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Posted 12-04-2010 at 01:34 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 05-29-2011 at 11:45 AM by TommyJohn

This next goofball headline was inspired by my being philosophical one night. I looked up into the heavens and saw the stars. I thought "One of these stars might be 88 light years away, meaning the light I am seeing left that star in 1917, the last year before 2005 that the Sox won the World Series."

The second inspiration was goofball columnist and passionate Cub fan Rick Morrissey, who loves to taunt and cheap shot Sox fans. He wrote a column saying that, true, the Sox won the Series, but Chicago will always be a Cub town. Your team is a winner, but my team is popular. Nyah, nyah. And so, I wrote this:


[B][SIZE=6]SETI Speaks![/SIZE][/B]
[B][SIZE=5]We have made contact! Momentous event in history of mankind![/SIZE][/B]
[B][SIZE=5]Tribune has exclusive of first ever contact with extraterrestrial intelligence!! [/SIZE][/B]

[B]SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, has announced the[/B]
[B]first ever contact with life in outer space. The Trib is pleased to bring[/B]
[B]you this first ever message from beyond the stars:[/B]

[B]"Greetings, planet Earth. I am Zontagg, First Prefect of the planet[/B]
[B]Klingor in the Baltar system. We are sending a message to you[/B]
[B]to let you know that you and we are not alone.[/B]

[B]First, congratulations! We have just now received news of Chicago's[/B]
[B]momentous World Series victory! We are impressed with the way [/B]
[B]the Cubs dismantled the Tigers and Ty Cobb. We are all big fans,[/B]
[B]especially of Tinker, Evers and Chance. [/B]

[B]Second, we direct our next greeting to the President of the United [/B]
[B]States...Bully to you, President Roosevelt!"[/B]

[B](for full transcript, see page 2)[/B]

[B][SIZE=5]Morrissey in Sports: White Sox may have won this year's World Series, but it's a Cubs Universe[/SIZE][/B]



[B][SIZE=5]From Champs to Chumps[/SIZE][/B]
[B][SIZE=5]Sox lose first spring game[/SIZE][/B]
[B][SIZE=5]"new look" Sox don't look good[/SIZE][/B]

[B][SIZE=5]1984: A look back[/SIZE][/B]
[B]In 1984, the White Sox followed up a 99-63 [/B]
[B]championship season with a 74-88 5th place[/B]
[B]finish. Meanwhile, a Cub team not expected to[/B]
[B]do anything shocked the world by winning a [/B]
[B]division title; in the process they created a[/B]
[B]whole [/B][B]new generation of Cub fans that[/B]
[B]remains to [/B][B]this day. Will history repeat itself?[/B]
[B]Yes, our experts agree:[/B]

[B][SIZE=4]Morrissey: 2006 will make 1984 look like nothing[/SIZE][/B]

[B][SIZE=4]Downey: Smells like deja vu to me[/SIZE][/B]

[B][SIZE=4]Sullivan: Excuse me, stupid people. Tell me one good reason why history can't repeat itself? I thought so. [/SIZE][/B]

[B][SIZE=4]Page 2: Juan Pierre and Jerry Hairston have potential to be next Dernier-Sandberg[/SIZE][/B]

[B][SIZE=4]Page 3: Paul Sullivan wins Frodo look-a-like contest.[/SIZE][/B]


A little background for this one: Actor William Petersen, an Evanston-born Cub fan, was interviewed by the Trib and was asked about the "other team" winning the World Series. "Oh, yeah." He said. "If a tree falls in a forest, does it really matter?"


[B][SIZE=5]CSI Mania![/SIZE][/B]
[B][SIZE=5]Our guy talks to William Petersen, big Hollywood star and bigger Cub fan[/SIZE][/B]

[B]CSI stands for "Crime Scene Investigation." To us [/B]
[B]here at the Trib and to star William Petersen, it [/B]
[B]also stands for "Cubs (World) Series Inevitable."[/B]

[B]"Why am I a Cub fan? Easy! They're the best!" [/B]
[B]says Bill. "The greatest! Can you say World [/B]
[B]Series? First one for Chicago since 1945!"[/B]

[B]What about the White Sox?[/B]

[B]"Who? Oh, yeah. Them. I heard something about that. But having[/B]
[B]grown up surrounded by privilege in Evanston, I never went to the[/B]
[B]*shudder* dark, scary part of town. I'd get mugged by some truck[/B]
[B]driver by the Ampitheatre. So, no. After all, if a tree falls in a forest[/B]
[B]does it really matter?[/B]

[B]But my Cubs! They're going all the way! Sure they have a hole or[/B]
[B]two, but a stitch in time doesn't do you much good if you need ten[/B]
[B]stitches. So don't count them out, because it ain't over until the[/B]
[B]fat lady loses weight. And people say Cub fans aren't knowledgable.[/B]
[B]Baloney. Remember, you can fool all of the people most of the time,[/B]
[B]but you can't fool some of the people 75% of the time.[/B]

[B]Another reason I am a Cub fan is I know how to pick a winner and[/B]
[B]stay away from losers like the ghetto team. After all, look at my[/B]
[B]track record. I turned down the films [I]Platoon, Goodfellas, [/I]and [/B]
[B][I]Heat.[/I] So I know how to pick 'em."[/B]


[COLOR=red][B]3/24/06: [COLOR=black]Ozzie Guillen took some heat for skipping a White House ceremony:[/COLOR][/B][/COLOR]

[B][SIZE=5]Dusty: I'll be there for first pitch[/SIZE][/B]
[B][SIZE=4]Patriotic Cubs skipper will stand next to President Bush during first pitch ceremony; Guillen skipped White House ceremony.[/SIZE][/B]

[B][SIZE=4]Morrissey: Founding Fathers would love Baker's gesture; "the Cubs are the reason we broke away from England" they'd say[/SIZE][/B]

[B][SIZE=4]McGrath editorial: Is Guillen an Enemy of the State?[/SIZE][/B]
[B][SIZE=4]Met with anti-American Chavez; lunch with bin Laden next?[/SIZE][/B]

[B][SIZE=4]Sullivan: In 1967 Eddie Stanky snubbed Vice-President Humphrey. In 2006 Guillen snubbed President Bush. A look back at all White Sox acts of sedition and treason.[/SIZE][/B]


[SIZE=3][COLOR=red][COLOR=black][B][SIZE=5]White Sox World Series video not selling well[/SIZE][/B][/COLOR]
[B][SIZE=5][COLOR=black]A&E video due out March 28th lagging far behind "This Old Cub"[/COLOR][/SIZE][/B]
[B][SIZE=4][COLOR=black]"we didn't think it would be this bad. We have five pre-orders from Bridgeport. We expected at least 10." says A&E rep.[/COLOR][/SIZE][/B]

[B][SIZE=4][COLOR=black]Morrissey: Put 2003 playoffs out on video, sales will be 100 times greater. [/COLOR][/SIZE][/B]

[B][SIZE=4][COLOR=black]Sullivan: Can White Sox fans afford steep $70 price tag on minimum wage?[/COLOR][/SIZE][/B]

[B][SIZE=4][COLOR=black]Guest columnist Jay Mariotti: White Sox are too much of a Bartman to ever sell a Bartman video with the greatest Bartmans of all Bartman. Bartman? [/COLOR][/SIZE][/B]


[B][SIZE=3][COLOR=red]4/1/06: [SIZE=2][COLOR=#000000]Tribune fool Rick Morrissey had written a column saying he had a "feeling" that the Cubs would win the division in 2006. He was bombarded with emails calling him biased and a Tribune toady. An outraged Morrissey, he of "it'll always be a Cub town" fame, was morally indignant at the charges of bias. He fired back, making an even bigger fool of himself. The column appeared, appropriately enough, on April Fool's Day, as did my parody.[/COLOR][/SIZE][/COLOR][/SIZE][/B]

[B][SIZE=5]Morrissey: Bias? What are you talking about?[/SIZE][/B]

[B]Alright, that's it. I've had it with you paranoid whackos. You're all [/B]
[B]enough to drive a sane, reasonable, affable, happy-go-lucky, terrific,[/B]
[B]intelligent, talented, articulate, handsome guy like me right up the wall. [/B]

[B]I picked the Cubs to win the division. And your reactions were sooooo[/B]
[B]predictable. "You work for the Trib. You're a toady." was the typical[/B]

[B]So I picked them. So what? No one in Trib Tower calls me and tells me[/B]
[B]what to write. There isn't a conspiracy out there, OK? Cigarette Man[/B]
[B]is not going to appear to you to tell you any deep dark secrets, OK?[/B]
[B]So just get over it. My God.[/B]

[B]I have a feeling, OK? Just a feeling. I mean, the Red Sox won in 2004,[/B]
[B]the White Sox in 2005, so the Natural Law of the Universe [I]dictates [/I][/B]
[B][I]that the Cubs MUST win in 2006.[/I] It only makes perfect sense, some-[/B]
[B]thing that you conspiracy buffs have in short supply.[/B]

[B]And why shouldn't the Cubs win? We...I mean they have suffered for[/B]
[B]far longer than any other human beings on the face of the earth. They[/B]
[B]deserve it just for bearing the 2005 White Sox with the classic, stoic[/B]
[B]dignity that they have always had. Class is what it's called. Of course,[/B]
[B]your reactions to the 2003 Cubs and the whole Human Tragedy of it [/B]
[B]speaks volumes about...you. UGH. Just ask Father Feeley at the other[/B]
[B]paper. He'll tell you the same thing. Jesus loves us and not you.[/B]

[B]I swear I don't know where you people even get this stuff. Bias? There[/B]
[B]is no damn bias, for the umpteenth time. Ok, so maybe I picked the Cubs[/B]
[B]to win the division. And maybe I was jealous that the 2005 White Sox [/B]
[B]won so easily and the 2003 Cubs collapsed. And maybe I wrote that it[/B]
[B]is still a Cubs town, so nyah, nyah. And maybe I wrote that half the[/B]
[B]people at the Sox parade were Cub fans who wanted to see a parade.[/B]
[B]And maybe I said that A Cub parade would be the biggest ever in the[/B]
[B]history of mankind. Does that mean I am [/B][B]biased? Brother.[/B]

[B](Note: The 2006 Cubs went 66-96 and finished last in the NL Central)[/B]

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