The Rickettses have their deal, now I want mine.
Mine's real simple. Take all the money the Cubs are going to make with advertising, take all the money they're going to make with the new TV deal (there's that word again), and just put it all back into scouting, player development, and when required, megabucks for megastars. Blueprint questions? See Boston Red Sox 2003-present.
I don't care about scoreboards, sidewalks, concourses, clubs, amenities, hotels, parking, street fairs, politics, zoning or ordinances.
The Bag is proposing a deal: Turn this team into a monster (and I know you can, Theo), and I'll forgive you for a century of ineptitude, indifferent or incompetent owners, lame players, lamer managers, curses and overall monkey business.
Hey, look at the Blackhawks. Look around. It's like they were never off the map. Like everyone has loved them forever! (Come on, people. You know you haven't!)
That's fair, isn't it?
Here's another good deal: The Blackhawks playing outdoors at Soldier Field next season. Yeah! More of this please. In fact, lets get the Bears to Wrigley Field once a season—even if it's the preseason, to give the fans some good old nostalgia. Shall we check with the rooftop owners?
More deals. The NFL, or Christmas in April, is arriving. The Bag wants, no joke, another great player, and that player is … Notre Dame tight end Zach Eifert. Crazy? No. Why have one great tight end when you can have two? Look at this way. Jay Cutler needs toys! We all do!
Speaking of, the latest out of Bears minicamp: The team is playing "quicker." Gosh, I hope that means no more stumbling out of the huddle and calling timeout … on the game's first play!
And Chicago, your twin sister on the East Coast, Boston, is hurting. If you've never been there, know this: No town is as close to us in spirit, camaraderie, and of course, passion, when it comes to sports. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.
Like I said, the Blueprint for the Cubs? Boston Red Sox. And the blueprint for the Bears? New England Patriots.
Bag Boy is a RedEye special contributor.
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