Itâ€™s been a whirlwind of a few weeks.
It all started Aug. 15.
I took off to Ames, Iowa to meet one of my good college friends. We have started a tradition of taking a baseball trip each year.
Last year, we were in Kansas City to see a pair of Royals games. They were playing the Texas Rangers â€” meaning we were watching two teams neither of us have a vested interest in.
This year, we decided a trip to Chicago was in order.
Both of us Cubs fans, it was only fitting.
I had been to hallowed Wrigley before, but my friend had not.
We drove in on Monday and saw three games against the San Diego Padres.
We were hoping for one win.
We left disappointed.
The Cubs looked lifeless through the early part of Mondayâ€™s game before rallying. However, they couldnâ€™t quite get it done in a 9-5 loss.
Tuesday was a pitcherâ€™s duel. A first-inning run for the Padres proved to be the difference.
Everyone in attendance thought Blake DeWitt, a relatively new Cub, hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning with a runner on and two outs.
But it fell short and so did the Cubs, 1-0.
Wednesday brought us seats in the bleachers and a new sense of excitement for us.
That was quickly dashed as San Diego scored twice in the top of the first.
The Cubs at least scored on Wednesday â€” but only once.
We never did get to see a win. Or sing â€œGo Cubs Go.â€ Or see the white â€˜Wâ€™ flag flying high above Wrigley.
Thankfully, my friend did purchase a replica flag, so we got to see a â€˜Wâ€™ somehow.
After a quick trip, one in which I schooled my friend in a game of mini golf at Navy Pier, it was back to Worthington and work.
That Friday, I turned 26.
Let me tell you, thereâ€™s nothing exciting about 26.
At 16, you can drive.
At 18, you can vote.
At 21, well, that might be the best birthday.
But 26? Not exciting.
I spent most of the day working.
However, that was the final day of Michael Brauerâ€™s run at the Daily Globe.
I was sad to see him go on many levels.
One thing that really stings is that he left town while still holding the overall lead in our NCAA Football rivalry, 62-61.
I maintain that I won enough games before we started keeping track to have a sizeable lead.
He would probably disagree.
Just a few miles down the road in Sioux City, I know heâ€™ll be back and weâ€™ll even our series eventually.
And while change is always tough, Iâ€™m excited with what we have going on in the sports department.
Daniel Kerwin will be starting soon as our new sports reporter and will bring excitement to our staff.
We are busy with our annual football tab and previews for a fall season that has quietly approached.
The annual Labor Day Classic is right around the corner, as is the beginning of the high school football season in Minnesota.
All makes for a busy time.
But thereâ€™s nothing better than heading out to a sporting event on a nice fall day.
And while my Cubbies were eliminated from the playoffs months back, I always look forward to the playoffs leading up to the World Series.
Add it all up, and this is the best time of the year.