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NWINFan last won the day on December 25 2021

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  1. NWINFan

    Welcome to the MLB work stoppage

    We will see in the next few weeks how serious the owners are about breaking the union. If they go nuclear, the season will be put on hold for who knows how long. I am one who is totally against expanding the playoffs. If MLB can't stir interest with the current system, there's something wrong. Cheapening the regular season is not the answer. Getting to the post season should be a reward for a solid regular season. I am not one for letting in an average team in with hopes it will "get hot" in the playoffs. The hell with that crap.
  2. NWINFan

    2021 NFL Season Thread

    Watching the Bucs last week, I reacted like a Bears fan would. Tampa had the ball inside their own ten with a little over a minute to go. I assumed the Bucs would run the ball into the middle of the line and head for halftime. But the Bucs have Brady. A little more than a minute later, Tampa has marched over 90 yards and are celebrating a touchdown. I am no Brady fan, but he's the best ever. He rarely beats himself, and his team is always in it as long as he's on the field. After all these years, he's still a real competitor. I don't see anyone keeping the Bucs from repeating. Now, if Fields turns out to be just half as good as Brady, the Bears may win a few games.
  3. NWINFan

    Welcome to the MLB work stoppage

    Dramatic or not, the opportunity to do something was taken away. Additionally, starting with the winter meetings, this is usually a good time for fan interest as moves are being made. And the White Sox are good, but I wouldn't call them loaded.
  4. NWINFan

    Welcome to the MLB work stoppage

    For White Sox fans, this lockout came at the worst time. We wanted something dramatic to happen this off-season, but, at the moment, no trades or free agent signings can happen. 2025 is only three years away, and before you know it, it will be 20 years since the last World Series appearance. How time zooms by when you're losing.
  5. NWINFan

    Welcome to the MLB work stoppage

    There is always some kind of debate when it comes to negotiations like this. There are different factions within each side, and this can slow things down. Not being an insider, it is almost impossible for me to know how unified each side is. In addition to complex negotiating, there is the political situation. Maybe the season can still start on time, but until there are signs of real movement, I am not optimistic. We will see how stubborn each side is.
  6. NWINFan

    Welcome to the MLB work stoppage

    Then the owners will need time to respond. Unless something dramatic happens, I don't see the season opening on time.
  7. NWINFan

    Sports Media discussion

    I remember during a press conference Les asking Cartlon Fisk about some obscure game that Les had a vivid memory of. Fisk looked at him like he was nuts. Yes, he was unique. Sad news.
  8. NWINFan

    2022 Celebrity Death Thread

    A unique person in the Chicago sports media world. Had a great memory.
  9. NWINFan

    MLB 2021-2 off season thread

    He was an important piece to the team, no doubt. But he was with the team for only six years. And sometimes I think too many numbers are retired. Lester was a good pitcher, but he doesn't rank up there with Ferguson Jenkins, and I don't know if Jenkins' number was retired or not. This is an overreaction to Lester's retirement.
  10. NWINFan

    MLB 2021-2 off season thread

    I saw headline in the Trib sports section. Apparently, Paul Sullivan thinks the Cubs should retire Lester's number. I actually think Lester is a class guy, and he did his job for the Cubs. But this is a bit much. But this is Cub-loving Paul Sullivan.
  11. NWINFan

    Welcome to the MLB work stoppage

    The not trying was getting complacent. The team was old everywhere from the front office to the broadcast booth to the field management. The Tribune did an article on the team's state in mid-summer 2013. The paper talked to Board members who basically said leave everything to Jerry. Why not? They were making money. Who cared if the team was on its way to its worst season in 43 years? It began with an awful series against the Cubs, and it just got worse. I saw no urgency from the FO to even address the situation. I remember the 1970 team that lost 106 games. I liked that team better than the 2013 club. The 2013 team was left to rot on the vine, and the rest of the horrible decade was nothing but losing. Ah, the memories.
  12. NWINFan

    Welcome to the MLB work stoppage

    Let me put it this way: What the White Sox did during the 2010s was not winning. Not even close to it. The only serious effort they made was when they decided to tank.
  13. NWINFan

    Welcome to the MLB work stoppage

    I agree that many teams don't try to win, but they lay this guilt crap on fans about coming out to see these losing teams no matter what. The hell with that shit. I wonder how much Jerry Reinsdorf cares about winning at this point or how much he ever truly cared about it. The value of the White Sox franchise has skyrocketed although he doesn't seem all that happy about it. Regardless, this is 1994 all over again. If there is a long work stoppage, it will hurt the White Sox the most.
  14. NWINFan

    Welcome to the MLB work stoppage

    I've sat in on management-union negotiations and sometimes offers are insulting, and people get more pissed. But you're right. Any conversation is better than none. If the union laughs it off or goes on a tirade, at least we fans will know a little more about what is going on. But I still don't think the regular season will not start on time. If I'm wrong, I will be happily surprised, but things are moving at such a slow pace. It would help if the two sides could meet without wanting to punch each other. The human side to this always has the potential to mess things up.
  15. NWINFan

    Welcome to the MLB work stoppage

    For all you Reinsdorf-lovers and those backers of the poor owners- Look at the Bears insulting offer to Olin Kreutz to be a part-time job coaching the offensive line. The Bears are like all arrogant major league franchises. A person is supposed to feel honored to work for them and work for them for next-to-nothing. Two large things contributed to baseball players making big money. One was the union. Then there was the advent of free agency. Take these two huge developments away and the players would make little. Where did the concept of spring training come from? Players had to find work in the offseason, and they couldn't stay in shape. Jim Hickman had pretty decent career, but he died poverty-stricken. The players will have to give up something. But don't expect me to cry for the owners. Regardless, it doesn't look like the season will start on time.