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Postby JudasIscariotTheBird » Mon Jan 20, 2020 11:19 pm

SouthSideRyan wrote:Why would we keep Laura?

She gives a lot of money to the Dems and she's the only openly gay owner of a major sports team.
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Postby WrigleyField 22 » Tue Jan 21, 2020 12:08 am

JudasIscariotTheBird wrote:
SouthSideRyan wrote:Why would we keep Laura?

She gives a lot of money to the Dems and she's the only openly gay owner of a major sports team.

OTOH, as the old expression goes1, "you can't bring down the Ricketts without crackin' a few gays."

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Postby CubinNY » Wed Jan 22, 2020 3:52 am

Baseball has a long, long history of horsefeathers owners doing horsefeathers things. The owner of the Red Sox sold Ruth's contract because he had a flop on Broadway. Charles Comisky precipitated the "The Black Sox" scandal by treating his star players lousy. Jeff Luria was allowed to buy the Expose to kill them. However, none of them hold a candle to the low-lifes who now own the Cubs and it's killing me.
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Tom proved he’s consistent when he used the interview to take yet another cheap shot at his least favorite alderman. A tradition unlike any other.

The night had already started out awkwardly for Tom when his mention of the Marquee Sports Network during his opening remarks was met with a very loud chorus of boos. He couldn’t believe what he was hearing. Hey, just because at least 50 percent of the city gets its TV from a provider that has yet to come to terms on a deal for the network, why would fans be upset?

During his time with Dempster, Tom decided to wax nostalgic about the good old days when you could watch every game on WGN TV for free. He was promptly heckled by a woman in the audience loudly enough that it could be heard on the live stream.

The next day he was interviewed on 670 The Score and claimed he wasn’t booed, at least not personally. I’m sure that was a reaction to an overnight email chain where Laura and Todd complained about Tom hogging all of the boos for himself.


Ricketts insisted against all audible evidence that he didn’t get booed, he claimed that in his college days he and his buddies and siblings used to come to every weekend home game to sit in the bleachers and order 16 beers at a time. He expected applause when he said a top priority for him was to close streets around Wrigley before and after games, and didn’t get any.

He got so desperate for adulation that he claimed to not know what the big deal about cup snakes in the bleachers was last year and that he’s all for them. I’m sure the ushers and security personnel who took the heat for curtailing the practice of bleacher fans trying to see how high they could stack beer cups really appreciate how Ricketts has their back.
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Postby WrigleyField 22 » Wed Jan 22, 2020 5:46 am

On a scale of 1 to Mark Grace Slump Busting, How much does Ricketts admire Brett Kavanaugh?

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Postby CubinNY » Wed Jan 22, 2020 1:08 pm

I would not be surprised if the Cubs Convention is no more in a few years.
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Postby UMFan83 » Wed Jan 22, 2020 1:42 pm

CubinNY wrote:I would not be surprised if the Cubs Convention is no more in a few years.


Remove a solid revenue stream that virtually every American sports organization does these days just because the owner got booed? Nah I doubt that
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Postby Bull » Wed Jan 22, 2020 7:26 pm

CubinNY wrote:Baseball has a long, long history of horsefeathers owners doing horsefeathers things. The owner of the Red Sox sold Ruth's contract because he had a flop on Broadway. Charles Comisky precipitated the "The Black Sox" scandal by treating his star players lousy. Jeff Luria was allowed to buy the Expose to kill them. However, none of them hold a candle to the low-lifes who now own the Cubs and it's killing me.


How could you forget Marge?

I guess an exhaustive list would be difficult.
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Postby ConstableRabbit » Wed Jan 22, 2020 10:11 pm

CubinNY wrote:Baseball has a long, long history of horsefeathers owners doing horsefeathers things. The owner of the Red Sox sold Ruth's contract because he had a flop on Broadway. Charles Comisky precipitated the "The Black Sox" scandal by treating his star players lousy. Jeff Luria was allowed to buy the Expose to kill them. However, none of them hold a candle to the low-lifes who now own the Cubs and it's killing me.

This is an insane take.
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Postby CubinNY » Thu Jan 23, 2020 2:18 pm

ConstableRabbit wrote:
CubinNY wrote:Baseball has a long, long history of horsefeathers owners doing horsefeathers things. The owner of the Red Sox sold Ruth's contract because he had a flop on Broadway. Charles Comisky precipitated the "The Black Sox" scandal by treating his star players lousy. Jeff Luria was allowed to buy the Expose to kill them. However, none of them hold a candle to the low-lifes who now own the Cubs and it's killing me.

This is an insane take.

The Ricketts clan is deplorable and sucks in all kinds of ways. They now have what amounts to a monopoly of shops, hotels, and commerce around Wrigley and are acting like a broke-ass Tampa franchise. But more importantly, they are fronting for and funneling money generated by Cubs fans to a corrupt political regime that places children in cages amongst other terrible things.
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CubinNY wrote:I would not be surprised if the Cubs Convention is no more in a few years.


No, that would be extremely surprising.
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Postby Andy » Thu Jan 23, 2020 4:30 pm

ConstableRabbit wrote:
CubinNY wrote:Baseball has a long, long history of horsefeathers owners doing horsefeathers things. The owner of the Red Sox sold Ruth's contract because he had a flop on Broadway. Charles Comisky precipitated the "The Black Sox" scandal by treating his star players lousy. Jeff Luria was allowed to buy the Expose to kill them. However, none of them hold a candle to the low-lifes who now own the Cubs and it's killing me.

This is an insane take.

I'm glad I'm not alone here. Loria literally ruined a franchise, THEN bilked the city of Miami out of hundreds of millions for a ballpark by blatantly lying that this time he was gonna actually try to win. The Red Sox' Tom Yawkey basically had to be blackmailed into allowing a black player to play for his team. The Ricketts are dicks, but they're probably not even in the top handful of dicks currently owning MLB teams, let alone of all time.
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Postby Splendid Splinter » Thu Jan 23, 2020 4:58 pm

Andy wrote:
ConstableRabbit wrote:
CubinNY wrote:Baseball has a long, long history of horsefeathers owners doing horsefeathers things. The owner of the Red Sox sold Ruth's contract because he had a flop on Broadway. Charles Comisky precipitated the "The Black Sox" scandal by treating his star players lousy. Jeff Luria was allowed to buy the Expose to kill them. However, none of them hold a candle to the low-lifes who now own the Cubs and it's killing me.

This is an insane take.

I'm glad I'm not alone here. Loria literally ruined a franchise, THEN bilked the city of Miami out of hundreds of millions for a ballpark by blatantly lying that this time he was gonna actually try to win. The Red Sox' Tom Yawkey basically had to be blackmailed into allowing a black player to play for his team. The Ricketts are dicks, but they're probably not even in the top handful of dicks currently owning MLB teams, let alone of all time.


Don't forget that he was crying poor and losing money... :roll:
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Postby David » Thu Jan 23, 2020 5:03 pm

Andy wrote:
ConstableRabbit wrote:
CubinNY wrote:Baseball has a long, long history of horsefeathers owners doing horsefeathers things. The owner of the Red Sox sold Ruth's contract because he had a flop on Broadway. Charles Comisky precipitated the "The Black Sox" scandal by treating his star players lousy. Jeff Luria was allowed to buy the Expose to kill them. However, none of them hold a candle to the low-lifes who now own the Cubs and it's killing me.

This is an insane take.

I'm glad I'm not alone here. Loria literally ruined a franchise, THEN bilked the city of Miami out of hundreds of millions for a ballpark by blatantly lying that this time he was gonna actually try to win. The Red Sox' Tom Yawkey basically had to be blackmailed into allowing a black player to play for his team. The Ricketts are dicks, but they're probably not even in the top handful of dicks currently owning MLB teams, let alone of all time.


I mean, the Ricketts suck and this is not a high bar, but they are still easily the best owners the Cubs have ever had.

The Tribune was flat out negligent and the Wrigleys were cheap and racist as hell.
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David wrote:
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ConstableRabbit wrote:This is an insane take.

I'm glad I'm not alone here. Loria literally ruined a franchise, THEN bilked the city of Miami out of hundreds of millions for a ballpark by blatantly lying that this time he was gonna actually try to win. The Red Sox' Tom Yawkey basically had to be blackmailed into allowing a black player to play for his team. The Ricketts are dicks, but they're probably not even in the top handful of dicks currently owning MLB teams, let alone of all time.


I mean, the Ricketts suck and this is not a high bar, but they are still easily the best owners the Cubs have ever had.

The Tribune was flat out negligent and the Wrigleys were cheap and racist as hell.

Damning by faint praise. But you're short selling them, badly.

But this free-market orthodoxy when put forth by billionaires like Ricketts is hypocritical, as they're often putting their hands out asking for taxpayer money and accepting government handouts. For instance, while negotiating with the city over the Wrigley Field renovations back in 2012, the Cubs aimed to grab $200 million in public funds through a local amusement tax. That plan was yanked by Mayor Rahm Emanuel after the New York Times reported on a leaked proposal from Joe Ricketts's anti-Obama super PAC Character Matters to spend $10 million on an ad campaign that would attempt to link Obama, the "metrosexual, black Abraham Lincoln," to the controversial Chicago reverend Jeremiah Wright. Still, the Rickettses sought and landed $75 million in federal historic preservation tax credits to restore Wrigley Field after agreeing to satisfy the bare-minimum requirements from the National Park Service.

Call it what it is: corporate welfare. The Rickettses believe in the redistribution of wealth—just not to the poor. Leave their money relatively untouched and the benefits will trickle down to everyone else. How important is this belief? So much so that while the family's wealth keeps ballooning (it's currently at $5.3 billion, according to Forbes, up from $3.4 billion in 2014), they continue to spend money in national races to elect extreme political candidates—those that undertax the rich, starve the state, and underfinance public infrastructure and the safety net. It will be good for all of us, they believe, because the free market is inherently good.

It's telling that earlier in the presidential race Joe Ricketts donated $5 million to a pro-Scott Walker super PAC and nearly $6 million to Our Principles, a #NeverTrump super PAC. These donations prompted an angry tweet from Trump in February 2016: "I hear the Rickets [sic] family, who own the Chicago Cubs, are secretly spending $'s against me. They better be careful, they have a lot to hide!" Yet in the general election, faced with the choice of a misogynistic and xenophobic candidate looking to grow our military and security state and enact policies that would accelerate climate change and a candidate who might redistribute wealth a bit more, Joe went with the guy who promised deregulation and a lower minimum wage. That's an incredible commitment to the tenets of neoliberalism.

The rest of the clan can be characterized as staunch ultraconservative activists. The agenda of Pete Ricketts, the governor of Nebraska, is a mix of pro-corporate neoliberal economic policies combined with a right-wing social agenda (anti-immigration, anti-Planned Parenthood, etc) that isn't significantly different from that of the Trump administration, to which Pete has said he's given input. Todd, who aired Future 45-funded Clinton attack ads between late innings of game six of the National League Championship Series, is a Tea Party type who has called the Koch brothers "great heroes."

On January 21, while thousands of Chicagoans swarmed the Loop to voice their discontent with Trump, Todd and Pete were feting him in Washington, D.C. The Rickettses cohosted a private party the night of the inauguration in honor of the newly sworn-in 45th president. The black-tie gala embraced Trump's own casino-king aesthetic. According to a Politico report, they had an office near the White House decorated to resemble a Las Vegas lounge; televisions were framed in gold. The guest list was a who's who of plutocrats and politicians who've helped take the Republican party and Beltway politics further right and toward neoliberalism. Attendees included Sheldon Adelson, the casino magnate who has funneled his immense wealth into super PACs such as Future 45.


https://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/r ... d=26115753

No MLB ownership group is more closely associated with the abomination who currently sits in the White House doing unspeakable harm to humans all over the planet and to the environment.
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Postby jersey cubs fan » Thu Jan 23, 2020 6:29 pm

CubinNY wrote:
No MLB ownership group is more closely associated with the abomination who currently sits in the White House doing unspeakable harm to humans all over the planet and to the environment.


hes not wrong
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Postby TomtheBombadil » Thu Jan 23, 2020 8:33 pm

he claimed that in his college days he and his buddies and siblings used to come to every weekend home game to sit in the bleachers and order 16 beers at a time.


Please no one try and verify this or you'll be sleeping with the fishes
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CubinNY wrote:
ConstableRabbit wrote:
CubinNY wrote:Baseball has a long, long history of horsefeathers owners doing horsefeathers things. The owner of the Red Sox sold Ruth's contract because he had a flop on Broadway. Charles Comisky precipitated the "The Black Sox" scandal by treating his star players lousy. Jeff Luria was allowed to buy the Expose to kill them. However, none of them hold a candle to the low-lifes who now own the Cubs and it's killing me.

This is an insane take.

The Ricketts clan is deplorable and sucks in all kinds of ways. They now have what amounts to a monopoly of shops, hotels, and commerce around Wrigley and are acting like a broke-ass Tampa franchise. But more importantly, they are fronting for and funneling money generated by Cubs fans to a corrupt political regime that places children in cages amongst other terrible things.

This take is even more insane. They’re funneling money from the Cubs organization into Trump’s campaign?
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Postby CubinNY » Thu Jan 23, 2020 8:51 pm

KingCubsFan wrote:
CubinNY wrote:
ConstableRabbit wrote:This is an insane take.

The Ricketts clan is deplorable and sucks in all kinds of ways. They now have what amounts to a monopoly of shops, hotels, and commerce around Wrigley and are acting like a broke-ass Tampa franchise. But more importantly, they are fronting for and funneling money generated by Cubs fans to a corrupt political regime that places children in cages amongst other terrible things.

This take is even more insane. They’re funneling money from the Cubs organization into Trump’s campaign?

While doing it at a horsefeathering Cubs game.

https://www.chicagotribune.com/politics ... story.html

You can parse it any way you like. They are using profits generated from the Cubs and giving contributions to the degenerate [expletive] in the White House.
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Postby JudasIscariotTheBird » Thu Jan 23, 2020 10:14 pm

KingCubsFan wrote:
CubinNY wrote:
ConstableRabbit wrote:This is an insane take.

The Ricketts clan is deplorable and sucks in all kinds of ways. They now have what amounts to a monopoly of shops, hotels, and commerce around Wrigley and are acting like a broke-ass Tampa franchise. But more importantly, they are fronting for and funneling money generated by Cubs fans to a corrupt political regime that places children in cages amongst other terrible things.

This take is even more insane. They’re funneling money from the Cubs organization into Trump’s campaign?

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Postby Wilson A2000 » Fri Jan 31, 2020 4:05 am

CubinNY wrote:The rest of the clan can be characterized as staunch ultraconservative activists.


Does Laura Ricketts not count as a member of the clan?
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Wilson A2000 wrote:
CubinNY wrote:The rest of the clan can be characterized as staunch ultraconservative activists.


Does Laura Ricketts not count as a member of the clan?

Yes.
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