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by Phil Bencomo
This post could be any number of things, given how much has happened in the last month. But I've got to start somewhere.
So. To begin: An apology for what amounts to one post in the month of August, during which the Cubs have gone 19-6, capped by last night's [indescribable by mere adjectives] victory. There is no excuse for the utter lack of posting during this most wonderful of seasons. And for that I apologize. I place the blame squarely on my shoulders, and it is blame I do not take lightly. Regular posting will return, even if that means a little less sleep and a lot more prioritizing.
I know nobody wants to hear apologies. You're not here to watch a man wring his hand, nervously lick his lips and say, "Um, yeah, about the blog ... ." But it needed to be done, for what remains of our readership and for myself.
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It's hard to put games like last night's come-from-behind thriller into intelligible words. They exist as a moment in time, and words -- replays, even -- cannot do justice to the outpouring of pure visceral emotion that comes of them. The memories bring joy, but with the outcome already known, memory can never replicate the edge-of-your-chair anticipation, the shiver that comes with the growing roar of the crowd, and the elation as you leap from your seat with not a worry on your mind.
Hardly new news now, but for those dedicated readers who have had their heads in the sand as of late and, for some reason, visit an infrequently-updated Cubs blog before any other source of local sports news: Jay Mariotti left the Sun-Times this week.
And I could hardly care less.
I stopped reading his columns a few years back. I've got better things to do with my time than read 1000-word screeds calling for the heads of his regular rotation of targets. There is never any original reporting or new information -- just Jay in his little one-page room, desperately crying out for attention, with nary an insightful thing to say. Why so many people work themselves into such a frenzy over the man's spewed vitriol leaves me dumbfounded. Hate him, do you? Then don't read his column. Don't watch him rant on "Around the Horn." It's that simple.
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That's all for today. But rest assured, Cub Town will not once again disappear into the void, not now, with the Cubs riding into September higher than they have in ages.