The Irrationally Overrated, White Sox Mark Buehrle and tribute videos

Last night the Chicago White Sox welcomed back Mark Buerhle with a tribute video in the first inning of game one in their series versus the Toronto Blue Jays. You can watch it later in this post. As well as the White Sox 2013 opening introduction video. But first we re-publish a magnificent post from former Sport Bank contributor Peter Christian:

Just as there are certainties in life (death, taxes, et al) there are certainties in sports. Some of the more notable certainties are the die hard fans, heartbreak and the euphoric high of winning a championship. Additionally, with every sports franchise comes the list of current and former players who are irrationally overrated.

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Cubs hosting Ron Santo Hall of Fame watch party


The Chicago Cubs will host a Ron Santo Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony viewing party at the Captain Morgan Club adjacent to Wrigley Field Sunday, starting at 11 a.m. CDT. Attendees can watch the ceremony live on dozens of televisions from 12:30-2:30 p.m., just steps away from Ron Santo’s statue at the corner of Addison Street and Sheffield Avenue.

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Big Questions in Cubdom: Should the Cubs Re-sign Kerry Wood?

In a tumultuous off-season for the Chicago Cubs, there have been a slew of players who have found themselves on the outside looking in with the new regime of Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer doing some serious housecleaning. Aramis Ramirez has departed to Milwaukee, Carlos Pena won’t be brought back by the club, and Carlos Zambrano, Tyler Colvin, Sean Marshall, and Andrew Cashner have all been dealt away. One free agent, however, has Cubs fans torn between their loyalty to him and their willingness to allow the new baseball brain trust to shape the team as they see fit.

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FINALLY: Thoughts on Santo’s Induction into Hall of Fame


(Courtesy of The Wrigley Blog)

For more than 30 years, Chicago Cubs fans and baseball fans alike have been wondering when the day would finally come that Ron Santo would get his just rewards for his 14-year career and be granted entrance into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Finally, almost a year to the day after he died in December 2010, Santo was elected to the Hall by the Veteran’s Committee. He received 15 of 16 votes, and as expected, reaction from around Cubdom was swift.

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Cubs Unveil New Statue of #10 Ron Santo (Video)


The Chicago Cubs and their fans celebrated “Ron Santo Day” (it is the 10th after all) yesterday by unveiling a statue of the Cubs legend at the corner of Addison and Sheffield, only the fourth statue of its kind at Wrigley Field.

Members of the Santo family, many members of the 2011 Chicago Cubs and several of Ron’s former Cubs teammates – including Ernie Banks, Glenn Beckert, Randy Hundley, Fergie Jenkins, Milt Pappas and Billy Williams – were on hand.

In addition to the statue unveiling, “Ron Santo Day” included a special Santo family pre-game recognition, a ceremonial first pitch by Ron’s grandson, Sam, and members of the Santo family leading the signing of the Seventh Inning Stretch.

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Chicago Cubs WIN! And Rod Blagojevich is hoping to as well!

Good morning and happy Friday. I hope each and every one of you out there among the Cubs Faithful is having a wonderful start to the day. Or middle of the day. Or in two days, basically whenever you read this.

I have spent my fair share of time, as well as many others’ fair share of time, inside Wrigley Field, and there were only one or two times the weather made the experience more miserable than it did on Tuesday and Wednesday night. It was horrible. Call it committed or just plain stupid, either way, it was COLD.

So, with that out of the way, let’s start throwing out some random and obvious thoughts and see what sticks against the wall. So, here we go …

• Hey, I can’t see to well … was that just series victory? Really, the Cubs won a series?

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Rambling about the Cubs Convention

The 26th annual Cubs Convention kicks off today. This will be my sixth convention, and it is always fun.

Nonetheless, with the Convention about to kickoff, and the excuses about to come coursing out of “the Management’s” mouth, Cubs fans are ready for a festive weekend while saluting Ronny in many ways.

So, with all that said, let’s ramble on down the road.

By: Brian McCabe

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Ron Santo, the Chicago Cub, forever


A shout, a moan, a cheer and a heel-click all help explain why Cubs fans fell in love with Ron Santo.

People of all ages, be it 7 or 87, love and admire Ronnie. Everyone appreciates him in their respective ways because he was a part of this team for 50 years in different capacities.

Ernie Banks might be known as Mr. Cub, but Ron Santo was the franchise. He was the figurative heart and soul.

Cubs’ fans have never connected with a ballplayer the way they did with Ronnie. His histrionics in the booth emulated what was going on in millions of households around Chicago and the millions more around the country watching WGN.

By: Brian McCabe

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Chicago Cubs Icon Ron Santo Passes Away from Bladder Cancer


In the middle of the night, Chicago Cubs legend Ron Santo passed away, at the age of 70 following a battle with bladder cancer.

“My siblings and I first knew Ron Santo as fans, listening to him in the broadcast booth,” said Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts .  “We knew him for his passion, his loyalty, his great personal courage and his tremendous sense of humor.  It was our great honor to get to know him personally in our first year as owners.

For our two part 2008 exclusive with Santo go here and here

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Dbag Bracket Ghost Regional Champion

By Ghost in the Machine
#1 Ron Santo vs. #13 Fans Who Run on the Field

The Cinderella story for Fans ends here as Ron Santo was too overwhelming from the start. Whether it was his incessant cheering or failure to realize what the score was during the game, these factors were too much for Fans to handle as they were blown out by 30.

Santo waits for a congratulatory phone call after the game, which never comes.

#2 Ronnie Woo Woo vs. #3 Hockey Spectators Who Don’t Wait for the Whistle

A tight matchup here. On one hand we have Mr. Wickers, who gallivants around town in his Cubs uniform, which may be the only clothing he owns, showing up where he shouldn’t be (Sox games) wooing for no reason.

On the other hand, the hockey spectators think they can get out of their seats at any time. I didn’t pay $75 to see the back of your jacket while you get up for the 4th time this period. Wait for the f’in whistle! Ultimately, the fact that the wooing occurs during an entire game while the spectators not waiting for the whistle is only temporary leads to an OT victory for Ronnie Woo Woo.

Regional Finals-

#1 Ron Santo vs. #2 Ronnie Woo Woo

The battle of the Rons starts off Woo Woo gaining a double digit first half advantage. After Santo finally figures out where he is, thanks to Pat Hughes, Santo comes back to make it a one possession game late. When all is said and done, the fact that Woo Woo serves no purpose in life makes him the Ghost Regional Champion.

Douchebracket Semifinals Ghost Regional

By Paul M. Banks
The Final Four was determined by the “Ghost in the Machine,” but I wrote the game recaps.

Welcome to the d-bag bracket, a tournament deciding the most insufferable douchebags in all of sports. Please feel free to comment as much as possible, because your feedback will help determine who advances to the Final Four.

Regional Semifinal #1 Ron Santo vs. #13 Drunk fans who run onto the field

Both have disgraced the proud history of Chicago baseball franchises. For too long, many people around the country equated White Sox fans with the inebriated troglodytes who took part in the Disco Demolition “riots” of ’79, the white trash father and son who stormed the field to attack Royals coach Tom Gamboa and the white trash who pummeled an umpire. The Cubs’ scourge is actually their radio color commentator who spends far too much of his airtime 1.) clueless as to what is going on and 2.) stumping to get into the Hall of Fame- often playing the victim card to do so.

How Santo got here- a close first round victory over the #16 seed Bill Wirtz (look for next year’s Douchebracket to have more dead people, this year’s field had too much living representation.) 

Santo then blew out #9 Players who trash talk late in games when their team has no chance of winning; who got here by scoring a narrow victory over  #8 Baseball Fans who cheer for their team after a runner beats out the throw to 1st thwarting a possible double play in round one. It was a classic triple overtime thriller.

How Drunk Fans got here- They scored a big upset over local jagbag and #4 seed Mike Murphy in the first round. Fortunately, not a lot of people have heard the sick joke that is “Murphapalooza.” Since “he’s never been in a press box” as the intro to his show proudly proclaims (for some odd reason), he wasn’t able to handle the bright lights of the increased media coverage that accompanies the postseason. 

#5 Adult Autograph seekers avoided the dreaded 5-12 curse by making a late comeback against #12 Bear Weather in round one. If the douchebracket were held outside in December, perhaps this team could run table. But it’s March Madness, and Bear Weather historically underperforms during this time of year.  However, AAS could not survive the lower seeded drunk fans, in a match-up that had a lot of personnel overlap. This game featured a lot of incestuous story-lines as many douchebags were once a part of both organizations.

Regional Semifinal #2 Ronnie Woo vs. #3 Hockey fans who don’t wait for the Whistle

This Sweet Sixteen game features the most oblivious sports personalities around. I think it’s reasonable to think that a few attractive 20something females have probably slept with the 60 something homeless man- just because of his fame.  Don’t hate the player, hate the game. Fault society instead of the slags who were tapped by Mr. Woo Woo. As for the hockey fans, how do these blowholes miss the obvious signals? The ushers holding stop signs telling them to wait for the whistle? To quote the Christian Bale rant “OHHH, GOOD FOR YOU! HE DOES NOT GET IT!”

How Ronnie got here- Idiots who storm the court when their team is just a slight underdog gave Ronnie a huge scare in round one. But retards like 2009 Penn St. fans don’t have the “talent” to match-up with a screaming moron whose only shtick is wearing the same smelly Cubs outfit and being EXTREMELY annoying. The case of “celebrity” being compromised in our society has Woo Woo as Exhibit A. You really don’t have to make any significant contribution to this country in order to be famous.

How Hockey Fans got here- blew out ESPN/USA Today Men’s college basketball poll in round two (ever notice how teams playing on ESPN ALWAYS coincidentally have a much better ranking in this poll than the AP? Must be just random serendipity and chance; I’m sure there’s no ulterior motive behind that. The Poll upset #7 Sports Talk Radio callers with fictitious trade proposals which will never happen. “How about Ben Gordon and Joakim Noah for Le Bron James? Maybe we should throw in our first round draft pick too?” Done and done. Then we’ll deal Tyrus Thomas and Shannon Brown for Dwight Howard while we’re at it. Hockey fans blew out the NFL (No Fun League) rule committee in round one. The giant stick they have up their collective ass stopped them from keeping up with the ignorant hockey fans. Also in round two, ESPN poll made a decisive second half run against #6 People who listen to games on the radio via headphones while they’re at the game- they blew out Steve Downie in round one.

Douchebracket Ghost Regional

Welcome to the d-bag bracket, a tournament deciding the most insufferable douchebags in all of sports. Please feel free to comment as much as possible, because your feedback will help determine who advances to the Final Four.

This is the bracket compiled by “The Ghost in the Machine”

1. Ron Santo- Not sure what’s more annoying, his failure to realize what’s occuring at any given moment during a Cubs game or his pathetic wait by the phone every 2 years to see if the HOF will let him in.

2. Ronnie Woo Woo Wickers- This guy shows up at Sox games. Would Soxman go to Cubs games?

3. Hockey spectators who don’t wait for the whistle.-
I missed Havlat’s  GWG last week vs Anaheim b/c the clown in front of me decided he needed to leave while play was still in progress.

4. Mike Murphy- 670 the Score midday host makes me feel like I’m listening while wearing earmuffs. Not sure he’s ever had an original thought that made sense either.

5. Adult Autograph seekers-
Let’s hang out in front of a hotel or stand in line at a fan convention for hours so that maybe my baseball card will get signed and I can put it on Ebay and make $5.

6. People Who listen to games on the radio via headphones while they’re at the game.

If you need the play by play, stay at home. If you don’t know what’s happening you shouldn’t call yourself a fan of the sport you’re attending anyway.

7. Sports Talk Radio callers with ficitious trade proposals which will never happen.

Uhhhhhh, what if the Bears traded  (insert young stud player not on team here) for (insert mid round draft pick here) and (insert bad, aging, overpaid veteran here). (Heavy breathing)

8. Baseball Fans who cheer for their team after a runner beats out the throw to 1st thwarting a possible double play.

If you’re cheering for the hustle, great, but they should be hustling all the time. This play is no better than a pop-out to the infield.

9. Players who trash talk late in games when their team has no chance of winning.

Congrats Mr. WR for getting a first down. Thanks for making the over-the-top first down gesture so everyone can see you. Oh, wait! Your team is down 21 points with 2 minutes left? Get your a$$ back in the huddle.

10. ESPN/USA Today Men’s College Basketball Poll

You’re telling me that these coaches actually sit down and fill this thing out?

11. Steve Downie-This 1st round draft pick has been eligible to play in approximately 162 pro games in the past 2 seasons. He’s been suspended for 40 of them comprised of a 20 gamer for blindsiding a player from behind and another recent 20 gamer for slashing a linesman. I like the goons in hockey, but this crosses the line.

12. Bear Weather- One of the biggest fallacies in Chicago Sports. MORE TO COME
13. Fans who run onto the field during sporting events

I’m drunk! My friends will give me $100 to run on the field! OK! I now have 5 200+lb security guards on top of me. Maybe this wasn’t a good idea. BARF

14. NFL Rule Committee for not allowing the ball to be used as a prop.

Come on! This is fun; it doesn’t hurt anyone’s feelings. Creativity should be encouraged!

15. Storming the court when your team has a reasonable chance to win the game in the first place.

This unfortunate trend should be reserved for when your school has no business beating the team it just did. Not when, for instance, the 24th ranked team beats a top 10 team. PLEASE!

16. Bill Wirtz

I hope you’re watching what’s going on at the UC. If you weren’t dead, you’d be top 5 on this list, because most likely, the Hawks would still be in the tank.