Recent Comments by melcarek69

Giants Tell Bonds He's Gone

Goodbye...Good Luck...Good Riddance!

posted by melcarek69 at 11:16 PM on September 21

The Hoser's NFL Picks -- Week Three

I guess I can make my final roster settings for my fantasy football pick-ums now. And the Bears will Win!

posted by melcarek69 at 11:14 PM on September 21

Teixeira traded to Atlanta

I'd rather be the Texas with this one. I do like Texeira, but I just think this one scores more points for the Rangers in the future. So does this mean back to off the bench strike outs for Julio Franco or do they cut him loose again?

posted by melcarek69 at 04:21 PM on July 30

Bill Walsh Traded To Angels

I could never stand the 49rs but always respected Montana, Rice, Young and especially Bill Walsh. During the 80's, no matter how I felt about them, it was fun to watch an average team become a force. I do believe that Walsh made most of it possible with a great coaching style. Rest In Peace...

posted by melcarek69 at 04:16 PM on July 30

Chargers shut out Pats fans

Being from Chicago and being a huge Bears fan, one would think that I would have no problem with this. In fact, I DO. I think this is terrible sportsmanship and tries to tell fans of the opposing city that they are not welcome in our city. I believe that this is certainly not a way to keep a game fair or friendly. This is a poor decision on both the Chargers as well as the Bears, but look for this to become the norm all around sports. Who knows, it may just be what ends sports as We know them. Good Luck To All The Teams as well As The Fans Who Cheer Them.

posted by melcarek69 at 05:46 PM on January 10

Zito Breaks the Bank.

That's quite a load of cash, hope the DL isn't where he earns it. I like Zito, so I hope that it works for him. History says guys tend to be a bust when the big money gets dealt out. Good luck to all the Gold Card carriers.

posted by melcarek69 at 02:00 PM on December 29

White Sox home games to start at 7:11pm next season.

And the importance of this is? Now that they have not made the playoffs and will most likely spiral back down the division ranks, will a later start really make a difference? The fans who all of a sudden showed up when they WERE winning, will be finding something else to do with their time anyway. Take me out to the ballgame, take me out to the place where fans used to go during the winning season and the season after...

posted by melcarek69 at 07:05 PM on October 12

7 shutout night for 1st time in 30 years

and the amazing thing is that the Cub's weren't one of the teams shut-out. Damn basement dwellers

posted by melcarek69 at 11:46 AM on September 06

Palmerio's gone, will he make it into the Hall of Fame

There is no record of how long this was going on unless you believe Jose Canseco. I am not happy that these people feel this is the best way to get to the top, nor do I believe they should be remembered for being good or great after using this garbage. On the other side of it, knowing it's illegal and yet your still using means you are ready to face whatever consequences that follow getting caught. In that, I will always rememeber them for good things they did as well as never forget that something that may have ruined their bodies got them to the top. I just wish for older days when spit balls and pinetar were the problems. Weedy, you are a very wise man and I appreciate your thoughts. Just my opinion, have a nice day!

posted by melcarek69 at 04:20 PM on August 02

Biggest deal in town -- Ortiz again saves day for Sox

By the way yfm, this started because I typed a certain way that never knew was such a problem for some {and have used italics since they have been available here and other places}. There is no complaining here at all from me. In fact, to me it's all been quite ridiculous. I am a sports fan and follower like all of you who just types certain ways that for some reason are a problem for some. I came here to make an opinion about Ortiz, not be made the post by a couple of people.

posted by melcarek69 at 02:04 PM on August 01

Biggest deal in town -- Ortiz again saves day for Sox

What kind of computer monitors do you people have? I can read everything just fine including the things typed in that crappy green color. JG just typed in italics {nothing better to do} and I can read it just fine. wFjr just copied my very words and in green. Yet, it reads perfectly clear to me. But hey, I'm never one to rock the boat. Didn't know that there was an etiquette involved in opinions. As far as muddling goes, if I can read it, I see absolutely no problem. But how about that David Ortiz? Or did some of you forget why this why this filter exists? I deeply apologize to those who have had to read my horrible writing as well as the whining of others who are actually here for the original post.

posted by melcarek69 at 02:00 PM on August 01

Biggest deal in town -- Ortiz again saves day for Sox

yerfatma: Thank you for the English lesson, much appreciated {better change my IM/email scenerios before the language police get me. And JG, instead of worrying about somebody else's way of expression, let's all just stick to the subject at hand. In this case, a very good arguement as to who will be MVP by season's end and eventually make even more money than can be imagined from it. My thoughts are that whether it be Boston or New York making and/or winning in post season play will determine who gets the award. I will play by that unwritten rule as to how I am supposed to type as to no longer offend those who have nothing better to do than criticize how somebody else does things. I thought this was about opinions and thoughts. It's pretty sad when the things that are said are shadowed by the why they are typed.

posted by melcarek69 at 01:33 PM on August 01

The Dodgers trade Izturis, Guzman, Pedroza for Maddux and Lugo.

I appreciate what Greg Maddux has done for baseball and will miss him here in Chicago. He didn't want to leave but realizes that is what happens sometimes. He had never been traded mid-season before so it will be interesting to see how it goes for him. While his greatest days are behind him, I do believe that this will benefit the Dogders quite a bit. I look forward to Maddux making his return to Wrigley next month with L.A. and hope to be there when that happens. Just because he is there in L.A. now, doesn't mean he won't be back in the Cub pinstripes when next spring arrives. He said he wanted to finish here and I can't see the Dogders holding on to him past this season. If he is done here in Chicago for good, I can only say thank you for doing all you did. I rooted for him when he was with the Braves {and I can't stand the Braves} so I will cheer when he takes the mound over on the west coast. Good luck to you.

posted by melcarek69 at 11:28 AM on August 01

Biggest deal in town -- Ortiz again saves day for Sox

How are the Yankees considered to be broken up by injuries? When you have an all-star team bult up like this team is, can it ever be considered a decimated bunch? Let's face it, even with a few guys down with injury, they still have plenty to work with. A few injuries even if key injuries should not stop this team with what they still have on that field everyday. Boston has less overall talent especially on the mound {2 great starters} and is in first. Heart accounts for quite a bit. What excuse would be used if they were completely healthy and still weren't in first? Months ago, it was Sheffield is bad for the team because he's only there for the money. Isn't that the reason why most people play pro sports anyway? Very few do it for love of the game anymore and Sheffield said and acted just the way most do but never say out loud. As far as Ortiz goes, I am amazed at how he seems to do just what is needed at the right time. None of hits seem wasted and many of his outs are very productive. His skills at first aren't bad either {especially for a big man}. I have to go with Ortiz or Mauer for MVP right now anyway. As far as the Yankees go, if they are using the injury excuse as to why they aren't in first, then they don't deserve to win. Derek Lee has been injured most of the season, the Cubs pitching staff has been less than allstar quality. And everyone blames Dusty Baker for it. I have yet to hear any Cub say they'd be in a far better place if they were a healthier team {although our idiot sports writers have} though Dusty did say it hurts a bit. If the Yankees can use that as an excuse then maybe if Bartman hadn't touched that ball 3 seasons ago, maybe, just maybe the Cubs would have won it all...NOT!

posted by melcarek69 at 11:02 AM on August 01

Did Roger Clemens deserve a trade back to the Red Sox?

Yeah the poor guy has won before but he deserves to win every year right! There are many ballplayers who have never won the big one not just in baseball but all sports who were great, so I am supposed to cry for this guy? Houston had their chance last year and failed, We move on.

posted by melcarek69 at 10:44 AM on August 01

Man says he's tired of being mistaken for MJ.

I can think of far worse people to look like and be mistaken for. Charlie Manson, Tiny Tim, Frankenstein and so many others. I agree with what was said earlier in this post. This guy should be charged for such a stupid and moronic lawsuit. Fact is, in some way, everyone has a resemblence to somebody else. He should have gone along with it. I hope he loses everything and Michael calls him up to laugh in his ear.

posted by melcarek69 at 07:55 PM on July 13

Canseco "juiced" to be back in baseball

He lost respect of all ballplayers because of his high and mighty attitude against steroid usage pointing out who and when {which was great, but also calling the kettle black}. I give this about a month. This story will most likely go longer than his return.

posted by melcarek69 at 12:43 PM on June 30

Northwestern University football coach Randy Walker is dead.

Seemed like a really nice guy who worked hard for himself and his team. More proof that only the good die young. Rest In Peace Coach.

posted by melcarek69 at 12:27 PM on June 30

Vinatieri Signs with the Colts

Football just gets crazier and crazier. You would think that this would get them over that perverbial hump they seem to have difficulties climbing over to winning it all. How many great position players do they need anyway? But I digress and will still hope they can do it if not the Bears.

posted by melcarek69 at 08:27 AM on March 22

Ex-NHLer Fleury ejected from British hockey game

Wow Chico, cut out the caffinated coffee dude, you're gonna have a premature heart attack or mind melt! I never said that he was a horrible human being. If you knew how to read words properly, you would have seen me and others say that he had all a man could want in a choice of profession and has blown it. True he had some great stats in the past...true he played in the olympics...and true he tried to get help for his problems. Problem is, you don't return to a semi-violent sport as a way of finding out if you could make a new start. This man has stats which was my point. Unfortunatetly, his stats aren't going to get him into the HOF someday. Why? Because his stats could have been much greater. They aren't because he spent more time away from the game getting his stuff together than he did on the ice. I liked him by the way very much Chico. But everybody has a problem and feeling sorry for this guy is a pointless waste of anyones time. As always, these are my opinions which are every bit as meaningful as yours and I expect the same from you as I give your opinions and that is respect. Attacking someone because you feel differnent is why folks like you need to find something else to do with your time. Have a nice day!

posted by melcarek69 at 12:07 PM on March 07

Ex-NHLer Fleury ejected from British hockey game

An idiot who apparently would rather be remembered as not a great player in the making, but a guy who belongs in a mental home. He played for the Blackhawks and started like a guy who looked like he was serious about the game more than anger, but it just wasn't meant to be. Too bad he couldn't get it together, he was a true talent gone no-place.

posted by melcarek69 at 11:04 AM on March 07

Kirby Puckett Passes Away

Watching this man was always like watching a super hero. Being a Cubs fan, I never really spend too much time watching a team from a couple states northwest of me. But when Kirby was on, it was simply a treat. We have our great emassador to this great sport here in Ryne Sandburg. Over in the Twin Cities, there is/was no greater man to look up to than MR. PUCKETT. From every piece of my heart I can only say, THANK YOU SIR for making my younger years of being a baseball fan some of my favorite times in life. I can only hope that the next batch of pros can look at your legacy as well as other greats of the past and see what being GREAT is truly all about. Keep that wonderful smile up there to shine down on us here and REST IN PEACE. {By the way Vito, this is a baseball obituary here, not a personal one. Whether guilty or not of wife beating, it was him and the sport We are thinking of here. I have no love for any spousal abusers. My wife had this with her first husband so I know how this crap works! In this case, if you have nothing nice to say about someone, then say nothing and move on to the next story}

posted by melcarek69 at 10:20 AM on March 07

Super Bowl watched in second-most homes behind final episode of M*A*S*H,

The differance to take into considerantion is this...MASH is still being played everywhere in the world and is still immensly popular. Most people love the nostalgia of it. So the question is this. The SB may have had a better over-all watching, but how many would watch it again? I understand what you are all saying, but the fact is one was a sporting event and the other was a Major television event that most people tuned in to see. When they rerun that finally even now, the numbers are always quite impressive.

posted by melcarek69 at 03:01 PM on February 08

ESPN names new MNF broadcast team.

So what, Dennis Miller was busy this time? This should make for a very nice accident for the viewing. Nobody in that booth is very exciting and the arguements between might just make us forget We are watching football {sorry, pardon MY interruption!}.

posted by melcarek69 at 12:16 PM on February 08

Super Bowl watched in second-most homes behind final episode of M*A*S*H,

And Yet...The game was boring and the Stones sucked! Wish I could get that time back. Commercials could have been better too. Congrats Steelers

posted by melcarek69 at 12:11 PM on February 08

Panthers Bury Bears

In all fairness to Smith and the scoring in the first meeting. Smith was just back from an ingury and wasn't at his best. That game was truly won by the Bear defense and that may not have been any different if Smith had been completely healthy. Once again though, can't go back and change time. As far as this Post, I'm done here. I'm trying to be fair to all the possibilities pro/con wise and all some of you are doing is speaking out of hate for a team. I hate the White Sox, but when they won the WS, I congratulated all the White Sox fans for what that team accomplished. When the Bears lost yesterday, they nor I made no excuses for losing outside the fact that they couldn't get it done. That is refreshing compared to Pittsburgh players who even in winning still whine and crab about officiating. Mistakes happen...deal with it! The so called facts that these so called football fans keep coming up with just tells me that their knowledge of football is as reasonable as the respect they have for the other people opinions on this post.

posted by melcarek69 at 04:39 PM on January 16

Panthers Bury Bears

If the Bears defense was not overated then it just choked. Once again, the Bears defense was never overrated. Yesturday they DID choke! If you are going the easy schedule route, fine. How about Seattle? They were actually in an easier division. I will never say that the Bears didn't have it easy, but the Vikings did make it interesting in the seasons second half. When did the Rams, Cards or 49ers make the west interesting? Never! The NFC north had 18 total wins from 2nd, 3rd and 4th place and the NFC west had 15 from their 2nd, 3rd and 4th. What about the so-called mighty Patriots and the AFC east? They finished with one less win than the Bears while their 2nd, 3rd and 4th place teams finished with the same total wins as the NFC North. Please stop saying the Bears had it easy, because they didn't. They had as easy or difficult schedule as at least 2 other divisions. As far as defense, as a whole the Bears d would have dominated in either division mentioned. If it were all the other divisions, who knows. Main fact is, this was a really good year for a team no-one expected to get as far as they did and yet, did it. I said 2 months ago that if the Bears made the post season and won it all it would be a stain on all of pro football due to lack of offense and a poor excuse for a back-up {and overrated at that} quarterback in Kyle Orton but please don't try to say that a dominating defense is because of this and that, record books don't care. They may have been better in another division they may have been worse, but We will never know.

posted by melcarek69 at 03:11 PM on January 16

Panthers Bury Bears

??? They have this program known as hooked on phonics. I highly recommend it melssa. Appreciate the thought VBRjr

posted by melcarek69 at 01:44 PM on January 16

Panthers Bury Bears

Understood

posted by melcarek69 at 01:29 PM on January 16

Panthers Bury Bears

I wasn't singling anybody out with the TO thing at all. I just get sick of hearing about the moron so much. He doesn't deserve our interest or care until he earns it back. Until then, I'd rather stick to the ones who earn our comments and opinions. We are hear to discuss current sports topics. We disagree to many things but I am not into talking anyone into siding with me at all, but to make my points clear. If someone has an opposing thought, it can sway me at any time, but I try to make my thoughts fair and just to the subject. There are too many ignorant people on these sites who think posing a harsh thought or using profanity is going to make them heard better. I am a person who uses both facts and opinions to the best of my knowledge. If you agree, great. If not, that's great too because We live in a country that allows for that. In other words, I am not disagreeing with what you say at all jr. I am a wait and see kind of guy. Smith has proven only that he can beat you, the other person proved that he's an idiot who needs to work a "real" job to respect the gifts he was truly given.

posted by melcarek69 at 01:23 PM on January 16

Panthers Bury Bears

The weather here in Chicago has been above average temps since the beginning of the season. As far as impeding defenses, both teams have to play in the same conditions which gives both teams equal chance. There was no excuse for either team to use from conditions deciding outcome. The one thing that always bothers me about weather being the reason for a teams underwelming performance is that there are two teams performing and yet one team always uses that as an excuse as to why they lost. Sammy Sosa use to say that day games at Wrigley were what caused his slow starts in his career with the Cubs but what happened when he went to Baltimore last season {good luck in Washington}? He got hurt several times and was not used due to lack of performance. I have been listening to news all day now and not one time have I heard any Bear player use the conditions as to why they lossed the game so why is that being used here. Every one of them said the same thing, the Panthers were a better team and We didn't get it done. Sounded to me like a losing team offering props to the better team to me. Fact is this, the Bears are in a worse division as of the last couple of years than any other division, BUT...how many teams that started in the playoffs lost to Miami and San Fransisco? I don't believe that New England comes from a very strong division and they looked as bad if not worse than the Bears did. The Vikings were a good team this season with too much baggage, otherwise it would have made for a much more interesting finish. The Lions and Packers were horrible true, bu let's talk Seattle. They have a pretty bad division where they were the only team to finish above .500. St. Louis was 6-10 and the runner up in that division. Yet, nobody has made mention of that. Same amount of teams, same chances at proving how good your team is, but everyone saying that the Bears are in a weak division is weak. The offense was weak and may remain that way, but special teams and defense got them to the show and they obviously couldn't hang, but that doesn't make them mediocre, it just makes them the loser of that game. I do agree that the AFC will most likely be the winner just like they will be in the pro-bowl.

posted by melcarek69 at 01:15 PM on January 16

Panthers Bury Bears

Why are We talking about T.O.? It's obvious that he was a great player who didn't know how to play well with others and that's why he is without a team {for the moment} fact is, players yuck it up in every sport and always have. It's not about having a bad attitiude or ego, it's how it's used. TOs ego and attitude are the things that made people hate him while his skill is what made people respect him. Eventually he will find a team that will take a chance on him and he will prove or disprove what everybody says about him. Until then, I personally am not interested in hearing the name. Steve Smith can talk the talk because he took a top 2 defense and made them look bad. Hopefully he won't let it go to his head and become a new cancer to the sport.

posted by melcarek69 at 12:45 PM on January 16

Panthers Bury Bears

Finally the Bears show offense and a pretty decent one at that. Too bad the defense decided they wanted to start the off-season 3 weeks early. Being a huge Bear fan, it was heart-breaking as well as comical to watch Steve Smith constantly make the Bears D look worse than my old high schools D. Funny how things work out, Lovie Smith was going to replace Charles Tilman earlier in the season and maybe even get rid of him from the team due to all his average at best play skills. It was other defensive players who stuck up for Tilman to Smith saying they need to stick with him. Do you think they regret that pleading now? Nathan Vashers name hardly got mentioned and that was due to the Panthers picking on Tilman the whole game. Why didn't the Bears take him out? Why couldn't they switch Tilman and Vashers positions. Both have played the other side before so why not yesturday? I'm not even going to make a guess as to who will get to the Super Bowl only because most of us have been wrong to this point. The Colts were the huge favorite and the Steelers made them look really bad until the second half. The Giants were everyones favorite against Carolina and that didn't happen. All I will say is if Steve Smith contiues like he did against the Bears, they will have a really good chance. Without his catches, they are out. Denver is diplaying the most heart so far but I believe that can't carry them all the way {not a prediction, just a feeling}. Most are thinking Seahawks/Steelers and I will say I am one of them. If I was to guess a winner of the SB, I would say the Steelers for sentimental reasons aimed at the Bus {but I am not betting money this year}.

posted by melcarek69 at 11:51 AM on January 16

Sutter in, everyone else out.

Sutter played for my beloved Cubs, so I say this with whole-heartness. There are several relievers who should be considered for the Hall of Fame, but I believe that Sutter should not have been a first choice at all. Dennis Eckersley is and was the greatest reliever of all time for a couple reasons...He went from a great starter for many years to a great reliever for many more years. When with the Cubs, he was still starting and on his way out as such. If the Cubs would have been smart enough to try something new and unconventional with him, who knows where that may have taken them. Tony Larussa {does spelling count?} was smart to try this and what a new career We were able to see take place for Eck. Sutter should go to the hall, but not before Eckersley by no means. Anyway, I wish him congrats on his honor and I will be watching the ceremony.

posted by melcarek69 at 03:01 PM on January 10

The last captain to hoist the Cup gets waived.

All there is to say is good luck to Dave. A Great Player and hard working as well. He led a fine example for all the "kids" playing on the championship squad 2 seasons back and I for one will certainly miss him. There are quite a few players who will be starting to change uniforms {many on the Blackhawks, don't get upset, I'm a fan}. I can't really begin to try and guess because of pay and position in standings, but I do think that LeClaire will stay put. Stevie Y. will either retire before seasons end or become part-time for the remainder of the season and then retire. I doubt Lemieux can be waived seeing that he has such a high standing with the Pens. I will say, he may be the one who chooses to leave and head back upstairs to his office for good. Many goalies can be considered for cutting or retiring. Osgood with all his injuries may just find a new role someplace else {home is possible}, but I think the moves We'll see won't be ones We expected at all. In the "new" NHL, not sure who fits where just yet but I love it none the less.

posted by melcarek69 at 02:51 PM on January 10

Is nothing sacred at Wrigley?

The Tribune has been steadily losing money for years now with WGN and it's newspaper. With that being said and the fact that tradition don't fly with companies anymore, does this shock anyone at all? Unfortunately times have changed in every sports town due to the type of owners each sports team has. With owners, it's not about fans but for the almighty dollar. I have spent endless summers at Wrigley seeing at least 4 or 5 if not more games a year, and it seems there is always something new there with each and every game. Still the most beautiful ball park there is { Go Ahead with your arguements!}, changing it may change the wonderful and storied history of Wrigley. With a memory We are taken back to certain times in our past. The tribune company doesn't care about that, nor do any other team owners in any sport. The GREEN is what it's all about.

posted by melcarek69 at 10:42 AM on December 13

Mystique of Original 6 Fading.

It's not even the rivalries that are in question here to me. There are rivalries between two teams in every sport no doubt. Some are bigger and more intense than others. Here We have the Blackhawks and Red Wings, Cubs and Cardinals, Bears and Packers and that applies in other towns everywhere. My problem is with the Hawks and Boston {although they are coming on a bit lately} playing so bad and the owners doing little to fix that problem. These are the type of owners who run a team into the ground before they are given a chance to prove anything. Trent Yawney may be a good guy and all but how does he become a head coach of a "big" team like the BlackHawks without provong anything first? I'm sure there were better choices out there before Wirtz decided on him. It is very obvious that opening up the pocket book and spending a few bucks more was just for the benefit of keeping talk like this from happening but Wirtz needs to realize that this is a sports city and the fans here crave a winner from all of our sports teams. He doesn't care nor will he ever if the hawks have any success. Just because an owner spends the cash doesn't have to mean a team will be a winner, but would it kill Wirtz to actually try to back up the team he owns?

posted by melcarek69 at 12:34 PM on December 09

Mystique of Original 6 Fading.

One : Fans aren't showing! Two : The Hawks should be a better team than they are showing! And Three : Wirtz is a cheap ass bastard who believes by not playing the home games on tv will make people fill the seats! With all of these in mind, there are a lot of fans here in Chicago who cheer for the hawks. Unfortunately, they do it from the papers the next morning after a home game. Wirtz has already stated many times that no matter how bad attenance is, he will NOT allow the home games to be televised. It doesn't matter the opponent, the Hawks at some point will either have to televise or fold. Wirtz has many financial things in his bag and to lose the Hawks is no problem for him. I have always believed that any sports team should be owed and operated by a person or people who are actually fans of the sport and he could care less for hockey as I seen in many interviews without him having come right out to say. The original six will be five somewhere down the road. What a crying shme for those of us who have always cheered for the Chicago Blackhawks.

posted by melcarek69 at 11:23 AM on December 09

Pierre to Cubs

From one Cub fan to all others...One man {pierre} does not solve this ordeal known as the Cubs. Year after year We all think this will finally be the one for them. I even hear, the Red Sox did it 2 years ago and now the White Sox did it last season so it must be the Cubs turn. RIGHT! Listen, if the Cubs are going to win it all this year or any year, they need to start with a team leader. Derek Lee perhaps. They had nobody leading this team from a leader side of things. They all go out and just move about because no-one leads them. Yes they had an awesome manager with a really good team, but a team needs someone to show them the way. And by the way, as I understand it, there won't be a Lugo, Huff or Floyd creeping about wrigley this year unless they are playing for a team in the national league. I wish as always the Cubs an awesome season and I never give up on them to win it all, but being a realist, I will save my congratulations for late October should they actually accomplish that feat.

posted by melcarek69 at 05:45 PM on December 07

will the Seahawks beat the Colts in week 16?

I do believe Colts will come out on top, but will be a great game for sure. The Colts do need a shot of humility if they are going to go all the way. A loss wouldn't be the worst thing that could happen to them {'85 Bears 15-1 blowout loss to the Dolphins}. That one loss had them thinking they were better and realized that with a Super Bowl blowout victory as well as the 2 playoff game blowouts. Wouldn't mind seeing them and the Bengals do battle for a chance at the Bowl. NFC probably has little chance no matter who gets in, AFC this season looks better. For all who take offense to that statement, I am a Bears fan all the way, win or lose. But in this case, reality says an awesome D cannot win the Super Bowl without a QB to steer the Offense.

posted by melcarek69 at 01:34 PM on December 07

Pierre to Cubs

The time is now as they say. Pierre is a great addition to the Cubs roster due to speed and a pretty good ability to hit in the lead-off spot. Patterson proved his inconsistancy over and over again. Sometimes a player just isn't suited for the city he happens to be playing in. Patterson is probably that guy in Wrigley. While Mitre going bye-bye isn't a big deal, as for the other two that Florida gets, as Wrigley South proclaims, hopefully We don't give up future cy-youngs and 20 game winners with them. With that said, then Cubs are seemingly making a push to that "the time is now" mentality by trading younger for older. Also picking the Vibes of Milton Bradley, Abreu, and a couple others. Should be an interesting conclusion to the off-season here in Chicago.

posted by melcarek69 at 01:29 PM on December 07

2005 Bears as good as 20 years ago?

Stats say it is close, but for some reason it just show that same page magic as '85. This team may have some better qualities for the era but nothing compares to the smachmouth of that time and certainly before. Seems the more "healthy" these guys get, the more injuries they receive. Too many big time players getting hurt nowadays and the Bear D has had a healhty season so far. The Bears as a whole have no complete comparison to '85 what-so-ever. I have enjoyed watching this season more than even the 13-3 season of a cpl years back because this team seems to have a better chemistry. I will say I have gotten bored with the Orton greatness speaches from announcers though. Someday, maybe. Now, not even close! Offensively, if they didn't have the running game they would have nothing. If they win the S.B. with just a big D, that would be sad for all the past Champions including the '85 BEARS {Greatest Team Ever in my book}. They do have a bright future though. Take it from another Chi-Town boy, this team isn't there just yet, but sure can be in another year or two.

posted by melcarek69 at 12:33 PM on December 02

TO TO'd

Bye Bye t.o {notice the small letters}. I ain't missing you at all!

posted by melcarek69 at 04:43 PM on November 23

Longest touchdown in NFL history

Watched the game as I do every Sunday during the season. This was a nice stroke of luck that gave the Bears a lead at the half and they never looked back. The wind was insane but made for a lot of fun watching. Plays like this is what makes watching the Bears fun. Should be interesting next week vs. Carolina {with or without those fun-loving lez cheerladers!}.

posted by melcarek69 at 04:57 PM on November 13

Is this really Embarrassing ?

I actually didn't see the earlier post, My Bad. That's what I get for posting without checking first. I was just so darned exciting to think I found something that was interesting enough to put up. For those who see this...Especially panoptican , my apologies.

posted by melcarek69 at 11:01 PM on November 07

Is this really Embarrassing ?

Who should be bothered by this? This all started because 2 women were having fun together. If this is so bad then why aren't all of the Vikings players being fined and in jail? Would this be a problem if it were a straight couple in a bar? I'm confused by this and can't wait to see how all of you react to it. It does seem that the Panthers who are having a pretty good season need to focus on that and not things like this.

posted by melcarek69 at 10:45 PM on November 07

Thomas Done?

Done or not, I can care less. I will say that from the years of living in Chicago and watching this guy, I can say he was always highly over-rated. He seems like he might be a cool guy and definately had the skills to be great, but never had the true chance with all of the surgeries and ailments from year to year. HOF is the question, NO should be the answer. For as many years as he wore black, he was never even close to the HOF material that many believe not to mention with all those years he should own a few of the records for the team. Bye Bye Big Turd

posted by melcarek69 at 05:29 PM on November 05

"This court finds that fighting is an integral part of hockey,"

I enjoy a good scrap every now and then during a good game for sure. My problem is aimed more towards a coach who not only couldn't back him up, but that he himself would tell his player to do it to begin with. When I see two players fighting, I believe this is happening due to the players having problems with one another. This takes away the whole idea that players actually have problems with each other. Next time I see any fight, I will now wonder if it is due to a coaches want for it more than the players involved. Does this story now tell us that the coaches are the enforcers and the players are just the machines doing the dirty work? I also liked what some of you had to say on and off the beaten path of the story.

posted by melcarek69 at 04:25 PM on November 04

Warning! Warning! Warning!

Ego is as Ego does! In other words...WHAT AN ASS!

posted by melcarek69 at 04:18 PM on November 04

Say It Ain't So, Jackie

By the way, I am NOT complaining about the people getting these jobs either. I place the blame on the employers. Whether it be in sports, the corporate world or the burger king down the street, anybody can see you can't make money unless the employee is getting the job done correctly. That shouldn't have a damn thing to do with color of skin. If the Astros have a problem or a hatred of a certain race, they are wrong and it will come out eventually.

posted by melcarek69 at 11:36 AM on October 26

Say It Ain't So, Jackie

You obviously haven't read a newspaper in quite a while bperk. I saw just a month or so ago that unemployment among all is down a bit while white males between the ages of 25 to 50 has gone up. I am not focusing on anything that has to do with hate. I have NONE outside of people who anyone getting any job because of the color of skin. Also, if you read the end of the statement "Put the best PERSON in the position that can get the job done PERIOD!", you would know that. Equality among all races comes with understanding and respect for others, NOT HATE!

posted by melcarek69 at 11:24 AM on October 26

Game Over

Touche'

posted by melcarek69 at 11:15 AM on October 26

Game Over

By the way, can't We get Bob Costas, Al Michaels or Steve Stone or even Steve Lyons to call the post season? I used to like Joe Buck until I realized just how boring he really is. As far as Tim McCarver, I agree with all who wonder what game he is watching. It's like watching Harry Carey in his later days but without the high entertainment value. Time for a new announce team for sure.

posted by melcarek69 at 11:04 AM on October 26

Game Over

These are supposed to be the best 2 teams in baseball going head to head, but just like last years rout of the Cardinals from the Red Sox, it's going to end to quick. What does this say about the Cards and Astros besides the fact that the W.S. is not a good venue for them? Does it have to be the Yankees, Braves or Red Sox every year just so We can get a good to great 6 or 7 game series? Oh well, I guess it's see them all in March. I will say it now and eat all my words since the end of the regular season...I was pretty much wrong on all my post season picks {this is why I never gamble} and the Sox proved to be a scrappy bunch who couldn't be beaten. I am happy for all the fans of the Sox {wife included} and although not thrilled with the outcome, I am proud to live in a city with another champion {FINALLY!}.

posted by melcarek69 at 10:58 AM on October 26

Say It Ain't So, Jackie

I won't say this is right or wrong, after all it's just a sport. Guess the question one would have to ask is do the owners or GMs have it this way on purpose or is it just coinsidence? I am also sick and tired of the political correctness in this day and era. Do I believe that blacks are treated different or wrongfully...at times, yes I do. But I can also make that same arguement for Mexicans and Women too. Moreover, it also has gotten to the point where a white man who is perfectly capable of doing whatever job it may be is being passed over for a woman, mexican or black person. We are one of very few countries who still put a value on the color of skin and it's time to stop that. Put the best PERSON in the position that can get the job done PERIOD!

posted by melcarek69 at 10:30 AM on October 26

Move Over, Steve Bartman

It is true that the area surrounding Wrigley has a richer environment. But I live way down in the far south burbs about 60 miles from Wrigley and I still find my way there when I like the series and ticket availibilty. Also, the area has begun to gain an older age of residents who like the style of Wrigleyville. As far as the coverage country-wide. That is true to a point. WGN_Superstation is the station that supports Cubs b-ball around the country, but that has only been for the last couple of decades. The Cubs have had the same type of ticket sales and attendance for much longer than that. Sometimes it just comes down to Wrigley being the beautiful baseball mecca that makes you want to be there. One more thing to posts earlier...I am not taking away from what the Sox have done this year. While not being anywhere near a fan {wife is though!}, I was very impressed with everything they have done all season {especially a sweep of my fav in the A.L.-Cleveland the last 4 of the season}. They are very deserving of all they have gotten to this point. So please don't assume that statements made throughout the day are just from a Cub fan in anger. Their season ended weeks ago and I moved on when I realized they were out of that race, but it never stopped me from watching and going to see them.

posted by melcarek69 at 05:51 PM on October 25

Move Over, Steve Bartman

Then can you explain to me why there were triple the attendance numbers for the playoffs as well as the W.S.? You also see me as an angry Cub fan, not in the least. See how it works is, you support your team WIN or LOSE! Sox fans seem to get a bigger attendance when they win and that is what makes them bandwagon fans. Maybe it's also that you just don't know enough people. You are right about the drinking though. My comparison was not that Cub fans show up to Wrigley with Angels halos on until they exit at games end. My comparison was more to the fact that I have also been to see Sox games many many times, as well as the Blackhawks and Bears as well as at least 200 Cub games since I was young and in all the years of seeing them, I never saw a Cub fan display anything near the ridiculous things that I have seen at Sox games. Usually, many are completely wasted and looking for trouble. Every sporting event has bad apples. It just appears to me after all the games I have attended, the Sox rank right at the top in bad behavior. Also as far as the f-bomb, I promise he knew that long before any sporting event.

posted by melcarek69 at 04:32 PM on October 25

Move Over, Steve Bartman

Yes I have sat in the Bleachers and pretty much everywhere else at Wrigley Field and I did it proudly! If you want to compare fans between the Sox and Cubs then you have never been to either ballpark. It is true that with all the talent, the Cubs did suck. Yet, had better attendence than the Sox {U.S. Cellular holds more folks by the way}. Let me explain why that is. The REAL and TRUE Sox fans you see everyday at the ballpark {all 10 of them}. They make the playoffs, and here come all those phony fans who just want to be a part of something {We call that jumping on the bandwagon}. On the other hand, you have the Cub fans. Yeah they may have had yet another bad season, and still the fans came out to sell out or nearly sell out Wrigley each and every day. I'm not interested in arguing who has the better fans in Chicago nor do I care to compare the teams themselves. It's obvious that this was and still is the White Sox year. But if you think that fans at Wrigley can even come close to that bottom level of drunkin stupidity, then you have no clue.

posted by melcarek69 at 01:52 PM on October 25

Move Over, Steve Bartman

I'm sick and tired of the "Bartman" shtick already! He may have done something that he shouldn't have, that's true. But at the same time, the Cubs had the lead in the game and the series. We true Cub fans have never used Bartman as the reason for the Cubs not getting to the series. That was always used by fairweather fans who were looking for an excuse for ir not happening. Face it, after that took place, Alex Gonzales made a HUGE error at Short and that to me and most fans of the Cubs see the decline begin. Bartmans only fault was being a fan trying for a baseball as most others would. That if anything may have caused the rythem of the game to swing. What happened at the Sox/Astros game was way out of the realm of what happened at Wrigley just a short couple of years back.

posted by melcarek69 at 10:27 AM on October 25

Move Over, Steve Bartman

Ok, maybe I had a couple comments

posted by melcarek69 at 10:17 AM on October 25