1. The 2008 Chicago Cubs: From Swagger to Stagger

    Choking is the psychological and/or physical reaction to heightened expectations, even when those expectations are warranted due to, say, a 97-win regular season...

    Andrew Shaffer Written by Andrew Shaffer about 6 years ago 338 reads 1 comments

  2. Michigan State Narrowly Beats Iowa in Low-Scoring Affair

    The "battle of the running backs" turned out to be a defensive battle, as Michigan State (5-1, 2-0 in the Big Ten) topped Iowa (3-3, 0-2 in the Big Ten) in East Lansing on Saturday, 16-13...

    Andrew Shaffer Written by Andrew Shaffer about over 6 years ago 456 reads 3 comments

  3. Iowa-Michigan State Big Ten Matchup to Feature Battle of Running Backs

    The Iowa Hawkeyes (3-2, 0-1 in the Big Ten) roll into East Lansing this Saturday for an 11 a.m. CT matinee against the Michigan State Spartans (4-1, 1-0 in the Big Ten)...

    Andrew Shaffer Written by Andrew Shaffer about over 6 years ago 440 reads 0 comments

  4. The Definition of "Choking" (See Also "Chicago Cubs")

    Choking is the psychological and/or physical reaction to heightened expectations, even when those expectations are warranted due to, say, a 97-win regular season...

    Andrew Shaffer Written by Andrew Shaffer about over 6 years ago 1,818 reads 4 comments

  5. From "Mad Dog" to Old Yeller: Greg Maddux in Relief

    The Dodgers' Greg Maddux was tabbed by Joe Torre for mop-up duty on Wednesday night. The 42-year old former Chicago Cub retired three batters in order in the ninth inning...

    Andrew Shaffer Written by Andrew Shaffer about over 6 years ago 490 reads 0 comments

  6. Why Cubs Were Booed out of Ballpark on Wednesday

    The "boo birds" made an early appearance at Wrigley Field on Wednesday when Alfonso Soriano struck out to begin the bottom of the first inning. The booing continued throughout the evening...

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  7. So What Else Is New? The Cubs Lose Postseason Opener to the Dodgers

    The Chicago Cubs came from behind 41 times in the regular season, but they couldn't come back from after losing the lead in a 7-2 loss to the Dodgers on Wednesday night at Wrigley Field...

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  8. Brewers' Bats Stifled By Hamels, Lidge in NLDS Game One

    The Milwaukee Brewers struck out 12 times and scratched out only one run against the stingy Phillies' pitching staff. The Phillies won the first game of the MLB postseason, and are now 1-0 in the best-of-five series...

    Andrew Shaffer Written by Andrew Shaffer about over 6 years ago 77 reads 0 comments

  9. ESPN Says Cubs Will Win World Series

    ESPN's Jayson Stark has posted the official ESPN prediction for the World Series: the Cubs over the Red Sox. "I could guarantee you right now," said Boston's Sean Casey on a Cubs-Sox Series, "that we'd set a record for (TV) ratings...

    Andrew Shaffer Written by Andrew Shaffer about over 6 years ago 507 reads 2 comments

  10. Cubs Roster Cuts: McGehee, Gaudin, and Guzman Sent Packing

    Cubs.com announced last evening that Casey McGehee and pitchers Chad Gaudin and Angel Guzman are expected to be sent home today as Piniella finalizes his postseason roster...

    Andrew Shaffer Written by Andrew Shaffer about over 6 years ago 134 reads 0 comments

  11. Carlos Zambrano Will Start Game Two of the NLDS Against the Dodgers

    The last time that Big Z faced the Dodgers, he saw his seven-game winning streak come to a close with a (then) season-high seven runs allowed. In a fit of rage, Zambrano savagely attacked a Gatorade water cooler, making highlight reels across the country.

    Andrew Shaffer Written by Andrew Shaffer about over 6 years ago 327 reads 2 comments

  12. Who Is The Chicago Cubs' MVP?

    The players have spoken: In a recent Cubs.com story, beat writer Carrie Muskat revealed that the Cubs' players are leaning towards Geovany Soto and Mark DeRosa. In terms of statistics, the two players are nearly identical: Both have a ...

    Andrew Shaffer Written by Andrew Shaffer about over 6 years ago 148 reads 0 comments

  13. Bob Howry Secures a Spot on The Cubs' Postseason Roster

    Inexplicably, Sweet Lou has tabbed Howry for the postseason bullpen. "I need Bob to pitch well," Piniella said. "I had a nice little meeting and told him we need him to get nice and sharp and pitch well for us...

    Andrew Shaffer Written by Andrew Shaffer about over 6 years ago 118 reads 0 comments

  14. 10 Reasons Why This Is the Year for the Cubbies

    It's official: The Chicago Cubs are once again in the playoffs, for the second time in two years. The question on Cubs' fans' minds is: "Why do the Cubs play with our emotions? Why go up to ...

    Andrew Shaffer Written by Andrew Shaffer about over 6 years ago 327 reads 1 comments

  15. From "Dumpster" to Dempster: A Look at The Cubs' Game One Starter

    It wasn't so long ago that Cubs fans were calling their postseason game one starter Ryan "Dumpster." As Chicago's closer for three years, "Dumpster" racked up 19 losses and 14 blown saves with an ERA over 4...

    Andrew Shaffer Written by Andrew Shaffer about over 6 years ago 407 reads 0 comments

  16. What We Know: A Chicago Cubs Postseason Roster Primer

    What We (Sort of) Know Ryan Dempster: Divisional Series Game One starter.Carlos Zambrano—Rich Harden—Ted Lilly: The Cubs' two, three, and four pitchers.Sean Marshall: Bullpen longman (lefty)...

    Andrew Shaffer Written by Andrew Shaffer about over 6 years ago 480 reads 2 comments