Chicago Cubs Have Seventh Best World Series Winning Odds

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We’re 22 days away from Chicago Cubs pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training, 27 until position players check in. Spring training will be here before you know it, reminding us that Major League Baseball offseason is actually quite short. It only seems long right now because the free agent market is so lifeless right now.

Of course, once the MLB hot stove warms up again, you could see the World Series odds shift again, just as they did when reigning National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton was traded to the New York Yankees.

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Cubs Convention News: TV Deal Talk, Bryce Harper Speculation, Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber

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During a Cubs Convention session entitled “Business Operations Update,” team President Crane Kenney perfectly articulated just how much the organization’s expectations have changed.  The goal used to be “winning a World Series,” now it’s “winning the World Series,” as Kenney put it. 

He then listed off a few noteworthy facts. Having now reached the past three NLCS, the last time the Cubs made the postseason three years in a row was from 1906-08.  Their 292 wins over the last three seasons is the most in Major League Baseball. Over the past 15 years, the 2017 Cubs were the only defending World Series champion to win their division the next year.  [Read more…]

Update on Wrigley Field Renovations and The Park Additions for 2018


As expected, the 33rd edition of the annual Cubs Convention was a sell out, drawing over 10,000 attendees. Once again, the Wrigley Field renovations were a hot discussion topic, as each year new information is disseminated by Cubs President Crane Kenney at the annual fan gathering during the “Business Operations Update.”

Traditionally, this is the most informational and news-worthy session of the weekend, but it’s definitely not one that kids would be very interested in. Perhaps that’s why the Kids Only Press Conference takes place at the exact same time.

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Cubs Convention 2018: Andre Dawson Appearance a Hot Discussion Topic

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“The Hawk” Andre Dawson may be the headliner of the 2018 Chicago Cubs Convention, as his presence at this event could signal a return to the organization. And in what capacity might that be?

For now, the Cubs are keeping it under wraps, but perhaps some clues might surface during the Welcome Back panel on Saturday late afternoon. Dawson won the NL MVP award his first year with the Cubs in 1987, and went into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010.Derrek Lee, Juan Pierre and Carlos Zambrano are among the other Cubs alumni who will be a part of that session.

Hall of Famers Fergie Jenkins, Ryne Sandberg and Billy Williams will also all be appearing at the 33rd edition of the event.

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Kyle Schwarber: Why Cubs Fans Irrationally Love Him So

Chicago Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber hasn’t contributed anything yet to the National League Division Series, as he didn’t play in game two, and went 0-3 with two Ks in game one. The numbers and statistics show that he’s due soon. Perhaps that impact comes today in game three versus the Washington Nationals at Wrigley Field.

It’s possible we could see a SCHWARBOMB! or a SCHWARBLAST!  from the SCHWARBEAST! tonight. more than any other Cub, he can inspire the ALL CAPS hockey style tweets.

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Chicago Cubs vs Washington Nationals NLDS Preview with Mark Gonzales


The postseason will soon be upon us as the Chicago Cubs visit the Washington Nationals for game one of the National League Division Series Friday night. With us to preview the NLDS is the Chicago Tribune’s Cubs beat writer, Mark Gonzales.

Keep up with his work at this link, follow him on Twitter here (@MDGonzales). There are numerous storylines to this series, first and foremost would be injuries to the top of the rotations guys on both teams.

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Chicago Cubs Keys to NLDS Victory via Baseball Tonight’s Adnan Virk



Adnan Virk wears many hats in his role at ESPN, one of which was host of Baseball Tonight. Virk was gracious enough to join us on The TSB Show to Preview the Chicago Cubs vs Washington Nationals National League Division Series.

We also discussed New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge, the Major League Baseball Postseason in general, the L.A. Dodgers, Nats, Clayton Kershaw and so much more. We even briefly touched on some NFL and political topics.

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Joe Maddon Failed With His Latest Political Remarks

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Chicago Cubs Manager Joe Maddon needs to be better than the remarks he made today in response to the sporting world backlashing against President Donald Trump. The POTUS went after Colin Kaepernick and the NFL last night at a needless and pointless rally in Alabama.

National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell hit back at Trump with a strongly worded statement Saturday morning. Chicago Bears Team Captain Akiem Hicks spoke out against what Trump did on Saturday afternoon.

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Cubs C Willson Contreras Messages with Porn Star; Reps Claim Hacking

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Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras has been on the disabled list with a strained hamstring for close to a month. Tonight we learned what he’s been doing with some of that down- messaging former porn star Mia Khalifa.

Not getting a response from the former adult films entertainer didn’t seem to discourage Contreras much at all. He kept staying assertive. The 25-year-old kept firing away, despite the rebuffs from Khalifa, who tonight decided to share her Twitter direct messages from Willson Contreras tonight.

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TSB Show 8: Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson, Dave Kerner, Smashing Pumpkins Jimmy Chamberlain

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TSB Show 8 is here, and it’s another star-studded line-up. CBS Sports hosted a national media conference call with CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus and the Network’s lead college football announce team of Brad Nessler and Gary Danielson along with studio analyst Rick Neuheisel. On the call I asked a very well informed question about Illini football and Lovie Smith, and the reaction was….well, we covered that in detail at this post.

Dave Kerner from WBBM News Radio Chicago was up next, and we covered the reaction I got from the national guys on that conference call. We also talked Cubs, Bears and Northwestern. It’s just too bad he wasn’t at the Ryan Field new concessions food tasting with me.

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


(Editor’s note: re-posting from November 18th, 2016, placing this back at the top, in light of the #ImWithKap protests outside of NFL headquarters right now)

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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IlliNation Show 7: Urban Meyer, P.J. Fleck, FOX 32’s Rafer Weigel


Illination Show Seven was about as meaningful, exciting fun and informative as we’ve ever been. The extravaganza begins with Minnesota Golden Gophers Head Coach P.J. Fleck, spinning yarn on well, a whole lot of stuff. The Gophers going from Tracy Claeys to Fleck, from a media skills stand point, is like trading in Cheese Whiz for a finely aged brie.

Next up is Ohio State Head Coach Urban Meyer in a serious conversation about the future of the sport of football, which is relevant to his own household, given that his kid plays ball. 

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