108 Years and Counting

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108 Years and Counting

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The Cubs are the best team in baseball, and for a Cardinals fan that is hard to say, but it’s the truth. But just before you go betting on the Cubs to win it this year, there are several things to think about.

…it’s really all about who gets hot at the right time, and if you are in the playoffs you are good enough to win.”

— Allen Briner

For starters, teams who are expected to win haven’t.  The Golden State Warriors fell short in the NBA Finals to the Cleveland Cavaliers after surpassing the 95-96 Chicago Bulls record of 70 wins in the regular season. The Blues were one of the top teams in the regular season and had just knocked off the Blackhawks and looked destined to raise the Stanley Cup. However, just when everything seemed to be going their way they fell to the San Jose Sharks, and didn’t make it to the final series. Tottenham Hotspurs had a young, industrious team led by BPL golden boot winner Harry Kane and manager Mauricio Pochettino. They were all set until the cinderella story of Leicester City shocked the world and stole the crown and broke Spurs’ hearts. But recent history doesn’t tell the only story.

The entire history of the Cubs  is against them. Don’t tell me history doesn’t matter, because when the Cubs take the field for game 1 of the NLDS the build up will be all about the drought. The fans will be hoping that Lady Luck will smile on them this year, and the players will be imagining what would happen if they won. The last time the Cubs won the World Series was in 1908, and the only other triumph was a year earlier in 1907. The last time the Cubs were in the World Series was in 1945, and after that they have been unable to advance past the NLCS. The Cubs advanced to the NLCS for the first time since 2003, but they were swept by the Mets.

So how does a team beat the the Cubs?  Allen Briner, an usher for the Cardinals and baseball expert, stated “…it’s really all about who gets hot at the right time, and if you are in the playoffs you are good enough to win.”  

When I spoke to Mrs. Lignoul, a huge Cubs fan, she stated, “I am so worried what to say now because I don’t want to jinx them.”  She does believe that this is their year. With all the youth and talent perhaps she is right.  

However you feel about the Cardinals’ greatest foe, I think we can all agree with Mrs. Lignoul when she said, “From 100 losses 4 years ago to 101 wins now, it has been a lot of fun.”  We can only hope this postseason will be as fun and wild as this season has already been.