While We Wait For a President, How 'Bout Those Cubs?
November 7, 2016

Just how much history can one country stand, anyway? The Chicago Cubs win the World Series for the first time in over a century, with millions of people celebrating, and less than a week later, we choose the 45th President of the United States, and no matter who wins, hundreds of millions of Americans will be pissed off. Talk about mood swings.

Even for the non-sporting world, there seemed to be a sense of euphoria and nostalgia all across the country, when centenarians and life-long Cubs fans got to bask in the glory of the first championship since 1908. Fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, grandfathers, grandmothers, uncles, aunts, and everyone else wore Cubs gear for the parade on Friday, just 48 hours after winning that memorable game seven in Cleveland.

Meanwhile, not long after an old tape of Donald Trump surfaced of his bragging about things he could do to women he didn't even know and get away with it, Hillary Clinton actually lost ground in the polls because of a new inquiry into her e-mails. If you call Trump a pig, his supporters (even your friends) will call Clinton a bitch, or a crook, or a crooked bitch. A civil discussion about the issues? Forget it. If the two candidates themselves can't do it, how do you expect it to happen in casual conversation amongst yourselves.

Even Cleveland Indians fans are happy for the Cubs. Maybe not jumping up-and-down for joy, but they understand the angst, having not won a title themselves since 1948. You know they watched the parade, and may have even donned Cubbie blue, even if just for a few hours.

You think after the election, the two sides will “come together”? There's no way that's going to happen on November ninth, and probably not for the next four years. No one expects a conciliatory concession speech from Donald if he loses, but even though she is spending her final campaign hours preaching unity, what would happen if Hillary lost? Do you think she'd be composed for a speech, or even accept defeat. Not a chance.

The Cubs may have won it all, but it certainly wasn't without a lot of drama. Down three games to one, they came back and won three straight. In game seven, manager Joe Maddon pulled starting pitcher and National League ERA leader Kyle Hendricks with a 5-1 lead, just one out away from qualifying for the victory. The move didn't pay off, and two runs would score. David 'Grandpa' Ross would hit a memorable home run, but Maddon overused closer Aroldis Chapman in the series, and put him in in the eighth up 6-3. That move didn't pay off either, and the Indians tied it. After nine innings, there was even a rain delay, but the Cubs went on to win it in 10 and claim the crown fans have dreamed of for literally generations.

We don't know who's going to win tomorrow, but you can't say the campaign wasn't without a lot of drama. The Republicans were more 'entertaining' (roll your eyes while saying that) because there were so many more of them, and most of them were pretty crazy. Do you remember all 17 candidates at that first Republican debate? Let's see...Jeb Bush,. Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Lindsey Graham, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, John Kasich, George Pataki, Rand Paul, Rick Perry, Marco Rubio, Rick Santorum, Scott Walker, Jim Gilmore (who I honestly don't remember at all), and the Trumpster,who actually led wire to wire, and was number one in the polls the entire time! On the Democrat side, there was that early, pukey lovefest with Clinton and Bernie Sanders, and that Martin O'Malley guy kept showing up, made some sense, but no one ever listened to him (almost like Rand Paul on the GOP side, or even Kasich). With all of the infighting, even within the various parties, candidates and the whole election process has left enough to be despised for literally generations.

While the Cubs may become a dynasty, win seemingly every year, and become the equivalent of the Yankees or Red Sox, their 2016 championship was one literally for the ages, in a year that will go down as special.

As far as politics in America go, many will be asking ourselves this, “Why couldn't we pick a President that seems rather normal?”

Maybe we should change the national anthem to Go Cubs Go!

A somewhat random thought: It would seem easier to avoid the American political system by moving to New Zealand, but then there would be another problem. The country is made up of two islands. How do you know which is the red one and which is the blue?

Another somewhat random thought: Seeing the Cubs win the World Series must be like witnessing the arrival of Halley's Comet twice. You have to live a long life, but you also had to be lucky enough to have been born at just the right time to watch it happen.

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