thanksgiving.jeff.allen.jpgIn just a short while, we US Americans will begin that hallowed tradition of spending quality time with family by gorging ourselves on a bounty of food, drinking excessive amounts of Johnnie Walker Black and falling asleep on the couch only to wake up with unidentifiable aches and pains in places never before felt.

Well, maybe that’s just me.

In any case, given the copious amounts of bull**** recently posted by my colleague, Mr. Krause, whose intellectual ineptitude forces him to fall into that age-old Blue State trap of logorrhea where valid questions are only answered with an arsenal of equally unrelated questions, I have found solace in you, Dear Readers, and your ability to see that — as usual — I am right.

Thank you.

In fact, since this time of year is all about giving thanks, I am going to rightfully refrain from causing any further damage to Mr. Krause’s ego by letting him be (just for today) and instead would like to take a moment to give my most wholehearted thanks.

Indeed, there are many things to be thankful for today.  I’m thankful that the Cubs have gone 100 years without a World Series title.  I am thankful that the Cardinals are actually considering filling some left-handed reliever roles (even if it is by courting a couple of scrubs).  I am thankful that I live in the Second City — that we have two firery baseball icons who are willing to make fools of themselves by performing a ridiculous rap song for the good of Chevrolet; and I am thankful that senior citizens ride the CTA free, fat senior citizens ride two for the price of one, which is also free.  I’m also thankful that Dubya is on his way out, that an Iowan turkey (ironically not Chuck Grassley this time) will be able to live a long, eaten-free life and that Minnesota has replaced Florida (for now) as the state where your vote might not really count.

But most of all, I am thankful for you, Dear Readers.  For it is you that truly makes RSBS the special little happy place where baseball-politico egos, arguments and aspirations go to make sweet, sweet love.  And for that, Mr. Krause and I couldn’t be more grateful.

We have given our staff the rest of the week off.  Allen has left for that cavernous pit of despair otherwise known as Los Angeles (or Where Souls Go to Die) while I will be spending the rest of the week reflecting on my podunk roots with my quaint family in Springfield, IL — once home to Abraham Lincoln, Barack Obama and of course, Me.

Happy Thanksgiving to all and don’t hate me ‘cuz I’m right.




  1. juliasrants

    Jeff, we could never truly hate you. I mean you’re only right half of the time! Kidding! And I find that you are truly in the Thanksgiving spirit – or is it that you’ve hit the Johnnie Walker a little early? – for the kindness that you are showing Mr. Krause. Your blog is always a pleasure to read. Even for a Red Sox Fan! Happy Turkey Day.

  2. Jane Heller

    What a happy coincidence. I’ll be spending my Thanksgiving day in LA too, so maybe I’ll run into Mr. Krause and we can talk behind your back, Jeff! I do hope you both have a good holiday. I’ll miss your posts while you’re gone.


    No Jeffy, most of all, we thank you and Allen for your amazing articles that touch my life differently and more special each and every day….or something like that.

    – thehappyyoungster, I will raise that glass with you in a toast to the continued demise of the Cubbies. I’ll even have my mother bring out the meatloaf……*Ma!!! Meatloaf!!!*

  4. redstatebluestate

    Thanks all for you kind, gracious comments. Stay tuned as Blue State (Al) and I get back into the swing-state of things.

  5. mlbmark

    Hope you had a good Thanksgiving! Here’s to a great offeason. And I still think Big Mac’s 62 night was probably my greatest thrill as a fan, I think because I was there with my son and you couldn’t believe it was happening.


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