October’s Very Own: “Baseball’s boring? The door is over there”

I was four years old when my dad asked my brother and I if we wanted to ride the bus downtown to the Kingdome to watch the Mariners play the Detroit Tigers. My brother opted to go with my mother to Target to buy Batman and Superman socks. While Aidan’s choice was suspect, but respectable for a two year old,

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NL Wild Card Preview: Cubs Keys to Victory

Alas, the time has come. After six years of heartbreak and disappointment, the mighty Chicago Cubs are back in the postseason, and this time, let’s hope there’s no Steve Bartman to ruin the spoils. With Sunday’s 3-1 victory and a three-game sweep of the reeling Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park, the Cubbies successfully finished off a 97-65 season (their best

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The National League Cy Young Race

Flip a coin. Draw from a hat. Roll some dice. I would not be surprised if NL Cy Young Award voters use any of the aforementioned methods in the coming weeks as they cast their ballot. Jake Arrieta, Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke – you really could make the case for any of these three guys. 20 wins from one, an

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The Class of 2015 “Hall of Fake” Inductees

In light of the MLB Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Sunday, I think it’s important to bring to light the people who have made an impact on baseball, but won’t receive a gold plaque in Cooperstown for it. Check out my nominees for the MLB Hall of Fake: 1. Keith Hartley: The man, the myth, the baby-feeding, foul ball-catching

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Top MLB Storylines – Week 1

A 19-inning marathon between the Yankees and Red Sox and Bartolo Colon collecting his first RBI since 2005 highlighted a very fast-paced first week of baseball. Heading into Week 2, let’s check out the Top 10 storylines in baseball. Kansas City Royals 7-0 Kansas City is off to their best start since 2009, when they started 9-0. They swept the

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Don’t Sleep on the Southsiders

It has been a long cold winter, but now that I can finally see that mystical thing called grass, it is time to look ahead to baseball season baby. There has been a lot of buzz down in Wrigleyville this offseason as many experts have been predicting a bounce back year for the Cubs due to some outstanding young talent

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Top 10 Worst Sports Franchises

By Michael Gilbert 10. Los Angeles Clippers People may look at this and go “WOAH, why are the Clippers on this list?” Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan make this team a Western Conference title contender this year, but I say hold that thought because the Clippers haven’t been relevant for NBA standards until the 2011-2012 season, where the

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Can The Cubs Contend For Playoff Spot in 2015?

Cubs’ president Theo Epstein arrived in Chicago in 2011 with a clear blueprint on how he wanted to build the Cubs from the ground up. The man who led the Boston Red Sox to world series titles in 2004 and 2007 may just be ahead of schedule with the Cubs. Epstein’s off-season moves combined with having the best farm system

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The State of the Sports World Address

The College Tailgate faithful, Facebook friends, Twitter followers, and my fellow sports fans: We are fifteen years into this new century. Fifteen years that dawned with criminals like Ray Rice, Ray Lewis, the entire Ravens team, Aaron Hernandez, and Alex Rodriguez; that unfolded with a new generation fighting tooth and nail with the commissioners of all four major sports, especially when

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Relevant Chicago Baseball in October?

Well Chicago sports fans, the Bears still suck. I could write a novel on that, but that’s for another day. Thankfully, whether you’re a Cubs or White Sox fans, both Chicago teams brought their fans reasons to be excited for opening day. When’s the last time both Chicago fan bases were able to say that? Whether these teams live up to

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