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Cub Tracks does the math

This should have been a better season, says Pythagoras, and other bullets

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Lots of Cubs news Monday. Most of it was covered on the front page but there are endless permutations as the writers spin, and we have those and the best of the rest of, and are glad to have them, though truthfully it would be better to have some Cubs baseball. I admit I switched Sunday’s game off and watched the Bears instead. That was the TWD version of the Cubs... I couldn’t take too much of it. It was painful and slow, not unlike a Sunn O))) show.

Like many of you, I expect better things next year... but a (small and apparently vocal) part of me wouldn’t mind badness if it makes Theo strike out for greener pastures. Joe got the short end. Don’t @ me — it’s just my opinion. Plenty of internal conflict to sort through, and the coach carousel hasn’t been spun yet and that should mix up the old feels a little more still.

Here’s today’s Cubs News and Notes. As always, * means autoplay on, or annoying ads, or both (directions to remove for Firefox and Chrome). {$} means paywall. {$} means limited views. Italics are often used here as sarcasm font.

Without Joe Maddon, there is no 2016 World Series championship. — Tony Andracki

Major props to Cardinals beat writer Derrick Goold.

Food for thought:

Thanks for reading.