Cubs for Breakfast

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Friday, April 15, 2005

We Now Resume Your Regular Programming -- Hopefully

My apologies for the lack of updates. Hibernating is a good way to describe it, but that's the website, not me. I've simply been off-line from the CBA but not off-line from the Cubs. Funny though, as soon as Cubdom Byron put it in the Editor's Pick category, CFB tanked. Didn't take too long for him to notice and yank the link from that exalted section. Must be some twisted fear of success on my part, eh?

I hope to post once or twice a week over the coming months. Let’s see if I can manage the transition from an off-season news link hub to a more personal fan blog….

Some random tid-bits:

--I have been put off by what seems like an out-of-control wave of negativity from the media, Cubs message boards, and Dusty Baker, since the season started about 10 days ago. Nobody seems to want to give this team a chance. At the other end of the spectrum is new Cubs TV analyst Bob Brenly, who seems to always be making excuses for poor Cub performance. I don’t like either extreme. I do like Len Kasper though.

--“While putting up a North Side ballpark might have been folly even five years prior to 1913, new forms of public transportation—the electric street car and the elevated trains—were by then serving the north side of the city.” If that’s the kind of thing that makes your eyes glaze over, then don’t read Wrigley Field: The Unauthorized Biography, by Stuart Shea. I, however, eat up that kind of stuff and have enjoyed Shea’s book. Did you know, for example, that more NFL games have been played in Wrigley Field than any other stadium? Did you know that Wrigley Field (version 1.0) took only seven weeks to build?

--There are now around a thousand Cubs fan blogs, but did you know that there is also a brisk business on the Internet of Anti-Cubs fan sites?

--Soon to come: an essay on a season (2003) of following the Cubs over Internet radio.

--Okay, it might not be that soon. But after that, I’ll write about a season (2004) of following the Cubs over MLB.TV.