The Chicago Cubs lost the 1945 World Series, but is the reason that they haven’t been back because they had a curse set on them? Some people are saying yes! I know it sounds crazy, but in that long of a span of not going to the World Series, we have to start thinking that it can’t just be the team…right? Apparently in the fourth game of the World Series in 1945, Billy Goat Tavern’s owner Billy Sianis brought his goat to the game on Wrigley Field. Due to the goat-y odor of the animal, he was asked to leave. Outraged, he declared “Them Cubs, they ain’t gonna win no more”, and they haven’t since. In this world where curses might exist, how can we cope if the Cubs end up losing…again?
Now most of us would write this off as a kooky story and forget about it. Except that it’s been true! It’s been over 70 years of the Cubs trying their hardest to never make it to the World Series, and that has got to be mentally strenuous, even on the fans. I think a lot of us get extremely emotionally invested in sports, because the pure thrill of the game penetrates us at a primal level. Whether or not we think it’s emotionally depleting, in reality, coping with losing, (or with someone else winning), can be something that affects us and those around us.
So what happens if they lose again? What can I do? Well, first, you hope to Holy Toast that it’s not a curse, and you take a deep breath. Once you’ve calmed down and realized it’s not the end of the world, and that yes, one day the Cubs will win the World Series, it’s time to do what makes you feel good! After a let down, it’s always good to boost your personal self esteem by doing something you love that feels good. Maybe you watch a game where the Cubs did win. Still bummed about it? Call your buddy.No matter if you’re just straight up complaining about them losing, or if you’re talking about the curse, it’s always good to just voice what you’re thinking.
If you’re like me, you’re praying to the sports gods themselves that the Cubs might win, and we can break whatever silly curse is before us. In the case that the Cubs do win, you also have to be sensitive to the team that lost. Sports are extremely reaction based, and people often react without thinking of the affect on others. Without boasting “IN YOUR FACE!”, congratulate the other team, say "good game" like we did in middle school, and give your buddy a high five, in that order. The person next to you will thank you for not being an outrageous dirt-bag.
Hopefully the Cubs win, for the sake of finally winning, and hopefully you tune in to watch your favorite athletes play there tight-tuchesses off for the win. Tonight the Cubs will be Playing the Indians at 5PM (PST) on Fox, in the Third World Series game over 70 years later! I don’t know about you but I am definitely waiting to see if the Chicago Cubs can finally break the curse and win the World Series! This is for you Billy!
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