Around the Cubs Blogosphere in 8 minutes

Some quick reviews of what's going on elsewhere: Gonfalon Cubs looks at the possibility of a 98+ win season, and the connection between declining Cubs attendance and the off-season spending spree Cub Town uses the cool Sparklines to play guess the hitter and pitcher Bleed Cubbie Blue is down to number 9 on its All-time Great Cubs list, with Fergie Jenkins Cub Fan Nation has several funny Cubs-related photoshops CubsHub previews the 2007 Cardinals Goat Riders of the Apocalypse has a very good, funny look at the career arc of Bobby Hill. The View from the Bleachers asks Who Should the Cubs Draft? come June prefers baseball without Sosa Our own Cubnut mourns the retirement of Jeff Fassero at A Hundred Next Years Regarding the role of bloggers and baseball, Bleed Cubbie Blue and Temporary Bleachers both have good commentaries. Pittsburgh Lumber Company, one of our fellow MVN blogs, previews the 2007 Cubs Also: I just saw the King of the Hill episode about The Jack and his Aces, little did I know that it was about legendary Softball pitcher Eddie Feigner, who has passed away John Smoltz, great advocate for Traditional Values, is getting a divorce Bernie Williams looks like he's going to lose out in the Yankees' roster crunch ESPN has been subpoenaed in the Harold Reynolds wrongful termination lawsuit. Regarding the termination of most of the Baseball Tonight crew: I'm in favor of it. The Hardball Times matches song titles with the state of Baseball entering 2007 Project Prospect compares Hughes and Bailey to once-prospects Prior and Beckett And Baseball Musings live-blogs from the Sports Business Conference at MIT


Can you guys all see the underlining and coloration that shows where the embedded links are? Because wordpress is giving me headaches this mornig.

The links ARE in there, if you just roll your mouse around a bit.

Did you do something different to enter the links? They seem odd, usually they're much more obvious which I prefer? Just wondering if that was something you did or Wordpress deciding to be different rather suddenly...

Also looks like you blockquoted (indented) the first batch of Cubs links...

I was having multiple problems:

1. I couldn't get line separation from one entry to the next. I tried the entry, and it just showed up on the front page as regular text! I finally tried blockquotes just because it was the only thing that got me regular separation

2. The problem seems to be related to the fact that I couldn't switch from the non-html editor to the html-editor (this is a frequent problem for me)

3. I certainly didn't TRY to do anythign weird with my link embedding....

I'll take a look at it, sometimes if you bring your stuff in from a different source (say MS Word), it enters a bunch of odd HTML code which you then have to find to get everything working again...

Other times Wordpress just decides it's fun to fuck with us all

btw, never heard of Project Prospect, looks like a fun site.

well I think I managed to keep the line spacing and got rid of the blockquote...

No idea what's with the links, they're basically displaying as if they're visited links for no good reason. I think it has something to do with a rogue list tag in there or the use of unordered lists in the first place. I dunno....

Email Brandon if you wish, he's pretty good about solving that stuff quickly

Project Prospect is a good site. A couple of young 20 somethings doing mnor league and fantasy info.

This has been a real bad week for me, with respect to all things technological and organizational. I'll take a deep breath, and send some tech questions/requests/complaints to Brandon later this week.


The problem is in your css, specifically:

.blog_post li a { color: #000; text-decoration: none; }

That makes links in unordered lists just look like standard text -- black, no underline/bold/etc.

By the looks of the rest of the stylesheet, you'd want it to read:

.blog_post li a { color: #640000; }

The Cubs do have one of the finest blogosphere's around the web, with pieces that range from analytical to just plain weird. I'm a little disappointed you couldn't include the boys at Bugs and Cranks. Who else will write about the urinals?

Nothing personal, Adam. I simply didn't come across your page while hunting a few different Cubs Blogrolls that I saw. I actually don't personally read very many websites, so I was relying on a couple of listings I found at other blogs. Glad to have ya!

Does anyone know of a website that lists a players DL history? Thanks!

A followup at Transmission's request:

The post in which I lash out about MLB's stance on bloggers before calming down in the end

And the post in which I go further in depth regarding my thoughts on blogging and pop media.

Goat Riders is an interesting case study because we've received tentitive "reaching outs" by some of the higher ups, and while we handled them in a way which I am happy with, some of our actions probably reflected badly upon the blogging community as a whole. Oh well.

I love the blog that you have. I was wondering if you would link my blog to yours and in return I would do the same for your blog. If you want to, my site name is American Legends and the URL is:

If you want to do this just go to my blog and in one of the comments just write your blog name and the URL and I will add it to my site.


The only thing that I find ironic, though, is that us bloggers are dying to reach the MSM, and the MSM is dying to reach the blogosphere.

Sweet Lou,

I've been looking for that same elusive site for years now and no luck, let me know if you find it. The ESPN baseball encyclopedia does (at least the 2005 version) but it is not free nor in a electronic form.

Thanks, Rob!

J. Mark = I think historically we've been pretty tight on blog-linking policies. It's nothing personal, and it's nothing written in stone. Rob G is the guy to ask, but don't take it bad if we keep to a narrow policy there.... I'll be sure to check your site out when I get home!

Bugs and Crank is already listed on the Cubs blog army fwiw. Check out the "Friends" link on the right sidebar...

As for a link exchange, my policy is this..

A) Email me, don't use the comments...too "used car salesman" for my tastes
B) Give me a heads up to check out the site, don't demand or request it
C) Might want to wait until you've been up and running for a few months, blogs die out pretty fast and I'm trying to avoid the dead links

I'll pretty much add any Cubs blogs as long as they update semi-regularly. Everyone else I'll check it out, but I don't want this vast 10 page link page of sites that aren't relevant. I want our recommendations to mean something.

If you want to just email me a link to an article that you think might interest us here, go for it as well.

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  • cubs!!!!!

    cubs lead in the top 7th!

    crunch 1 hour 12 min ago view
  • so nastay...

    triple, walk, domination

    crunch 1 hour 28 min ago view
  • And he gets out of it by K-ing Braun, Lucroy and Carter!

    Let's get some runs!

    billybucks 1 hour 31 min ago view
  • welcome to the cubs j.nathan.

    2 pitches into the inning and there's a guy on 3rd with 0 outs (triple).

    his velocity is hanging around 91/92mph.

    crunch 1 hour 48 min ago view
  • Always a good idea to bring in Richard against a LH batter.

    billybucks 2 hours 10 min ago view
  • Russell left game with left heel contusion from foul ball on Saturday. Started to bother him during the Sunday game.

    Cubster 2 hours 25 min ago view
  • a.russell out and down into the one knows why.

    it's very hot on the field, so it might be heat related.

    crunch 2 hours 45 min ago view
  • I blame the All-Star game again, or else Michael Barrett.

    Cubster 2 hours 59 min ago view
  • Miller park roof is closing. Hmmm, might play differently now?

    Lester at 72 pitches through 3. Roof closing might get him through 6.

    Middlebrows pulls a calf or hamstring. Len says he blew a tire rounding 1st. Nieuwenhuis enters game.

    Now roof opening. Dizziness. No AC in the ballpark wrt the field.

    Cubster 2 hours 59 min ago view
  • just to lighten the mood:
    Shark's day: 5.2 IP 5 Runs (all earned), 8 Hits, 2 HR. Left the game down 5-0 to Yankees.

    Anyone expecting game 4 NLCS Shark vs Hammel or Lackey?

    Cubster 3 hours 8 min ago view
  • First inning: two on, no out, Rizz and Zobrist due up. Don't score.
    Third inning: two on, one out, KB and Rizz due up. Don't score.

    This is getting' old, fellahs.

    billybucks 3 hours 9 min ago view
  • KB still with ZERO RBI since the A/S break. Ouch.

    billybucks 3 hours 12 min ago view
  • 62 through 2ip...yow.

    it's an off day for d.ross, too. the wild pitch + passed ball in 2 separate strike 3 calls allowing the runner to reach 1st and the 5sb through 2ip makes for a bad game so far. ross cant shoulder any blame for some of those SBs, especially that villar steal of 3rd while lester watched him.

    crunch 3 hours 15 min ago view
  • 39 pitch inning by Lester. I guess it's a wash vs yesterday's 1st when Lackey gave up 2 run HR.

    Cubster 3 hours 41 min ago view
  • 39 pitch, 2 run, 1st inning for lester. bleh.

    horrible control so far today.

    crunch 3 hours 43 min ago view
  • lester threw over to 1st! ...badly. braun takes 2nd.

    it was a slow rainbow throw.

    crunch 3 hours 52 min ago view