick 3b Kris Bryant to AAA Iowa.   Bryant’s meteoric ascent through the system takes some of the sting away from the spate of injuries that have sidelined several top prospects this season, including RF Jorge Soler and RHP’s C.J Edwards, Piece Johnson and Dillon Maples. [Read more...]

Time to put Cubs Prez Theo Epstein on the hot seat?


Remember the ecstasy Chicago Cubs fans felt when Theo Epstein was first hired? That air of extreme optimism, something rarified at Clark and Addison? Well, that’s gone now as the Cubs are in last place, and people aren’t showing up to Wrigley Field in droves these days to consume the team like they used to. What will see first: ground-breaking on the stadium renovations? Or a playoff berth?

It appears 2015 is already out of the question for signs of true progress, so 2016 it is then, right? Or 2017?

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