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Cubs Thu Aug 13 2009

Early Warning

cubs-fans.jpgIt might be safely said that when it comes to the gameday activities that surround Wrigley Field, most of the denizens of Wrigleyville fall into two categories: those who love living close to the buzz, the excitement, the commotion and those who would rather have hot knitting needles jammed into a body orifice than have to deal with mass of humanity that descend on the area when the Cubs are in town.

For the latter, have we got a website for you.

"Is There A Cubs Game Today?" might sound like a must-stop destination on the information superhighway for fans seeing details on that day's contest, but it's anything but a plethora of information and helpful tips. Well, scratch that second part. It IS full of helpful tips, if by "helpful tips" you mean ways to avoid the area completely.

According to the info on the website, the site was developed by a lifelong Chicagoan who describes himself as "baseball neutral". Other area residents like him, who pay scant attention to the sports section and in particular the season schedules, will find the site helpful to avoid the "ridiculous mess" that the area turns into, according to the site creator.

Technology-wise, the site isn't much to speak of. A link at the bottom asks "Is there?", you click on and it takes you to a page with the yea or nay as well as the game start time to plan your sojourn through the area. You can also sign up for an RSS feed to keep you posted on the go.

Now we're not ones to suggest that creation of the site lends itself to jokes at the expense of the Cubs and their fans, like seeing it used by bleary-eyed fans in the bleachers Googling it in the fifth inning to remember where they are, or the site becoming obsolete by October 4. Nope, not gonna go there.

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