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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  • The key for Heyward's offense: get early leads. Heard a stat on Mike & Mike on the way to work that his avg/power much better this year when the Cubs have the lead. And true to form he gets the two run dinger with Cubs winning 3-0 ...

    Eric S 21 min 37 sec ago view
  • I'm sorry - I was probably not looking at the correct line, or spot, or...who knows!

    I could blame it on the weed, but I stopped smoking many years ago.

    Fortunately, I can rely on the rest of you sober and astute folks to bring the correct info forth.

    The E-Man 49 min 5 sec ago view
  • Oh yeah! It just felt like one for some reason.

    Old and Blue 1 hour 55 min ago view
  • Agreed. I was not including Fowler or Heyward.

    I'm just not a fan of 2016 Coghlan.....

    Dusty Baylor 2 hours 1 min ago view
  • @Dusty Contreras if it's a Lester or Arrieta start. TLS is good PH too. You also forgot about Heyward, assume Fowler is CF.

    chitownmvp01 2 hours 2 min ago view
  • I expect Soler to get optioned as well when activated and Cahill to replace Grimm. It wouldn't surprise me if Coghlan and/or Soler is included in a trade.

    Maybe Coghlan is up to see if he can get on track before someone acquires him.

    This move could also be to assure that we have as much OF depth as possible to maximize Joe's ability to rest players in September once we've clinched.

    chitownmvp01 2 hours 5 min ago view
  • Maddon basically said as much...Fowler still kind of sore, they're being proactive, etc.

    Tito 2 hours 7 min ago view
  • La Stella at 2B...Baez at 3B, or vice versa. Zobrist in RF, Bryant in LF No one gets bumped.

    Dusty Baylor 2 hours 15 min ago view
  • If Coghlan is leading off, I assume Fowler is getting the day off. Who is supposed to lead off, then? Someone has to get on base for Bryant and Rizzo. Coghlan's OBP is .346 with the Cubs. Jackson's was .304. LaStella can lead off, but then he has to play second or third, and bump Zobrist or Baez.

    Unless he gets hot, Coghlan will likely change places with Soler soon.

    VirginiaPhil 2 hours 17 min ago view
  • I suspect the Cubs asked Chris Coghlan if he would accept an Optional Assignment to the minors and he refused (Coghlan has one minor league option left), so either you keep LaStella on the 25 and release Coghlan, or option LaStella to AAA for about a month and have both LaStella and Coghlan available in September-October. (As an Article XIX-A player, Coghlan must give his permission before he can be optioned to the minors, while LaStella has not accrued enough MLB Service Time to refuse an optional assignment).

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 38 min ago view
  • Given today's lineup -- maybe they just wanted an extra OF to give Dexter a few days off (i.e. day game after a night game).

    billybucks 2 hours 40 min ago view
  • Tommy LaStella has three minor leaue options left so it's no big deal to send him to Iowa, but as of right now he projects to be at 2+124 MLB Service Time by the end of the of the 2016 MLB regular season, which will place him "on the bubble" as far as being eligible for salary arbitration as a "Super Two" post-2016.

    But if he spends at least twenty days on optional assignment this season (anything less than twenty days and he will accrue a full season of MLB Service Time), he will not have enough MLB Service Time to have a chance to be a "Super Two."

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 51 min ago view
  • this will be his 4th time leading off for the cubs this season...WITH A .500 OB%! HAIL MADDON! THE PLAN (c)2016! HE HAS RISEN! #YOLO #SWAG! KONY 2012!

    crunch 2 hours 59 min ago view
  • I don't hate Coghlan as a PHer but he's leading off today which is as bad as Austin Jackson doing so last year. He doesn't even have the speed.

    johann 3 hours 48 min ago view
  • TLS has options. He will be up again in Sept, and maybe earlier.

    Rob Richardson 3 hours 58 min ago view
  • Very odd -- TLS .308/.419 in July (in 26 AB). Strange move for a team struggling to score runs. Hard to imagine Coghlan doing better than that. Maybe they like Coghlan better as a PH?

    billybucks 4 hours 9 min ago view