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   Balogreene  I just wanted to say, Go Cubs! let's see if you can stay in last place ALL season. Why do I love that team so?
Yesterday at 12:13 EST .

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   MeiDei  For fans of the Reds or Cubs here's a spectacular photo from their earlier July game.
http://twistedsifter.com/2014/07/crimson-skies-at-the-reds-g
ame/

How would you like to be sitting in the stands with that sky overhead?
July 22 at 19:15 EST .

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   Rake King  The World Cup Soccer is about to open in Brazil. If you follow soccer, pick out who you think will win.

I pick Germany.
June 11 at 08:55 EST .

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   Rake King  The Netherlands team looks STRONG!
June 21 at 09:01 EST .

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   Rake King  Little did I know we would have to at least "tie" Germany to move on. USA, USA, USA
June 26 at 08:29 EST .

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   Gram77  Uh Oh, mother nature just may mess with today's (6/26 ) soccer games.
June 26 at 11:44 EST .

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   Rake King  As it turned out, the other game effected us, and our loss still moved us on. When I was younger that was called "back dooring"
June 26 at 21:42 EST .

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   MeiDei  My son picked Argentina.
July 7 at 12:13 EST .

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   MeiDei  My son showed me an old picture on FaceBook yesterday of Pope Benedict and Pope Francis kneeling in prayer together - naturally it was captioned w/Benedict saying Germany & Francis saying Argentina. I like to think that whomever the Devil was for - didn't make it : )
July 10 at 18:34 EST .

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   HopeandGlory  WTG RK . . . you picked the winner . . . Congratulations to Germany for a job well done.
July 13 at 18:38 EST .

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   Rake King  I follow soccer and have a soccer package from Direct TV, so mine was not one of those coin toss guesses, but Argentina played a very good game, the breaks just didn't go their way. Messi is a World class player for Argentina, and he was exhausted at game end. Germany has been building their team for 10 Years, and congrats to them.
July 13 at 18:52 EST .

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   MeiDei  Well done Germany!
July 13 at 20:30 EST .

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   Surfhut  Anybody interested in the Belmont tomorrow? Is California Chrome going to win the Triple Crown?
June 6 at 20:33 EST .

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   Balogreene  Surf, wouldn't it be cool. They say he is a smart horse, but, in a long race like the Belmont he's gonna have problems. I'm hoping.
June 6 at 23:46 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  Balo, in retrospect, three races in five weeks is a grind for a thoroughbred. Most horses run, at most, three races a year . The deck was stacked against California Chrome from the outset. Most of the horses in the race had sat out the Preakness, and Tonalist (the winner at Belmont ) had sat out both the Derby and the Preakness. Talk about fresh legs!
June 11 at 00:36 EST .

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   Balogreene  A book recommendation, "A Nice Little Place on the North Side", by George Will. I like George Will, I don't always agree with him, but his writing should be studied. It is graceful, elegant, usually succinct. He is also a lover of Baseball, and a native of Champaign IL. He says he became a Cubs fan at age 7 in 1948. The book is supposedly a history of Wrigley Field, a lot of that history belongs to the Cubs. It's not a very long book, and he goes off on tangents (the history of beer and it's importance to Cubs baseball ), but it is a fun read. Did you know Jack Ruby sold programs at Wrigley? Do you know who is the only Major League player traded for himself? Do you know how the ivy got on the outfield wall? A lovely little book, about a nice little place on the North Side.
May 23 at 11:04 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  There is no more pleasant venue in baseball than Wrigley Field. NONE! I only wish the landlords on Waveland and Sheffield had not built bleachers on their roofs and started charging attendance. But they are their buildings, and it is (or used to be ) a free country.
June 11 at 00:39 EST .

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   Balogreene  Buzz, my last trip to Chicago I stayed at my Grandmother's on Clark and Division. We walked the 4 blocks to Wrigley (she was over 80 ). She paid for me to see a Cub's game, I don't even remember who they played, but later that week they won their division (we'd just taken mormor home, and were right at Wrigley when WGN started "Cubs Win! Cubs Win!" you could here the cheers from the fans. )

Anyhow, the game we went to. Mormor pointed at the yellow house across from the bleachers (still not allowing people to view the game ). She said when she was a kid her best friend lived in that house. They used to go up to the attic and watch the games. That had to be really early Cubs days, cause she was born in 1907, and moved to Chicago in 1919.

Then top of the ninth, Cubs ahead by one run, winning run (opposition ) on base, and two outs, Mormor got up. She said we had to get out of there before the crowd. Mormor was small, and fragile, but feisty. I didn't blame her, the crowd would have trampled her. But, I figured I didn't have many more trips to Wrigley in me. We were outside the gates on Clark when the last opposition batter struck out. We could hear the cheers.

But, I loved my Mormor, and have a wonderful, if funny memory.
June 11 at 20:03 EST .

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   Surfhut  Thunder's very own Kevin Durant won the MVP award today. Even the formidable LeBron said he deserved to win. Around here, KD is known as a genuinely good and decent young man. I'll be shocked if we hear of him doing something sleazy. His momma raised him right and will open a can of whoopazz if he ever lets it get to his head. Here's KD and his momma.
   May 6 at 20:05 EST .

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   Surfhut  I'm still in basketball mode. OKC Thunder will live or not tonight. THUNDER UP.
   May 1 at 20:39 EST .

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   Surfhut  We lived to play game 7. Tonight, here at home.
May 3 at 07:28 EST .

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   Surfhut  On to Monday night against the Clippers. Hope it is just a great game without all the political posturing surrounding the Clippers' owner. THUNDER UP!
May 4 at 09:56 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  Happy 100th Birthday, Wrigley Field! And how better to celebrate it that Harry Caray leading the 7th inning stretch?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nak8Fw6oe_k
April 23 at 18:38 EST .

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   Balogreene  I always loved Jack Brickhouse and Lou whoever. In the old days, at the park, the organ started playing, and the fans started singing.
April 28 at 19:16 EST .

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   August9  Balogreene---I want to remember "Lou's last name being Boudreu. (not sure of the spelling )
I also want to remember that he played for the Cleveland Indians, and was admitted into the Hall of Fame. (could be wrong about that also! )
April 30 at 01:07 EST .

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   Rake King  August9, I believe you are correct on Lou ?

Also your handle is my birth date, August 9, 1935.
April 30 at 20:14 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  Balo, do you also remember Lloyd Pettit? He would do the booth with Jack Brickhouse and would also do the White Sox games on WGN.
May 2 at 12:27 EST .

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   Balogreene  I do remember Lloyd Petit. In more recent years I loved Ronnie Santo. They actually produced a hilarious CD of his flubs.
May 4 at 00:00 EST .

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   Clipped wings  Folks, I have to admit that I can not get interested in baseball. Must just be me, since my sister and 92 year old mother are dedicated fans. I dare not call Mom if a Royals game is on because she will ignore me. The local teams are struggling to make it due to poor attendance. I have often thought that the older folks loved baseball since that was all they had access to during the 30s thru the 50s, at least in many rural areas. Could you guys enlighten me?
April 22 at 19:55 EST .

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   Balogreene  Clipped Wings, I was born in Chicago, lived 90 miles NW til I was 18. I was born within spitting distance of Wrigley Field. The story goes, my maternal grandfather came home from work on a Saturday in May, 1954, put the Cubs game on the radio, laid down on the couch for a nap and never woke up. My father from South Georgia, became a Cubs fan. To this day, I love to listen on the radio. It is my youth, summer, beautiful days, the radio, baseball, perfect. I watch it on TV on weekend. So, the radio, WGN on the TV on the week-end, and I am 12 again.
April 22 at 21:44 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  I, too, grew up in the Chicago area, and was a Cubs fan for the longest time. Then I moved to a part of northern Illinois where I was able to get both the Cubs and the Milwaukee Braves. Then in 1964, the Braves moved to Atlanta, and I was no longer splitting my loyalties. From 1986 to 1997, I made every Cubs home opener at Wrigley Field. Then in the summer of 1997, I moved to Georgia, and have been a Braves fan ever since, although I am still torn whenever the Braves and Cubs play.
April 23 at 00:19 EST .

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   Clipped wings  Thanks guys, I really do understand the nostalgia involved in devotion to a particular team/local. I do not demean this sport in any way, but it just doesn't make sense to me. Yes,( I may be shortsighted, obstinate and other terms )but I cannot understand the fantastic salaries when I see nearly empty stadiums so very often. How do they generate the income? The game seems slow and governed by statistics. Understand, this is not a put down for anyone who loves this sport (since everyone seems to be touchy these days ). Personally, I can't develop a liking for golf either, although my family loves it and follows it.
April 23 at 21:19 EST .

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   Clipped wings  By the way, I hope each of your teams enjoy a successful year.
April 23 at 21:21 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  Here's one for the ages. The batter actually hit the cover off the baseball!





April 21 at 18:34 EST .

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