Oh the life of a Cubs fan. There are very few, if any, people still around that last saw them win a World Series. The last World Series appearance was 1945 which means that those that were around at that time, and still remember it, are at least in their 70s. That is a long time to wait for a World Series appearance. Is it any wonder Cubs fans have to be the most superstitious fans of all time?
Everyone that has ever rooted for the Cubs, and many that haven’t, knows the story of Billy Sianis and his pet goat. The Billy Goat curse as it is known is likely the reason that most Cubs fans are so superstitious. I know I have been guilty of it in the past but today I am here to say that this year I overcame my superstitions. I no longer believe in curses, superstitions or anything else that could be used to make me think the Cubs failure is anything but a coincidence.
Since I am no longer superstitious I will let you know what types of things I used to do that I have discontinued or in some cases, things I wasn’t doing that will be a part of my everyday life.
- Now everyone has heard a broadcaster jinx a player right? The big one is when a pitcher has a no-hitter going. The broadcaster will avoid mentioning the fact that the team has no hits because he doesn’t want to jinx the pitcher. Broadcasters do it to hitters also. A broadcaster will make a comment such as “Player A is hitless against this Cubs pitcher” or “Cubs hitter A is 5 for 5 with the bases loaded” I have usually needed to find the nearest piece of wood so I could knock on it to remove whatever jinx was just placed on that player. I no longer do that and things have turned out just fine.
- In years past if the Cubs were winning a game I wouldn’t say anything until the game was over. I didn’t want to say the Cubs had the game in the bag before it really was “In the bag“. This year I can just tell things are different. Have you felt it? I have even considered a game “In the bag” when they have been trailing. This year’s team is special.
- Making the playoffs. If the Cubs were in 1st place I was afraid to make any assumptions until things were mathematically final. I have cured myself. The Cubs will win the NL Central this year.
- Going along with the last two I have to include the actual playoffs. I always refrain from saying anything about the Cubs playoff chances before they start or once they are underway. I have never anticipated making the playoffs so why would I anticipate what they would do once they got there? Cured again. Not only will the Cubs win the NLDS, but they will win the NLCS and make it to the World Series this year. I predict a Cubs-Angels World Series with the mighty Cubs taking it all. This is our year and ain’t no one taking it away from us.
- In the past I was afraid to bet on the Cubs for fear of it affecting their play. I now bet on the Cubs without fear of retribution and in fact one Dodgers fan I work with will be paying me handsomely this year.
Now that you know a little about my superstitions of the past you might be wondering how I was able to overcome them. It wasn’t difficult actually. It started this year when I heard Ryan Dempster predict that this was the Cubs’ year. I had never heard a Cubs player say that before and being superstitious, at first I cringed. The more I thought about it the more I decided that being superstitious really wasn’t working for me anyway so it was time to cure myself.
Now I say I cured myself but really I just quit being so superstitious. After all, what has it gotten me to this point? I was very superstitious and it got the Cubs nowhere. I knocked on more wood than I can count. I avoided saying the wrong thing so many times I can’t even remember. I even had my wife telling me to be quiet when I tried to say something that sounded like it could jinx us. I was a mess but I have seen the light and I hope you will too.
No more reverse the curse. No more talking about Bartman. No more talking about Leon Durham. No more ex-Cubs curse. The White Sox won despite the curse of the Black Sox. The Red Sox won, twice now, despite the curse of the Bambino. There isn’t any curse. It is just a coincidence. This year it is our turn!! Don’t reverse the curse, DENY THE CURSE!
As part of this article I would like to know who else is superstitious. I can’t be the only one. What are some of your superstitions and do you still follow them or have you cured yourself?