It was early September in the year of Our Lord, 1969. An American had just walked on the moon and the Chicago Cubs had led the National League virtually since opening day. There had been a summer-long party in the Windy City. The slide began in mid-August and never stopped until the Cubs relinquished first place to the New York Mets, who went on a tear in September to something like a 25-3 record.

The day the Cubs slipped into second place I remember my grandfather coming through the kitchen door, his face flush with dejection. His voice fairly trembled with the bitterness of unfulfilled dreams as he spoke the words I’ve never forgotten: “THEY WOULDN’T BE THE CUBS IF THEY DIDN’T BREAK YOUR HEART.”

Saturday the Cubs clinched their first playoff berth since 2008 by virtue of the team behind them losing. The players and the fans celebrated heartily, the fact they’d just lost a game to the Pittsburgh Pirates, the team they will face next week in a one-game playoff. The winner goes on to face St. Louis, the loser packs his bags and heads home until spring training.

As most of you know, Chicago’s 5-year rebuilding plan is in its 107th year. They haven’t been in a World Series since 1945, a year when most teams still had their best players fighting World War II. There is not another athletic team, amateur or professional, who is on the same planet as far as futility. I am convinced the Cubs will never win another championship, at least in my lifetime. It’s one of those inexplicable phenomena like the blue whale, the largest mammal on earth, reaching lengths in excess of 70 feet, has a windpipe approximately the circumference of a half dollar…. that’s just the way it is.

I enjoy watching my professional hometown sports teams, but I don’t get too involved in the euphoric highs and cavernous lows of hardcore fans. I save my unbridled and unabashed enthusiasm for my grandchildrens’ teams. Win or lose, they are winners to me.








Bring on October: Cubs ready to handle the playoff pressure
As the Cubs popped champagne bottles and crushed beer cans, Jason Motte looked at Kyle Schwarber and said: “This is way better than college!”

The mosh pits formed outside the home dugout after Saturday afternoon’s 4-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field. The Cubs had already clinched their playoff spot before the game – thanks to the San Francisco Giants losing on Friday night on the West Coast – but there was no way this group would turn down the chance to party.

Playoff-bound Chicago Cubs ready for 1st trip since 2008
Cubs manager Joe Maddon was watching the movie “Jersey Boys,” doing all he could not to check his iPad Friday night until about the final scene.
He saw that San Francisco was losing to Oakland in the ninth. When the Athletics closed out the victory, it clinched it for the Cubs. Chicago was headed to the playoffs for the first time since 2008.–spt.html


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22 responses to “LIKE IT WAS YESTERDAY

  1. Pistol Pete

    Jeb: Boehner a ‘Great Public Servant,’ ‘People Are Going to Miss Him’


  2. Pistol Pete

    Chris Matthews Gushes Over Obama At United Nations: “He’ll Be Post-Presidential Mandela”


  3. Pistol Pete

    Mark Halperin: Lots of Dems “Freaking Out” over Bill Clinton’s Weak Performance Defending Hillary


  4. Pistol Pete

    Mooch: “Working Late Nights Is A Tradition In Our House”…

    Her taxpayer-funded servants, yes. Mooch and Barack, not so much,

    Drew —

    What I find most impressive about organizing is what goes on behind the scenes. The hours you put in knocking on doors, calling your representatives, and having conversations with your friends is what gets us to the finish line on so many tough issues — and frankly, it isn’t celebrated enough.

    So this fall, OFA is celebrating the nitty-gritty. They’re going back-to-basics and taking a moment to recognize the importance of the fundamentals at their Organizing Summit in Washington, D.C.

    You could win a chance to meet with Barack while you’re there. Say you’re ready to keep fighting for progress this fall, and you’ll be automatically entered into OFA’s contest.

    Barack and I know how hard this work can be — working late nights is sort of a tradition in our house — but it’s incredibly important, especially with some of the big ticket items on Congress’ to-do list this fall.


  5. Pistol Pete

    Kareem Abdul Jabbar: Sharia Law Does Not Condone Killing Homosexuals…

    Except it does, and in graphic detail.


  6. Pistol Pete

    Donald Trump unveils his tax plan
    Donald Trump has announced his tax plan today which lowers taxe brackets across the board on everyone and eliminates taxes on a large swath of people. He also lowers the corporate and small business taxes. You can listen to his announcement below:


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  8. Pistol Pete

    Congressman who took pope’s glass of water saw the pontiff again in Philadelphia and gave him an American flag as a trade
    In a new interview, Representative Bob Brady said that he gave Pope Francis the American flag flown over the Capitol for his visit
    The pope allegedly told Brady it was a ‘good trade’
    Brady, a devout Catholic and Democrat representing Pennsylvania, also claimed that he got permission to take the cup
    After the pope’s speech, he drank from the cup, gave some of the water to his wife and staffers and then bottled the rest for his grandchildren
    He did the same thing at President Obama’s inauguration


  9. Pistol Pete

    Boehner Indicates He Will Count on Democrats to Pass Budget that Funds Planned Parenthood
    John Boehner told Face the Nation this morning that there will be no government shutdown.
    Boehner indicated he will pass a budget with Democrats to fund Planned Parenthood.


  10. Pistol Pete

    Ben Carson explains OVER AND OVER to Jake Tapper how Sharia is against the Constitution. Doesn’t work.

    ‘This Interview is Over’ — Carson Staffer Pulls Plug on CNN’s Tapper
    Sunday during an appearance of former Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, a candidate for the 2016 GOP nomination, on CNN’s “State of the Union,” the interview abruptly ended when host Jake Tapper continued to question Carson on his view of a Muslim being president of the United States.

    At the end of the video someone can be heard off camera saying, “This interview is over.”

    That person was confirmed as being a staffer of Carson’s campaign by Breitbart News.


  11. Pistol Pete

    Obama at UN: Iran Deal Ensures Iran’s Nuclear Program Will be ‘Peaceful’

    In his address to the United Nations in New York City Monday morning, President Obama defended his administration’s nuclear agreement with Iran in the vein of ‘international togetherness.’

    The president said he is “mindful” of the dangers we face because they cross his desk every morning.

    “I will never hesitate to protect our country, unilaterally or by force when necessary,” he said.


  12. Pistol Pete

    “DITCH AND SWITCH NOW” to vote for Donald Trump in the primaries


  13. Pistol Pete

    From Each According to His Ability & Frankly, Y’all Aren’t Trying Hard Enough!


  14. Pistol Pete

    McConnell being pushed to resign: Fake Republican leaders should ‘find jobs at McD’s’

    With House Speaker John Boehner’s resignation, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell finds himself in the crosshairs with a top Republican Party executive calling for his resignation and Gov. Bobby Jindal saying “it is now your turn.”

    Vice Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Roger Villere, minced no words on Facebook, posting “McConnell needs to resign!”


  15. I remember it, too, Pete. Awesome post!


  16. This is the time of year when everything and everyone annoys and irritates me. Except this post, Pete, I liked this . . .


  17. Ha! Great post to read because… I’m in Chicago this week! Milady’s eldest brother died, day before yesterday, and we’ll be staying ’til the weekend’s memorials.

    I haven’t been here for a decade. Don’t quite have my “Big City” braincells going yet, and may not before we leave. Had to ramp up my “insane road rally” mind to drive into the city, though. Some things are nicer. Most things are worse, and that goes double (or more) for the traffic.

    Can’t believe we lived here for fifteen years! We were so young and foolish ‘way back in ’80.

    Certainly a different mind-set than home. Gotta watch my tongue!

    Especially liked the last Cubs victory parade poster!

    …Told his friends “You know the law of averages says:
    Anything will happen that can”
    That’s what it says
    “But the last time the Cubs won a National League pennant
    Was the year we dropped the bomb on Japan”

    -Steve Goodman, A Dying Cubs Fan’s Last Request


  18. Uh oh. A serious loss in Jane Dough’s family.