You know that feeling when your ex shows up someplace you are with their new paramour exuding all the happiness in the world while you're flying solo? Or, if you don't know what that feels like, can you imagine?
That's just what the Cubs have had to endure this weekend with the Cardinals. Only the "ex" in this case is a World Series title.
Friday was the home opener in St. Louis and the organization promptly raised the World Series banner. Before Saturday's game, each member of the 2011 World Series team received their World Series rings.
The Cubs, meanwhile, are infamous for having not won a World Series since 1908. So, I guess, in that example I used, it'd be weird because the people would be like 100 years old. I dunno, just go with it. (Also, I'm going to use the phrase "World Series" as much as possible to rub in how much this sucks for the Cubs and their fans.)
But when the Cardinals received their World Series rings Saturday (including Cubs first base coach Dave McKay), there was a little surprise on it. In the form of the "Rally Squirrel" that brought the Cards luck during their classic postseason run (that resulted in a World Series championship, if you hadn't picked up on that yet).
The Cubs don't have such things as "Rally Squirrels" or any other good-luck charms to immortalize like that. All they have are black cats and curses and "Cubbie Occurences".
The Bears 2020 offseason feels like it's been underway for a while, but the reality is it's just getting started. The fun gets underway in March when unrestricted free agency kicks off, followed by the 2020 NFL Draft – when GM Ryan Pace will try to flip Chicago's two second-round picks into potential starters for a team that isn't that far away from contending for a Super Bowl.
Here are the key dates to bookmark in your calendar for the Bears' offseason:
- Feb. 24-March 1 – NFL Scouting Combine
- Feb. 25 – Ryan Pace/Matt Nagy meet with media at NFL Combine
- Feb. 24 – March 1 – NFL Scouting Combine
- March 18 – Free agency and new league year begins
- April 7 – Ed Block Courage Award presentation
- April 20 – Bears may begin offseason workout programs
- April 21 – Brian Piccolo Awards presented to rookie and veteran
- April 21 – Ryan Pace will speak with the media ahead of NFL Draft
- April 23-25 – 2020 NFL Draft in Las Vegas
- May 8-10 – Bears rookie minicamp at Halas Hall
- May 16 – Bears Care Gala at Soldier Field
- May 27 – May 29 – OTA practices
- June 2-4 – OTA practices
- June 8 – 11 – OTA practices
- June 16-18 – Mandatory full-squad minicamp
David Haugh, Alex Maragos and Chris Bleck join Kap on the panel.
0:00 - The NBA All-Star Game is over and the city was the biggest star of the weekend. The guys weigh in on the thrilling finish and if the rule changes saved the All-Star game.
5:30 - Michael Jordan was not in the "House That MJ Built." Should his Airness have had more of a presence?
9:00 - Michael Reinsdorf and John Paxson spent the weekend asking some of the sport's heavy hitters about how to fix their front office. Will the changes work?
13:00 - Jesse Rogers joins Kap from Cubs camp in Mesa to talk about Javy Baez's comments about not being ready to play some days. They also discuss Kris Bryant's candid comments about his contract and his future with the Cubs.
18:00 - The guys weigh in on Tom Rickett's comments on the state of the team's baseball budget.
26:00 - Chuck Garfien joins Kap from Sox camp in Glendale. They talk about the excitement level with everybody in camp, the team's thoughts on the Astros scandal, the chances Nick Madrigal breaks camp with the team and the Carlos Rodon's progress from Tommy John surgery.
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