Instead of writing some sophomoric analysis of what the Cubs have done to the Brewers the last three days (hint: it would have involved Calvin, Hobbes and urination. Comedy gold!), I figure it would be much more appropriate to simply copy a collection of wonderful quotes I’ve found on the interweb in the days leading up to the Brewers' series. Some are from message boards (one particularly Chicken Little infested board, actually) and some are from “professional” writers. Anyway, on to the fun…
“What a pathetic joke…Cubs fans definitely deserve better than this. Once that Wrigley Field magic the Cubs had going early on is gone, this team is screwed.”
“Well, I enjoyed sole possession of first place. They'll be a few games into second after the Milwaukee series. The Brewers are on freakin' fire right now, and the Cubs are playing like.... well, the Cubs.”
“Fans' reply to concerns about bullpen usage that many of us have been bringing up all season:
April/May: Shut up, it's early.
June/July: Shut up, we're still in first place.
August/Sept: (predicted) Shut up, it hasn't sunk our season yet.
October: (predicted) Man, I wish we hadn't done that.”
“With the Brewers having the momentum, the pitching and the home-cheese advantage, what happens if they manage only a split?
The teams have played two series this year, both at Wrigley, both times the Cubs' losing two of three on a field where they were nearly unbeatable, which is bad. And now they're going on the road, where they stink, and even if you don't think that "stink” is the right word, you at least have to concede that they are worse than Milwaukee and St. Louis on the road. But what happens if the Brewers can't take at least three of four from the worst first-place road team in the majors?”
“The Cubs can't win in the cruddy NL West right now and the Brewers can't lose in St. Louis. Just to clarify: Not a good thing. After today, the Cubs are done with the NL West, against whom they are 22-10. What happens when the Cubs have to play good teams on the road?”
“Who knew that Milwaukee, which just got its first Starbucks last week but had the progressive vision to acquire CC Sabathia, could be a dateline for the next possible chapter in the Cubbie Horror Pi cture Show? Who knew that the Brewers, not the Diamondbacks or Mets or Phillies or Cardinals, could be the bouncers who turn 100 years of waiting into 101?”
Well played, all of you. Couldn’t have been more dead-on. Ten games (in which the Cubs went 4-6 and lost three games by one run) are far more representative of the team than the 100 previous games. Granted, these three games are equally small sample sizes and they don’t necessarily mean much (other than a four game lead). But everybody needs to get a grip. Except for Brewers’ fans. Its fun watching them lose their minds.
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