Friday, January 13, 2006

Nothing to see here...

As you know, the Cubs convention kicks off today and it will, no doubt, prove to be a major non-event.

Here's what management can take the weekend to try to explain - Apparently Prior is "peeved" that the club was entertaining trade offers for him, the Cubs are prepared to start the season without Wood (good thing they kept pitching him in August and September when it was clear to everyone but the deluded that the season was over), the team is trying to trade one of the only guys who can actually get on base consistently, and as a result of the preceding and more the team isn't going to finish any better than last years miserable squad.

Meanwhile, teams like the Mets, Dodgers, and Houston (apparently the Astros are making a play for Aubrey Huff) are all of trying to get better while Hendry and company sit on their hands and spin this offseason as "solid."

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to plot out the trajectory charted by Hendry et al for this season. Barring some substantial offensive moves and a healthy starting rotation, this team will struggle to finish fourth.

Anyway - on to a real Chicago team - the Bears. Seems that most of the experts are picking against the Orange and Blue Sunday, even though Chicago beat Carolina at Carolina Chicago earlier this year. The consensus from both ESPN and Sports Illustrated is that Carolina will win the game.

I hate to say it, but I'm a little apprehensive about the game as well. I think it will turn on how many turnovers the Bears offense commits. If Rex Grossman tries to single handedly win the game and turns the ball over in the first half - I think Carolina will win. I'm also hoping we don't see a reprise of the defensive performance that we saw against Pittsburgh.