Looking for perspective
I'm sitting here entirely charged up, although my energies aren't directed toward blogging right now. Actually, I feel a podcast coming on, so you should stay tuned for that this weekend as it will certainly be interesting and amusing.
As far as the Cubs go ... meh. Look, I'm so sick and tired of panicking - and of panicking people - every time the Cubs hit a bump in the road. We know that this is a solid team with good pitching and offense. We know that even the best teams in baseball lose and lose often. On any given week in any given season, the World Series champions can look like absolute tools. And before we spout our inherent concerns and fears about our shaky set-up man, or our lack of starting pitching depth, I would heartily recommend that all Cub fans study the best teams in the NL and AL. They all have holes, they all have flaws, and they all suffer from ridiculous losing streaks.
Now, the Cubs are headed into St. Louis, where they will be doing battle with the second place team in the division, the Cardinals. It won't be an easy series, but I submit to you that it actually doesn't mean all that much one way or the other. Put it to you another way - if the Cubs sweep the Cardinals, who here thinks that St. Louis is as good as dead and buried in the division? Anybody? Anybody at all? I mean, sure, you'll feel a hell of a lot better about things and you won't be dancing on the ledge anymore, but I think we're all smart enough to recognize that a Cubs sweep of the Cardinals means nothing right up until the Cubs win the division in late September by 3 games.
Therefore, if the worst case scenario happens and the Cubs are swept straight into second place, I'd recommend that you maintain some perspective. If you wouldn't be ready to declare the Cardinals dead and buried if they get swept, then you shouldn't proclaim that viewpoint if the Cubs get swept.