CLEVELAND – Cubbies for the win!
After 108 years of crushing blows, almost-wins, and the mega-fan upsets, the Chicago Cubs did it. They won the World Series in Game 7, beating the Cleveland Indians, and broke one of the most infamous curses in the Windy City.
The curse of the billy goat started when Billy Sianis, owner of the Billy Goat Tavern (you know, where you order your cheezborger, cheezborger, cheezborger) brought his stinky goat to Wrigley Field during Game 4 of the 1945 World Series. Fans complained of the stench as it didn’t go well with their Cokes and cheezborgers, err… beers and peanuts, and he and his goat were promptly booted from the game. In an angry, and maybe later, regrettable moment, he scoffed, the Cubs “ain’t gonna win no more!” And they didn’t—until Thursday.
If you’re driving down Lake Shore Drive, you’ll notice the Kwa-Ma-Rolas totem pole in Lincoln Park—built in 1929. Some say it’s haunted, but nearly all Cubs fans will tell you that it’s cursed. It faces Wrigley Field, but according to Native American legend, it should be facing Lake Michigan. I guess the carved faces staring into the stadium isn’t the best of luck.
OK, you might think a smelly goat and totem poll aren’t cause for concern, but what about the curse of the Gatorade glove?
In Game 5 of the ’84 NLCS, Leon Durham’s error on a play led to another Cubs upset. The reason for his slippery butterfingers? His mitt was soaked in Gatorade from a puddle in the dugout.
The ’80s cult classic “Back to the Future” predicted a Cubs World Series win, but the Michael J. Fox flick was off a bit, celebrating the victory in the futuristic 2015. “Great Scott!” You can’t win them all. The movie did correctly predict video phones, hands-free gaming, video glasses and of course, hoverboards.
However, to Cubs fans, this cinematic predication was actually another curse, a thorn in their anti-triumphant side. They wanted to believe, but when the Mets swept them last year, they didn’t even make it to the NLCS. And the curse continued.
But things started to turn around, or maybe it was wishful thinking, when in an early ’90s yearbook quote predicted this year’s World Series win more than 20 years later. Michael Lee, of Mission Viejo High School in California, wrote: “Chicago Cubs, 2016 World Champions. You heard it here first.”
And just two years ago, a super fan predicted the team’s win in a Tweet.
After @RaysFanGio pinned his 2-year-old post the 2014 tweet went viral, with nearly 150,000 retweets and more than 120,000 likes.
2016 World Series.— GIO (@RaysFanGio) November 4, 2014
Cubs vs Indians
And then the world will end with the score tied in game seven in extra innings #apocalypse
No matter the reasons for losing or predictions of grander, the reality is the Cubs are the 2016 World Champions. The curses are broken. History is made… finally.