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Curse or no, the Chicago Cubs are movin’ on up

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It’s been 108 years since the Chicago Cubs went all the way – thanks to the curse of the billy goat, many say. Others believe the curse is hocus-pocus.

Curse or no, the Cubs have had a century of rotten luck.

But Tuesday they beat the San Francisco Giants 6-5 to win the National League Division Series 3-1 to advance to the NL Championship Series. That means they’re four wins away from their first NL pennant since 1945, and eight wins away from their first World Series title since 1908.

This is the team that could go all the way.

The curse

In 1945, during Game 4 of the World Series between the Cubs and the Detroit Tigers, local tavern owner Billy Sianis was asked to leave because he’d brought his pet goat with him to the game, and fans were complaining that the goat smelled bad. Sianis allegedly said, “Them Cubs, they ain’t gonna win no more.”

Despite numerous attempts to lift the curse, the Cubs have not played in the World Series since 1945.

Whether you believe in curses or not, the whole story behind the billy goat curse – not to mention the black cat and Steve Bartman incidents – is fascinating. For those who don’t know it, it’s worth a quick read.

The curse lifted?

The turnaround was Tuesday’s game. The Cubs were trailing 5-2 after eight innings. It looked like Game 5 was imminent. And then, for the first time since Oct. 22, 1910, the Cubs came back after trailing in the first eight innings.

“I still believed we could win that game, but there was no margin for error,” Cubs president Theo Epstein said. “Anything could happen.”

It did. The Cubs rallied and won 6-5, astonishing fans and rivals alike.

Now they have to keep it up. Do you believe they can go all the way?

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