This past week the Chicago Cubs made history when they won the World Series. Prior to their win, they held the record for the longest drought in North American sports – 108 years. Why did it take the Cubs so long to win the World Series and why did they win it now?
As I’ve reported in previous posts, the Cubs were cursed in 1945 when they refused to allow Billy Sianis to bring his goat, Murphy, into the stadium. So incensed at this rejection, Billy placed a curse on the cubs proclaiming “Dem Cubs, dey ain’t gonna win no more”. The only way to break the curse was to invite a goat to a game.
For 108 years people scoffed at the curse, claiming it had nothing to do with Cubs’ losses. During the 2016 World Series, Bill Murray openly declared what he thought of the curse with his Ghostbusters-esque t-shirt: I ain’t afraid of no goats.
After watching Game 7, I’ll admit that talent, skill and teamwork contributed significantly to the Cubs’ win. However, I’m not willing to give up the goat and the part it played in breaking the curse. During Game 4 of the Division playoffs, the Cubs were playing the Giants in San Francisco. In an attempt to channel the curse against the Cubs, a Giants fan walked around the outside of the stadium with his goat. His goal – to keep the curse alive. However, it backfired when the Cubs won.
Some might think it’s simply a coincidence that a goat showed up at a Cubs game prior to them winning the World Series after a 108 year slump. To me? It’s obvious the Cubs got their mojo back when the San Francisco goat lifted the curse. Regardless of the reason for the win, it was thrilling to witness a piece of Chicago history when the Cubs took the title.
May the farce be with you!