Jon ChonarContributor ISeptember 2, 2009

MIAMI - NOVEMBER 7:  Head coach Dennis Green of the Arizona Cardinals shouts from the sideline during the game against the Miami Dolphins at Pro Player Stadium on November 7, 2004 in Miami, Florida. The Cardinals won 24-23. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images)

Why should we act surprised that the Cubs did not finish in 1st place and win the Division and go to the playoffs?

 After 100+ years of eager anticipation of a possible World Series hasn’t it become a “given”, a “sure thing”, like death and taxes?

 Why should things change when there is no one who cares only about filling the bark park instead of building a winner?  Oh, sorry first you have to have somebody with intelligence and a knowledge of how to build a winner and know something about baseball.

 I may not know what I am talking about but I know I am right!  Which cliché shall we use today? 

How about “they lack consistency? ”No, because all year they have been consistently bad.

 How about “They have to generate some offense”?  No, they have been offensive to watch and listen to.  And except for Randy Well, Jake Fox, and Sam Fuld it was a pleasure to watch these guys play the game the way it should be played.

 How about “They’re not out of yet”?   No, the magic number is only 29!!

 How about “We came up a little short”?  Maybe, after all you didn’t try to improve your team by acquiring Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay, Brad Penny, Billy Wagner, John Smoltz, Jake Peavy, Matt Holiday, etc etc

 How about “The ball didn’t bounce our way”?  No, if you didn’t put cripples (Soriano) in the outfield to try to catch fly balls and make errors maybe you could have won a few more games.

 How about “This could get ugly?”  Yes that’s it!!!! It is what it is!!