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Future Power Rankings

04 September 2013 - 02:09 PM

So there is an insider article on the 4 letter today that projects the power rankings by organization for the next 5 years and is based on the ratings of Buster Olney, Jim Bowden & Keith Law on each club in 5 categories (Majors, Minors, Finances, Management & Mobility) each with varying degrees of weight. 


In the preseason the Cubs were #6 with rankings of Majors (6), Minors (26), Finance (24), Management (25) & Mobility (24) for a total rating score of 65.


On the update the Cubs maintained their spot at #6 with rankings of Majors (6), Minors (27), Finance (22), Management (26) and Mobility (20). 


I definitely like knowing that the future looks bright (alas the Cards are #1 and holding steady), howeva, I have to nitpick a little bit on two of the scores.  Our Minors score has ticked up only 1 from the preseason yet we added Kris Bryant, Mike Olt, CJ Edwards, Justin Grimm, etc. Still missing the top arms that we'd need to climb into the 30ish range but I'd argue that the additions plus the continued development of Javy Baez, Kyle Hendricks, Alcantara should have ticked it up to 28 or 29. 


Secondly, the mobility score has the following explanation: "Do they have a lot of young cheap players, or old, immovable guys?"  We went from a 24 in the pre-season, traded our inarguably oldest and most immovable guy in Soriano, and went down 4 points?!?!  That one really doesn't compute to me. 


I'm assuming the answer is that the rankings are arbitrary, the Buster/Bowden/Law aren't looking at what grades they gave previously and they just throw them together to have content but it would be nice for them to put a bit more work into it than that...

Series She-View Cubs v. Brewers April 19-21

18 April 2013 - 07:09 PM

Ok, so we have given Brett enough grief at this point for the She-Views and most recently the He-view that he laid down the proverbial gauntlet and said do better if you can.  Seeing as how I was giving him more grief than most I figured it was only fair to be the first to rise to the challenge and provide the She-View for the upcoming series against the Brew Crew.  Have no fear, more skin and a Cubs series victory is here!!!!


For the Cubs, how can you NOT love this woman, she has dated Adam Levine and dumped him.  She is sporty, having completed the NY Marathon, and also guided a disabled athlete through the race!  She has been a Victoria's Secret Angel and a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model for a number of years, and was recently voted one of the top 10 "Sexiest Supermodels Alive" (Where do I sign up to be a judge for THAT!).  The one, the only Anne Sergeyevna Vyalitsyna, better known and easier pronounced as Anne V!!!!





And for the Brew Crew, I can't mess with tradition, just like the NL shouldn't adopt the DH so it's a hot girl with beer courtesy of www.barnorama.com.  I'm guessing this wasn't her first HB of the evening!



New Site Idea - Roving Reporter

17 April 2013 - 10:11 AM

Hey Brett et al,


I was thinking the other day that we should have a piece/post or maybe just a message board thread done by folks who actually attend games.  This would be more fun likely if it was away games since there are likely going to be fewer BN folks at them than your typical home game at Wrigley.  Commentary could include how the opposing fans treat visiting Cubs fans, what concessions are like, parking etc. 

Any interest in starting this up as a continual thing?  I only suggest it as a post rather than a message board thread because it might come into conflict w/ the each individual game thread.  I thought of it because I am heading to see the first 2 of 3 games v. the Nationals over Mother's Day weekend.

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