Ok, so I know Lombardi was a football coach, and if he followed baseball probably wasn't a Cubs fan. If he were alive today though, I would imagine he'd say there's no way in hell he'd be a fan of this team.
I have been a fan of Lombardi's philosophy for a long time, and if there is an antithesis of it, it's the Chicago Cubs.
They flat out do not do the little things right. You simply cannot win on a consistent basis when you don't do the little things right.
You don't give up leadoff walks in the 8th and 9th inning. You don't leave runners stranded after a leadoff double. You put down a freaking sac bunt when neccessary. We cannot seem to do it. Even Jeff Franceour did it last night for crying out loud!!
I remember several years ago watching Maddox pitch against the Marlins. Maddox pitched a great game, but the fish won a low scoring affair. The got a walk, stolen base, sac bunt, groundout (run scored) early in the game that made the difference. The cubbies just couldn't play that kind of game.
Now, I know the Cubs have long been built to score via the 3-run homer, but when the wind is blowing in, or forbid you should have half your sluggers on the DL, you HAVE TO BE ABLE TO DO THE LITTLE THINGS RIGHT TO WIN GAMES!!!
Why is this so difficult for the Cubs to do?
As Lombardi once said, "Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing."