After over a century of futility, five Chicago Cubs fans have taken matters into their own hands. In an attempt to break a long-standing curse against their team, these guys walked, with a goat in tow, from Mesa, Arizona to Chicago since February. Who says all ideas have to be good?
The curse in question is the “Curse of the Billy Goat,” which dates back to 1945. What is this ridiculous piece of superstition, you ask? To Wikipedia!
The curse of the Billy Goat was supposedly placed on the Chicago Cubs in 1945 when Billy Goat Tavern owner Billy Sianis was asked to leave a World Series game against the Detroit Tigers at the Cubs’ home ground of Wrigley Field because his pet goat’s odor was bothering other fans. He was outraged and declared, “Them Cubs, they aren’t gonna win no more,” which has been interpreted to mean that there would never be another World Series game won at Wrigley Field.
So, a few discrepancies notwithstanding, it seems that Billy Sianis, like, totally screwed the Cubs and the only way the Cubs will win again is for someone to break this curse. Enter: Matt Gregory, Kyle Townsend, Blake Ferrell, Patrick Fisher, Philip Aldrich and the group’s pet goat, “Wrigley” (Awwww!).
It’s a little unclear why walking the goat from Arizona will break the curse. Does sustaining the curse require a goat to not walk 5-10 miles a day (and then be carried the rest of that day’s mileage by stroller)? If so, this was a damn good curse, and these men are geniuses for discovering its weakness. There was similar talk of the “Curse of the Bambino” during the decades-long drought the Red Sox suffered up until 2004 — though that curse was broken less by dredging up old pianos than by playing good baseball throughout the entire season.
Unfortunately, it seems that breaking this curse will have no immediate effect on the Cubs, who as of this writing are tied for last in the majors. D’oh!
Wait, what’s that you say? These guys also raised $20,000 for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center?
*And the sarcastic, curmudgeonly sportswriter’s heart grew three sizes that day.*
Alright, fine. Not the worst idea in the world, then. Cute goat, too.
[UPDATE: When these five fans stepped out onto the field today, having completed the trek, it was without Wrigley, who was kept out of the Stadium by Cubs officials. An attempt to save the organization from re-making the curse — after all, it was a goat being in the stadium that started this whole thing in the first place — or kind of a bitchy move? What say you, America?]