1. The Great Chicago Hope: Forte And The Bears Still Have Life

    It is not unusual to be disappointed in Chicago at the end of an NFL season. For that matter, you are most likely disappointed if it is an MLB (Cubs or White Sox) or NBA (Bulls post Jordan) season, too...

    Ricky Butts Written by Ricky Butts about over 5 years ago 204 reads 4 comments

  2. Plan B: Will Joey Gathright See The Field As a Chicago Cub?

    The acquisition of Joey Gathright makes very little sense to me. The Cubs are obviously trying to sign a big left-handed bat this off-season, so where does Gathright fit in? I know a lot of ...

    Ricky Butts Written by Ricky Butts about over 5 years ago 553 reads 9 comments

  3. Z-Files: Mysterious Case of The Decline of Carlos Zambrano

    CHICAGO CUBSFAN REPORTNARRATIVE Z-FILE OFFENSE:Decline in performance DATE:2005-2008 FILE NUMBER:#38 LOCATION:Wrigley Field CITY:Chicago STATE:Illinois ZIP:60613-4397 ...

    Ricky Butts Written by Ricky Butts about over 5 years ago 286 reads 4 comments

  4. Dumb and Dumber: NFL Players and Their Dumb(er) Antics

    DISCLAIMER! VIDEOS HAVE VULGAR LANGUAGE! We have all heard the phrase, "Watching too much TV will make you dumb." For the few that may not have heard it, read this "How TV makes you dumb." Now, I have never been one to believe in this...

    Ricky Butts Written by Ricky Butts about over 5 years ago 521 reads 4 comments

  5. Easy As Pie: Are the Chicago Cubs Giving Up Too Soon On Young Outfielder?

    Felix Pie (pronounced, PEE-yay) had not quite lived up to the hype he garnered as a young minor leaguer. In his short time in the majors, he has shown terrible knowledge of the strike zone...

    Ricky Butts Written by Ricky Butts about over 5 years ago 454 reads 11 comments

  6. Chicago Spin: Another Take on Possible Cubs Acquisitions

    There have been so many rumored names on the Cubs' "Wish-List" this winter. Most of these names have been rumored by people that had no hard facts to back it up, others have been reported by Jim Hendry...

    Ricky Butts Written by Ricky Butts about over 5 years ago 537 reads 6 comments

  7. Lost Treasure: Baseball's All-Ex-Superstar Team

    We have all seen some player rise to "superstar" status. Sadly, we have also seen many a player fall to "nobody" status just as fast. It is sometimes hard to believe how fast someone's career can take a turn for the worse...

    Ricky Butts Written by Ricky Butts about over 5 years ago 448 reads 12 comments

  8. Bleeds Cubbie Blue: Jeff Samardzija Will Stay in Chicago

    It is no big secret that the Chicago Cubs are one of the top two teams in the running for Jake Peavy of the San Diego Padres. As discussions go on, different names are being tabbed as likely candidates...

    Ricky Butts Written by Ricky Butts about over 5 years ago 971 reads 11 comments

  9. Kill the Pain: Ryan Leaf Can't Stop Hurting

    He is possibly the biggest bust in NFL Draft history. Everyone knows that he went No. 2 overall in the 1998 draft, one position behind Peyton Manning. I bet the Colts are glad they went the way they did, since it wasn't such a clear choice at the time...

    Ricky Butts Written by Ricky Butts about over 5 years ago 783 reads 4 comments

  10. 2009 Chicago Cubs Convention: Are You Going?

    Tickets to the 2009 Chicago Cubs Convention will be on sale starting today. First, I would like to hear some stories from some that have went in recent years...

    Ricky Butts Written by Ricky Butts about over 5 years ago 1,573 reads 26 comments

  11. Three Wishes: How Jim Hendry and the Chicago Cubs Make It Happen

    In "First", "Second", and "Third Wish", I expressed how I wanted the Cubs to trade Derrek Lee and sign Mark Teixeira, trade for Brian Roberts, and trade for Jake Peavy. Looking at a team that won 97 games, this seams like a bit of an overhaul...

    Ricky Butts Written by Ricky Butts about over 5 years ago 531 reads 6 comments

  12. Third Wish: Chicago Cubs Acquire Jake Peavy from the San Diego Padres

    Ryan Dempster was one of the top few candidates for the Cy Young award in 2008. He will be seeking a hefty pay upgrade. While I think what he did was great and hope that he does continue his success, I just don't see paying him what he will be seeking...

    Ricky Butts Written by Ricky Butts about over 5 years ago 1,245 reads 7 comments

  13. Second Wish: Baltimore Orioles Trade Brian Roberts To The Chicago Cubs

    It's not very often that you can make the middle of your lineup more potent by moving your leadoff hitter there. That is not the case in Chicago. Alfonso Soriano led the Cubs with 29 home runs, even though he missed 53 games...

    Ricky Butts Written by Ricky Butts about over 5 years ago 1,249 reads 20 comments

  14. Gross, But Good Enough: Chicago Bears Rally 27-23 Behind Rex Grossman

    Watching the Chicago defense try to stop young Lions QB Dan Orlovsky in the first half, was gross. Seeing Devin Hester fumble a KR, was gross. Seeing Kyle Orton's ankle twisted under a defender, was gross...

    Ricky Butts Written by Ricky Butts about over 5 years ago 95 reads 1 comments

  15. First Wish: Mark Teixeira Signs With Chicago Cubs

    It was well publicized in the NLDS that the Chicago Cubs lineup was right hand heavy. They were lacking a left handed power bat outside of Jim Edmonds. Lets put just how power deficient they were into perspective...

    Ricky Butts Written by Ricky Butts about over 5 years ago 1,719 reads 20 comments

  16. Ira McKnight: The Humble Story Of A Negro League All-Star

    He is sitting at a table in a tiny mall in Elkhart, Indiana. Fingers broken numerous times, they hurt to even look at. He doesn't have the fame and lore of other greats from the 50's and 60's...

    Ricky Butts Written by Ricky Butts about over 5 years ago 1,172 reads 1 comments

  17. Bears Come up Short: Kickoff Haunts Chicago

    It was one heck of a game. It was something the Bears offense needed to shut up the skeptics. It was one that would have built confidence. It is one that got away because of a coaching staffs call...

    Ricky Butts Written by Ricky Butts about almost 6 years ago 209 reads 0 comments

  18. I Saw Your Faces: A Note to Cubs Fans

    It is tough to digest, but Cubs fans played a big part in the Cubs' downfall. When we have a bad team on the field, we as fans relax and have fun. When we are blessed with a fantastic team, we get uptight and defensive...

    Ricky Butts Written by Ricky Butts about almost 6 years ago 369 reads 3 comments

  19. National League MVP: Alfonso Soriano of The Chicago Cubs

    This is the time of year that it seems everyone is chiming in their personal opinions on who the most valuable players should be in Major League Baseball. The definition of most valuable player is, "the player judged most valuable to the sport...

    Ricky Butts Written by Ricky Butts about almost 6 years ago 528 reads 4 comments

  20. Urlacher-Led Bears Defense Has Lost Killer Instinct

    You can have the look. You can talk the talk. For 40 minutes you can walk the walk. As the Chicago Bears' defense has shown two weeks in a row, if you can't play the last 20 minutes of the game, you can't win...

    Ricky Butts Written by Ricky Butts about almost 6 years ago 410 reads 3 comments

  21. Out of Control: Fights In Baseball

    Whether they are on the ice, or under the sun in the dead heat of summer, fans love a good brawl. Many fans enjoy those of the baseball variety because they offer a different aspect...

    Ricky Butts Written by Ricky Butts about almost 6 years ago 1,044 reads 3 comments

  22. Century of Sorrow, and Still a Diehard Fan

    It is not an old subject. I know, I have been asked since I was very young. This is what happens when a lot of your friends are Yankees fans. I am sure most fans have heard that famous question...

    Ricky Butts Written by Ricky Butts about almost 6 years ago 289 reads 0 comments

  23. Welcome Back: Cubs Offense Recharged in Soriano's Return

    Everyone knew that the offense would be better when Alfonso Soriano returned. You probably weren't so sure about how long it would take. That question got answered really quick. Now, I know what you are thinking...

    Ricky Butts Written by Ricky Butts about almost 6 years ago 354 reads 3 comments

  24. Open Mic: It's Time to Hang 'Em Up for a Trio of Greats

    Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and John Smoltz. Coaches dream of a starting rotation with the talent that these three possessed. In the '90s, facing the Atlanta Braves was something no hitter wanted to do...

    Ricky Butts Written by Ricky Butts about almost 6 years ago 246 reads 3 comments

  25. Star Watching: Wishing Upon Fallen Stars

    While most sports fans admire the most powerful of players, some of us admire the ones that played the hardest, and not the strongest. The ones that talked on the field, and stayed out of trouble off of it...

    Ricky Butts Written by Ricky Butts about almost 7 years ago 276 reads 2 comments