|Those Sports Guys||
Grad school: it’s why you forget to add detergent to a load of laundry sometimes. Or why you fall asleep on the couch and forget what day it is. Wait what day is it? Oh right Friday…oh I need to write a blog post. Let’s see, what happened in sports this week. Hmmm, still no NHL, basketball, basketball, football, more basketball, IU lost to Butler (ugh), and more basketball. Pioneers went to 0-5-3 since Thanksgiving (major ugh) umm…oh wait, IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD! Alright let’s party like it’s y2k all over again. Thankfully there is a bar a block from my office. If this thing is going to go down that’s where you’ll find me. However, I hate to tell you but, the world is not ending today. Why? The Cubs, that’s why.
You’re probably thinking “Seriously? It’s December, how is he talking about baseball?” but it’s relevant. The Cubs haven’t won a world series since 1908 and haven’t been to one since 1945 (lost in 7 games to the Tigers). It’s been long since believed that the Cubs winning the World Series would be a sign of the end of days. I remember back during the 2003 playoffs when the Cubs were looking like World Series favorites, the Indy Star sports page headlined “Is it getting cold around here?” (referencing Hell freezing over) and showed a picture of the Cubs. It all looked like that was going to be it, right up until Alex Gonzalez booted that tailor-made double play ball that would have ended the ending. Sorry Gonzo, I’m not using Bartman as the scapegoat this time.
Another example of my beloved Cubs being thought of as a tell tale time of trouble ahead is the new NBC show revolution. If you haven’t seen any of this show I recommend you check it out. Anyways when NBC first started showing promos for the show which premiered this fall, they showed the group of main characters walking past an overgrown and defunct Wrigley Field. Still visible was the famed marquee and on it was “2012 World Series Champions.” However, when an already rough season completely derailed in August, the editors quickly removed that so that it was not present when the show aired, as shown below.
While the Cubs winning a world series probably isn’t a sign of the coming apocalypse, it’s still fun to joke, especially when your team is suffering through a downright terrible season (at least we weren’t as bad as the Astros). After all, we’re not supposed to have any warning of when it will all come crashing down around us. That said, if Theo rights this ship and the Cubbies look like serious contenders, you might want to think about heading for the hills. Alright folks, have a great Friday and rest of the weekend. Enjoy today but please be safe, I’d like to have all of you back next Friday. Merry Christmas a happy holidays everyone! Eat lots and check back next week. Wait do I hear sirens? Oh, it’s just a test? Seriously Denver? Of all days to test sirens, you picked today…unbelievable.