Go Cubs Go! — And a CHALLENGE!

The Cubbies!

Go Cubs Go!

Go Cubs Go!

Hey Chicago, whaddya say?

The Cubs are gonna win today!

–Go Cubs Go! by Steve Goodman, 1984

So this is it. The Chicago Cubs are in another pennant race– the 5th time in my lifetime. Somewhere, way up above the skies, my Dad and “Grandma” Madge are having quite a celebration. They’re probably also pulling as many strings as they can. My Dad pretty much vowed that he would do that once he was gone. So something feels really good about this.

It’s been a heck of a year for the Cubs. They started out with a new manager and a terrible previous season record. They went for a couple months in last place before something started to turn around for them, and they steadily began to climb up the rankings of the National League Central Division, eventually usurping the Milwaukee Brewers and staying there for most of the rest of the year. Some are calling them the “Miracle Cubs.” Some say it was just luck. I say… wait and see.

Tonight is the first game of the division playoffs, and the Cubs are playing the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Yes… Arizona. Home of cacti, desert storms, and Scott-O-Rama.

Now one would think that since Scott and I are friends, we would be handling this like the adults we think we are.

Guess again.

I’d like to place a wager on this series.

If the Cubs win the series (and of course, they will), Scott and Buckaroo have to fly to Chicago, dress in Cubs regalia, and take their picture in front of the Wrigley Field sign showing “Thumbs-up.”. Those of you who read Scott’s blog know that this would be a great challenge, for Scott and Buckaroo haven’t shown their faces once in all the time Scott has been blogging. Naturally, if the Cubs win, the photo will be published on my blog.

If the Diamondbacks win the series, I will fly to Phoenix and dress up in Diamondbacks regalia and stand in front of Chase field, giving the “Thumbs-up” sign. The photo will be published on Scott’s blog.

I welcome Scott’s inupt on this. He may offer to revise the challenge, and I may counter. But we will come up with a pact before it’s all over.

So, Scott… are you up for it?

Oh and by the way….

GO CUBBIES!

UPDATE:  Oh yes… it’s ON!  Scott has accepted the challenge, and is requesting assistance from his (far greater) readership to elicit a much harsher penance on me, SHOULD the Diamondbacks win the series.  Yes, I know, the Cubs lost tonight, but they played hard against the Diamondbacks’ ace.  Let’s see how things go in the next few games before we proclaim the series won.

And Scott, the Cubs’ jerseys are classic and tasteful.  The D’backs’ logo and jerseys have never been attractive in my eyes.  After all, didn’t we learn in the Bible that you should never… EVER… trust a snake?

So what much harsher penance should Scott receive should the Cubs win the series?  Help me out here, folks… this (friendly) war is just beginning!

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