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

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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

 

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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

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(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

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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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IlliNation Show 6: Chicago Now Cubs Den Flashback, John Arguello Tribute

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John Arguello was a Chicago Now teammate of mine from 2010-2014. His passing hit me very hard, just like it affected everyone who knew him. Arguello founded Cubs Den, on the CN network of blogs, and it will continue publishing regularly, and thus Arguello’s creation now outlives him after he’s gone.

You should check out this GoFundMe page, which has already surpassed its fundraising goal by $2,730 and growing each day.

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Steve Bartman Obtains One Ring but Zero Reconciliation

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By Ross Adams

Steve Bartman didn’t deserve the hotdog of despair slathered in chance and circumstance he was force fed that night at Wrigley Field. He didn’t deserve the extra coating of ketchup fellow Cubs fans added to it through public shaming and even death threats.

He didn’t deserve the indigestion that followed- the catastrophic life change and years of hiding “underground” fearing for his safety. He just didn’t deserve it, and none of us can imagine what he went through. However, we’ve all eaten a hot dog we shouldn’t have, and if you’re reading this- congratulations, you’ve survived.

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Upcoming Rosemont Baseball Team Believes Minor League Market Is Not Saturated

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It’s imperative, when you’re a minor league baseball franchise, to get way outside the box with your promotions. With over 200 minor league baseball teams in the United States, you’ve got to make major waves by being original, in order to get noticed by the media and publicity industries.

“As long as it’s legal, and in good taste, we’re going to do it,” proclaimed Shawn Hunter, co-owner of the not yet named minor league Rosemont baseball team.

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Forbes: Chicago Bears 16th Most Valuable Team in the World, Cubs #18

In summarizing the Chicago Bears consistent recent ineptitude, the legendary Dick Butkus concluded: “It’s embarrassing. I don’t give a damn (about) the draft or whatever; there’s no reason we should be in this situation, one of the best franchises.”

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