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Wrigley Field improvements great but what about the team?

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RICK TELANDER: Whew! I’m exhausted just from reading the early details of the Cubs-Wrigleyville agreement. Not only did this thing take about four years to come together, but its glacial formation helped provide an excellent smokescreen for a team that is about as bad as they come in the major leagues.

TELANDER: Do it, Derrick Rose, even if it’s just a drop

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We’ve been talking about Derrick Rose’s return to the Bulls for almost three months now. And it’s not that we’ve been wondering when he’ll be 100 percent healed from that knee injury, but, rather, why he isn’t healed from it? And most of that speculation centers on the mental wounding Rose has undergone from the first major injury of his star-filled career. The man who once was considered a fearsome warrior is now seen by some as a slackard. If Rose came back Sunday and played against the Miami Heat, he could play in the final three regular-season games and …

TELANDER: Goat’s head delivered to Wrigley bizarre enough to be part of Cubs lore

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How Cubs lore grows! You might think that lore would have to do with baseball. But it doesn’t, really. It has to do with patience, futility, low-grade humor, improbable coincidence, primitive symbolism, stupidity, horrendous planning and, above all, human suffering. Now we have a goat head to add to the mix. Not a whole goat. Just the head, stuck in a box — according to reports — delivered to (well, dropped in front of) Wrigley Field on Wednesday, addressed to chairman Tom Ricketts. The meaning? God knows. But it’s not something cheery. Of course, everyone knows the story of the …

TELANDER: Wrigley can still entertain

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There it flew for the first time this year. Like a windsock on the prow of a steamer headed over the falls — a big white ‘‘L’’ on the flapping blue flag. How many times have we seen the Loser flag at Cubs home games, flying above the ancient scoreboard? How many times will we see it before October? Monday it signified the Cubs’ 7-4 home-opening loss to the Brewers. ‘‘It blew both ways,’’ said Cubs manager Dale Sveum, speaking of the wind on this blustery day. It blew out, and then it blew in. It swirled and it curled. …

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