I am currently blogging – here, on Facebook, and on Twitter (hash tag #BNBlogathon for those who want to jump into the fray themselves) – for 30 hours straight, until slightly past MLB’s July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. I’ll be doing recaps on the process throughout the day, but you’ll also see normal posting (Bullets, Series Preview, Pre-Gamin’, EBS), as well as an uptick in rumor/trade posts.

The sun indeed invigorated me slightly, though I would now describe myself as merely “tired.” Things should be getting rolling again quite soon.

Total Posts So Far:

27 (and a WHOLE bunch of updates).

News and Rumors Since the Last Recap:

Bob Nightengale says Alfonso Soriano has told the Cubs which teams to which he’ll accept a trade, and to which ones he won’t (for example, the Giants).

Most Interesting Tidbit Since the Last Recap:

Kevin Goldstein was on with Mully and Hanley this morning, and I’ll have a recap of that soon. He offered some interesting thoughts. But the mere fact of that is not particularly interesting to you, so you’ll just have to take my word on it for now.

Current Thoughts About the Chicago Cubs’ Trade Deadline Strategy/Execution:

No change from the last update. Phasers set to hopeful.

Current Beverage/Stimulant of Choice:

Wading back into Coke Zero, though I’ll probably have a coffee soon.

Strangest Thought Passing Through My Mind:

If you don’t sleep in a given night, are you really living two separate days for clothes-wearing purposes? That is to say, at what point do I become a disgusting pig for wearing the same clothes I wore “yesterday,” even though there’s no such thing as “yesterday” for me?

A Selection of #BNBlogathon Tweets:


Current Mood:

Just plain tired …

  • Tim


    • Quinn

      YOU CAN DO IT!

  • TC

    In regards to your thought-

    I’ve pulled many an all nighter, and am usually up until 2am, and I’ve come to the conclusion that midnight is really kind of a meaningless way to set days apart. There are only two ways for me to accept that it is a new day: Sleep, or a big breakfast of eggs and bacon. Everything else is quite useless, and if I were in your position, it would really just be hour 32 of Monday to me. Take a half hour nap and that changes the day.

    All the posts last night were great, keep it up Ace!

    • Jono

      What about the sun?

      • TC

        It just got real cloudy for a while?

  • Professional_High_A

    I struggled with the changing clothes thing quite a bit in college. I never changed clothes but I was also in college. Real people would probably be expected to change clothes.

  • Curt

    Yr kickin butt Brett , hang in there.

  • Smitty

    Take 20 minutes to shower, shave, and drop a deuce. If that doesn’t help you wake up, I’m all out of ideas. That idea of bacon and eggs is a good one as well.

  • SFC_CubbieFan

    as soon as you can smell yourself you should change your clothes, may I sugest a quick shower, slightly cold to wake you… You are doing great and I am working through a slow 4 hours of work this am! Thank you.

  • Fishin Phil

    If I were you, I would just go with nothing but a bathrobe for the whole 30 hours.

    • Joker

      ^^^^^ This

    • SFC_CubbieFan

      Sounds like a plan…

  • anotherjp

    Per Kaplan: Dodgers, Rangers, & Yankees all negoiating for Dempster and he’ll approve a trade to any of the suitors. Maybe we’ll get rid of the drama queen for some good prospects yet…

    • gutshot5820

      Yes, finally, LEVERAGE. I guess Dempster relented and now will approve a trade to those three teams.

  • gratefulled

    Turn that frown upside-down, Buckaroo. Doing a great job, Brett, keep it up.

    Why not bring up a lefty to replace Maholm in the rotation?

  • http://www.dccoffeeproducts.com John

    Usually a good cup of coffee is what I need…lol. Thanks again for all the Cub info- I received grief from the mrs for getting on the tablet all weekend check your site out for news- I am addicted-thanks-one more vise to kick-maybe not. Good luck to you- I feel like you look- I took shots at TKD last night for ya- GO CUBS!!!!

  • ReiCow

    Are those fireworks on the TV?


  • MoneyBoy

    Brett: regarding the change of clothes, perhaps think of the Michael Brenly line: happy wife = happy life!! Remember, there are two categories (think college) of clothes, dirty but wearable and simply disgusting. That may not be it exactly but college was 40 freakin’ yrs ago.

  • JasonB

    Jump in the shower for five minutes – that should help perk you up for the stretch run!

  • TonyP

    Stupid filter at work, I can’t see the decomposing pictures anymore.

  • Dave

    This has been an impressive display by Brett. Hell, I’m half asleep at my desk at work and all I did was wake up a couple times during the night to check BN. My advice for the clothing dilemma would be to take a shower and put on something clean, even if only for a few hours. You’ll feel better.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett


      • Dave

        Solution: Laptop+sponge bath

        • North Side Irish

          you forgot to add “- web cam”…

          • Dave

            Sir, I believe you have just thought up a creepy new revenue stream for Brett.

            • hansman1982

              ok, fine, I admit it, I would buy a ticket.

  • Leo L

    I dont post often. I force myself on occasion so I can say I am part of the “community”. This Blogathon deserves a post. Great job Brett. Your efforts are much appreciated. Although it would not have bothered me if you took a cat (Pajamas) nap last night.

  • North Side Irish

    Brett, I think you should just call it a “day” and go get some sleep. That will pretty much guarantee multiple major trades by the Cubs involving half of the 40 man roster. Then we will bring down the site trying to get updates while you sleep and you can spend the next few days kicking yourself.

  • Ogyu

    When the cat starts avoiding you, it may be time to change clothes.

  • Gordan

    I don’t understand this? What is the point of constantly updating rumors? Won’t we all know the truth when it happens? I got an update on my phone about Reed & company when it happened. Why did I need to spend time hearing possibilities before that? How did that help me? When Dempster is traded, we’ll all know the truth. If he isn’t, we’ll know that, too.

    I’m confused with an obsession to hear about “what might happen”. It’s a big collective “could happen, but I don’t really know” fest, isn’t it?

    3 weeks from now, I don’t think I’ll regret not hearing the 8000 rumors before the actual trade happens/doesn’t happen. I’ll still know what actually happened and be fine.

    Confused by this.

    • DocPeterWimsey

      Er, why are you here?

    • ProfessorCub

      Confused by your visit to this site…it’s the entire point of a blog like this on a day like this. Some consider it fun.

      • Jack Weiland

        Haha jeez, seriously.

    • bt

      Gordan’s right you guys. In fact, next year, I’m not going to pay attention to the Cubs until November 3rd. Why pay attention every day to find out if they “won” or “lost”? By the end of the World Series, we will know EXACTLY what their record is, and how well they did. And be fine.

      • Jack Weiland

        Hahaha nailed it.

      • Gordan

        Funny, I thought people might engage in healthy discourse to explain to me why people are so entrenched in rumors, but I guess I was mistaken.

        I spent all day yesterday and today with my two sons playing baseball and enjoying time with them. I’m sorry if I think that spending time with my family is more important that rumors. When it is 3pm, I will know as much as you all do, and I’ll have had an amazing time with my family.

        sorry if I don’t get the fun of sitting around wasting my life finding out things that I can find out later, without having to guess.

        And I’m just fine watching ballgames..that’s the sport I enjoy. The rumors are not a sport, they are a waste of time when one can do 1000s of other valuable things with their lives.

        Wow, social media, etc, has really empowered people, hasn’t it?

        • Ogyu

          Yea, reading baseball rumors just doesn’t compare to highly verbose trolling of internet chatboards.

        • hansman1982

          if anyone is muddy on the modern definition of Troll – this is it.

        • bt

          Gordan, that would be an awesome response, IF we had all come to your house and mocked you for spending time with your kids instead of spending it here waiting to hear rumors. I have no problem if you don’t want to hear about rumors before they happen, but the fact that you seemed “confused” about our “obsession” is the reason you got the responses you got.

        • Jack Weiland

          Speaking for myself: I consider this fun. I follow prospects closely, and trading deadlines are a huge part of the entertainment value in that.

          More generally: I’m sitting at work right now where spending time with my sons (which do not exist, either) is not an option.

        • MichiganGoat

          THIS IS MY FAMILY and I love everybody

        • AB

          funny you despite your objections you have time to post several times on here being critical of others behaviour.

          The word for that is Narcissism.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Different strokes for different folks. Me? I like the chase.

      • Gordan

        thank you — that’s an answer I can live with, and all i was looking to find out.

        • ProfessorCub

          See Doc’s comment above…seems like you feel you’re wasting your time on here. I’m almost more interested in your motive to go onto a blog that is currently engaged in nothing but rumors to complain about people who are obsessed with rumors than I am in the rumors themselves. Thanks for making it interesting!

          • DocPeterWimsey

            Oh, I thought that I’d get the ball rolling on some existentialist discussion, that’s all. Just fire up the Floyd and some “alternative” smoking substances, and away we go!

            • TWC


              • Drew7

                Hey…arent you the one that wears birkenstocks and hoodies to work?


                • TWC

                  Birkenstocks? Birkenstocks? Come ON — I have some class man.

                  But yeah, the hoodies thing is pretty much right on.

                  • MichiganGoat

                    I replaced my Birks with nice pair of Chacos

      • Cubbie Blues

        Exactly it’s a bit like Schrodinger’s cat. Dempster is both traded and not traded at the same time and this going on for every team he might go to. Trying to figure out where he goes and what the Cubs gets back is definitely like a chase.

    • Spriggs

      You must really hate all the hot stove talk in the winter. I feel sorry for you, man!

  • Karen P

    When I had to pull all-nighters in college, I often based my decision of whether or not to change clothes off of “Do I have class with anyone that I saw yesterday? No? Fantastic.”

    • DocPeterWimsey

      Your classmates might still have had olfactory senses, however….

  • AZCubsFan

    Great coverage Brett. I am working in 10 minute spurts and then heading back to your site for updates. Hope Cubs get great return on Garza and Package Dempster and Soriano to get a decent return.