GE DIGITAL CAMERAThe Russian Physiologist, Ivan Pavlov developed the theory of “classic conditioning” after noticing his dogs salivated when a bell rang because that was a sign food was about to arrive.

After one loss on Sunday and another on Tuesday, some Cubs fans, announcers and other media types are going into a panic and it’s fair to assume perhaps some out there have been “conditioned” by Cubs’ collapses of the past.

The Cubs lost two games in the NLCS and suddenly there’s headphones and black cats and goats, oh my. The sky is falling, our heroes are doomed.

In all of sports, there is likely nary a team who falls back on curses quite like some Cubs fans when things don’t go well. Those are the ones who have been “conditioned.” The loss is the bell. The bell induces the doom and gloom. The doom and gloom calls to the curses. Then they’re all in a salivating frenzy about headphones and black cats and goats, oh my.

But folks, I’m here to tell you this ain’t your grand pappy’s Cubs, or your great-grand pappy’s Cubs or even your great-great-grand pappy’s Cubs for that matter.

27 outs. We don’t quit. We are good.

To quote a band called Jimmy Eat World who hails from Mesa, Arizona, Spring Training home of the Chicago Cubs:
Hey, don’t write yourself off yet. It’s only in your head…
Everything, everything will be just fine
Everything, everything will be all right all right all right

Jon Lester: “We just keep grinding … As a fan, you just have to grind with our team.”
Dexter Fowler: “Enjoy the show.”
Joe Maddon: “I don’t want to go to Negative Town.”
Bluto Blutarsky: “Nothing is over until we say it’s over.”
Bruce Springsteen: “Show a little faith. There’s magic in the night.”

People are jumping off the Titanic before they even see an iceberg.
This because the Cubs have lost TWO games in a row.
The path to the Fall Classic is becoming littered with the unfaithful who have deserted the bandwagon.
The fair weathered fans are feeling the chill and looking to exit. May I have your playoff tickets, please?
And yes, the haters are starting to come out from under the rocks.

But, guess what? After exhaustive research, I was able to determine that many teams actually have come back to win an LCS after being down two games to one.

As Crash Davis said,” This game’s fun, OK? Fun goddamnit.”
Let’s have some fun.

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