Ecocentricity Blog: A Sports Analogy
When the players take the field, they’ll do so fully intending to win. They’ll build each other up. Encouragements of “let’s go” and “we’ve got this” will ring out from the dugouts. Everyone will be focused on the chance they have to succeed, not the long odds that they face.
By the time you read this, there’s a good chance it could all be over. A magical run come to an end, yielding to a curse more persistent than anyone outside of Chicago could think possible. But Chicago knows. Cubs fans know.
To them, Cleveland’s remarkable 2016 sports year isn’t improbable – it’s fate. Of course Cleveland would win two major sports titles in one year (the Cavaliers in basketball and the Indians in baseball - if they can close out the Cubs). Such a storyline makes the Cubs’ 108-year World Series drought that much more painful. For Cubs fans, the universe is clearly conspiring against them to make their sports agony as intense as possible.
But at the moment, all is not lost. The Cubs won Sunday evening, forcing Game 6 in Cleveland. Win that game on Tuesday night, and Chicago will have created the perfect storyline for Wednesday: a winner-take-all chance to redeem more than a century of frustration for Cubs fans.
Imagine, for just a second, what it must feel like to be one of the Chicago players. They are acutely aware of what is at stake. They know that not only is a World Series ring on the line, but also a chance to make history. If they fail, it will likely be the most painful failure of each of their careers.