The last time we did Mad Libs was kind of fun but way too involved. That’s probably because Rick Telander uses way too many words to say not very much at all. Anyway, today we have a somewhat accurate yet snarky article from Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports as he took a look at the Cubs in 2013. Amazingly, the Cubs were not ranked lower than #21 out of the 30 MLB clubs. We’ll just take an excerpt from the article so you can go through without wasting as much time as in the previous edition of Cubs Mad Libs. Still a work in progress, but I think we can definitely perfect this format.
Do NOT go any further before you look at the list of words and fill in your own choices! It’ll be funnier that way. Ready? Might want to get a pen/paper or your Notepad app ready…
A character trait
Type of person (plural)
Unit of measure
The worst character trait you can think of in the form of an adjective
Type of vegetable (plural)
Dessert food (plural)
Verb ending in -ing
South American tourist spot
Name of a Chicago suburb
Okay, that was fun. Now you’re done. Let’s fill in the blanks then:
(1) is out there somewhere, we assume. Too many (2) in the front office. Too many (3) in the system. Too much (4) to (5).
Wind-whipped for more than a (6), the Cubs again seek the leeward side of the game. Remember those two NL Central titles from late last decade? All that (7)? Well, 97 wins became 83, which is when the Tribune Company (8), selling to Joe Ricketts and clan. Then 83 became 75, which became 71, which cost (9) his job, and became 61.
We’re more than a (10) into the Theo Epstein/Jed Hoyer era, which came with impressive (11), a good amount of (12) and a (13). The immediate return was, well, (14) and even a little (15). The Plan – we’ll go uppercase here – so far has come at a cost of a season so (16) it ranks with the worst three or four in franchise history. Key fact here: The franchise has been around since (17).
One day soon, perhaps, the Cubs will field a team that represents the (18) of The Plan, which, it should be noted, does come with some (19) from The Previous Plan(s). Granted, that’s a lot of (20).
In the meantime, somebody has to (21) 2013. Besides, the Cubs need (22) to help get them from (23) to (24), just as long as, you know, there’s going to be a ‘there’ there. Ultimately, that is The Plan.