To me it is pretty clear that this 2008 chicago cubs team can go one of two directions. We could see an elite, 100 win team that easily clinches home-field advantage in the struggling NL, or we could see a mediocre finish in which we have to fight of the Brewers and Cardinals to the last pitch and enter the playoffs tired and complacent. I think Al has been debating that when deciding whether or not to continue the best starts widget up on BCB. After the last couple of weeks I fear the second scenario much more than I am hopeful for the first but the determining factor appears to be swagger and determination. Swagger has been an overused word in cubland ever since lou used it during last year's convention but there is little doubt that during the months of April and May the cubs knew they were better than there opponent and the games were simply played to determine by how much. Lately the guys seem as though they are waiting for a healthy squad to kick it in to gear again and trying to hold their own until then- it will be crucial to buck that particular trend. As I mentioned, the other emotion lacking lately APPEARS to be determination. The NL Central title is not enough this year, every one of us fans knows that and I'm sure the team does as well. But does the team feel that? If so, do they feel it too much? Our 45-25 start was too special to slip back into mediocrity and everyone of us saw things out of this team that screamed champions, even in our losses. Here's to hoping that we revert to that trend today against the cards and don't look back!