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I ranted about it in the comments last evening, so I won’t do it today here in the intro to the Bullets. I’ll just say that if not for an inexplicable video review in the Penn State/Nebraska game, Michigan would be sitting semi-pretty for a Big Ten Title Game berth right now (assuming they can beat OSU, which is obviously not a fair assumption). As it stands, it ain’t gonna happen, despite Michigan’s two-parts-lucky-one-part-skill Denard-less win over Northwestern yesterday.

  • That proposed deal between the Cubs and Arizona State, which would have had them sharing the new facilities out in Mesa, and which fell apart in the last couple weeks, looks like it really wasn’t much of a deal for the Cubs. Although ASU alleged that the Cubs had unfairly changed the terms, Mesa Mayor Scott Smith said it was ASU that became unreasonable, and a look at some of the disputed deal terms suggests he may have been right – and suggests that the deal was never all that great in the first place for the Cubs. Arizona Central reports, among other things, on the financial details of the plan, which would have worked thusly: “ASU would have kept as much as $1.1 million a year in revenue from concessions, parking and tickets. The Cubs would have kept all ASU-generated revenue between $1.1 million and $1.3 million. If revenues exceeded $1.3 million, ASU would have gotten 75 percent and the Cubs 25 percent of the excess. The Cubs’ total share of ASU revenue was capped at $300,000.” So, in exchange for sharing their facility – and risking the headaches that could come along with that sharing, given the Cubs’ year-round needs – the Cubs would have received, at most, $300,000 per year. That’s a huge amount of money to you and me, but, in terms of the Cubs’ annual budget/expected revenue, it would represent an increase of around 0.1 to 0.15%. It’s not nothing, but it’s not really worth fretting about.
  • One of the “changed terms” about which ASU may have been complaining? Under the original terms of the proposed deal, the Cubs – not Mesa, not ASU – were charged with building a $1.3 million locker room and $850,000 practice field for ASU. In the revised proposal, the funding for those items would come from bonds issued by Mesa, on which ASU would pay the finance charges for the first five years. If that’s why things fell apart, and if that’s why ASU was saying the Cubs unfairly “changed the terms,” then I can’t say much in defense of ASU. That looks pretty, as Smith suggested, unreasonable.
  • Logan Watkins, the Cubs’ Minor League Player of the Year, had to rush out to Arizona to fill in for Javier Baez in the Arizona Fall League, and it’s been a success so far. In his five games out west, he’s hitting .316/.409/.526 (small sample size, and all that). His season, offseason, and future are discussed here. He was a little nervous about picking back up and trying to play immediately after a two-month layoff.
  • King Jeff

    Nobody really cares.

    • MichiganGoat

      Zing

    • Ben (BG2383)

      Why did you read it if you don’t care?

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        He’s joking.

        • MichiganGoat

          Or is he????? Btw have you watched that video?

          • King Jeff

            It’s going to become the new “first”.

          • Boogens

            Goat, that is hilarious! It’s so good I wish that I had come up with it!

  • Ben (BG2383)

    Thanks Brett, try being a Bama fan today :(
    Great article, and it is certainly not worth 300k to have to share the facility with the Sun Devils

  • cjdubbya

    Don’t know if I dare admit this, but I went into yesterday thinking that the Hoosiers had a shot at making the B1G title game. Alas, it was but a pipe dream thanks to the 62-14 beatdown. I think I’d gladly switch situations with you, Brett, as your team has a legit shot to make the B1G title game on a regular basis…but then again, that would mean that I’m pulling for Michigan, and I can’t do that. Icky.

    • MichiganGoat

      Meh, IU is not football nor will it ever be its basketball and this year it’s good to be a IU grad/fan.

      • Internet Random

        Indeed.

  • Barry

    Boring, boring boring. Not the website but the paucity of REAL Cub news. Waiting for Jedstein to give us something to talk about. Hardly a decent rumor out there…

  • Toby

    In case anyone wants to see some new renderings and elevations, the city of Mesa’s got a web page you’ll want to look at . The new images are huge, so it takes a bit of time to load. This facility is going to be gigantic. Besides the new ball park it will include 7 other full size practice fields and an infield only area.

  • Toby

    Sorry, the link didn’t show up in my post. I’ll use a cut & paste version.

    http://www.mesaaz.gov/bettermesa/cubs.aspx

    • Chase S.

      Ok so this is a really weird observation but did you notice in the 1st drawing the image on the scoreboard doesn’t match what’s on the field? How can they miss a detail like that?! I blame the FO…

  • Fastball

    Now we are getting somewhere. IU/Grad and basketball season has arrived. I can’t wait til we put it to the Buckeyes, SparToons, Purdon’t and the rest of the country for that matter.
    Got YOGI…. dude is awesome. GO HOOSIERS!!! Okay now you know where I went to school for undergrad. I Hate OSU basketball

    • Internet Random

      You guys should be very tough this year, but watching IU play ball without Bobby Knight is like corn flake without the milk. /Oran “Juice” Jones

    • Spriggs

      Been an IU fan for years. The team is obviously very talented. Their lack of size could hurt them though. I wish they had something resembling a power forward. Zeller will need some help.

      • Cubbie Blues

        They have two guys at 7′. How much bigger do you want them?

    • Chase S.

      Giving you an early warning… head’s up for the Hawkeyes. Just saying…

      • sean

        Not a Indiana fan but I don’t think anybody is ever worried about the hawkeyes they’ll battle it out for 8th

        • ssckelley

          I would not look past them. They are an improved team that many are calling a sleeper team in the Big Ten.

  • Fastball

    To Hell with ASU anyway. Why would we even want to be involved with them.

    Ungrateful Bastards.

    • Spriggs

      It isn’t a big deal to most Cubs fan, but it is unfortunate for the Cubs and for Mesa. One of the reasons for moving from Hohokam is the lack of activity around the park. It’s surrounded by an old residential area and a huge city cemetary. After the games, a majority of vistors leave Mesa for Scottsdale, Phoenix, or Tempe hotels, bars, restaurants, etc.

      Part of the idea behind the new spring training complex is to have Mesa be that destination for spring visitors (where they pay city hotel taxes, sales taxes, support local business – which hire local labor, etc.). Ricketts wanted more of a Wrigley atmosphere… Mesa wanted the economic activity. The new complex is being built in an area that allows for a “Wrigleyville West” as they were calling it. Having an ASU and it’s student body included in that activity could have been very important — making it more than just a place to go in March. With ASU in the mix, it would have become much more economically viable to open new stores, bars, restaurants, etc. I think losing ASU will make the build out much slower.

      • RoughRiider

        Not to mention that it’s in the middle of two large shopping areas with plenty of restaurants and bars already. The only thing that is really needed in that area is a Hotel or 2 to really make in an economic Island.

  • Idaho Razorback

    Brett, I see where my Hogs and your Wolverines have scheduled a home and home series in 2018 and 2019. Reports out of Arkansas are that Gary Patterson of TCU will be named head coach at the end of the season. Get ready, we will finially have a defense.
    http://www.arkansasrazorbacks.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=30726&SPID=2419&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=6100&ATCLID=205726758

    • King Jeff

      Patterson is going to be very tough to get. He’s turned down interviews for a lot bigger jobs than Arkansas. Does he have some connection there?

  • Fastball

    Could the Cubs be in on Melky Cabrera and BJ Upton? We can afford both. If we were able to put DeRosa or Chavez at 3B and then sign some real good pitching we could easily steal our division next year. If Joe I mean Tom would approve the funds we could put a very good team on the field and not compromise the farm system at all. We can get Melky on a 1 yr with option year and maybe we sign BJ Upton to a 3 year. DeRosa and Chavez 1 year with opition year. These guys would not block anyone in our system. We would then have DeJesus as a very good 4th OF. And could slide Campana in as our 5th OF/Base Stealer. These guys would be around just long enough for our good prospects to become ready. I do not see how the organization loses anything with this approach. The DeRosa jersey sales would make it worth signing him. And my wife would be extremely happy to watch him play again.

  • Idaho Razorback

    Patterson has no connections to Arkansas although TCU’s defensive coordinator Dick Bumpkis is a Razorback legend. Ark’s AD Jeff Long says he is prepared to “break the bank” to get a coach he wants. And like I said, reports say he wants Patterson.

  • nkniacc13

    I still don’t think he gets patterson now that TCU is in a BCS conference unless he is feeling heat at tcu and I don’t think thats happening yet

  • nkniacc13

    I wouldn’t be shocked to see Oregon looking for a new coach as I think Kelly heads to the nfl so that’s a job that will be likley be more coveted

  • daveyrosello

    Still think that Watkins makes Barney VERY expendable. With his shiny gold glove and all, there will never be a better time to trade Barney.

  • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

    Watkins success does not surprise me at all. Like I said in his Prospects’ Progress, Watkins is looking like a serious candidate to fight Barney for the starting 2B job in Chicago in a year or so.

    • MightyBear

      I have only seen him in limited play but Watkins has the “it” factor as well. I don’t know what it is but I know when I see it in a player (ie Sandberg, Roy Oswalt, Ian Kinsler). To me trading Barnery is ok, keeping him is ok. Depends on what you get. I do think Watkins could be a great Cub and be on the same team as Barney as he is very versatile and can play many positions.

  • ReiCow

    Sorry Brett,

    You guys had your chance to topple us Huskers on the field and failed.

    Moo.

  • TonyP

    Who put together the original deal with ASU? It seems like it was a very poor plan from the Cubs side all along.

  • Corncub

    GOOOOOLLLLLL BIIIIIIIIIGGGGGGG REEEEEEDDDDDDDD!!!!!

  • Corncub

    Goooooooo Biiiiiiigggggg REEEEEEDDDDDDDD, not goooooollllllll. Sorry :-)

  • daveyrosello

    Cubs keep Kyler Burke, minor league contract so he doesn’t count against the 40-man.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

      Good news. Burke has potential to be a pretty decent reliever one day.

      And as he gains more experience on the mound, I wouldn’t be shocked to see him get a chance in a rotation.

  • Fastball

    Is there something wrong with the site. Not seeing any new stories from early yesterday. I do see conversations. Just wondering

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      The only thing wrong was that it was Sunday. A single Bullets post on Saturday and on Sunday is pretty common in the offseason, unless something breaks.

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