One final update

I can't believe it has gotten to the point where I feel compelled to say this, but...

 

April Fool's.

 

(just in case anyone hasn't yet figured out that the entire thing was a scam. Nice work, everyone...)

 

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Screw that...

But so long Chad.

Hope we didn't distress ya, Joe.  :)

I was a tad nervous. I don't want to have to read TWO blogs. That's just too much work.

~manly guy-hugs~

 

Nope, still just us.  

 

But
I DO wish that we had gotten cell phones and I-pods and all that other
cool stuff. The Good Doctor was making me envious. 

cell phones and I-pods and all that other cool stuff.
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...apparently, it was trying to get the Guitar Hero perk for Trans that was the deal breaker

Awwwwww....

 

It's too bad, too. I've only played once, and would have loved to have my own....

Damn, we're smooth.

(But mostly Cubnut, Rob and Ruz. They did virtually all of the heavy lifting. I just got to play myself - an angry crank with an over-inflated sense of dis-enfranchisement and isolation.)

you're still an ass. :)

 

 

Takes one to know one!

Manny agrees...

So does Heinie Massman

Speaking of Heinie Massman, where the hell was AZPhil during all this?

Umm... I think AZ Phil may actually have a life.

AZ Phil doesn't have time for our tomfoolery...

...so no jism?

ha

But how are we going to fund improvements to the site now??????

Rob will be posting embedded videos of him dancing and singing Karaoke to "Let's Go Crazy", then asking for donations.

That would be counterproductive cos then you'd have to start paying us to come here.

Boooooooo --- saying "this isn't a joke" in the set-up is seriously bad form.

But, as an off-day actviity -- worth the effort.

Strong performances by the entire ensemble cast.

sorry about that...not up on my April Fool's Day etiquette!

 

in case anyone missed the writers page
http://www.thecubreporter.com/our-writers

Well that was fun.

What better way to spend day two of the season, an off day, after losing the opener:

Distraction.

Now is Chad going to live up to his word? Or was he in on it too?

I'm curious about that one, myself...

 

Maybe he's already over there, waiting for you.

THE perfect conclusion to this day would be to discover that BCB
readers bought in to all of this, and were saying "Why the heck are
they getting advertising and cell phones and stuff, and we're getting
Trans?  What sort of trade is THAT?"

100% certain Chad was playing along...he's not a fan of the BCB.

I hate that fucking board. You couldn't pay me to be a regular there.

I knew it all was a joke, i thought I'd have some fun too. And I wanted to see if people would applaud my departure or mourn me. I got neither, really.

Heh.  Nicely played, Chad!

I think everyone was just trying to figure what the fuck was actually going on.

At first I was a little confused but when Trans lost his shit and went berserk at Ruz, I knew it was a gag.

Too convoluted for me.

Not me. I was certain that Trans was playing it straight. He's just that arrogant and self-involved in real life. I can get away with saying that because he and I go all the way back to summer camp together. You think he's pompous now? You should have seen him at Camp Tawonga. He boycotted the canteen for a week because they started selling Pepsi. He's an asshat but I love him.

I am assuming Kerry's performance was all part of the scam? Maybe his calendar was off because of the leap year and the earlier daylight savings time.

i don't give a horse's patoot if it's april fool's or not. i just want my farking free phone.

You guys are brutal.

You have ruined my day of listening to the radio of reports of aliens landing in New Jersey.

And Wrigley Field? Anyone see that POS movie the Comebacks? The crappy football cliche' coached by Lambeau Fields?

Laughing is fun. I feel like a haiku!

Only T.C.R.
Could make an April Fools joke
Seem fake, real, then fake

I am addicted
To writing silly haikus
Someone please help me

You think Haikus are fun? You should try your hand at the six word memoir.

One of my favorites is "Put whole self in. Shook about."

Put hand in pants, shook about.

It was good joke, but how is all this un-professionalism going to look your new sponsor? I can't imagine Motorola is going to like it's new sponsorship to begin like this.

And for the love of Jesus Presented by AT&T, can't you take down that logo now?

Shocking!!! Shocking I tell ya!!

I feel like I was given a day-long shocker by TCR. Thanks guys.

God, I feel bad for Joe.  We owe him a drink.

Yes you do. You shouldn't fuck around with peace-makers.

But actually, I was THANKING you for the shocker. Who said that it was a bad thing?

Ok good.  Last thing I want is for fellow pacifists to put me on a hit-list....  how embarassing!

Word, but what great irony! I don't have a hit-list, though I do have a piercing-sarcasm-list. You don't want to be on it.

I just traded my Samsung for a new Motorola phone at lunch to support you guys..and I come back to see this?

What do I do now?

I can't imagine Motorola is going to like it's new sponsorship to begin like this.
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Moto-rola is probably too busy splitting up into two parts, separating the cell phone bus. from everything else and running like hell from investor/troublemaker Carl Ichan. As long as they can keep their ads up on that green screen behind home plate at Wrigley...all will be OK.

Oddly, I see a bizarro parallel between the above wrt Sam Zell and MLB.

http://www.supermanhomepage.com/comics/who/who-int...

Nice work all around. The whole thing was good but the whole Trans' tirade was a stroke of genius. It too me a little while to figure out that was part of the act. When both Rob and Ruz responded within ten minutes though, I knew. That and the bit about potato salad.

But hey, I haven't had that much fun with the lame April Fool's Day in a long time. Kudos.

I started to suspect when I read crunch's post, but when Trans wrote "cripes", I knew it was a sham!! Noone writes "cripes" unless they are joking!

Aww cripes, I really must be the only person left who uses that word.  I blame Mamma Trans.

 

 

I'm really tickled by your use of "cripes."

Just be thankful Mamma didn't teach you to whoopsiedaisy

I thought Trans threatening to go to BCB was the true giveaway...I mean no one could get that pissed to do something like that. :)

 

Bah.  For all you know they have been trying to poach me.  Where's my raise?

you are a valuable commodity to TCR (presented by Motorola), so I will offer a 300% raise on your current salary.

 

sweeeeeeeeeet

Do the math...

awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww cripes.

Who wouldn't be gellin' like a felon to be tellin' their tales with Al Yellon? I mean, really...

I'll reset the site tonight btw...to reveal our actual new sponsor, Sam Zell!!!!

Video analyzing K-Fuk's homerun cut from yesterday's game. Looks like he doesn't have a single hole in that swing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yu_moia-oVI

No, no, Trans. You are NOT the only one whouses that word. I think we have talked about this before, but I think it one of the most underrated words in the english language for comic value. I have been teaching my kids to say it. There are few things as funny to me as hearing my 3-year-old son say "Aw, cripes!".

Good call, I'd forgotten that.  The army of cripes-users grows larger...

 

And Carlos, you got me, too.  In fact, I didn't even know what a rick roll was, until I got rick roll'd.

 

 

You ass, Carlos! You got me!

Fantastic job!

I figured it was an AFD joke the whole day, up until I saw Trans' explosion. At that point I started to wonder if it was legit...

Dammit Carlos. You suck.

WAIT A MINUTE!!

Does this mean you are NOT gonna optimize for mobile use??!!

DAMN!

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    Fwiw, he can give up 1 ER in 5 innings (or more) and still be under 2. If he gives up 2 ER, he would need throw 9 IP to keep it under 2. 1 ER in 4 IP would give him an ERA of exactly 2.

    In terms of WAR, it's still Scherzer by a lot (6.4), then Cueto (5.6), Lester (5.5), Kershaw (5.5), Roark (5.4), and then Hendricks (5.1)

    Rob G. 10 min 41 sec ago view
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    billybucks 54 min 48 sec ago view
  • Agree -- I think you want to keep him on a regular schedule.

    billybucks 1 hour 14 min ago view
  • Ramos torn ACL

    jacos 1 hour 42 min ago view
  • Sure, its not about his record.

    jacos 1 hour 43 min ago view
  • Do you start him Sunday or not?

    @jonmorosi Pitchers w/ sub-2.00 ERA in year of 185+ IP this century: Pedro ’00, Clemens ’05, Kershaw ’13/’14, Arrieta ’15, Greinke ’15, Hendricks ’16.

    Rob G. 3 hours 5 min ago view
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    billybucks 4 hours 3 sec ago view
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    either way, someone's gonna be disappointed.

    crunch 5 hours 1 min ago view
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    - 4 starters, Chapman, Rondon, Strop, CJ, Wood, Grimm, Monty. No dice for Cahill or Smith.
    - 3 catchers, Rizz, Zo, Addy, KB, Javy, Heyward, Fowler, Soler, Coghlan, TLS and then Sczcur over Almora?

    billybucks 5 hours 12 min ago view
  • Cubs 3B Jason Vosler made two really bad throws on consecutive AB in the 8th. Fortunately the game was no longer in doubt at the time  

    The first one was a one-hop lob that allowed the batter to reach base on an infield single, and the second was air-mailed so far over the first-baseman's head that it went over the fence and landed in Field #4.

    Arizona Phil 5 hours 47 min ago view
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    Arizona Phil 5 hours 48 min ago view
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    Arizona Phil 6 hours 15 min ago view
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    VirginiaPhil 6 hours 24 min ago view
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    I'm at an age where I remember old incidents better than recent ones, but I have to go back to Herb Score for something as disturbing.

    VirginiaPhil 6 hours 40 min ago view
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    billybucks 6 hours 42 min ago view
  • Thank you PHIL.

    Glad you avoided temps in the 100s.

    I remember you mentioning Dewees needng plenty of work in th IF. How are his OF instincts?

    Also, did see much of Satchel McElroy? Only Satchel I have heard about other than the "orignal" and one of Woody Allen's kids.

    The E-Man 9 hours 27 min ago view