This blog, for better or for worse, will always be about the Cubs team
Cub Blogger Nation has evolved, or devolved over the years, depending on your point of view. It appears that some of our best and brightest, and I sincerely mean it when I say it, have done their best to close the gap between themselves and what we'd call the 'legitimate media', which means the Sun-Times, Tribune and Herald, WGN radio, and the collection of TV outlets. They've met, befriended and betrayed, variously, Len Kasper, David Kaplan, Paul Sullivan, Bruce Miles, and others.
I mean, I see it. I'm not going to name names today, but I have met, broke bread with, sat at games with, and have followed the exploits of nearly all of the principals in last week's Cub Blogger Catfight. They are closer to the media action than we are here. They are closer to Chicago in proximity, they know people who know people, and if I had the combination of a) proximity, b) time, c) connections, I would do exactly the same thing.
I was jealous when a few of them got to be on Kaplan's show last month, I won't kid you. In fact, once upon I time, I considered myself to be equal to those guys in terms of notoriety, but due to the reasons cited above, plus some notable and unfortunate lack of focus in my personal life, I have fallen off the grid a bit. Yes, when I started writing about the Cubs starting in 1998, it was initially a journaling exercise, but after a few initial successes, I saw perhaps a future in the media surrounding the Cubs for myself.
And it may still happen, to a certain extent, someday, but there have been some decisions I have made, which many of the principals know about, that have caused me to separate from the inner circle of Cub blogdom that seems to have some connection to the "legit media".
What that means, for me, is that I don't get to do fun stuff like go on "Sports Central". But what that means, for you, that we don't have any affiliations with anyone that may serve to color our viewpoint of what we REALLY feel is important; simply, the chances that this God-forsaken franchise will ever win a Pennant and/or World Championship in our lifetimes.
I come out here to express my views on how close, or far away, the Chicago Cubs are from winning it all in any given year. So does Kurt and AJ, and whomever else comes along in the future. Now, sometimes, we'll hear something said or written by another blogger, or a member of the media, that is so contrary to the real picture that we may comment on it. That concept seems to be the core concept that is driving many of the most well-known Cubs blogs.
They've gotten too close, in my humble opinion. We here are unbeholden, and our only bias is to the success of the Cubs baseball team. Whether the announcers say dumb stuff or the game recaps and trade rumors in the paper are dumb, really doesn't matter much to us. This is all about the Blue W on the White Flag, nothing more or less.
This is where you can always go to find out what a small group of rabidly observant Cub fans notice about the team. End of story. Go Cubs!!