The Lovable Losers.
The Choking Cubs.
They can all be put to rest.
The Chicago Cubs — this is so hard to say without shaking my head in disbelief — are playing tonight in the first game of the World Series at Cleveland.
Back in 1969, when I was 12, I was wondering if I would ever live long enough to see the Cubs play in a World Series since they couldn’t even beat the formerly sad sack New York Mets after having a huge lead in August.
So that’s only been, what, 47 years? I’ve gone from pre-teen to nearly doddling old fool.
The Cubs have been the poster child for professional sports ineptitude, having gone 71 years since a World Series appearance and they’re working on 108 years of not having won it all.
I can only imagine that Harry Caray is in heaven pounding down Bud after Bud. “Holy Cow, the Cubs win the pennant, the Cubs win the pennant, the Cubs win the pennant,” I can hear Harry slurring as he can’t believe what he just witnessed through his pop-bottle glasses.
This is for Ernie Banks and Ron Santo. For Lee Arthur Smith and Sweet Billy Williams. For Ferguson Jenkins and Andre Dawson. And those are just some of the stars who couldn’t vault the Cubs into the Series.
How can a team not win a World Series for 108 years? At some point the law of averages have to catch up with them. You can’t be that bad for that long.
Just think of Royals fans suffering for 30 years between World Series titles. They have nothing on the Cubs. When the Cubs do something, they do it to make a splash.
This 2016 Chicago team has been baseball’s best since Day One. The 1908 Cubs of Tinker to Evers to Chance couldn’t hang with an arsenal of amazing pitching arms and young talent that’s barely old enough to buy a beer at Harry’s Tavern on Sheffield Avenue. Not only has this been the best team this year, it’s a team built to last as long as the payroll stays under $300 million.
You have to pity the Indians, themselves working on some ignominious history. They haven’t won a World Series since 1948, but they’re going to be as despised as Bartman when they invade Wrigley Field. Remember, the Cubs get only three home games while Cleveland plays lights-out at home — just ask the Royals — so they’re going to have to steal one somewhere.
Never has a nation rooted harder for a team than the Cubs, while Cleveland is going to be as popular as the plague. I, for one, like the Indians, especially their manager Terry “Tito” Francona. He’s knows a little something about history, having won two World Series titles at Boston, another baseball town that knows something about championship droughts.
On paper, it should be the Cubs’ series. They have the best starting staff since the 1971 Baltimore Orioles, who featured four 20-game winners (but lost to Pittsburgh in the World Series). They have power, speed and defense.
Cleveland’s pitching has been damaged by injuries. Yet Andrew Miller has become such a weapon out of the bullpen he’s like three pitchers in one. He can pitch long relief, set up closer Cody Allen or close himself.
Cleveland’s lineup pales to the Cubs, though Carlos Santana is the best slugger nobody has ever heard of.
I looked at numerous stats going into the Series and the one that caught my eye the most was that Cleveland has the third-worst attendance in all of baseball. Only graveyard teams Oakland and Tampa Bay drew fewer fans. In fact, Cleveland played 81 home games and drew LESS than 20,000 per game. Gotta think there will be a few more fans for the Series.
My head tells me Cleveland is going to win, but how can you not go with the Cubs in 7?
Buhler, 5-0 (7-1)
Maize South, 4-1 (7-1)
McPherson, 3-2 (6-2)
Augusta, 3-3 (5-3)
Andover Central, 1-2 (2-6)
Circle, 1-4 (1-7)
Winfield, 0-5 (1-7)
• Oct. 21 Results •
McPherson 27, Wamego 0
Ulysses 33, Winfield 3
Augusta 28, Andover Central 7
Maize South, 41, Rose Hill 18
Buhler 48, El Dorado 6
Andale 63, Circle 14
• Oct. 28 Games •
McPherson at Abilene
Buhler at Circle
Augusta at Rose Hill
Andover Central at Maize South
Winfield at Mulvane
The Association of Independent Institutions may as well change its weekly award to the Central Christian College Athlete of the Week.
For the fifth straight week, a CCC performer has been named the A.I.I. Conference's Athlete of the Week.
Joe Capuchino, a freshman cross country runner from Fort Worth, Texas, was honored by the conference on Monday.
This past weekend he placed 33rd out of 189 runners in the prestigious Mid-States Classic in Winfield, hosted by Southwestern College. He ran a 26:57 in the 8K race, a new season best.
He already has qualified for NCCAA Nationals, but the A.I.I. Conference meet is the first weekend of November. He still has a chance to qualify for the NAIA National meet, to be held in St. Louis this year.
Thomas More Prep defeated Berean Academy 2-0 on Monday in the opening round of the Class
Go to our photo gallery now and check out a tremendous number of pictures from Monday
Wednesday Youth League
• High Over Game •
1. Mac Bruce, 36
1. Cooper Bruce, 36
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On Saturday evening, our family dog, Titan, escaped from our backyard in the 500 block of East Marlin. Titan is a 3 year old neutered pit bull mix. He's black in color with a white patch on his chest. He's friendly and very approachable. If anyone has seen Titan, please have them contact: -- Pamela Stiggins @ 620-755-9052 or Jeremy Stiggins @ 620-755-5421
miller 225 amp stick welder, 250$ 12 in craftsman bandsaw, 250$, browning compound bow with 18 arrows, broadheads, 550$ -- 620-755-1719
ps3, 2 controllers, 9 games, 6 new, backwards compatible,250$, nintendo wii, 5 controllers, 4 nunchucks, 4 games, 150$, bunkbeds, mahogany, lightly used, full,, new matress, 1000$ -- 620-654-6508
Raffle tickets at The Well 1 dollar 10 for fifteen special needs children fundraiser Sensory friendly event, new 2 tickets to Mcpherson opera House, gift cards packages from local vendors --
tv, 32 in, emerson, led, hd, 80$ ob nearly flatscreen -- 918-202-6394
australina sheapard mix, knows command, potty trained, need lots of attention, fixed, 6 yrs old -- 755-7092
1409 Oakmont Fri 8a-6p; Sat 8a-2p TONS of stuff... --
Ten ft two man bass boat with trolling motor and battery. 250 dollars. -- 620 242 3649
Slightly used electric powered lift chair/recliner in excellent condition from non smoking home. Call or text for photos. Anxious to sell, reasonably priced. -- 620-242-4064
-- Men's Jeans, size 38 -- Men's Shoes, size 9 1/2 or 10 ( any kind) -- 620-755-7135
803 Wilderness Dr. Friday and Sat. 10-14 and 10-15-16 hours Friday 8am to 5:00 pm, Sat 8am to 1:00 pm. Lots of electronics, name brand woman’s and boy’s clothing, collectables. --
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532 OakLane- Sat 8-? Ladies and Girls size 10-12 clothing & Home Decor --
Oct 22 - Texas Game 2 Tickets - Time TBD $75 each Section 11; Row 44; Seats 23 & 24 Nov 5 - OSU Game 2 Tickets - Time TBD $75 each Section 11; Row 43; Seats 19 & 20 Great Seats!!!! -- Call Lisa @ 620-755-3072 if interested
The Lovable Losers.
The Choking Cubs.
They can all be put to rest.
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