BN Trade Deadline Blogathon: Hour 20

dusty sleeping blogathonI am currently blogging – here, on Facebook, and on Twitter (hash tag #BNBlogathon for those who want to jump into the fray themselves) – for 37 hours straight, until slightly past MLB’s July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, thanks to your generous donations (more than $15,000) to Make-A-Wish. I’ll be doing recaps on the process throughout the day, but you’ll also see normal posting (Bullets, news, Pre-Gamin’, EBS), as well as a significant uptick in rumor/trade posts.

The overnight hours have arrived, and it’s time to get weird. The next live stream is in a couple hours (2am CT), and the Vines are necessarily bizarre. C’est la Blogathon.

Total Posts So Far:

28.

News and Rumors Since the Last Recap:

The Cubs lost in extras to the Rockies. It was exciting to see Luis Valbuena tie things up with a bomb, but he couldn’t do it again it the 10th. And there was a late night Lukewarm Stove to peruse.

Most Interesting Tidbit Since the Last Recap:

Mostly it’s the fact that, despite sitting out the game expressly for trade rumor reasons, Emilio Bonifacio is still on the Cubs. Not that there’s a rush to pull off a deal, it’s just gotta be a little awkward.

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

No real change here. I’ll be curious if anything – Cubs or MLB – breaks overnight. There have actually been some really interesting things in the wee hours over the years. The Soriano-rejects-Giants thing was a 2am report a couple years ago, and the super-secret Diamondbacks trade meeting thing was a 4am thing.

Current Beverage/Stimulant of Choice:

It’s important for me to say that I don’t endorse using, and I am not using, drugs. That said, I have allergy issues. Sufficiently bad that I get allergy shots, have a nasal spray, and take a decongestant. The thing on that last one: it kind of gets me a little jittery if I have it too late in the day. So, I typically take it first thing in the morning, and my sleep that night is thus unaffected. I just took today’s dose one hour ago.

Number of Failed Attempts to Re-Collar Our Feistiest Cat:

Still 3. I actually haven’t seen that cat since the last update. She wise to my ways.

Also, cats:

Hat Status:

Starting to bend the brim a bit. Just a bit.

Strangest Thought Passing Through My Mind:

What other ‘LOST’ scenes can I get the cats to act out?

A Selection of #BNBlogathon Tweets:

Your Visual Update:

If I was, who was holding the phone?

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Brett Taylor is the Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and on LinkedIn here. Brett is also the founder of Bleacher Nation, which opened up shop in 2008 as an independent blog about the Chicago Cubs. Later growing to incorporate coverage of other Chicago sports, Bleacher Nation is now one of the largest regional sports blogs on the web.

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