There were no late-inning heroics. No
come-from-behind victories. No miracles. No Don Dekinger calls. And no lucky bounces.
This ride for
all of Cubdom could be much like the ride Cardinal fans took in
1982… and if memory serves, the Birds had to march through Atlanta
to claim that World Series title.
Kerry Wood was the horse many people have
been predicting for years that he might become.
I was so sure that they would win that
I told Greg Taylor at our church's small group meeting at 5 p.m. to
go ahead and book his hotel room for the Florida series!
Heck, even the Bears won… Maybe the
stars had aligned and maybe it's getting awfully cold in Hades!
Cub fans have taken to the streets, and
many are unaccounted for this morning. Could this be one of the
largest absenteeism days in all of Illinois work history? A good day
to celebrate on the golf course, perhaps? However you slice it, 95
years of frustration is finally over. Will the Cubbies be satisfied?
Or, will they want more… Stay tuned and we'll find out… BTW, has
anyone seen Taylor or Seggelke???
The sports gods must owe Chicago a lot.
The Bears looked like they were headed for certain defeat, trailing
18-3, but somehow the ball started bouncing their way. Before you
knew what happened Paul Edinger was drilling another ball through
the uprights and the Bears had shocked the lackluster Raiders 24-21.
Maybe now people will believe us when we say that Edinger is by far
We'd love to say that the Bears are
healed. Now they will go out and, let's say, win six of their next
eight. We just don't think that's going to happen. Let's just hope
they enjoy it for now and maybe start building on it. On the other
hand, I hope they're not blowing a good draft pick later on!
Just when you started to forget all
about Tiger Woods, he emerges in a BIG way. He had huge rounds on
moving days and then played just good enough to stave off Vijay and
Tommy Herron on Sunday to climb back into the winner's circle. He
said it was to give his caddie, Stevie, his 100th victory carrying
the bag. But we all know Tiger well enough to know that he's gunning
for history. This was his fifth tour win of the year, and do you
think he's out of player of the year contention? We don't think so
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Congratulations to the Olympia Junior High softball ladies who won
(Send us two pictures and facts and
figures, and we'll try to give you some props!)
Congratulations to the Hartem 8A
...for a successful 16-4 season and
another trip to state!
The best thing about all this sports
hoopla is that we don't have to talk much or write much about the
Illini. Fortunately, they were on the road, and we were assigned to
Bloomington instead. Illinois lost at Purdue; that's all there is to
Redbirds took a bitter loss
The ISU Redbirds didn't fare much
better. However, their game was one they very well could've won. In
fact, until midway through the second half ISU owned a 7-0 lead. But
then the house of cards collapsed. A long snap sailed over the head
of the punter for a safety, Northern Iowa took the ensuing free
kick, and a few plays later they were in the end zone. To add insult
to injury, they tacked on the 2-point conversion, and things didn't
get much better after that.
Railers lose to Taylorville, but season is not over…
That's the song we're going to continue
to sing… You never know what could happen with games remaining, we
believe, with Southeast, Chatham and East Peoria. It's hard to
regroup, but regroup we must do. This will be the gut check for
Lincoln this season. I'd love to see them prove so many people
wrong. Good luck, Railers!
women's soccer knocked off by Germany 3-0
If all that wasn't enough to satisfy
your sports palate, how 'bout feasting on this week's "Monday Night
Football" entree? The Indy Colts invade Tampa's Bucs in the Pirate
ship. Since we think we're something like 1-2 on the season and that
win was a fluke, you're safe to bet just the opposite of what we
predict! HA! I don't see any way that Manning will outfox Tampa's
stingy defense. But obviously, we've been wrong once or twice
for me… These Cub fans are wearing me out… Have a great week,