Fun Friday: Mets vs Cubs

So I woke up in Paris at 8am this morning and checked my phone. The Mets beat the Dodgers last night in Los Angeles and now go to the National League Championship Series to play the Chicago Cubs.

I know there are a few Cubs fans who are AVC regulars.

So fun friday is going to be about the wager I will make with the AVC Cubs fans.

Jeff Carter suggested that if the Cubs win, I need to buy a Cubs jersey and post a picture here of me wearing it. If we go in this direction and the Cubs win, I will buy some Cubs gear on Etsy and post a photo of me wearing it on AVC. If the Mets win, the AVC folks from Chicago will buy Mets gear on Etsy and send me selfies which I will post on AVC.

And, of course, we know that William is salivating over the potential fun we can have if the Mets and the Blue Jays get to the World Series.

So, let’s discuss. Do we like the wager Jeff suggested and I modified? And who would like to get in on this bet?


Comments (Archived):

  1. scottythebody

    I’m already thinking about this Blue Jays / Mets bet ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Brian Shultz

    You have to foster a baby goat, keep it, and nurture it a full week.Was there at the game tonight. Surreal experience. Let’s go Mets!

    1. fredwilson

      oh god no. i am terrible at animals and plants

      1. Brian Shultz

        Alternatively, you could wear a Chase Utley jersey.

        1. fredwilson

          No chance

    2. James Ferguson @kWIQly

      Why would you want to traumatise a baby goat ?

      1. pointsnfigures

        Has to do with the Billy Goat Tavern and Sam Sianis. He tried to bring his goat to a game.

        1. James Ferguson @kWIQly

          Ok fascinating – it seems its the animal that does the traumatising ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. jason wright

    did you know that baseball is based on the English game of rounders? that’s all i can think of to contribute to today’s very domestic post. when in Paris…it has to be a French Friday. Non?

  4. Dave Pinsen

    How about if the Cubs win, you have to invest in one of Jeff’s Chicago-based angel investments, and if the Mets win, he has to invest in one of GG’s New York-based ones.

    1. fredwilson

      nope. i don’t like mixing serious business with fun.

      1. James Ferguson @kWIQly

        Hmmm – for me serious business is fun – but there are other sorts of fun that aren’t business

      2. LE

        Geez for sure. I mean what’s next? “Winner gets to sleep with the loser’s wife?”.

    2. pointsnfigures

      No, but if there was ever the chance for me to invest with GG I wouldn’t hesitate. She is a great investor. Since we are doing Etsy, we could make a sidebet on have to donate to a NYC charity on PG or Fred has to donate to a Chicago charity.

      1. Dave Pinsen

        GG might be a better investor than Fred.

  5. Kukrika

    Need something that involves a little more humiliation… How about you have to drink a 6 pack of Old Style (really bad Wrigley beer) while singing Go Cubs Go and wearing some Harry Caray glasses along with a Cubs jersey (number 14 on the back of course.) Go Cubbies!!

  6. awaldstein

    I like this.If I can break the bond of being raised a zealot Yankee fan I’ll participate. Need to do some soul searching.

    1. pointsnfigures

      Be like a White Sox fan, root for the Cubs!

      1. awaldstein

        Unlikely but I love this post.I like competition without rancor. Competition without polarization.Politics should learn to emulate sports.

        1. Jess Bachman

          As a Torontonion, I pledge not to run a negative campaign against the Cubs or Mets.

          1. pointsnfigures


          2. awaldstein

            Feel better already!

    2. William Mougayar

      Maybe switching allegiance to the Jays might be easier, Arnold since you lived in Canada for a while ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. awaldstein

        Yup and have many fond memories.When I was building channels for Digital F/X (no one remembers them!) the Skydome was my account for our Composium product so I have some roots there!

        1. pointsnfigures

          They have a hotel in CF. In the early days of the Skydome, a couple was “getting friendly” and forgot to pull their drapes.

          1. JamesHRH

            That’s happened more than once.

    3. JamesHRH

      hard to believe the Evil Empire (what my Mets fan friends call the Pinstripers) has you in its clutches.

      1. awaldstein

        chalk it up to my upbringing like many things in uncle drove a milk truck in the bronx and lived near the stadium. cheap seats in the bleachers was a childhood delight.

        1. laurie kalmanson

          milk delivered to the house in brooklyn, in glass bottles; seltzer, too. a seltzer delivery truck turned over on the corner one day; smashed blue and green bottles everywhere.winter science projcet — leaving a full milk bottle out in the milkbox on the porch overnight. yes, predictable results.images of an old seltzer truck AND a good humor truck here:

          1. awaldstein

            Yup was a cool time be brought up.My very first job at 12 was being a pin boy at a bowling alley for the summer. Freakin me out to think about a world that different.

          2. laurie kalmanson

            that is awesome. i never saw that growing up; there’s a surviving piece of that technology in a beer joint in the lakeview section of chicagoi had a high school job in a bakery, after school — working the rattling bread slicing machine, and putting cakes into white, cardboard boxes and tying them with red and white string pulled down from a skien hanging in a holder above the counter; long long gone.a few day-fishing boats are still in the harbor — galley mate, during college, before the summer internship exploitation of the children of well-off parents had reached full flower.

          3. laurie kalmanson

            approximation of the transistor radios we listened to the 1969 world series on; PORTABLE!!!!!

  7. laurie kalmanson

    1969: Moon landing summer, followed by back to school and a Mets World Series. Days of miracles and wonder. Cubs vs anyone else, Cubs. Cubs vs. Mets, Mets.Wager: Weekend and best meal in NYC for Chicago teacher, vs best meal in Chicago for NYC teacher, via Kickstarter; teacher chosen by either lottery or recommendations

    1. Dave W Baldwin

      Heard yesterday that in whichever Back To The Future it was 2015 and Cubs in WS

  8. Simone

    As I know nothing about baseball, I still wanted to contribute something today.It gets worse – it is not fun related.I just logged on my HSBC online banking and on top of the screen saw this message – ‘0 fees on international payments until 31 Oct.’I remember a comment I made a few months ago, must have been one of the heated debates about bitcoin. I was saying there will come a moment when the dinosaurs (big banks) may want to shake their tail off the new fintech ecosystem, as soon as the startups signal becoming a real threat.It only takes old companies to publish a sentence to protect their market share, I didn’t expect the fight to be so easy as some members of the start up imagine.At the end of the day, for now, the banks and the cards system are the infrastructure.

    1. jason wright

      Dridex makes me chuckle. lamentable banking login security protocols encourage hackers. time for at least 2FA level personal account login.what is happening to bitcoin’s price? is this the Gemini effect?

      1. Simone

        can’t follow your point?! ๐Ÿ™‚ maybe it is my Friday brain, sorry.and I don’t feel so excluded as to open a chat about bitcoin on top of not addressing the actual topic of today ๐Ÿ™‚

        1. jason wright

          the contradiction of avc, where entrepreneurial contrarians come to get in touch with their inner conformist self ๐Ÿ™‚

          1. Simone

            excellent ๐Ÿ™‚

          2. Simone

            p.s. I hope you don’t think I favour the dinosaurs, I was just stating the facts. there is significant buzz in London by fintech building a market on international payments.

  9. Mark Wallace

    If the Cubs win, you add the Cubs logo into your avatar and change your email name to Fred “Woo Woo” Wilson. (after famous Cubs fan, Ronnie Woo Woo)

    1. Mike Zamansky

      Or change your email name to Fred “Hack” Wilson as Hack Wilson had some pretty good years with the Cubbies

    2. pointsnfigures

      He is ubiquitous around Wrigley.

    1. Simone

      I also felt excluded, therefore I dared a sobering comment below ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. jason wright

        an avc euro fork? or we can go and read up on baseball. colonialists!

        1. Simone

          it’s just a subtle move from Fred, he wants to see how his readers fantasies to punish him

        2. pointsnfigures

          Baseball is truly an American game when you think about it. Each player tries to do the best that they can and if they succeed it’s great for the team. Occasionally, they will sacrifice themselves for the team. No time limit on a game; it’s about getting to 27 outs. Lots of variation in strike zones, fields and home rules. Chicanery, as teams will try to steal signs and get an edge. It’s also an immigrant game. Back in the 20’s some of the earliest great players were sons of immigrants. Gehrig’s parents German. Babe Ruth an orphan. Today some of the best players are from Latin America. Thankfully, baseball broke the color barrier in pro sports in 1946. In a way, the Tuskegee Airman lead to Jackie Robinson, which lead to Rosa Parks. I was never good at baseball, but I love the game. Playing catch with someone is relaxing. It’s the smell and pop of leather, the hardness of the wood bat. Totally natural.

          1. LE

            Playing catch with someone is relaxing. It’s the smell and pop of leather, the hardness of the wood bat. Totally natural.What is actually happening with that given video games and what kids have to spend their time on today. vs. in past years when people played baseball or basketball (to pass the time) and had these things called “stamp collections” and “toy train sets” etc.While it’s not an issue today, and sports are still popular, I wonder what the landscape will be 30 years from now.

          2. pointsnfigures

            Field of Dreams ending scene gets me every time.

          3. LE

            My ending scene of ending scenes was “An Officer and a Gentleman” where Richard Gere carries Debra Winger out of the factory job:

          4. pointsnfigures

            Are you Debra, or the officer? Ha.

          5. LE

            I’ve employed people like that. I’ve owned machines like that and I’ve run similar machines (see it, do it, own it). I love machinery and mechanical movement.Notice that you don’t see the factory owner cheering in this scene. What would keep me up at night was making sure everyone showed up for work to finish “the important job for the big customer”. The customer that took you a long time to land that was one step away from using the next company who cold called them.

          6. Lawrence Brass

            Mine is Forrest Gump ending scene, feather flying in the sky, music and all.. *sniff*

  10. William Mougayar

    Well, the Blue Jays odds of winning are 1/4 and the highest. I’m with Seinfeld who also wants to see a Mets / Jays final. Notice the blue colors in Toronto’s City Hall Nathan Phillips Square.

    1. jason wright

      it’s disappointing to see Canada participating in the marketing deception that is the *World* Series. The Rugby World Cup has far greater reach, and that’s a marginal sport.

      1. William Mougayar

        I know ๐Ÿ˜‰ Same w Basketball, but not with Football.

        1. pointsnfigures

          Yes, our Bulls/Raptors championship series didn’t materialize.

      2. pointsnfigures

        Canada and the US didn’t get a point in the Rugby WC. Oct 31 is the final. Who will be in it? Think you have to pull for the Scots or Irish don’t you?

        1. jason wright

          a southern hemisphere final looks very likely this time. Australia is my dark horse to win the whole thing.

    2. awaldstein

      Very cool.Have a great weekend my friend!

    3. bsoist

      I am pulling for your team – for now. ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. William Mougayar

        Thanks. Same for the Mets – for now. ๐Ÿ™‚

        1. johnjcoates

          +1 Mets / Blue Jays world series! But Let’s Go Blue Jays.

    4. pointsnfigures

      The Blue Jays are the best team playing right now since the Cardinals are gone. They have a lot of power. Have to see if they can get by the Royals who are pitching well.

      1. William Mougayar

        Good luck to the Cubs.

      2. JamesHRH

        If Loup comes back from his personal issue, they have the best defence and the best set of arms.Buerhle is not even on the roster, after falling 1 inning short of posting 200 innings a year for 15 years.GM Alex Anthopolous and ownership have a lot to be proud of this year. Of the 9 position players, only Joey Bats (Bautista) was in the lineup last year (Encarnacion is the other holdover, but he DHs).Signed Martin & Pillar. Traded for Donaldson, Tulo, Revere & Smoak. Promoted Goins & Collabello.Impressive management.

        1. William Mougayar

          And Blue Jays are 3rd most Twitter followers at 1.06M after the Yankees and Phillies, so technically first among the post-season teams.

      3. Mike O'Horo

        Unfortunately, most prolific offenses struggle against typically great post-season pitching, where you never face somebody’s 5th starter.

    5. PhilipSugar

      I stay right there all of the time on Richmond street. I don’t remember the sign. Is that put up just for the Jays???

      1. JamesHRH

        sheraton much?

        1. PhilipSugar

          Nope. Shangri la

          1. JamesHRH

            My kids can’t afford the La!Sheraton has, obviously, given its across the street, crazy great views of Nathan Phillips Sq.

      2. William Mougayar

        It started during around the PanAm games. You need to walk to square to see it. It’s partially visible from the street, unless you’re on Bay Street.When are you next? Let me know. I’m at Richmond/York. ShangriLa is great. wmougayar@gmail –

        1. PhilipSugar

          Nov13th. About every month.

    6. JamesHRH

      Blue Jays are Canada’s team, with the Expos being south of the border.OK.Blue Jays.Let’s Play Ball.I will get in on the WS bet. All day. ‘Cause I won’t need to worry about sourcing Cubs or Mets gear!

    7. OldManGoldenwords

      Love Blue Jays. Our company owns Blue Jays!!

  11. aminTorres

    Wth is happening here?I thought online betting was against the law ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. Salt Shaker

    I’d rather leave the “fun” betting to each city’s respective Mayor. All I know is this:1969: Seaver, Koosman, Gentry (with a fellow named Ryan lurking in the wings).1986: Gooden, Darling, Fernandez2015: DeGrom, Syndergaard, HarveyGood pitching wins and no teams’ starters match up to the trio above. Bring it on!

    1. pointsnfigures

      Ugh. 1969.

    2. JamesHRH

      ?Price, Stroman & Estrada do. Estrada gets the least pub and he’s been the best. He’s a free agent this winter and he is about to get PAID.Admittedly, I might want Syndergaard back for Dickey, even though I love RA’s moxie.And the back end of the Jays bullpen has been lights out: Osuna dips his hand into fan’s Cokes when they get warm, as a public service.If Cecil hadn’t gone down with a calf, we’d have a good lefty reliever (Loup) and an unhittable one (Cecil). Aaron Sanchez is throwing this post-season like he wants his job as a starter back.The hitters have settled down and the bats are alive. The best thing you can say about the situation is that the Jays would be sweeping most sets of playoff opponents.

      1. Salt Shaker

        Well, you certainly can make a solid case for the Jays starters, but I think the Mets rotation is a tad deeper. (They also have Colon, Niese, Matz and Wheeler, if /when he can return healthy from TJ surgery. The Mets should be solid for years to come.)I’m a big RA fan! Read his autobiography and his very candid assessment of his struggles w/ depression. Hard not to like him personally and professionally. Syndergaard is the better pitcher, though. Mets got the far better deal w/ that trade, especially w/ Travis.The Mets’ starters out pitched Kershaw and Greinke! That’s quite a big statement in itself.I need to snag a tix or two. Standing room seats on SH going for $250-300 at Citifield.

        1. JamesHRH

          Should have kept my trap shut!Keeping the faith – although the Royals hitting is better than I thought, to be honest.

          1. Salt Shaker

            Ha, hang in there, James. Still a long way to go. Everyone plays better at home.

  13. Tom Labus

    Daniel Murphy for President.

    1. bsoist

      I have not been a big fan of Murphy until last night. I’m on board now.

      1. pointsnfigures

        The Hipster pitcher.

    2. fredwilson


  14. Simone

    On a second thought, I actually know something about baseball. Moneyball. One of my favourite movies.

  15. bsoist

    LET’S GO METS!We don’t wear any baseball gear other than the Mets – unless it’s modified, of course.My kids on “Phillies Day” at school for the series back in 2008…

  16. Samson

    I don’t think anyone has answered your question yet Fred. Simple answer – shave your head if the Mets lose. (I’m the same age as you and I’m losing my hair anyway, so you can just speed up the process.)

    1. pointsnfigures

      Yes, but I can’t grow hair, so it’s not an even bet.

    2. fredwilson

      Whoa. I’m not sure the world needs to see that

      1. LE

        Anyone who did something so juvenile would drop multiple notches in my ranking system. I hate shit like that. (Don’t ask me what I thought of the ice bucket challenge the ultimate peer pressure weakness manipulation disguised as something ‘for a good cause'”)

  17. James Ferguson @kWIQly

    Who is the underdog ?Being a Brit – We would like to understand who is the underdog in this contest so we can back them.So which teams wants the offshore support – Note we (being generally superior sports people eg Rugby, Football, Cricket) are happy to hear you humiliate yourselves and grovel to ingratiate yourselves ;)I realise that this may read as though trolling for conflicts – but hey – I have nothing to lose [do you ] !

    1. pointsnfigures

      The Cubs have not been in the World Series since WW2 (1945). They lost to the Tigers in 7 games. They haven’t won a World Series since 1908. There is your underdog. It’s almost statistically impossible to field a team for that long and not make a World Series. At least in places like Boston and for teams like the Mets-during their droughts they actually played in a World Series. The Cubs have been on the brink of a World Series in 1984(lost to SD) 1989 (lost to SF), 2003 (lost to Florida) and now 2015.

      1. James Ferguson @kWIQly

        I am now a Cubs fan until the day I die !Thanks

          1. James Ferguson @kWIQly

            Huh – so soon – now a knowledgeable cubs fan !

          2. James Ferguson @kWIQly

            Eamus Catuli AC000 – or is that a stretch?

      2. fredwilson

        If the Cubs were playing anyone else i would be rooting so hard for them. It will take the sting out of losing if that’s what happens

        1. pointsnfigures

          Yes, I don’t think we can root for the AL.

    2. PhilipSugar

      Mmmmm….I was in London two weeks ago. How did your game go with Whales???

      1. James Ferguson @kWIQly

        Note the careful wording – I said Brit (currently denying all Englishness) ๐Ÿ™‚

        1. PhilipSugar

          Well my English office certainly was rooting for Fiji versus the “Sheep Shagging Welch”

  18. pointsnfigures

    That is a bet. The problem could be sizing. If there is nothing on Etsy in each other’s size, we might have to try something else. Eamus Catuli. Go Cubs. It’s going to be a great series. There is nothing like Wrigley in October although I have only seen it precious few times in my life-along with every other Chicagoan. In Chicago, White Sox fans will root for the Mets.

    1. Jess Bachman

      Oh.. I’m sure you can find … something.

    2. Richard

      Thats why Jeff shoud wear a white sox jersey if mets win, and fred a yankees jersey if cubs win (its like going to a dinner party where you dispise all the guests).

      1. pointsnfigures

        I have been to United States Cellular Field to see that team play. They use something called the “designated hitter”. Never bought a ticket there.

    3. Nick_Moran

      Jeff, they don’t sell Mets gear for giants on Etsy?Missed you at Techstars DemoDay. Guessing you were at Cubs game?

      1. pointsnfigures

        Yup. I hated to miss it, but Cubs. If it goes 5 games, I will miss the Health Tech summit at on the 22nd too.

    4. K_Berger

      Many times it seems that White Sox fans enjoy a Cubs loss more than a Sox win.

  19. Brandon G. Donnelly

    also salivating

  20. BillMcNeely

    If the Mets lose Fred has to wear the customized Cubs jersey ( f. Wilson) for a picture and then auction it off with donations to CS in schools

  21. creative group

    The only noise I ever want to hear in baseball is John Sterling’s voice:, they lost? Say it ain’t so.A true supporter without wavering orbandwagoning: Yankees, Giants, Knicks, and Rangers.Bandwagoners be damned.

    1. Tom Labus


  22. David Yoken

    Please excuse the shameless self-promotion, but my company is building a community of active sports collectors through our app and aggregated auction marketplace. Just did a quick search in our app and found this cool Ryne Sandberg signed jersey! This would be a great Cubs jersey to pick up if you lose your wager, and no bids yet!

  23. John Clemons

    I think you should attend a Cubs game next year and sing Take Me Out to the Ballgame.

  24. JaredMermey

    With how young Mets rotation is and how young the Cubs are generally…and how much talent each team still has in the minors….I’d expect you will get to make this type of bet a few more times in the next couple of years.

  25. William Mougayar

    As Leonard Cohen would have said, First we take the Royals, then we take the Mets… or Cubs :)Ah you loved me as a loser, but now you’re worried that I just might winYou know the way to stop me, but you don’t have the disciplineHow many nights I prayed for this, to let my work beginFirst we take the Royals, then we take the Mets or Cubs

    1. Mike O'Horo

      You don’t get too many chances in this kind of forum to reference Leonard Cohen’s “First We Take Manhattan.” Great song. Clever parody.

      1. William Mougayar

        Exactly ๐Ÿ˜‰

  26. leigh

    Go Jays Go!!!! #ComingTogether (oh sorry is that not what this post is about?)

    1. William Mougayar

      that hash tag was the #1 trending tweet in 179 cities in 39 countries around the world.

      1. leigh

        The only downside to the entire thing is my office is five min walk from the stadium and it’s a HUGE pain my butt (and my work parking lot keeps trying to charge my clients $35 for event parking!)

        1. William Mougayar

          i know. the parking usherers are getting really aggressive on the streets. they almost summon you to enter even if you’re just driving along.

          1. leigh

            They almost try to get you to park if you are walking and don’t have a bloody car!

          2. awaldstein

            ‘parking usherers’ must be a term in the canadian dictionary.new2me and oh so polite.

          3. William Mougayar

            in the Merriam-Webster dictionary too ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Joe Beninato

    The debate over NY vs Chicago pizza is age old. Just came up this week with a friend. If the Cubs win, you wear a Cubs Kesey, order a Lou Malnati’s pizza via their nationwide delivery and post a photo of you eating it saying “Chicago pizza is the best”. Not sure who your Chicago equivalent “Mayor” would be but same for them with NY pizza if the Mets win.

  28. Chris Phenner

    Disclosure: I’ve lived eight years in both Chicago & NYC; love you both.The most contentious issue between Chicago & NYC folks has nothing to do with baseball, and I think ‘wearing other jerseys’ is kind of meh.The most contentious issue is PIZZA (recall Jon Stewart’s 2013 kerfuffle, below).Proposed Wager If the Mets lose, Fred buys five Lou Malnati’s (deep dish), and has to capture a video of him trying to ‘sell’ Chicago Pizza on the street outside USV’s office.If the Cubs lose, I’ll arrange for the delivery of five [crappy NYC pizzas] to 1871 in Chicago (our startup accelerator hub), and we’ll capture video while we setup a ‘NYC Pizza Stand’ that has us singing and selling the praises of NYC pizza (gag).This moment isn’t about baseball; this is about so much more.GAME ON.And for all that’s holy, stop with all this about Toronto (focus!).

    1. PhilipSugar

      I really like that bet!!!

      1. pointsnfigures


    2. LE

      If the Mets lose, Fred buys five Lou Malnati’s (deep dish), and has to capture a video of him trying to ‘sell’ Chicago Pizza on the street outside USV’s office.If the Cubs lose, I’ll arrange for the delivery…and we’ll capture video while we setup a ‘NYC Pizza Stand’ that has us singing and selling the praises of NYC pizza (gag).To me then the loser is the winner. The loser gets to make the video, and receives PR as a result of that. Plus has the fun that goes with it.

      1. Chris Phenner

        If you are a New Yorker or a Chicagoan that has to *sell the pizza of the other city* on video — I am sorry — just no — you are not the ‘winner’ (huh?).

        1. LE

          A picture is worth a thousand words. A video is worth even more.What gets more play and coverage, a few words that says “so and so won a bet” or a video of the loser selling pizza? Crystal clear to me.

          1. Mike O'Horo

            I think for the bet to have maximum risk and impact, the loser should be precluded from any reference to losing a wager. To their fellow Chicagoans or NYers, they should appear to be touting the other city’s pizza straight up.

    3. kidmercury

      that is a good wager. as a person who has lived in both chicago and new york, i have to say that is no contest. nyc wins the pizza beef in a landslide. i enjoy dissing new york but nyc pizza is the best i’ve had in the states (there are a few gourmet shops in chicago that are really good but i’m speaking in aggregates).

      1. LE

        nyc wins the pizza beef in a landslide. i enjoy dissing new york but nyc pizza is the best i’ve hadThat’s right! Thousands of pizza places in NY City and all of them, without exception, make pizza that is better than any pizza made anywhere else! No question about that! It must be the NYC water, similar to why bagels from NYC are better than anywhere else on the planet!!!

        1. Chris Phenner

          Q: Why is NYC Pizza so thin?A: Because you can eat the paper plate it’s served on and notice zero change in the flavor.

        2. TeddyBeingTeddy

          A slice of Johns Pizza in NYC isn’t terrible different than Sbarro. A slice of Malnatis deep dish isn’t terribly different than heaven. AKA North Ave .beach on a summer day. NYC pizza smells like NYC sidewalks on a hut summer day (trash). Chicago pizza smells like Rachel Bilson bathing in fresh roma tomatoes.

      2. Chris Phenner

        Did you just write ‘…a few gourmet shops…’ in reference to Chicago Pizza?<buzzer sound=””> buzzer </buzzer>I’m sorry. Wrong conversation. NYC pizza blows.

      3. Anne Libby

        I’ve gotta side with @cphenner:disqus in this beef.There’s mastery in both NYC-style and deep dish. (Also, un-mentioned, the regular Chicago pizza, cut in squares. Naturally.)But most pizzarias aren’t helmed by masters. Average Chicago pizza beats your average slice, hands down.

        1. Mike O'Horo

          If you’re going to eat deep-dish pizza, why not just eat a loaf of bread?

          1. Anne Libby

            Because you might also need about a pound of cheese!Disclosure: I’m more a fan of the square-cut flat Chicago pizza than of the deep dish…

    4. Anne Libby

      Love it. #truth on the pizza.Almost half my life in Chicagoland, and more than half here in NYC. (And I’m older than 16.)May the best team win.

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    6. sachmo


    7. fredwilson

      pizza’s not my thing. baseball is.

      1. PhilipSugar

        But that is a good bet. I love those types of things. Once I had to give a salesperson a commission check while standing on my head, because of a bet.

      2. Mark Moran

        The loser has to wear the other team’s jersey for a full day, even in public appearances. Afterwards, the losers autograph the jersey and auction it to benefit an education charity in the winner’s city.

      3. Chris Phenner

        Nine Upvotes (per Disqus) for the idea, for the record ๐Ÿ™‚

        1. Chris Phenner

          Update: 18 Upvotes

      4. matthughes

        Great line.

      5. ShanaC


    8. ShanaC


  29. Mike Geer (MG)

    If the Cubs win, you need to run a contest to personally invest into a Chicago startup.

    1. Mike Geer (MG)

      Ah, nevermind, I see you don’t like to mix business in with this. Although building bridges between Chicago and NY Tech may be interesting.

  30. kidmercury

    i don’t like the mets or cubs, but i’m rooting for the mets in this series because cubs fans are the worst. i respect their loyalty but they are obnoxious in a way. also, in chicago, white sox fans like myself often feel dissed and thought of as “the lesser team” in spite of the white sox ability to actually win more than once a century. i think it might be comparable to knicks and nets in nyc; the nets are actually kinda fun to watch at times (series against hawks last year was great), but knicks have all the manhattan pride/elitism/annoying-ness.

    1. Tom Labus

      There’s always hope for the Nets

  31. Rob K

    Just wearing it isn’t enough. You should have to post a pic of wearing Cubs gear at Citi Field. (Doesn’t matter to me, I’m a Red Sox fan)

  32. Scott Barnett

    Let’s go Mets!!!I actually like all 4 teams left – great young talent driving each squad, which is the way it should be. But as a Mets fan since the early 70’s (I was only 3 when they won the Series in ’69), my loyalties are with the boys in Queens.I don’t think the t-shirt swapping bet is meaty enough. Both Mets and Cubs fans are long suffering and we have too much in common. The Cubs also happen to be my 2nd favorite National League team since I was 10 – which is when my Uncle from Chicago got me Cubs and Bears jerseys.

    1. fredwilson

      Me tooo

  33. Alan Warms

    โ€œJon Lester in a big game is always tasty.โ€ — Jon Maddon, on naming Lester his Game 1 starter

  34. Alan Warms

    I think we should raise money for high school computer science and the winning team gets the dollars donated to their city.

    1. fredwilson

      That’s a good idea Al. What’s the right vehicle to give to Chicago K-12 CS efforts. I know the right one in NYC ๐Ÿ˜‰

      1. Alan Warms

        I can find that out – need to update my @disqus so I get these emailed to me. apologies on late reply

  35. jason wright

    anyway, less of this baseball fest and time to talk about the future. it’s an interesting approach to personal mobile computing;…Fred gets a name check, so i can justify (if i must) this post.

  36. mikenolan99

    From my Ethics professor from the University of Illinois:A first grade teacher explains to her class that sheโ€™s a White Sox fan. She asks her students to raise their hands if theyโ€™re White Sox fans, too. Not really knowing what a White Sox fan is but wanting to be just like their teacher, the students launch their hands into the air like fleshy fireworks. There is, however, one exception: A girl named Lucy doesnโ€™t go along with the crowd.The teacher asks her why sheโ€™s decided to be different. โ€œBecause Iโ€™m not a White Sox fan,โ€ Lucy says.โ€œThen what are you?โ€ asks the teacher.โ€œWhy, Iโ€™m proud to be a Cubs fan,โ€ boasts the little girl. The teacher is a little perturbed now, her face slightly red. She asks Lucy why sheโ€™s a Cubs fan. โ€œWell, my mom and dad are Cubs fans, so Iโ€™m a Cubs fan, too.โ€The teacher is now very angry. โ€œThatโ€™s no reason!โ€ she says loudly. โ€œWhat if your mom was a hooker, and your dad was a drug addict. What would you be then?โ€Lucy pauses, then smiles. โ€œWhy, then,โ€ Lucy says, โ€œIโ€™d be a White Sox fan”

    1. Salt Shaker

      That’s a fab story.The disdain that Cubs/Sox fans have for one another is palpable. Far, far worse than Yanks/Mets rivalry in NYC.Wrigley is a shrine to baseball, while The Cell is just a stadium.Hard not to align oneself w/ rich traditions, but Mets in 6.

  37. llonyort

    I was at the 2003 Bartman game, so ready to get this bad taste out of my mouth. However, it would be more torture to wear White Sox gear. I don’t have a deep hatred for the Mets.

  38. Lawrence Brass

    An international version of the wager taking into account France vs All Blacks on sunday, for the rugby world cup:Wearing the winning team cap, and optionally some paint in the face, the losers will deliver a powerful haka in front of the camera (vertical). Stitch and synchronize and there you have, viral stuff.This needs some practice… ka mate, ka mate, ka ora…

  39. David Fleck

    @fredwilson:disqusLifelong Cubs fan. Like wearing blue and red in the crib. That fact explains my eternal optimism.The Mets are falling right into our trap. We’re building their confidence, getting the series to 0-2 to set the dramatic stage. ๐Ÿ™‚ I do think this series goes 6, maybe even 7 games. Two game streaks are statistical noise and let’s hope it reverts back to the mean.I’ll take the original bet. I’ll proudly wear a Mets hat during the World Series. Our two franchises share many not-so-pleasant memories and we were the original rivalry when both were in the NL East (remember ’84? ’89?). So if not the Cubs, I’d root for the Mets……when the series is over……which it isn’t.

  40. creative group

    Bring our Yankees with desire, grit and passion back. Sign only players of this cloth. (Over simplification)…

  41. fredwilson

    Fan fiction, remixing Beyonce, making a crochet baby cap for Mets families. I’m for all of that even though rights holders arent