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#1 TWC

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 05:55 PM

3 days

17 hours

40 minutes


... until Pat Hughes lets us all know that Chicago Cubs Baseball is ON THE AIR!

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 06:34 PM

I always put WAY too much stock into the first game of the season. My anger is always at its highest (well, at least in the last four years).

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 06:37 PM

I went back and looked.

Last year's Opening Day gameday thread clocked in at a very healthy 38 pages.

Fuck yeah!

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 06:39 PM

My anger is always at its highest.


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Let the hate flow through you...

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 07:31 PM

Hopefully this year we do not blow it late in the game. Gotta start of the year right with a win!
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Posted 28 March 2013 - 08:11 PM

For how many calendar days will the Cubs be above .500 this season?

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 09:01 PM

For how many calendar days will the Cubs be above .500 this season?

I'm going high, 25 days. Note that I have been drinking.

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 09:13 PM


For how many calendar days will the Cubs be above .500 this season?

I'm going high, 25 days. Note that I have been drinking.


Im going with 180...

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 09:17 PM



For how many calendar days will the Cubs be above .500 this season?

I'm going high, 25 days. Note that I have been drinking.


Im going with 180...

Too many hamburgers tonight?

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 07:22 AM




For how many calendar days will the Cubs be above .500 this season?

I'm going high, 25 days. Note that I have been drinking.


Im going with 180...

Too many hamburgers tonight?


Wait, ohhh, you were talking about consecutive days the Cubs had a record over .500...not how many consecutive days you could eat over 500 hamburgers?

OOPS!

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 11:33 AM

72 hours to go.

(± a few minutes)

And counting ...

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 11:38 AM

When was the last time we won an opening day game? And what was the best start we've had to a season in the last decade? Anyone know without googling it?
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Posted 29 March 2013 - 01:32 PM

2008's gotta be the best start recently, right? I think we lost opening day that year though, but can't remember who we played.

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 02:26 PM

2008 was a great year. 14-6 in the first 20 games, however, they did lose the first game of the year.

Since 2000, the Cubs have won the season opener 6 out of 13 times. In 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2009. The Cubs have not won the first two games of the season in the 21st century.

World Series winners and the way they started the season goes like this:
2012: S.F. - L3
2011: St. Louis - L2
2010: S.F. - W4
2009: NYY - L2
2008: Phi - L2
2007: Bos - L1
2006: St. Louis - W3
2005: CWS - W2
2004: Bos - L1
2003: Fla - L2
2002: Ana - L1
2001: Arz - W2
2000 NYY - W2

What can we learn from this data? Absolutely nothing. You're welcome.

Cub's records by years since 2000:
2000: 65-97
2001: 88-74 (+23)
2002: 67-95 (-21)
2003: 88-74 (+21)
2004: 89-73 (+1)
2005: 79-83 (-10)
2006: 66-96 (-13)
2007: 85-77 (+19)
2008: 97-64 (+12)
2009: 83-78 (-14)
2010: 75-87 (-8)
2011: 71-91 (-4)
2012: 61-10 (-10)

So, though many people like to rail on Theo for the crap year last year, you can see they only dropped 10 games, which is only tied for the 3rd worst drop off they've had since 2000. Given the way they sold off so much at the trade deadline last year, it could have been much worse.

Another interesting point is that both times the Cubs have won games in the 60's, they bounced back the following year with +21 and +19 wins. Doesn't necessarily mean that will happen this year, but just an interesting fact to point out, and something to give us hope early in the season.
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Posted 29 March 2013 - 02:42 PM

2008 was a great year. 14-6 in the first 20 games, however, they did lose the first game of the year.

Since 2000, the Cubs have won the season opener 6 out of 13 times. In 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2009. The Cubs have not won the first two games of the season in the 21st century.

World Series winners and the way they started the season goes like this:
2012: S.F. - L3
2011: St. Louis - L2
2010: S.F. - W4
2009: NYY - L2
2008: Phi - L2
2007: Bos - L1
2006: St. Louis - W3
2005: CWS - W2
2004: Bos - L1
2003: Fla - L2
2002: Ana - L1
2001: Arz - W2
2000 NYY - W2

What can we learn from this data? Absolutely nothing. You're welcome.

Cub's records by years since 2000:
2000: 65-97
2001: 88-74 (+23)
2002: 67-95 (-21)
2003: 88-74 (+21)
2004: 89-73 (+1)
2005: 79-83 (-10)
2006: 66-96 (-13)
2007: 85-77 (+19)
2008: 97-64 (+12)
2009: 83-78 (-14)
2010: 75-87 (-8)
2011: 71-91 (-4)
2012: 61-10 (-10)

So, though many people like to rail on Theo for the crap year last year, you can see they only dropped 10 games, which is only tied for the 3rd worst drop off they've had since 2000. Given the way they sold off so much at the trade deadline last year, it could have been much worse.

Another interesting point is that both times the Cubs have won games in the 60's, they bounced back the following year with +21 and +19 wins. Doesn't necessarily mean that will happen this year, but just an interesting fact to point out, and something to give us hope early in the season.


... all by memory. I'm impressed.




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