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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  • Three amigos time?

    7-8-9th

    jacos 3 min 6 sec ago view
  • he should hit more of those. that would be an ideal outcome. /moneyballs

    crunch 4 hours 19 min ago view
  • Russell with 19 RBI in July so far. Grand Slams help.

    billybucks 5 hours 43 sec ago view
  • ...and Familia with back-to-back blown saves. Blows a one-run lead vs. Rockies today, gets his 2nd consecutive loss.

    I am OK with the Mets missing the playoffs and suffering crushing losses at home --- just want them to beat St. Louis.

    He played with fire twice agains the Cubs -- unfortunately, the Cubs couldn't stop swinging.

    billybucks 5 hours 4 min ago view
  • How about Kyle Farnsworth? I know he was consistently upper 90s.

    videographer 6 hours 59 min ago view
  • If he puts up Soriano numbers I will be ecstatic

    jacos 8 hours 47 min ago view
  • I think Javy is learning--but he's learning to make contact, not learning to lay off pitches out of the zone. A quick glance at his plate discipline numbers on Fangraphs shows that his contact rate is up, especially his contact rate out of the zone, but his swing rate is up too, especially his swing rate out of the zone.

    Charlie 9 hours 21 min ago view
  • I definitely saw ballpark radar guns go up to 102 on Kerry Wood back when he was still a starter, but who knows how accurate they were.

    Charlie 9 hours 35 min ago view
  • They've mentioned Henry Rodriguez (2013), Chris Carpenter, and Andrew Cashner as Cubs who have gone 100+. They said Rodriguez was tops at 100.8. Who knows before 2008?

    QuietMan 10 hours 58 min ago view
  • Regarding Heyward--

    He'll play regardless of what he does, just like Soriano played for seven years before they finally ditched him.

    What can they do? All I can think of is they can keep hiring and firing hitting coaches until they find one who can get him to stop hitting balls with the handle of the bat.

    (All those broken bats added to his paycheck is just a bit much.)

    VirginiaPhil 10 hours 59 min ago view
  • Lester will probably be all right.

    I think Arrieta might have added too much muscle preparing for that butt-naked ESPN photo shoot. Pitchers are supposed to be loose, not muscled up.

    Seriously.

    VirginiaPhil 11 hours 6 min ago view
  • I have basically written off Heyward for this year -- if you are working on major swing changes in late July, you are going to struggle. Hopefully, he can be more productive at the plate next year. It will be interesting to see what they do with him if the Cardinals keep winning and close the gap. Heyward is dead last in the NL in slugging and in the bottom 5 in OPS -- yet still has a positive WAR. Hunh.

    billybucks 11 hours 9 min ago view
  • Has anybody in a Cub uniform ever thrown a ball 103 before?

    VirginiaPhil 11 hours 13 min ago view
  • He certainly looks better, no doubt, and is a different player than what we saw when he first came up. Full credit to him for changing his approach and saving his career.

    But he has zero walks in 35AB since the break, and 10 in 251 AB all year. He does seem to be able to hit some pitches out of the zone, but, a guy with his pop should be drawing more walks. However, it's easy to forget he is still only 23, and probably trying to make an impact to prove he should be an everyday player.

    billybucks 11 hours 22 min ago view
  • The usual suspects, Molina and Wong. Gyorko drew a walk with two outs, none on. I recall us (particularly Szczur and Bryant) swinging at everything Familia threw.

    VirginiaPhil 11 hours 23 min ago view
  • Yup. Thanks Q

    The E-Man 11 hours 29 min ago view