Sunday morning Cubs Crossword puzzle

 

Well,it's been awhile since I did one of these.
Just...something to do to pass the time waiting for the next Cubs World Series.
If you want to do it, print it out.
(There's alot of bad language in here, btw.) 

ACROSS:
1 In 2009, the most "important" thing the Cubs could do was get more ________ - handed.
8 Trademarked name of a pill which, when swallowed, has the same effect as the 2011 Cubs.
12 A frequent result of Soriano fielding a fly.
13 Initials for stat I just made up called Cub Got Error.
15 The part of some lyrics to a song you'd sing at Wrigley during the 7th: ____, _____ ____ for the Cuuuuuubiiieeeeeeeeesss...
16 Favorite Wrigley beverage.
17 When the Cubs lose badly, one might say "___________ on the Cubs". (go here and press on the pronunciation button quickly and repeatedly. For some reason it makes me laugh.)
18 When Albert Pujols gets bad diarrhea, or hits a late inning homer against the Cubs and does his home run _______.
19 A machine gun, only missing the "47" part.
20 The flawed computerized college football ratings system. 
21 On the odd chance that he gets on, you might say Tony Campana can really _________ around the bases.
22 Fans who sit in the bleachers. Been there since 1969. Joe Montegna made a play of the same name, only this answer is singular rather than plural.
23 What happens to one's skin when one spends alot of time in the bleachers. 
24 Tom Ricketts' favorite dog.
25 Greg Maddux and Fergie Jenkins.
27 A common red traffic sign, or "_______ losing to the Pirates, please."
28 After watching the 2011 Cubs, I became _______ - depressive.
30 Starting Cubs pitcher who won 20 or more games 5 times in his career. A lefty.
31 Double play.
32 Ryan Dempster and John Grabow often sport this beard.
33 As a Cub Fan, I often feel like the subject of this quote: "A _______ and his money are soon parted."
34 Left on base.
35 I sit in a cheap ______.
36 Have the Cubs won a WS since 1908?
37 Last name of the dickhead who ruined our lives in 1984 playoffs. 
39 This year, Aramis Ramirez rarely seems to go _________.
41 Dusty Baker claimed someone left a pile of this for him outside the dugout.
44 Men pee in these at Wrigley.
47 Worst Cub ever.
49 Marlon Byrd got hit here.
51 Albert Pujols wants too long of a contract and he just _____ too much.
53 Text laugh out loud.
54 3rd baseman who hit .348 in 4 World Series for the Cubs.
55 Famous Tiger Cobb.

DOWN
2 Often heard on the golf course, it means LOOK OUT I SHANKED IT AT YOUR HEAD.
3 Popular film featuring long-haired guy with a hammer. You may have elected to watch rather than the Cubs.
4 They just made a movie about him. Rhymes with "Cartman". 
5 When the guy next to me orders a beer, I look at the bartender and say, ________.
7 Potential next Cub HOFer. Closer.
9 Common term I use when referring to myself as a Cub fan of many, many years. Rhymes with "snore on".
10 Should Jim Hendry get the _________?
11 Have the Cubs won a WS since 1908?
12 The shortened version of "decoy" - it sort of means "fake out".
13 Famous Tiger Ty.
14 People are often disappointed they don't get to sing this after a game at Wrigley.
16 Under Mike Quade's hat.
23 Sometimes while batting, Kosuke Fukudome spins like a _____.
24.5 Ryan Braun
25 Phrase copyrighted by Pat Riley meaning 3 championships in a row. He wasn't talking about the Cubs.
26 No, the Cubs _____ _____ won a WS since 1908.
28 Splinter that stabbed Colvin.
29 Common term used on TCR referring to general not-so-goodness regarding the Cubs. Rhymes with "shrubbery".
31 Reed Johnson _______ headfirst into the wall, came out with his hat brim turned up.
32 Jim Hendry, __________ manager.
35 It looks like the ____ clown of life has returned to Wrigley Field this year.
40 Carlos Pena is mostly this kind of hitter.
42 At the beginning of the season, the Cubs were at least able to _________ water.
43 Lyrics "If it wasn't for bad _______, (the Cubs) wouldn't have no _______ at all." Listen to it here.
45 This season, when the Cubs are losing I usually ___ home about the 7th.
46 Initials of famous tv star who says "DOH!"
48 _____ Baylor.
49 Describe Carlos Silva in one word.
50 The Cubs don't have ______ chance to win the division this year.
52 First name of "The Chairman".

Comments

5 straight KC hits to start the sunday game off of Wells...I think I saw this game last year vs Stl

http://archive.chicagobreakingsports.com/2010...

Wells off the wagon

Nice job on the crossword. :)

Thanks.
It's kinda long.
Maybe drag it on a plane or something...

Finished it last night, well except for 17 across and 38 across. I showed my wife and she got 17 right away... her coolness factor went up a notch.

38? Little help? Here's what I got: _ A N
Maybe I'm missing a clue?

Here's a few suggestions:

38 Trader Jim, try to take your firing like a ____.
38 What team do your root for? Oh, you're a Cub ___, I'm so sorry!
38 Former Cubs LHP, who once did pre and post game show on Comcast, but jumped ship for the MLB Network: ___ Plesac

I really enjoyed the crossword. Thanks for taking the time to put it together.
I think my favorites were 36 across, 11 down, and 26 down.

Hi MrCoach.
I figured I'd mess up at least something.
Meantime you figured it out with your second suggestion.
And nice with the sarcasm there and in your favs.

Byrd is going to wear a special helmet with a face guard. Not surprising.

But there's a picture in the article for those who want a preview.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball...

I don't know, but he is built like a truck.

Cubs now with the 2nd worst record in the majors. Woot! Eleventy!!11

Can the brain-dead owner put away his stuffed unicorn animals now and start firing people? Hendry and Quade both need to go before the 4th of July. Put someone in there as an interim for the remainder of the season and get Ryno on the horn for next year. Ask Maddux if he wants to be a GM. Start repairing this train-wreck please.

that's all smoke/mirrors anyway. draft is over...all that's left is to find out what cubs contracts can be traded for prospects, filler, and/or cash. they're not even holding a tradable hot contract that would bring impact. hopefully kerry wood can get his blisters taken care of and put a few good weeks on the mound to showcase his stuff...

hendry's probably on his last go-around. i can't imagine him surviving this offseason.

i don't think he's done anything wrong, but he's done too much of not doing it right for a while. you can only spin wheels for so long before you get your walking papers. hendry doesn't even have the 1st-round-playoff-losers thing to clutch to recently.

i still dunno what ryno is supposed to do for anyone, though...besides sell some jerseys to fans. i wonder if he's still a lover of the bunt this season after pushing it in the cubs system.

i don't think he's done anything wrong

Blink...blink, blink.

I'll leave the Hendry comments alone. :)

I agree on Ryno, though. I would be far more interested in a guy like Eric Wedge. I'm still not convinced a manager makes a huge difference, but we have seen Quade put the team at a disadvantage when he, for example, depends on Koyie Hill in the 9th inning.

What do you like about Eric Wedge?

Likable guy. Big league managing talent.

Ryno has one of those attributes, not the other.

So, when I say "someone like Eric Wedge", this is what I mean: Likable, Big league management ability.

What does this mean:

Big league management ability.

Because I simply don't have a good answer for that, let me answer your question with another question:

What makes you believe Ryno wouldn't come up to manage a big league team and do exactly what Quade's done? I would be more comfortable with a guy who managed in the big leagues before.

You'd be more comfortable with a guy who got shit-canned for turning a 96 win team into a 65 win team in two years? Wait.. are we talking about Wedge or Piniella here?

Eric Wedge was an astounding 27 games under his pythagorean record in his time in Cleveland. That's the worst I've ever seen.

Hayden Simpson article for those of us who still have some hope for the kid:

http://www.csnchicago.com/06/25/11/Cubs-Simps...

Best part of the article......

The part where Hayden has legally changed his name to Chadd Blasko.

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  • ben zobrist gets to ride up front tonight cause he's a good guy at sports.

    cubs with a 5 run lead and a lackey shutout through 3ip \m/

    crunch 1 min 13 sec ago view
  • HAGSAG: I have not seen Joe Nathan out on the field, but he is supposedly at the UAPC. 

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 57 min ago view
  • ERIC S: Best outing I've ever seen from Manny Rondon, and I've seen most of his outings since the Cubs got him from the Angels. 

    M. Rondon is competing with six others (Dylan Cease, Bryan Hudson, Jose Paulino, Pedro Silverio, Jesus Castillo, and Erling Moreno) for a starting slot at Eugene, and (as you can probably tell from the EXST box scores)  the competition has gotten fierce over the last couple of weeks, With the exception of Moreno, the Eugene SP candidates have upped their game lately, and M. Rondon's outing yesterday was especially impressive/dominating. 

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 59 min ago view
  • E-MAN: Pierce Johnsion was mixing a 92-94 MPH fastball with a plus-change-up AND curve, and he threw strike-after-strike-after-strike with all three of his pitches. I believe that was the best command and pitch-efficiency I've ever seen from Johnson, who often pitches from behind in the count and issues too many walks.  

    Of course now he has to avoid a recurrence of the lat strain (whch he has had previously in his career) as well as all of the other miscellaneous physical problems he's had over the last three years (hamstring, quad, back, etc).  

    Arizona Phil 3 hours 9 min ago view
  • PHIL: Any movement on P. Johnsons pitches? What was his "out" pitch? I know he was working on a 4th pitch, so wondering what he is looking like these days. Thanks.

    The E-Man 3 hours 52 min ago view
  • AZ Phil, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.

    Hagsag 8 hours 37 min ago view
  • Eickhoff looks like a good young pitcher. Lets steal him!

    Hagsag 8 hours 38 min ago view
  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 18 hours 20 min ago view
  • With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.

    johann 21 hours 17 min ago view
  • it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.

    crunch 21 hours 30 min ago view
  • It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.

    Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.

    The E-Man 21 hours 39 min ago view
  • That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.

    I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.

    Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...

    These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.

    No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.

    The E-Man 21 hours 44 min ago view
  • a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...

    it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...

    crunch 22 hours 2 min ago view
  • Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.

    johann 22 hours 39 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 22 hours 56 min ago view
  • Soler BB acumen and plate awareness is excellent. Not unusual for even the best players to react as if they were about to hit them, "even though they weren't that close" from your vantage point sitting on your deck, or wherever.

    The E-Man 22 hours 58 min ago view