Cubs, World Series Champs

I’m back to photoblogging and this post is easy.


I’ve been a Cubs fan for the past month. It’s been a lot of fun to root for a fantastic team and I could not feel better for Chicago and Cubs fans everywhere right now. Well done Cubs. World Series Champs.


Comments (Archived):

  1. Donna Brewington White

    Illinois native here. Cheering from LA with my friends and family in Chicago and nearby, and the other transplants around the country. As you can imagine my Facebook feed is on fire!Pleasant surprise to see a post from you come through tonight. But a very special occasion, eh?GO CUBS!

  2. Jabez Boyd

    Thirty days.

  3. Benjamin Haley

    Cubs fan for life. Thanks Gramps! ThubZ UP. Spot Knocker in the crowd next year!!

  4. K_Berger

    Great finish to a great series.

  5. Lawrence Brass

    aka the contrarian midas touch :)something is wrong with my clock.

  6. Nick Grossman


  7. awaldstein

    Great stuff.Great example how you can love the winner without hating the loser. Something our political system (which is us actually) sorely needs to learn.

    1. Jess Bachman

      It’s really helps to have underdog vs underdog.

      1. awaldstein

        true–but sports generally is built on competition without hate.that is how it was for me growing up both sitting in the bleachers at Yankee Stadium and for me, as a wrestler in High School. And similar when I raised my son.Was healthy.

        1. Jess Bachman

          Sports also had mechanisms to balance the teams. This is good for the fans.Something our structural political system needs to learn. Politics is basically Yankees-Cardinals in the fall classic for a few hundred years now.

          1. awaldstein

            Good way to think of it–thanks!

    2. LE

      You could argue though that in politics there is a benefit to hating the loser since those feelings and emotions have the potential to impact others and how they vote.In sports there is virtually no link to whether a group of people hate a particular team and how they play maybe the very small exception might be a game that is not played on home turf with the crowds in the stands.

      1. awaldstein

        I actually think that hate is always bad as a motivator.One of my personal demons with this election is that Trump engenders that in me and I fight against it. I force myself to listen with nuance to not misunderstand.But I despise everything he is and stands for.This is not healthy.

        1. LE

          Not taking sides here with either evil however the thing I hate more is the assumption by those who support Hillary (or that don’t like Trump) is that anyone even considering Trump has their head screwed on wrong. That’s parental (and/or extreme peer pressure) and doesn’t recognize that people can have different views. Nothing is worse than that. Plus psychologically (like with the high school kid who purposely does what his parents don’t want him to do) it’s also the wrong approach to get some people to change their mind. They dig in their heals and remain consistent with their original thought. They don’t say “hey you are right I am wrong thanks for pointing that out to me”.

          1. awaldstein

            Everyone has their points of decision.For me if you are a bigot and a racist, nothing else matters.No interest in anything more. No interest in debating whether that is true or not.When it became clear that Ezra Pound was a racist, I stopped reading his poems. When it became clear that a long loved winemaker was indeed a bigot, I donated all of my collection of his wines to be sold to an org to fight this and moved on.I make my decision and move on. Each to their own.

          2. LE

            clear that Ezra Pound was a racistIn a recent WSJ article reviewing the Porsche 911 S Turbo Dan Neal referred to it as follows:So, naturally, if Dame Fortune or Lady Lotto should extend a pass to one great sports car, the decision tree could only branch, rationally and inevitably, to the proverbial ass-engine Nazi slot car.WTF?I am not easily offended and hate all of the PC stuff but that actually prompted me (for the first time ever) to write to both the WSJ and Porsche pointing out my discomfort. WSJ said nothing. Porsche said nothing even though I was writing to someone who I had communicated with before (I wrangled a $5000 credit from them which I honestly didn’t deserve).My main issue was that I didn’t like the brand being tarnished in that way and I think that perhaps it’s possible that a similar thing happened with the ‘brand of Ezra Pound’ in you head. The party was ended by the negative association. The happy time ended. This happened with me and Cat Stevens.Trump has entirely deprecated his brand as a result of his actions. That is, something that is generally viewed positively (like Porsche or to a much lesser extent Trump) can easily be destroyed if linked in a strong way to a negative. It all shows how ephemeral and made up branding is.

          3. Twain Twain

            It’s really admirable that you “walk the talk” of your principles, Arnold.

          4. awaldstein

            Thanks–Hey, I’m no saint.But bigotry, racism and mysogeny are not character flaws to me, they are characteristics that make you unfit as a human being.There is no-one, no matter how brilliant, regardless of the situation that is notable other than scum when those are their values.

          5. James Ferguson @kWIQly

            Some things are black and white 😉 ! – When it comes to bigotry and rejecting it there is little room for compromise or tolerance.Patience is one thing – many people need time to learn to be decent (especially if they have been surrounded by ignorance).But when I look at trump I see someone who makes a virtue of hatred. Sadly enough if he had been where I was at school he would have got a good thrashing or two and perhaps learned that privilege and power are sometimes separable. I simply hope the US wakes up to the need not to let a dangerous nutter do what he wants because if and when he does it will have consequence that may take years to overcome.

          6. awaldstein

            Thanks–couple of comments.Racists and bigots don’t require thrashings. They are beyond the pale of civilized society. Hate is to my mind evil and the only definition of it I can think of.Trump is sub human to me, no question. He is a bigot, a racist. A women abuser. Not interested in arguing this. These are the facts to me.The question I struggle with still, is not that friends of mine, good ones, who will vote for neither but a third party. These are people with strong moral compasses though we calibrate things differently.But people I know well who in spite of what Trump is will vote for him.I can’t reconcile that as yet. Under any circumstances so this is still a struggle for me to come to terms with.

          7. James Ferguson @kWIQly

            Fully agreed – I understand the difficulty in reconciling freedom of expression and those that are beyond the pale.Many thought leaders have struggled with the question of when to act the poignant Martin Miemoeller statement says much of how there is a line and that the line must be held .Holding the line is also at costFirst they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Socialist.Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Trade Unionist.Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Jew.Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

          8. awaldstein

            Thanks for this. Have a great weekend.

          9. cavepainting

            i don’t have a problem with people supporting Trump. Even I considered it for a while. But I do have a problem with people ( even on this forum) asking for Hillary to be thrown in jail, impeached,and far worse.There is a culture around his campaign that is despicable. May be not everyone subscribes to it, but it sure smells bad.

      2. JLM

        .In baseball, you don’t get the pitches in advance and the entire process is transparent.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

        1. LE

          Answer: Donna Brazile

          1. JLM

            .Does she feel like a dumbass? I doubt it. That’s just the way “journalists” and politicians — Dems — roll.WTF was CNN thinking putting the DNC ass’t chair on their line up?It’s like hitting the batter at 100 mph.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

          2. LE

            Many in the TV media will have post partum after the election. [1] This has been a period of unprecedented and easy stories and if Hillary wins they will all have to go back to actually working to come up with the stories of the day. They won’t have Dick Nixon to kick around anymore.[1] I remember how depressed Geraldo was after OJ was acquitted. They had spent so much time on TV discussing I think they kind of assumed he would be found guilty and would file appeals and the business would last for several more years.

          3. JLM

            .We will have an open rebellion between the FBI and the DOJ if HRC is elected.There will be a Special Prosecutor/Counsel and we will have a Constitutional crisis that will make Nixon’s Watergate and the impeachment of WJC look like little league.Can you imagine if HRC is impeached? She and WJC — husband and ghoul team impeached.We are due for some history to be made here soon.If trends continue, we will not have to worry about that.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

          4. LE

            Republicans could attempt to trade freedom and immunity for repeal of Obamacare and approval of right leaning judges. Why let a good bargaining position go to waste? As long as that goofy idealist jackass Elizabeth Warren doesn’t get in the way.

          5. JLM

            .Good idea other than the fact that the “bargaining” of criminal investigation is a felony.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

          6. LE

            Well then they can simply skip memorializing it in a signed agreement or talking about it in email.All in all the US would have been a better place if fucking Woodward and Bernstein hadn’t started us down the righteous road which required payback at a later date.Also negotiation done the wrong way can be considered extortion. It’s all in the setup, timing and wording.

          7. JLM

            .Actually it was Ross Perot. If that little egomaniac didn’t take 18% in 1992 and 8% in 1996, nobody would ever have heard of Bill Clinton or Hillary or Monica.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

          8. LE

            True, but don’t forget (and to my point):Republican Congressman Henry Hyde made some surprising comments Thursday on the impeachment hearings of President Bill Clinton. He now says Republicans may have gone after Clinton to retaliate for the impeachment of Richard Nixon.…We had payback for Obamacare in terms of the gridlock we had because he shoved that fucking thing through at all costs.

          9. cavepainting

            That is exactly right and that is how the human mind works. It lets no slight go without response, and no attack go without retaliation.True in relationships, True in groups with a collective mind and ethos like political parties. True everywhere.But evolved people who put the collective good over the petty can break the cycle. We just don’t have enough of them.

          10. cavepainting

            Republicans have demonized their opponents for way too long. And this is supposed to be the world’s greatest country with the richest political traditions! I have seen zero evidence of corruption or criminal intent that can be prosecuted successfully in a court of law.Such rhetoric is beneath all of us. She is not even elected and there is talk of impeachment ! Give me a break !The FBI has lost all credibility by inserting itself into the election. There is a clear blowback among the college educated and the millennial generation.

          11. JLM

            .Cave, where have you been, dude?Of course, let’s overlook that it was the Clinton 2008 campaign which came up with the picture of Barack Hussein Obama in the Muslim garb and who started the entire birther movement.I doubt you will get much joinder from anyone amongst the rank and file of the FBI or anyone who has ever handled classified information.This is a woman who is under CRIMINAL investigation by the FBI for three different allegations. CRIMINAL investigation.The FBI — Director Comey — was a champ and quite credible when it characterized HRC as “extremely careless” on 5 July but is now the enemy when it suggests that amongst 650,000 Huma Weiner emails might be some grist for the mill.HRC has nobody to blame but herself. It was not the Russians who decided to run the Dept of State from an unsecure server in the bowels of her basement. No, that was the judgment of HRC and nobody else.It was HRC who decided to delete her emails, not the Russians. It was HRC who could not remember what happened, not the Russians.What is truly troubling is to see the Dept of Justice joining the IRS in being weaponized by the Obama administration to assist their friends and to assail their enemies.The idea that an Assistant Attorney General would communicate with any campaign chairperson about a criminal investigation, of which they were the target, in any manner boggles one’s mind.The FBI has an opportunity to redeem the gov’t if they are wiling to simply follow the evidence — wherever it may lead — and to report fairly and honestly to the American people.This all puts the “chance” meeting between AG Lynch and WJC in an entirely different light.There is a wholesale lack of judgment involved here and HRC has only herself to blame for the outcome.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

          12. cavepainting

            JLM, all of this is speculation and gossip. You are repeating far right talking points that one constantly hears on hannity. There is ZERO prosecutable evidence. She made a mistake on the private server, but that is because she is paranoid about her privacy, given 30 years of constant scrutiny and people like you making mountains out of molehills. There is no secret or devious plan, and no criminal activity.It takes a lot of gall for you to talk about a stray incident in 2008 ( that was sponsored by a third party voting firm that was testing vulnerabilities of all democratic candidates in a general election) when your candidate has been personally questioning Obama’s faith and citizenship for the last 5 years.

          13. JLM

            .There is nothing speculative to the assertion that HRC is under CRIMINAL investigation by the FBI. The FBI only conducts CRIMINAL investigations. That’s all they do.She made a “mistake” on her server — what others may ultimately come to characterize as a crime if she failed to adequately safeguard classified material — is a testament to her judgment.Again, nothing even remotely speculative about that assertion.As to Trump — he is really not “my” candidate. I voted for him and against HRC, to that I admit.I see no evidence that Pres Obama even has a faith or attends church with any regularity.Speculative? I think not but let’s stay tuned and see where the FBI CRIMINAL investigation leads us.US Code Sec 503.59 (p) provides:(p) Any person having access to and possession of classified information is responsible for protecting it from persons not authorized access to it, to include securing it in approved equipment or facilities, whenever it is not under the direct supervision of authorized persons.It is difficult to see how HRC does not fall prey to something that simple.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

          14. cavepainting

            it will take a lot of damning evidence to overturn Comey’s earlier decision. You have to prove obstruction of justice or wilful violation of the laws.This is really nothing but a witch hunt, and a shameful one.This is what the Republicans and Trump have given us. A nation filled with hatred and division, that is starting turn on itself.

          15. JLM

            .Not really. That is not the way the criminal justice system works.All Comey has to do is to convince the DOJ to take the evidence to a grand jury and present it. A grand jury is the failsafe and the coward’s way out.The DOJ will want to take this coward’s way out and let the evidence be presented to a grand jury rather than give the FBI a soap box upon which to tell the story to Congress.The Congress will hold hearings as they have already done. Nobody with a brain wants to allow Trey Gowdy to litigate this matter in the press.Don’t you recall his grilling of Dir Comey. The most effective 4 minutes of Congressional hearing in the entire mess.Once Congress gets involved the hue and cry for a Special Counsel will resonate and likely be granted. Only the AG can make this decision which will only focus more attention on her.It is difficult to lay any of the email scandal at Trump’s feet. While he is a beneficiary, there is absolutely no connection between him and HRC’s decision to use a private server.It is preposterous to suggest that Trump was even thinking of running for President when HRC was Sec of State. You are getting wrapped in your own underwear as it relates to the time line.HRC has NOBODY to blame other than herself. Donald J Trump did not tell her to use a private server and DJT has no control over FBI Director Comey.HRC owns this problem because she created it. It is nonsense to suggest Trump had anything to do with it.Four months ago, FBI Dir Comey was a prince and now he’s a bum. That’s the Dems problem. Own it.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

          16. cavepainting

            JLM, I never said Trunp is behind the email scandal. But him and the far right have played a key part in making this election coarse, personal and negative.I just think you and many others on the right are blinded by hatred. If not emails, it was Benghazi. If not Benghazi, it was being an accomplice to bill Clinton’s assaults on women. She has been attacked and demonized more than any politician in memory.I see no point in discussing further and have no desire to engage with someone who shows no openness to acknowledging that the truth may be different from his current opinion.I still believe and hope the vast majority of people can separate signal from noise to make a deliberate and well thought out decision. Which I hope is to vote for the better candidate in the race who is Hillary Clinton. We shall see on Nov 8.

          17. Quantella Owens

            @JLM @LEIt is naivete. And cultural. She was probably asked by someone she trusted…and she believed-without meaning to do harm-that what they were asking was not out of bounds. The point could be made that she was out of her depth, but that can be said for a lot of us at many different times. She should have thoroughly researched the rules of being Chair or barring that….CNN should have made sure she understood that her two roles should not overlap. CNN failed to maintain journalistic integrity and she failed to maintain distance between two very separate and important roles. I believe she didn’t know she was supposed to do so. But I think she should have asked. Historically, certain people have been “told” what/how to think/behave for such a long time…that they fail to make the mental shift necessary to thinking for themselves.

          18. LE

            Historically, certain people have been “told” what/how to think/behave for such a long time…that they fail to make the mental shift necessary to thinking for themselves.This is actually one of my issues with Hillary. Been around handlers (and Bill) so long hasn’t developed the ability to think on her own w/o input and help from others. There is a big difference between this and thinking on your own but considering input from others.

          19. Quantella Owens

            My issue with Hillary is that she stood by and let her husband use his influence and his office to engage in sexual relations with women who didn’t know any better and who were overawed. If she wins, I will probably throw up quite violently, but as an AA woman if Trump wins, I’ll probably be shot in the back on some street somewhere. Oh, wait, that might happen anyway. There are a ton of more qualified, serious women-Nancy Pelosi, Madeleine Albright etc-who deserve to be President before she does. We don’t need anyone in office who believes that the exploitation-as blatantly as this at least-of women is the way forward.

          20. JLM

            .How about Condoleeza Rice?JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

          21. Quantella Owens

            IMHO, I do not think we are ready.I know that Senator Booker is probably aiming in this direction, but as Obama’s Presidency showed me….we are not ready. There isn’t anything necessarily wrong with not being ready. The danger comes from doing things before you are ready.And I think Obama may have damaged any future chances. I don’t dislike him, I just wish he had some practical experience as an elected official before taking on the highest role in the land.

          22. Salt Shaker

            Booker would have been a far better choice for VP than Kaine. Kaine was a safe, yet weak choice. Cory is progressive and he would have helped get out the black vote, which as we’re seeing w/ early voter balloting, is running quite low. Call it strategic or call it pandering, your choice, but we’re increasingly seeing a fine line between the two in modern-day politics.

          23. JLM

            .Kaine gives them a real shot at Virginia though I think the combination of McDonnel being exonerated and McAuliffe trying to register every felon in the state has probably energized the Commonwealth.A classmate of mine, retired Army Colonel, who has been in the House of Burgesses forever says Trump wins Virginia handily. He has his finger on the pulse.Corey Booker was New Jersey and the combination of New York (HRC) and New Jersey makes it a north v south election. Something that would not work.I predict that Trump takes the highest percentage of the black vote that any Republican has in modern times. Not so with Hispanics.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

          24. Salt Shaker

            Booker transcends geography. He would have played extremely well on a national stage, as we’ll see in the coming years.

          25. JLM

            .It is hard to see how a Senator from NY and a Senator from NJ gets one much nationally.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

          26. Salt Shaker

            His ethnicity transcends his geography. Same as it would w/ a Latino candidate.

          27. Quantella Owens

            Personally, I have never voted. And I never will. I do not believe that a vote should be something I could lose because today you don’t like the color of my hair or because I have been arrested or even convicted. I also don’t believe that denying ex-offenders the right to vote can possibly be seen by either side as anything other than voter suppression. If some of those convicted had better attorneys, which obviously implies better legal funding options, then they wouldn’t have been convicted in the first place. Right or wrong, the poor suffer unevenly from the present system and I cannot support it. If, in addition to losing the right to vote, I also lost financial obligations then that would be a different story, but taxes and fines/fees are still expected to be paid. And again AA communities suffer from these schemes unfairly.

          28. Salt Shaker

            Fully undertand your POV, and agree w/ most (if not all) of what you wrote, but sitting on the sidelines accomplishes nothing. If anything, it’s a tacit approval of the status quo. It reads like, “I’m whooped, you won,” which should never be the answer to most things, particularly racial injustice and inequities. Perhaps I’m being presumptuous and you’re engaging in other ways? The system admittedly is terribly flawed but it’s hard to argue w/ the notion that progress isn’t being made, even if it’s unreasonably slow. The daily news is a bit of a reality check, for sure, but people are indeed listening.

          29. Quantella Owens

            It reads that way because of the person/s doing the reading. In other words, we all see these things through our own lens. The truth is that I couldn’t care less who wins. Nothing will change, improve or be different in any way that matters one iota to me. As for “news,” I haven’t engaged with any in a major way since I decided not to pursue a career in journalism, 20+ years ago. There is no such thing as “news.” There is noise, lies and manipulations…but no news. There is a quote, attributed to Orwell I think, which sums it up for me:“Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.” Now, there are caveats to this, for me, and one of those is that no journalist should put people in danger in order to make a name for themselves if at all possible. In this election, the sidelines are the only legit place to be. A vote for either of these two is a travesty and I will not give either of them my support to continue their acts of tomfoolery.

          30. JLM

            .Pres Obama was the first black President and he will be the last black President for a long, long, long time.There is no real quarrel with Pres Obama personally — other than being an inveterate and unrepentant liar — but his policies and governance has been a disaster.I had high hopes for his ability to quell racial unrest. That is the one that surprises me the most. He made every possible bad move.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

          31. Quantella Owens

            Quelling racial unrest was never a part of his plan. He chose to exist as if he was not perceived as black…and perhaps growing up on the Big Island has something to do with this, but I think it has more to do with our-internal-caste system. I hope for his sake that choice does not come back to haunt him…and in some cases I do understand the need to separate yourself from the weight of always being identified first by your exterior. I carry those same rocks uphill every second of every day myself, but the World has a way of reminding those who forget. I should also point out that Africans-from Africa, I mean-tend to look down on African Americans…for the sake of clarity.

          32. JLM

            ,A friend of mine — former NBA player — calls Pres Obama a Martha’s Vineyard black man, which sums it up.I hear you loud and clear about being identified by one’s exterior. It is a curse and it is inherently unfair.In that regard, I do think there is a smidgen of white privilege at work in our society. You may quote me on that.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

          33. Quantella Owens

            “a smidgen.”I am assuming that everything-even smidgens-really is bigger in Texas. :)You know, I can’t wait for your books to come out. You have a true way with words…and I mean that sincerely.

          34. cavepainting

            Given the tortured history of the US, racism has existed for long. By all accounts, it has gotten progressively better over the last few decades, the blips notwithstanding.But we cannot hold the President accountable if some deranged individuals do stupid things. He has been nothing but gracious and thoughtful in discussing and dealing with issues related to race.What has happened is that a black president has uncorked hitherto hidden bad feelings in some parts of the country, and has led to more anger, hatred and division.The increased unrest today is not a reflection on him. It is on the society and its people. The fact that David Duke can compete in a Senate race and say these outrageous things says that we still have a long way to go.

          35. JLM

            .The country has made great strides as it regards racism — you do know that Pres Obama is black, right? [To be fair, he is half black but still he self-identifies as black.]What Pres Obama has done is to play at leadership. He has neither done anything in the economy for black, youth unemployment or the result of such unemployment which is the lawlessness of riots in places like Ferguson, Baltimore, Milwaukee, Charlotte.He has, essentially, been a do nothing President — quick to give a speech but not so quick to actually do anything else.What he has done is to legitimize race baiters such as Al Sharpton and BLM (Black Lives Matter). This systematic undermining of law enforcement has contributed mightily to an increased level of tension and unrest.Louisiana has had two Republican Senators since having elected Democrats since the end of the Civil War (1872 and 1883).David Duke has zero chance of receiving the Republican nomination for either of the Louisiana seats.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

          36. JLM

            .I assume you are talking about Donna Brazile.She is an accomplished and skillful commentator and political operative. I don’t think even she would describe what she does as “journalism.”I also don’t think it is the high hurdles not to provide one’s partisan allies with confidential information — debate questions before the debate — which is obtained from her job as a CNN political commentator.Her defense when confronted by Megyn Kelly was laughable and was a bald faced lie — a pathetic attempt to suggest that she had some unspent balance of credibility and honor that should somehow preclude our “jumping” to the conclusion suggested by the evidence.Oh, yeah, the Russians and they were stolen and Donald Trump.What is left unsaid is — Why didn’t the HRC campaign object to being fed the questions?The obvious answer is that all involved are cheaters and not only want to cheat but are used to doing it regularly. Their default condition.As to CNN, they are must as much a part of the Democratic machine as the DNC itself.I don’t in any way decry or suggest that Donna Brazile is not smart enough to reason to every detail of which we have spoken. She’s just a cheater who got caught. Nothing more.She, CNN, HRC — all cheaters whose only regret is getting caught.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

          37. Quantella Owens

            I am not disagreeing with you, I’m just trying to point out that for some it is a cultural matter…rather than solely a matter of someone attempting to cheat. Cultural awareness would go along way, I think, to clarifying confusion around certain behaviors by certain people.

          38. JLM

            .Are you saying that because she is black, she is pre-disposed to being a cheater? I certainly hope not.What culture?JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

          39. LE

            Luckily I have never been charged with a crime. However culturally I would guess that my parents and family would be much less mortified and more accepting if I was charged with a white collar crime (even of a large dollar amount) than if I was charged with a blue collar crime and/or even shoplifting. Actually the labor department way back sued me for some infraction and fined me (17k in 80’s dollars) and nobody cared at all about that ‘pass the carrots please’.Never heard anything regarding blacks being more disposed to cheating than any other group. I have noted though (totally fwiw) that there is never any news about blacks being charged with sex crimes or molestation and the like.

          40. JLM

            .I was once charged with stealing Theresa S’s purse in the library. I was with Officer G’s son, Anthony, when apprehended walking home from the library.An eye witness swore she’d seen me with the purse but it was actually a baloney sandwich which my mother vouched for my having with me. I often left for the library armed with baloney.It was all cleaned up when Theresa “found” her wallet in the stacks — nothing missing.Officer G did smack the snot out of me and his son for which he later apologized though it struck me as being a little insincere. I did not tell him as he was a very scary guy.Theresa was the first girl in my class to be visited by the Puberty Fairy and I appreciated her being my accuser. I tried to work it to my advantage to some small but otherwise unnotable success.I remember what it was like when my mother was there before I was cleared. She was quite ashamed of me until I trotted out the baloney alibi.OTOH, in 4th grade (Mr. Knowles) — every boy in my row went to jail for murder except me. My mother was very proud of that fact and I have touted it for years since then.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

          41. Quantella Owens

            No. I am saying that very often when someone people admire ask them to do things, like donate money to a cause for example, it is entirely possible that they might donate ** whether or not they themselves find any value in that particular cause.** They might also be more inclined to engage others to donate also whether or not they have any affinity for that cause. And the “culture” thing is not necessarily just about race, but about history. I am tiptoeing here and trying to answer very gently because I am not in any way interested in a flame war or any more misunderstandings from various parties here at AVC. I think you understand me perfectly.

          42. JLM

            .Fair play to you. I get exactly what you are saying and I agree more with you than you do with yourself. Thanks.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

          43. PhilipSugar

            Yes this is exactly correct. If you were honorable you would come out and say what happened before the debate. This happens all of the time. You recuse yourself. There is even a word for it.

          44. LE

            I think that you are missing the fact that this goes (for them) beyond honor. They are thinking that they are saving the world if they can stop Trump from getting elected. This is similar to how some people will do all sorts of things for religious causes that make no sense. Or how some people will break the law and protest if they think the end result justifies.Interesting… a very dignified Doctor that I was speaking to the other day didn’t say he is supporting Trump but I think he is (by things that he was saying). I also know that he is Catholic and also a fertility Doctor. I know he is also very rigid in his thinking. I think he both hates Hillary for her dishonesty (he is also a lawyer as well) but more importantly I think the abortion issue is what decides it for him. I am guessing that he likes Trumps abortion stance.

    3. PhilipSugar

      I agree it is very sad. This has been the worst election of all time. The problem is both candidates are deserving of their treatment. Trump is absolutely awful. That is not a strong enough word, but I am not going with another reference.Hillary is going to have some awful emails exposed either Friday or Monday. Comey knows Wiener’s computer has been hacked.Think about it. Wiki Leaks went after all computers of people around her. Who better than her confidant. Poor judgement with computers???? Wiener is not only the poster child he is the the all time all star.Comey knows what is coming and that is why he came out. No different than a CFO that has been cooking the books. Eventually you say I did not sign up for this shit show which is what our election has become.

      1. awaldstein

        Yup–its ugly. And exhausting. And so sad.My way of dealing with this after truly throwing myself into listening hard and understanding is simply to fall back on my core beliefs that I was raised with and still believe, that hate be it bigotry, racism, mysogeny, just can’t be tolerated under any circumstance. End of discussion for me.Doesn’t mean that choice is good, but it is clear.I do wonder how this process gets disrupted and changed honestly.Is there really a class of people who can work their way to the top in this rat race and still not be scared to the point of being a Frankenstein as a result?

        1. PhilipSugar

          I agree with your core beliefs. Can’t be tolerated.I have been clear. You have to not have been in politics as a career. She gets elected and impeached.Nixon was impeached for much less. Martha Stewart went to prison for much less. Prison.Sad.

          1. Salt Shaker

            For the record, Nixon was never impeached. He resigned before it reached that stage, though the outcome was never in doubt, hence his preemptive move. A precedent has already been set w/ the first stage of the Clinton email investigation when the FBI recommended non-prosecution. If it’s more of the same w/ what they find on Weiner’s computer, then the default position again is “poor judgment” which the DOJ has backed, irrespective if that decision was politically motivated. Only if there’s a smoking gun w/ blatant mishandling of classified info (that wasn’t re-classified de facto) is she culpable. OTOH, if I’m Huma I’d better get me a pretty damn good criminal defense attorney, as she was transmitting docs (while Clinton allegedly just stored on a private server.)

          2. PhilipSugar

            Point well taken. Pure speculation. Huma had full access to all emails. I have an assistant that wants that and I will not grant. It’s easy to do.Why have a private email server, if you are not worried about your emails?In no way am I saying your emails need to be published.They will find dirty deeds like the secret Nixon tapes.History does not repeat but it rhymes.Secret Reel to Reel tapes with parts destroyed?Secret emails with parts destroyed?Hmmmm.

          3. JLM

            .There is, apparently, a prima facie case to be made that if five bad actors hacked this computer — a “fact” widely reported as being true — then, the simple reality of being hacked stands for the proposition that the classified material was not properly safeguarded.It is difficult to believe that this case was “reopened” without people at the FBI knowing exactly what was in those emails.The act of obtaining a warrant is a CYA chain of evidence act. One does not require a search warrant to take a look at anything that arouses suspicion and which is freely given by a suspect (Weiner).If a cop asks you, “May I look in your car?” and you allow it, then you are screwed. Still, the cop is going to want to Mirandize you to create a plausible chain of evidence.Apparently, this was an Outlook 2010 based system which would allow a champanzee to search for recipients and senders. It would also allow keyword searches using the “Search Contextual Tab” which would deliver search results showing all emails with attachments.So, I find it very difficult to believe the FBI didn’t have evidence at hand before Comey drew breath on this.I also think the conflict between the FBI and the DOJ has now marinated sufficiently that there are competing leaks which show clearly that sides have been chosen between career FBI guys and DOJ political appointees.In the intel game, they call the political appointees the “Christmas Help” and the FBI is the same.Even with 650,000 emails these simple search results would blossom forth very quickly. They can also search for emails previously produced and use date ranges around those particular dates.I think the FBI has a lot of info and is sitting on it.We shall see.I do note that the FBI has historically been pretty damn good about not leaking. Nobody has apparently known there was a year long Clinton Foundation criminal investigation underway until recently.The FBI does have its stinger out. They will have to justify that at some future date but it is beginning to look like it IS a mutiny against Comey, who is trying to repatriate his own legend.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

          4. PhilipSugar

            I was speculating on it being hacked. But if I had to guess who could get a computer hacked it would be Wiener. People with good judgement get computers hacked. People that send out pictures of their Wiener’s? That defines bad judgement.

          5. Salt Shaker

            So, about 12 months ago I was standing outside my apt on W72nd Street when Anthony and Huma walked by. They were not walking side by side, rather Anthony strangely was a good 2 or 3 paces ahead of Huma. Both literally looked like their dog just died. They were a picture of sadness. Not sure where they were coming from, or where they were headed, as they don’t live in the neighborhood. I felt tempted to say something like “cheer up,” or “don’t worry, things will get better,” but that, of course, would have been grossly inaccurate. This election cycle is Monty Python-esq. Have you seen the Weiner doc on SHO? Quite cringeworthy, and far more embarrassing for her, frankly.

          6. awaldstein

            Sad I agree.Not as certain as you that that is the outcome in front of us.But you do make me feel like I woke to be living in a play by Sartre.

  8. William Mougayar

    And congrats to Jeff Carter. He was at the game, posting on Facebook throughout the roller coaster. I watched the end of the game via someone on Facebook who was live streaming his Twitter TV channel in a Cubs fan room, with his own voice over. It was way better than a tv commentator and I almost felt like I was there.

    1. Jess Bachman

      I watched the game on a YouTube live stream of some 11 year old who had his phone pointed at the TV. There were 20k people on the stream.

      1. William Mougayar

        yup…that was a surreal experience for me.

        1. Jess Bachman

          Yeah it was classic internet. The live chat was the worst of humanity and there is some pre-teen trying to deal with the flash attention. “Guys I’m going to turn off the stream if you can’t behave, oh and please subscribe!”

    2. Pointsandfigures

      Just woke up. Wow. There is a first for everything in your life even when you are our age Pure magic. Typical Chicago Cubs stress. Thought we had em, then we didn’t. Then, we did.

    3. LE

      And congrats to Jeff Carter.So far Carter hasn’t checked in (it’s 12:23 EDT). He is probably hung over. Fred posted after the game ended judging by the first comment.

    4. pointsnfigures

      thanks!! Wow. I have been alive for exactly 50% of the streak…..

  9. Tom Labus

    Good series. Baseball is great when played well.

    1. JLM

      .I still remember huddling around a radio and listening to the exploits of Yankees #7.Those were the days.I cannot believe a man can throw a baseball 105 mph.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

      1. Tom Labus

        Day games too.

      2. awaldstein

        I grew up in the bleachers of Yankee Stadium at that time as a young boy!Damn–they were giants to me.

        1. JLM

          .Did you ever go to their practices?JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

          1. awaldstein

            No–My uncle lived in the neighborhood and was a milk man during the week (believe that !) so we only went on the weekends with him.

      3. Tom Labus

        Baseball on the radio was so good. I can remember when some kid brought a transistor to school so we could try and sneak a score of the WS games. I played a couple of seasons with the old Newark Bears. We played in some dump in the Ironbound section. It was great

        1. JLM

          .Do you know who Ruppert and Effa were?I know the stadium where they played though I never went to a game. There is a lot of history involved with the Newark Bears.My connection is that my Dad taught ROTC at Rutgers and Rutgers played some games (long, long after my Dad taught there) there. I just knew that piece of trivia. I’ve always followed Rutgers. We lived at Camp Kilmer (where I was born) which is nearby.The stadium is getting ready to be torn down next year to make way for some real estate development.What position did Tom Labus play?JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

          1. Tom Labus

            Sorry don’t know the names.I haven’t been in Newark in a long time.I played short and could toss a few innings if needed

      4. CJ

        I wonder if that number is inflation adjusted? I remember being flabbergasted at Nolan Ryan’s 100+mph fastball, to think that 105mph is now attainable is just crazy.

        1. JLM

          .For some reason I used to think Billy Wagner with Houston was the hardest thrower ever but, apparently, it was Nolan Ryan at 108.1 in 1974.The Cubs’ Aroldis Chapman is no slouch at #3 at 105.1.Can you imagine getting hit by such a pitch?JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

          1. CJ

            I remember these numbers being lower when I was a kid – Ryan held the record then (and I guess now?) and it was always touted as 100.9mph. But it looks like they’ve retroactively recalculated these older pitches as the older measurements were done 10ft from the plate vs. today’s standard 50ft.So that 100.9mph translates to 108 now. Today I Learned.To answer though, no, but I bet that bird from the All Star game is still thinking about that Johnson pitch…even in the afterlife. LOL

  10. Ana Milicevic

    Would be cool if we could all photo-comment in return and turn this into a visual day but Disqus isn’t the best platform out for that 🙁

      1. Anne Libby

        First thing I thought of when I heard the news.

    1. William Mougayar

      isn’t that what instagram is for…more or less

      1. Ana Milicevic

        I can’t get anything past you William! This was a feeble attempt to get Fred to go more cross-platform 🙂

    2. LE

      A good feature would be to be able to activate the webcam with disqus and take a short video.

      1. Anne Libby

        AVC Live(ish)

        1. LE

          Honestly nothing is going on with disqus that I can tell the product is frozen in time. Adding video and/or live (good idea) hard to see how that wouldn’t enhance the product. For one thing it would bring in an entire group of people that don’t want to write. [1] Right now you can attach pictures to disqus that you have on your desktop but not videos. For videos you have to upload first somewhere else and then link. To much work I have a day job already. Being able to just drop in a video would be great. (You can drop in gifs but would have to convert first and then there is no audio). And attaching audio files w/o having to upload to soundcloud.[1] Not something I would use (I would rather write and remain semi anonymous) but I can see others doing so.

    3. jason wright

      A Visual Collage

  11. aminTorres

    I kept staring at this picture waiting for the “Thug life” to appear 🙂

  12. Jess Bachman

    Nobody puts the Cubs in a corner for 109 years in a row. Nobody.

  13. falicon

    Enthusiast – not fan…unless you plan to stick with them from now going forward no matter what (I suspect you don’t).You can be happy for the team, and excited about the win (most of us are)…you can even celebrate it with some apparel or however you like…but in my book you’re still not officially a “fan” until you continue to support them through the downs and suffering as well.One month, as they head to a championship does not earn you the fan designation. Unless you want to throw “bandwagon” in front of that label…

    1. TuskyRazorbacks

      Indeed…include “fair weather” as an accurate description of far too may of those so-called Cubs fans.

    2. Erin

      Everyone becomes a fan on some level during playoffs or the world cup or whatever championship game. Doesn’t diminish the huge payoff that diehard fans will have experienced, and doesn’t mean that more recent fans aren’t sincerely touched by the narrative.

  14. Guy Lepage

    I fell asleep early but woke in the middle of the night to catch the 10th after the rain delay. Doesn’t get any better of an ending to a season for the Cubbies than last night. What a fairytale ending.

  15. AMT Editorial Staff

    Did you see the Bill Murray “joy” montage…. He defines eccentric. Love him. http://consequenceofsound.n

  16. Kirsten Lambertsen

    Maybe this is 2016’s way of saying it’s sorry for all the shit it’s pulled this year.

  17. LE

    Fwiw I was into the Cubs winning because of what was posted here previously.

  18. Sam

    You do a good incognito, Fred.

  19. Anne Libby

    Where’s Jeff? Brandon?

    1. pointsnfigures

      https://uploads.disquscdn.c… We got to bed 330am ET. Took us a while to get on the road and going. This is a photo of the outside of the wall at Wrigley.

  20. Pointsandfigures

    That may have been the best game 7 ever

    1. Tom Labus

      Right up there. Congrats on the WS win!!

  21. jason wright

    Incognito. Alec Baldwin mode.

      1. CJ


  22. creative group

    FRED:”I’ve been a Cubs fan for the past month”FOR THE PAST MONTH! (In a Allen Iverson practice retort)The worst accessory worn by a non Cubs fan.https://uploads.disquscdn.c…Only confirms every post regarding bandwagoneers.#bandwagoneersbedamned#bandwagoneersnottruefans#afterteamswinchasers#YankeesNYGiantsSorryKnicksNYRangers4Life

    1. pointsnfigures

      We will take him. Fred appreciates the struggle.

      1. creative group

        pointsnfigures:”the struggle”.If a struggle actually hit 98.9℅ of the contributors on the head they wouldn’t recognize it. The entitled attempting to connect with straggling.Contribution to academic fraternity. Oxymoron.

  23. BillMcNeely

    I enjoyed the Series. However MLB has a growing problem with folks under 30. How to keep them engaged when they haven’t played the sport

    1. TuskyRazorbacks

      That’s why they bring their cellphones to the stadium.

    2. Richard

      yes, nobody goes to the games anymore, it’s too crowded

  24. Salt Shaker

    Great game, great series, great drama. By and large, the series had both great pitching and clutch hitting. Easy to see comparatively the deficiencies in my team (the Mets). Need to be solid in all facets. Pitchers and catchers report in a little more than 3 months.

  25. LIAD

    dude – you got any dime bags?

    1. Richard

      Is it just me or do all VCs eventually all look look the same??

  26. SteiNYSF

    Nice hat! Met’s Pitchers and Catchers report in 2 1/2 months

    1. pointsnfigures

      The Mets scare me. Great pitching.

  27. Steve Lincoln

    Somewhere Ernie Banks and Ron Santo are smiling!

  28. V Tyree

    P.S.: Hey, A way FUN! series. I am HAPPY for the Cubs & all the fans. Also, how great to be alive to experience their WIN-very! Be well. v P.P.S.: Get some rest Fred…

  29. creative group

    CONTRIBUTORS:OFF TOPIC POST: (Clinton Probe)We are committed Independents (Fiscally responsible and Progressively thoughtful of those in need). When reviewing a position either Conservative or Democrat the source ofthe information is just as important as the information presented.We reserved our view on the Clinton gaff’s and appearance of improprieties becauseof the sources. (Fox News, Ult-Right wing conspiracy theories pushers and just plain hillbilly ignorance)Now with many facts emerging highlighting the conservative FBI agents involved sources of informants not even with the Clinton Foundation and unrelated corruption investigations based upon hearsay it is apparent the base of the witch hunt. Thirty-years of smoke and still no fire. Now the American public knows why.The Right wing will find their conspiracy one day. The public is still waiting.This feeds the conspiracy theory and Enquirer base with useless Congressional hearings with no results.The American public can expect four more years of obstruction by the Republican’s with American tax dollars footing the bill and need to feed the conspiracy theory base.Source: WSJ

  30. TuskyRazorbacks

    Joe Buck wet himself in his giddyness.

    1. pointsnfigures

      Cub fans dislike Buck. He and his dad were Cardinals announcers. Now I hear Indians fans don’t like him either.

  31. Andrew Elkins

    Fred,Your point of view on Uber’s IPOing is hilarious. I totally agree, they should exit. Because of that rant, I’m a big fan of yours. I have blog post that your audience may like. Would you be willing to make it a guest blog post because your budding, future investments will benefit from it? “The Top 8 Angel Investor Management Strategies for Founders” :….Andrew Elkins

    1. creative group

      Andrew Elkins:What Andrew Elkins are you?1. Marketing at Madwire2. Software Engineer3. None of the aboveTopics you list already have been covered. So are you desiring Fred to endorse your site to promote visitors? Of course you are or you wouldn’t be soliciting.Fred is much to busy to answer you. He is currently on the bandwagon tour with the Chicago Cubs.There is a very long line ahead of your solicited guest blog spot. The honor is unsolicited. When you are good you are noticed. When you are yelling to be noticed your selling way to much.Hang in there. If you have anything worth listening too you will be heard. But the solicit thing way beneath you.

  32. pointsnfigures

    I just got back from Cleveland. Last night before the game, we were in a bar by the stadium. No lines, and more importantly, NO COVER. Hint hint Chicago bar owners. Cleve fans were awesome. We struck up a conversation with more than one of them. Must be our shared Midwestern heritage, and our shared mediocrity.Was a really really great night. Progressive Field is a great ball park. It’s the first time I have ever seen the Cubs on the road, unless you count that antiseptic ball park south of Madison in Chicago.So far, no violence in Chicago. Some small vandalism. But, on the whole everyone just really really happy. It’s going to take me a few months to detox. I think I gained 15 pounds in October.

  33. Tom Labus

    What are you reading?

  34. NightZookeeper

    Hi Fred. I’ve just been catching up on your blog. I’m CEO of a London based EdTech company called Night Zookeeper. I thought you might enjoy this digital lesson about the Cubs: https://edu.nightzookeeper…. Any teacher can sign up and send our interactive lessons, on any topic to their students. No photocopying, easy assessment and links to any curriculum around the world. Enjoy!