>I’ve heard the term “scapegoat” before. I know the biblical meaning behind the term. I’m very familiar with the concept. However, I think Cub fans go too far in their scapegoating. Apparently, somebody thought it was a good idea to kill a goat (or at least find a dead goat) and hang it from the Harry Carey statue outside of Wrigley last night. Talk about a scapegoat! Read the article here.

It all goes back to the 1945 World Series when Billy Sianis, a tavern owner in Chicago, brought a goat to World Series Game 4. He was asked to leave. The Cubs lost that game, then the Series, and haven’t been back since. Supposedly, Sianis put a curse on the Cubs as he left the field that will prevent them from ever hosting another World Series in Wrigley. So far, the score looks like this: Goat Curse 63, Cubs 0.

Clearly, it is a goat’s fault that the Cubs have annually failed to live up to expectations. It has nothing to do with good players playing poorly in the playoffs, or a bad team not making the playoffs in the first place. Hopefully, a similar fate doesn’t await, St. Louis hero, Steve Bartman.