This is a brief update, coming direct from Arizona, where our intrepid report Will Smith has been watching some Cubs and White Sox players -- and chatting it up with UZR's favorite shortstop of 2010, Alexei Ramirez.
In the fourth, yet regrettably delayed, episode of "This is Not a Cubs Podcast," Brad and Will examine:
* The insanity that is the Chicago Bulls. * The odds of Dennis Rodman making the NBA Hall of Fame. * The possibility of Albert Pujols signing with the Cubs in 2012. * The sabermetric book season, and Bill James's latest abstract. * Some early Chicago Cubs action, and the impending Cubs Stats book, Looking for Mordecai.
Astute listeners will also notice: This podcast was recorded several days ago, and there is no mention, therefore, of the Carlos Silva blowup, or the Matt Garza liner-to-the-back story.
In this thrilling third installment of the "This is Not a Cubs Podcast," Will and Brad:
* Discuss, in timely fashion, the need for the Bulls to retire Dennis Rodman's #91. * Philosophize on the present beauty of Chicagoans. * Put to task Marcel's 2011 White Sox projections. * Opine briefly about the majesty that is John Danks. * Place a gentleman's wager on the whether the Sox can muster 90 wins or not. * Think briefly on Spring Training and future Cubs-White Sox games.
Careful listeners will also notice: A strange, occasional skipping; the invention of a new statistic, WPG; and Carlos Zambrano conspiracy theory.
In the second installment of the ever-intrepid "This is Not a Cubs Podcast," Brad and Will try to put a final word on the Matt Garza trade and compare the Cubs rotation to the other NL Central teams. In it, listeners will hear:
* A brief discussion of the Chicago Blackhawks. * Overdue praise for Richard Dent. * Lengthy diatribes and discussions of: -Matt Garza's Marcel projections. -The cost of giving up prospects. -Alternative perspectives on the Garza trade. -The hopes of the 2011 Cubs. -And the lack of an ace, as compared to the competitive NL Central teams.
The astute listener will also hear: Brad playing his guitar and harmonica, Brad and Will's complete failure to remember the Houston Astros ever existed, and -- as before -- the muffled thuds of us talking with our hands, shaking the mic's table.
In an effort to quell the public outcry, the writers and creators of Cubs Stats -- Brad and Will -- have relented and composed the first ever episode of, "This is Not a Cubs Podcast." Listeners will be privy to cutting edge and largely unrehearsed analysis, including discussions pertaining to:
* The Blackhawks, the Stanley Cup Hangover, and the discouraging lack of knuckle-pucks. * The Bulls, Joakim Noah's "falling goose" kung fu style, and the value of depth. * The Cubs, their convention, and their cloudy long term goals. * The Bears, their 2010 season, and the obligatory Jay Cutler injury discussion. * The White Sox, the Dunn deal, and their 2011 hopes.
The astute listener will also hear: Discussions of eating certain Wisconsin buildings, a musical intro featuring the Cubs management strategy, and plenty of accidental noises as we bumped the table upon which the mic sat.