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Beyond Bartman, Curses, & Goats: 104 Reasons Why It's Been 104 Years Kindle Edition

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About the Author

CHRIS NEITZEL has been a teacher and coach for 23 years in his hometown of Oswego, Illinois. He still lives in Oswego with his wife, Krista, of 21 years and their three children, Kara, Olivia, and Scott. A lifelong Cubs’ fan, Chris began contributing to the Cubs’ blog, "Bleacher Nation," in 2011. While he has always aspired to be a writer, Chris credits his exposure to Brett Taylor’s "Bleacher Nation" for giving him the forum and the audience to get his creative juices going. This is his first book.

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  • File Size: 779 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1935766767
  • Publisher: Windy City Publishers (April 24, 2013)
  • Publication Date: April 24, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CIXV6N2
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Writing my own biography is a bit weird...but here goes:

I have always aspired to write and create, I suppose I just needed the right avenue. I have been a teacher and coach in Oswego, Illinois for 23 years. In 2010 I began contributing to the Bleacher Nation blog, and really enjoyed the feedback I was getting on the site. As I was getting set to write an entry one morning, the idea for Beyond Bartman, Curses and Goats:104 Reasons Why It's Been 104 Years hit me...and I knew I had to write it.

As a life-long Cubs' fan, and one time Cubs' batboy(details in the book), I liked the idea of creating something that proved to Cubs' fans that the Cubs are not cursed...they have just been really, really bad...in many different aspects of the game of baseball.

My wife Krista and I have three children; Kara(17), Olivia (13) and Scott(8).

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael DeRose on May 1, 2013
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With the Cubs playing so badly, it was hard to buy this book. I decided to after reading about it on the Bleacher Nation blog. I sat down to maybe read a few pages, but I ended up reading the entire thing. The book has great pacing and is well written. I will say that this book lives up to it's title, but it also could be seen as a trivia book as well. I thought I knew a great deal about the team, but this book is just jammed with information that is actually interesting. Great book and Go Cubs!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris Dinges on April 1, 2013
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Very interesting read to say the least and if you're a Cubs fan you'll enjoy reading the many consequences of the Cubs actions. After reading this book I'm less inclined to think the Cubbies have been cursed all of these years - they've simply sealed their own fate time and time again (except of course for the Bartman debacle).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Moopoint88 on May 17, 2013
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I purchased this book, because I'm a life long broken-hearted cubs fan. I've read other baseball books, I have had trouble getting through because they read like math book. What I like about this book is: it's any easy read while still providing all the stats to back up the authors statements. It's a wonderful read for any suffering cubs fan or avid baseball fan. As cubs fans, we often really on curses and farm animals to explain the Cubs poor performance. This book takes a different approach and provides logical reasons the cubs haven't won a world series in 104 years. For anyone who enjoys baseball history this book is for you. I have no doubt in time it will be rated one of the top baseball books. It's good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Gonzo on June 10, 2013
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This book is an incredible and unique history lesson in Cubs baseball, diving into stats and analysis that will make you think differently about the Cubs and baseball in general. Even better, it is also an easy and enjoyable read.

It is hard to say which chapter is my favorite, but the Near Misses, Drafting Failures, and the Historical Blunders were fascinating. This is a must-read for any Cubs fan - I will no doubt read it a second time this summer, and possibly every year until the trophy is lifted in the North Side.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim Hissong on February 22, 2014
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As a Cub fan for over 50 years, I felt like I had a pretty good handle on the Chicago Cubs. After reading this book, I now can say that I have had my eyes opened to many unusual and fascinating statistics about the Cubs that I had no idea about. The true test of a great book is that it is hard to put down and this book is hard to put down! You true Cub fans will enjoy this from cover to cover. I hope Chris continues to pursue his writing career.
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By Joel on June 24, 2013
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As an obsessed, manic (equally optimistic, pessimistic, irrational & rational), and committed Cub fan I am always looking for therapy, rationale, and hope. As all true Cub fans know-- that is not easy. As a fan that broke a window on a fateful night in 2003 and cursed a fan (that did what every other fan would have done) and threw a grade school tantrum in 1984 (the first time I realized that sports can really bring a person to their knees), I realize that Cub fans are a unique group of fans. We feel haunted, tortured, and cursed-- there has to be a supernatural reason for 104 year of ineptitude... right?

Sadly no. However there is a place on the interweb where Cub fans can go to have rational discussion (okay sometimes quite irrational but fun) about advanced statistics, the direction the Cubs are building toward, and why the Cub fan base should feel some real hope. That place is called BleacherNation.com and if you are a Cub fan you should visit it daily, hourly, obsessively. It was there on BN I first met a man called "Philo Beddoe" and instead of fist fighting with an orangutan he was writing detailed responses and thought provoking pieces about the Cubs, as his writing increased he changed his name to "Oswego Chris" and then without a word he vanished (I suspected foul play... another cursed soul, devoured by the goat). But just like a Clint Eastwood character he returned in glory and presented us with this book. Here we have a book that outlines why we are not an accursed and doomed fanbase destined to fail because of some phantom that lurks over Wrigley Field, but instead we are the fanbase of a historically bad organization.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. West on May 4, 2013
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The book made me look at Cubs history like never before. Bought a copy for my die hard Cubs fan uncle and he loved it too. Great book for a gift.
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