Thursday, November 3, 2016

Chicago Cubs Win World Series

The year was 1908.  Teddy Roosevelt was in the last full year of his presidency.  A large man named William Howard Taft was poised to succeed him.  The Olympics where held in London because Rome wasn't ready to host the event.  Russia and China were both ruled by emperors.  Americans weren't yet sure what to make of the contraption invented by the Wright brothers.  Three of my four grandparents were little kids; the other would be born the next year.  And for the second straight year, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series.

The year is 2016.  Barack Obama is in the last full year of his presidency.  Two large (at least when it comes to their egos) people named Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are vying to succeed him.  The Olympics were held in Rio de Janeiro despite health concerns over the Zika virus.  Russia and China, having cast off their respective emperors decades ago, are still stirring the proverbial pot.  Americans endure hassles in security lines to board the Wrights' invention.  My grandparents, and more recently my father, have all gone to Sasquatch heaven.  And for the first time in 108 years, the Chicago Cubs have won the World Series.

It took seven games, with the last one going into extra innings after a rain delay, but the curse of the billy goat has finally been lifted.

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