Long-time readers of this blog know I'm a baseball fan, probably more than anything else. Give me a notebook and a camera, and you can get me to watch and root for about anyone, anywhere.
In the last few weeks alone, I've been to numerous cities, countries, and even to the South Side to root for the White Sox—some would say that's a whole 'nother world. Okay, I'd actually lost a bet on that one, but still, if you're not playing the Cubs, I generally wish you and your team well.
But someone forwarded something to me recently that left me a bit rankled, and to be honest, plotting a touch of revenge. An anonymous Cardinals fan had sponsored the Baseball Reference home page for the 2008 Cubs, adding the caption:
All Cardinals fans sponsor(s) this page.
Thank you for your 100 years of failure. May it continue for 100 more.
As if last year wasn't upsetting enough.
Normally, I'd let this slide. But then Viva El Birdos, a fine SB Nation Cardinals blog site, picked it up, and have spent the last few days hyping it up, asking readers to vote on a better caption. I'll spare those with delicate sensibilities samples, but let's just say that the recommendation involving a dog's *** is probably not the worst one suggested.
Now, I'm not petty... okay, I am sometimes, but that's another story. I couldn't let this stand. As such Cubbie Nation has purchased the home page for the 2004 Cardinals, a World Series team, if you recall, and would like to enlist your help in writing a caption. Right now, I'm leaving my original placeholder on the page:
St. Louis - Armpit of America since 1876
I think it's a pretty good one, but I'll bet some smart reader out there can top it.
I have a forum open for suggestions here. Stop by, leave a suggestion or two, and I'll pick a winner at the end of beginning of the next home stand. Registration is required, so if you've been lurking, now is the time for proper hellos. Winner gets a couple of nuggets from my box of Cubs swag; all unopened, new goodies. And yes, I do have bobbleheads.
Worst idea gets my White Sox Beer Guy figurine. You've been warned.
Lines have been crossed. There must be repercussions.