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Hangar18
03-17-2006, 03:39 PM
For those of you who Lurk here at this fun site, thought we would get into the Time Machine, and look back to St Pats Day 2003, to see what Chicago Media Hijinks was happening here .............

Despite the Cubs coming off one of their worst seasons in decades, they got DOMINANT coverage thanks to the Chicago Media. In 2002, the Cubs finished in 5th place (6 team division) with a horrid 95 Loss Season. The Chicago Media were undaunted ..........blitzing the sports pages with Cub Fluff and tons of stories ignoring the SOX who had the better record the previous year (.500)

On 3/11/03, Mike "yellow" Kiley did a LAUGHABLE piece on Dusty Baker and his family, comparing them to the Kennedy family and how there would soon be a new "Camelot" on Chicagos lakefront for years to come.

Kiley also did a piece that week on a party Sammy Sosa threw for he and teammates, and how that team looked to be the most "harmonious" ever

Standings on 3/17/03
Cubs 243
Sox 181

skottyj242
03-17-2006, 03:47 PM
Weren't they pretty good in 2003?

maurice
03-17-2006, 04:12 PM
In March 2003, the remarkable near-Championship season had not yet occurred. Ther Sox were coming off of a 2nd place finish in a bad division. As noted, the Cubs finished in 5th place in a bad division. They had 14 more losses than the Sox.

BTW, the Cubs regular season in 2003 was not significantly better than the Sox. They won exactly 2 more games but benefitted from a terrible division and snuck into the playoffs with a mere 88 wins (only the 9th best record in MLB that year).

The Cubs earned any additional coverage they received during their playoff run, but that's not relevant to the coverage in March 2003.

TomBradley72
03-17-2006, 04:19 PM
Weren't they pretty good in 2003?

Oh yes...their historic season of 88 wins....2 more than the southsiders.

Cubs were the only playoff team with < 90 wins (Marlins were the Wild Card w/91 wins)

veeter
03-17-2006, 05:28 PM
You guys are good. Keep it up.

PaleHoseGeorge
03-17-2006, 05:49 PM
Oh yes...their historic season of 88 wins....2 more than the southsiders.
And don't forget those 86 Sox wins cost Jerry Manuel his job as manager, too.

:jerry
"The standards are a bit higher south of Madison Street."

I'm truly surprised the Cubs didn't sport "5 outs away" commemorative patches on their 2004 uniforms. They actually wore "wild card champion" patches for the 1998 playoffs.
:o:

That organization is pure ****. 100 percent unadulterated, too.

miker
03-17-2006, 05:50 PM
I'm truly surprised the Cubs didn't sport "6 outs away" commemorative patches on their 2004 uniforms.
That cracked me up...and I can SO see them doing it!:rolleyes:

TomBradley72
03-17-2006, 06:21 PM
Weren't they pretty good in 2003?

Man...this quote was just throwing "chum in the water". :cool:

chisoxmike
03-17-2006, 07:14 PM
And don't forget those 86 Sox wins cost Jerry Manuel his job as manager, too.

:jerry
"The standards are a bit higher south of Madison Street."

I'm truly surprised the Cubs didn't sport "5 outs away" commemorative patches on their 2004 uniforms. They actually wore "wild card champion" patches for the 1998 playoffs.
:o:

That organization is pure ****. 100 percent unadulterated, too.

Best. Post. Ever.

RKMeibalane
03-17-2006, 07:54 PM
And don't forget those 86 Sox wins cost Jerry Manuel his job as manager, too.

:jerry
"The standards are a bit higher south of Madison Street."

I'm truly surprised the Cubs didn't sport "5 outs away" commemorative patches on their 2004 uniforms. They actually wore "wild card champion" patches for the 1998 playoffs.
:o:

That organization is pure ****. 100 percent unadulterated, too.

Imagine what it might have been like had Manuel been the Cubs manager all this time. It's amazing to consider how bad that team would have been, especially in light of how Manuel's tinkering would have eventually resulted in Carlos Zambrano trying to play center field. And the sad part is, the Cubs brass would have kept him around for the duration of his contract.

On North Side, a second-place finish results in a party and Ron Santo have orgasms during radio broadcasts.

On the South Side, a second-place finish gets your ass fired.

Only Cubs fans are stupid enough not to notice the difference.

1951Campbell
03-17-2006, 08:26 PM
3/17/06 Harrisburg MediaWatch:

Harrisburg Patriot-News:

CUBS: 0
SOX: 0

:)

C-Dawg
03-17-2006, 11:19 PM
Cubs were the only playoff team with < 90 wins (Marlins were the Wild Card w/91 wins)

Of course, this flies in the face of the widely-held Cub-fan belief that the Marlins "stole" the NL pennant, and never deserved to be there in the first place.

LongLiveFisk
03-19-2006, 03:43 PM
I'm truly surprised the Cubs didn't sport "5 outs away" commemorative patches on their 2004 uniforms. They actually wore "wild card champion" patches for the 1998 playoffs.

Or 2004 World Series Champions on their 2005 uniforms. :redneck