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Friday, October 21, 2016

The Long Wait

No, not THAT one.  I’m talking about the long wait until 7:08pm tomorrow.  These waits with the offday in between are just so, so long.  I already spend so much overthinking things, now I have another 24 or so hours to question and re-question everything I think I’ve convinced myself to think to feel. 

Anyhow, the Cubs are in position to clinch the pennant at home.  It’s a big moment, and as much as I try, it’s impossible to ignore history.  Luckily, history doesn’t really matter; or it ...

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Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: October 21, 2016 at 10:24 AM | 119 comment(s)
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Friday, October 14, 2016

Bring on the five minute Dodgers preview

I don’t have a lot of time today to write any sort of detailed preview.  Besides, there’ll be plenty of those everywhere else.  It’s been quite an exciting playoffs so far, but I wouldn’t complain if the Cubs were able to take care of business a little more quietly this series.  So borrowing a format I used earlier…

Reasons for Optimism (all the same, but with thoughts slightly tweaked as applicable):

1. Pitching and defense.  Just like last time, the Cubs have an advantage here.  The Kershaw ...

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Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: October 14, 2016 at 01:06 PM | 11 comment(s)
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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

NLDS Winner Thread

Just wanted to get something up. Probably will write more tomorrow.

All I’ll say is have some faith in this team. Don’t get discouraged or give up so easy. They’re good, and it’s never over.

Hell, they’re really ####### good.

Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: October 12, 2016 at 12:58 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Related News: cubs, nlcs, nlds, playoffs


Monday, October 10, 2016

Gut check Monday

Rather that doing any sort of write, I thought I’d list out a bunch of things I like, or didn’t like, or felt, after the first 2 games; plus how I feel about tonight’s game.

Things to like:
1. Javy.  It really speaks to how far he’s come all the ways he’s making an impact.  Sure, I’d love for him to run out of the box sprinting every time (more on that late), but he’s been exactly what the Cubs needed at the bottom of the lineup.  He hasn’t even had to do too much defensively yet, but the ...

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Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: October 10, 2016 at 09:49 AM | 42 comment(s)
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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Fear, Worry, and Overthinking

Since the Cubs actually cliched, and even well before that when it was inevitable, I found it easy to push a bunch of minor concerns out of my mind.  Usually a quick “Yeah, but that won’t matter until October” was enough to mentally move on.  Now that the playoffs are just a (long, long) week away, the doubts have started creeping back in.  So, in the remaining 8 days until the Cubs play their next meaningful game, here are the things that worry me.

1. This:

We interrupt your regularly ...

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Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: September 29, 2016 at 10:41 AM | 17 comment(s)
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Monday, September 19, 2016

Projected Playoff Roster

We’ve talked about this off and on in so many different threads and chatters, figured it was time to create a dedicated thread now that the Cubs have clinched.  I’ll put any new predictions in the comments.  But this is what I’m guessing will be the roster, not what I want it to be.

Starters:
Contreras
Rizzo
Baez
Russell
Bryant
Zobrist
Fowler
Heyward

I think we’re going to see Baez start at either 3b (for Lester’s start, with Bryant in LF) or 2b (the other guys, with Zobrist in LF) for the ...

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Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: September 19, 2016 at 03:53 AM | 62 comment(s)
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