Chicago Cubs World Series Win was the Last Great American Sports News Story

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The party itself was a transcendent bacchanal, but now the hangover has set in. We had a transcendent euphoria of a time, but now the huge bill is due and the nausea and headaches are severe. It doesn’t mean we have any regrets at all about what we experienced, but it does make us wonder where we go from here.

The Chicago Cubs winning the World Series for the first time in 108 years was the last Great American Sports News Story (Capitalization Intentional). Everything else that’s happened since seems inconsequential by comparison.

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ESPN 30 for 30: Top 20 of All Time List

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Rating the best films in the ESPN 30 for 30 series is a highly debatable endeavor, as there are so many great documentaries to choose from. Click the title where highlighted for a review/feature on that specific film.

A year ago, I would have told you that there’s Hillsborough, the college football docs, and then there’s everything else. Still true, except now there’s Laettner, which towers above everything else.

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Chicago Cubs World Series Themed Art Show Opens (PHOTOS)

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Art imitates a surreal, transcendent moment in the life of every Chicago Cubs fan with the work of Opie Otterstand, which will be exhibited in Water Tower Place beginning next week. Cubs pitcher John Lackey got his own personal preview back on February 24th with a showing of It Happened from Otterstad himself. The painting, which depicts the Cubs’ World Series triumph, was unveiled to Lackey, and everyone else during a fundraiser at Vandergrift High School in Leander, Texas.

The Chicago Cubs World Series celebration paintings will be on public display at Narrative Gallery inside Chicago’s Water Tower Place, featuring special in-gallery appearances by Mr. Otterstad on Saturday, April 8, from 6:00-9:00 pm CST and Sunday, April 9, between 1:00-4:00 pm. #CubsArtEvent

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Mila Kunis to Throw Out First Pitch Saturday when Cubs Host Pirates

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Mila Kunis was named the “sexiest woman alive” in February of 2013 by Esquire magazine. Whether or not that’s “true,” or “accurate,” or whatever, I’ll let you debate that. Clickbait junk like that is not really the sort of thing we do here.

 What we actually do here is cover the Chicago Cubs and on Saturday, April 15, television and movie star Mila Kunis will throw the ceremonial first pitch. Yes, that’s right. The star who gained fame on the small screen for That 70s Show and the voice of Meg on Family Guy will be the Wrigley Field guest of honor next weekend. 

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2017 Movie Night Schedule at Wrigley Field Released

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Tonight brings Chicago Cubs Opening Day with a trip to St. Louis, and a nationally televised clash against the arch-rival Cardinals. A week from tomorrow brings the home opener at Wrigley Field. Yes, the 2016 World Series Champions Cubs, the last great American sports news story turns the page to the next chapter starting….now.

We shall see what the defending champions do for an encore, and what the new narrative will be at Wrigley Field.

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Brian Urlacher Talks Bears, Hair Restoral, Cubs, Illini and More (Semi-Exclusive)

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“Anything that Brian is doing, of course should be entertaining,” said former Chicago Bears and current Illinois Fighting Illini Head Coach Lovie Smith this past week.

“I’m sure they’ll all have a great time with it,” Smith responded when we informed him exactly what Brian Urlacher would be up to this Sunday.

Smith was spot on, and perhaps even understating it a bit. Urlacher was one of the many celebrities appearing at the 17th Annual Chicago Polar Plunge Sunday morning at North Avenue beach, benefiting Special Olympics Chicago. Urlacher met with fans, took lots of pictures and served up bratwursts for Johnsonville, on a 65-foot semi-truck grill which can reportedly cook 2,500 brats an hour.

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Northwestern Basketball Will Be Analogized to Both Duke and the Cubs a lot this Month

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As we enter the B1G Tournament, Northwestern basketball will be looking to solidify their position in the NCAA Tournament, and improve their seeding by winning as many games as they can in Washington D.C.

Off-the-court, the local and national media will be producing lots of content surrounding what Jim Nantz deemed “the story of the year in college basketball.”

That story of course is Northwestern basketball making their first NCAA Tournament in the entire history of their program; ending a 78 year drought.

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Clark Squeeze Ball Popper on Chicago Cubs Website Sells Out

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“This is indeed a disturbing universe,” said baby Maggie Simpson, voiced by James Earl Jones, on a Halloween episode of The Simpsons. While that phrase perfectly summates current events and headline news these past three weeks, we’re actually referring to something much more harmless.

Big fan of Clark the Chicago Cubs mascot? Ever wanted him to shoot balls out of his mouth at you? Well you’re in luck (or at least you will be once the Cubs store re-stocks their supply of this highly sought-after item.

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Stick to Sports? Not Anymore, not with the SERIOUS Concerns We Have

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(Editor’s note: re-posting from November 18th, 2016)

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to acknowledge the passing of the phrase “stick to sports.”

It has now passed on into the great abyss.

Of course, to be honest with ourselves, we must first acknowledge

a.) that “stick to sports” only existed as a phrase conveniently leaving off the second, more important, self-defining portion of the expressed sentiment.

b.) that it was impossible for stick to sports to ever really exist in the first place.

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Yankees, Former Cubs P Adam Warren has Great “when I got traded” Story

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The New York Yankees recently announced that they have agreed to terms with SS Didi Gregorius, OF Aaron Hicks, LHP Tommy Layne, RHP Michael Pineda, C Austin Romine and RHP Adam Warren on one-year, non-guaranteed contracts, thus avoiding arbitration.

Given today’s world of extremely excessive communication technology and ridiculous over-communication, it’s nearly impossible to actually go off the grid. Like the B-52’s “roam if you want to, roam around the world,” and you’ll find more and more roaming available.

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Jake Arrieta Explains His Controversial Presidential Election Tweet

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Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta made a very controversial Tweet on November 9th, the day after the U.S. Presidential election. It was very short and (not so) sweet, as all 140 or character less offerings are, and the political statement made in the micro-blog posting was highly scrutinized and excessively analyzed.

Yesterday, the Cubs were the guests of President and now Chicagoan, Barack Obama at the White House for what will be the final public event hosted by the 44th President of these United States while in office.

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President Barack Obama Hosting the Chicago Cubs at the White House

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Like Boyz II Men told us “it’s so hard, to say goodbye, to yesterday. Outgoing President of the United States Barack Obama gave his Farewell Address tonight, and the whole country was focused in on it. “Farewell Address,” Barack Obama, FLOTUS, Malia and plenty of other Barack Obama related search terms dominated the top ten national trending terms on Twitter tonight.

On the night that the Chicago Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians in game seven of the World Series, Obama invited the newly crowned champions to the White House via Twitter.

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