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Cubs Win! Cubs Win: Now Anything Is Possible

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The worm has turned. Now anything is possible.

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It's the dawning of the Age of Aquarius. The 2012 New Era of the Mayan Calendar has begun. And along with those new beginnings, Theo Epstein's arrival as President of the Chicago Cubs has changed everything in just four (albeit painful) years.

Now the Chicago Cubs have won their first pennant in 46 seasons -- their first World Series championship in 108 years!!

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Count 'em: one hundred and eight years!! (As they say, "Anyone can have a bad century.")

Look, I know that in the end sports don't really mean anything. I know that my colleagues on the left would tell me that it's all part of the scam. It's a distraction from what's really important -- love, peace, social justice and the struggle for their practical realization.

Professional sports are one of the ways working stiffs like me are tricked into channeling our energies towards false identities, superficial causes, and corporate celebrations. It's a narcotic; a dope more powerful than religion. It keeps us asleep and tranquilized, when we should be out in the street throwing Molotov Cocktails.

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I know. I know.

But I have to admit that I've happily allowed myself to be scammed like that for 76 years -- or at least for 66. I mean I've been a Cub fan ever since my family on Chicago's North Side got their first television around 1950, when I was 10 years old. Since then every summer afternoon from April through October (and at night when they were on the road), the Cubbies have broken my heart and the hearts of all their fans (as Steve Goodman put it) "year after year, after year-- after year, after year, after year."

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Mike Rivage-Seul is a liberation theologian and former Roman Catholic priest. Recently retired, he taught at Berea College in Kentucky for 36 years where he directed Berea's Peace and Social Justice Studies Program.Mike blogs (more...)
 

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