Goatriders of the Apocalypse

Hello and News Roundup

Hello everybody. I wanted to get a chance to introduce myself to a few of you, while provided some news updates on the Cubs.

Like Kurt said, I've been blogging since 2003 at the Yarbage Cub Review, which I started for two reasons:

1. I wanted an outlet to talk about the Cubs, which was most important. Back in the day, Scott Lange of the Northside Lounge, Ruz of The Cub Reporter and a few others dominated the scene. I just wanted to share the opinion of one Cubs' fan from afar.

2. The second reason was much more selfish. I needed some kind of hook to get a job, and a blog about the Cubs was the trick. I wrote quite a bit in the first vew years, but as soon as I got a job covering High School sports in Arkansas it became harder to keep going. Writing full-time and keeping a blog going are two things that don't go together, unless you are blogging about the things you cover.

Now that that is out of the way, it is time to look at some stories making news. Kurt asked me to do a news round up from time-to-time, and I will try to fill that void while writing other articles.

The Trib, Suntimes and Daily Herald all say the Cubs got off to good start. The hero was Micah Hoffpauir, who hit a Grand Slam. I know it's early, but I'll take a win.

The Gordon Wittenmyer says that Jeff Samardzija's role isn't determined quite yet. Really? I know he is just trying to fill up copy, something I did back in the day, but of course Samardzija's role isn't settled. My guess is he is heading to Iowa, and will soon take Rich Harden's spot after another shoulder problem.

That's it for now, but as the news cyle starts up, I will be back to give my comments about each of them. Think of me as the GROTA Ombudsman.

And welcome aboard!

And welcome aboard!

That goes double from me

I'm glad you're here, Chris. You're good people, and Lord knows we need an Ombudsman. Not that I will always listen to your advice now, let's not be hasty here.

Well, I really think most

Well, I really think most newspapers and media organizations don't listen to their Ombudsmans either, Case in point, ESPN. They keep getting worse even with the advice of an Ombudsman.

I don't even go to ESPN.com anymore

they completely ruint themselves!

Good call on the Wittenmyer

Good call on the Wittenmyer story.

He actually wrote something similar about the Shark a few days ago, basically saying the the job was Marshall's to lose.

He also wrote that the Cubs rotation was somehow weaker this year and had less depth because they lost Marquis and Hill...

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