February 21, 2012 |
If the rumblings prove true and 2013 sees the North Siders playing next season at The Cell while Wrigley is revamped, I'm going to do something I swore I never would. I am going to pray the Cubs suck. The thought of hoping a team tanks - the one with a big white flag with a "W" on it to which I've pledged allegiance - makes me feel less Chicago patriotic than putting ketchup on a hot dog while genuinely appreciating the tastefulness of the Marilyn statue. But it must be done.
July 11, 2012 |
It always gets darkest before the dawn, or so the cliché goes, and it's all Cubs fans have at this point. If this Cubs season were a prime-time sitcom, it would be NBC's "Whitney," a grating, joyless exercise in entertainment that improbably manages to draw a respectable audience week in and week out. Before winning seven of 10 games recently, this team was on pace to lose more than 100 games as the ghosts of the past continue to haunt the...
March 8, 2012 |
You've heard of men who stare at goats. Well, there's a pack of men who travel with goats. OK, well just one special goat named Wrigley. The clan, goat included, is making a cross-country road trip by foot from Mesa, Ariz., where the Cubs have spring training to Wrigley Field. "It's going pretty good," Matt Gregory, 33, from Washington, told RedEye by phone from Arizona, where he was walking alongside a train track. Gregory is part of a group of six guys from Michigan, Oregon, Washington, Arizona and Tennessee - all Cubs fans who met in Alaska last...
May 29, 2012 |
After 95 days and about 2,000 miles, a group of five friends and a goat have arrived safely at Wrigley Field. Cubs fan Matt Gregory, 33, said he plans to present a $22,000 check for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, where Gregory's mom was treated for cancer before she died in 1999, at today's Cubs game against the San Diego Padres. The fundraising effort began on Feb. 25 (Cubs legend Ron Santo's birthday) in Mesa, Ariz., where the Cubs hold Spring Training.
April 27, 2012 |
It's been 103 years since the Cubs called themselves World Series champions, and more than a half-century since they've even contended in the game. As the sentiment shifted from "this is the year" to "maybe next year" last season - one that saw 91 losses overall and way more losses than wins by July - something remarkable happened. A reliably and historically packed ballpark, even in the worst of times, began to see empty seats and gaps in the bleachers. Fans weren't just leaving after beer sales ceased, they were simply not showing up at all. But Cub fans say...
January 6, 2012 |
If you want to know why there's not a “Real Housewives of Chicago,” Bravo TV exec Andy Cohen has the answer. Or not. “That's a good question,” Cohen told RedEye in a recent phone interview. “We've done development on a few other things in Chicago, and I'm working on getting a Chicago-based show up and running in the next year. I can't say it will be a 'Housewives' but we have some other stuff in the hopper.” Prepare for more housewives love as Cohen's “Watch What Happens Live” expands to five nights a week starting Jan. 8. The St. Louis...