ANY QUESTIONS? (To quote David S. Pumpkins)
A fair question, because what if the Cardinals only win 75 games next year? But yeah, he's be back for 2018 if they make the playoffs or remain right in it. I think this season will be the most-difficult one of Matheny's career, but also the most-rewarding, if they're able to make the 2017 playoffs. I think the Matheny extension was a good move. We have a recency biased in sports quite often, and let's not forget the annual playoff teams in all his other seasons here. And that they were in it until the final day this season. Matheny is not perfect, and he makes some pretty blatant blunders, but with the current circumstances, it's better to see this Matheny thing through than start over.
At least SLU got Goodwin and then Gordon!
I disagree -- in my years covering the NBA and now MLB, there is definitely a weirdness to having a manager/coach in a lame duck season. It affects the nucleus of the team and also affects the power structure. "Why do I have to listen to him? He'll be gone next year anyway." It also relieves stress on the manager who can just focus on the difficult job as is.
Hello, The Urf. Yes, I sense some hooey-ness going on here. I co-host the Best Podcast In Baseball, and we dedicated a whole show to how Cards fans should/will react and behave toward Cubs fans. We got a lot of different opinions emailed in from listeners, but the main themes were: "How can I root for my rival to win a championship?" I don't think the Cards and Cubs fans need to support each other -- that's not the role of rivals. I think the fairest way to approach is was -- root for Cleveland, but then now that the Cubs won, tip your hat to their accomplishment.
I was over at my girlfriend's home, trying to fathom just what was happening on the screen in front of us. I mean, we live in a whole new world now. The Cubs -- THE CUBS! -- are the world champs. It's bizarre. It was like watching a movie or something. Earlier in the night, we watched the game at my buddy Mark's house -- it was sweet because his two sons were allowed to stay up late to watch the game. It made me think about how cool it was they were getting this experience -- but also how many other kids wouldn't get to experience a Game 7 of the World Series, because it was 11:45 p.m.
A fair debate indeed. I love hockey, but yes, sometimes we see a team out-play another, but still lose because of a accidental bounce. Or because of a dumb penalty that leads to a power play (and a power play goal). Another thing is that the casual fan doesn't have access to the amount of stats he/she does in other sports -- stats that really show how the outcome to a game actually happened/played out.
Yeah, definitely. I mean, Game 6 was, without dispute, a top-five classic game of all-time (never before had a team been down to the last strike of a season TWICE and still won the game ... and then the title, too, the next night). But for all intents and purposes, Game 6 was "ours." I don't think casual fans still talk about it in, say, Boise. But the Cubs? Breaking their curse? In extra innings? After trailing 3 games to 1? And blowing it late? That was history. That's everlasting.
A fair way to ask the question. I still think he can pull it out in the coming years, but I've been extremely disturbed with what's gone on. The defense is embarrassing. The wide receivers are embarrassing. It also makes you wonder -- what if Mizzou had pulled off the Georgia game? Obviously, this isn't a Herschel Walker-Lindsay Scott-Georgia team ("Run Lindsay!!"), but notching an SEC win earlier in the season could've led to at least one more this year. Alas, they lost late to GA ... and they'll probably lose every SEC game this season.
The world turned upside down. It's true. Now 108 has a positive tone to it -- "In Year No. 108, the Cubs did it!" -- and 1908 is now just the year William Howard Taft was elected (is it true that he got stuck in a bathtub at the White House? That can't actually have happened, right?). But more specifically, the Cardinals fans now have to live in a new world. The Cards aren't just second-best in the division, but the rival Cubs are the defending champs now ... and return with like 6 dudes under 25 who hit the heck out of the ball. This has been a humbling 13 months for the Cardinals. But 2017 starts now -- Matheny extended, Jaime returns (though he could be traded) and the GM Meetings start next week in AZ.
hahah. Luke, the quality will now be UNDER CONTROL!!!!
Michael! Pay attention to your professor! Attack the day -- don't just survive!!!! This is, of course, if you haven't fallen asleep yet. At Mizzou, I once brought a pillow to Econ 4, just in case.
I like this question, because the reality is, it's a mix, a jambalaya of disgust. Yes, the defense is being poorly coached, and there was some miscommunication and dissent from the beginning (Gaps? I'm all about that Sack Life!!). Bad players? Sure, that's fair -- Pinkel could've capitalized on the SEC title games better. But you've got a top-recruited quarterback. Bad system? It's easy to question the hurry-up offense, but they're convinced that it's the lesser or two evils, and slowing it down would be detrimental (or, if anything, less effective). Timing? Actually, it's arguable that the SEC East is terrible and this would be the time, if ever, to pounce on some wins. Alas, Mizzou is probably the terriblest (that's a word) of the terrible.
Oh man, this is a great question. 1. Game 6. Being able to experience the roller-coaster of those extra innings (and, really, the whole game) is something I never want to experience again -- but will clearly always cherish. 2. Saints-Falcons, MNF, 2006. It was the Saints' first home game after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city and the Superdome, where the team played. This game was a triumphant symbol to the country -- New Orleans is back. And on the first drive, the coolest dude on the team, Steve Gleason, who adored the city of New Orleans and married a New Orleanian, blocked the punt for a touchdown. 3. This is a tie of like 20 games... I suppose I'll go with the 2014 World Series Game 7, at KC, when MadBum came out of the pen to win it.
Bahhahaha. Drink up, my friend. Despite all of that, your a champion!
A fair question, but I don't think Dexter's World Series stardom will alter the way any team looks at him. The series is a small sample size -- the season IS the sample size. The question remains: how much are you willing to pay for a guy that's his age and benefited from playing CF in Wrigley?
In a less-finger-pointing way, I indeed thought about the Red Sox comparison. There's nothing no longer "lovable" about the Red Sox, and I think we'll see a shift in how we perceive Cubs fans by next season. I think the Cubs fans will gladly accept being grotesquely loud and angry and as opposed to being lovable losers. But yes, the curse-busting teams have something similar -- the innocence of their fandom is gone, and now the intensity of their fandom will be overwhelming.
Good points, but let's not forget that the Cubs didn't have Schwarber last season (He's young), also there's Almora and Contreras.
I'm not that far into the book yet!!!!! thanks for spoiling it.
Bowling. I'm like Lebowski with rented shoes.
OK I've gotta run to an interview! See you all in a week!!