Goatriders of the Apocalypse

Self-promotional reminder: tune in to hear me later today

Just a little after 2:30 central, I should be on Jon Miller's sports talk show on 1460 KXNO out of Des Moines, Iowa.  If you want to listen to it live, you can hear it streaming on the net.  Just follow this link.

We tend to wing the interviews, but I have a pretty good feeling that I know what's coming today.  Like a lot of Cub fans, Miller is going to be nervous because the Dodgers scare him, especially Lowe.  I'll be reassuring while complaining about the ridiculous Goat Curse Talk that we will be assaulted with until the Cubs either win it all or get eliminated.

I'll admit now - and later - that I'm ridiculously nervous.  I want it to start already!  I am petrified of another disappointing first round sweep, although I have no reason to be.

I took the liberty of going back and reviewing the archives from October of '07, and if I was feeling this nervous about last year's Cubs, I didn't blog about it.  I did say one thing that is worth repeating, though:

From a post dated October 3, 2007:

I'm a little tired about the media and all this talk about curses.  Which, in itself, is ironic since our website is a spin on the goat curse to begin with.

But tell me if I'm wrong.  When you're watching a Cubs game this week and the D-Backs begin to battle back, or perhaps when they grab a lead for the first time, how will you feel if the game's announcers start waxing poetic about the curse?  How would you feel if they created a goat graphic that races across the screen every time the Cubs opponents jump ahead in the score?  For me, it's a little belittling, a little condescending.   Cub fans deserve better.

In fact, there are a lot of things that Cub fans deserve, in my opinion.  We deserve to be recognized.  For some absurd reason, fans outside of Chicago see us as beer-swilling, ivy-watching botards who couldn't possibly care less about the performance on the field... as if there are no other teams in baseball in which beer is swilled in excess, and as if there are no ballparks out there that were designed with Wrigley Field in mind.

Cub fans are not the stereotype.  We are passionate, we are knowledgeable, we love our team and we are brutal toward Cub players who displease us.  At this late stage, we demand victory, and nothing less satisfies us.  So, let's bury the Cub fan stereotype once and for all.  Let's show the baseball world what kind of fans we really are.

Let's be clear.  I do not believe in the curse.  I do believe that the Cubs have had rotten, rotten luck.  I feel that, based on everything I've seen, the Cubs have a great chance of going deep into the post season.  This could be an awesome October.  Let's hope the Cubs don't disappoint... for once.

I believe the Cubs have been

I believe the Cubs have been criminally mismanaged in the past by owners who wouldn't spend the money to improve this team. Thankfully THAT appears to have changed.

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